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New Art Classes and Workshops for 2015

Newsletters & Articles Apr 04, 2013 No Comments

Bring out your inner artist at Blue Morning Gallery

New art classes and workshops have been announced for the summer of 2015.  Reservations are now being taken.  You’ve wanted to dabble in the arts. Or maybe you want to take your artistic talent to the next level. Well, there’s never been a better time than now to discover the artist within. Blue Morning Gallery is offering a wide variety of classes and workshops in several styles and mediums including:

• Drawing
• Metal Clay for jewelry
• Abstract and non-objective painting
• Painting
• Coiled Pine Needle Basketry
• Working with Pastels
• Earning Art or Craft Merit Badge for Scout troops

Classes are designed to be educational and fun and are geared to beginners and intermediate levels of all ages. Detailed information is available at or call 850-429-9100. Bring out your inner artist this summer at Blue Morning Gallery!

Vote for Blue Morning Gallery as “Best Art Gallery of the Bay”!

Newsletters & Articles Apr 04, 2013 No Comments

Help us be recognized as the “Best Art Gallery” in Pensacola again during the PNJ’s annual “Best of the Bay” competition that begins today!  Tell all of your friends that you are voting for Blue Morning Gallery as “Best of the Bay”.  Only a little time left to get the vote in – voting ends May 28th, so please cast your vote for us at:

Please follow the following instructions for casting your ballot:

– Enter your name, email address and phone number

– Make sure to use a valid email address – no votes will be counted from invalid email addresses

– Click on each category button to expand

– Vote on as many subcategories as you like

– Scroll to bottom of the page and click submit

Are You a 3-D Artist Looking for a Home?

Newsletters & Articles Apr 03, 2013 No Comments


Blue Morning Gallery is looking for 3-D artists interested in joining a unique artist community to display their work.  If you are a glass artist, sculptor,  metalworker, or a mixed media 3-D artist who displays your work on pedestals, displays, or free-standing, then we’d like to invite you to submit your work for consideration.  Applicants are considered and reviewed by the gallery’s jury committee.  For more information, contact our Membership Coordinator or click here for a Membership Application.

Membership Benefits include:

  • Your art will be displayed in a professional setting.
  • Your art will be promoted via advertisements and news releases for the gallery.
  • You will be able to interact with other artists and the art-buying public.
  • Opportunities for additional venues to show your work.
  • Artist listing on Blue Morning Gallery’s website and Facebook site.
  • Cash, checks and credit cards accepted for sales.
  • Blue Morning Gallery takes care of all credit card fees for gallery sales, as well as sales tax reporting to the state of Florida.
  • Eligibility to be a Featured Artist.
  • You will have a business address and phone number.


Introduction To Watercolor Painting Techniques

Newsletters & Articles Apr 03, 2013 1 Comment

This article will provide you with a general understanding of some of the more basic watercolor painting techniques.
Flat Wash Technique – The flat wash technique is one of the more basic and common of the various techniques.  The flat wash technique is usually used when large areas of the canvas need to be covered.  You will want to lay out the watercolor wash evenly and uniformly.  First you will need to dampen the area of your canvas where you will be applying the watercolor wash.  Make certain to have an adequate amount of water and pigment available before your start.  If you should have to stop for any reason, it will be difficult to match your layers.  It is better to have more than less available.  The angle at which you apply the watercolor wash is important.  If the angle is too steep your wash will run down the paper.  If the angle is too level, then you won’t have enough movement.  Use a large brush for this technique and start your first stroke at the top of the paper.  Continue applying the watercolor wash going down the paper, but alternate sides as you move down.

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New Summer Art Classes!

Newsletters & Articles Apr 03, 2013 No Comments

Color Your Art

This will be an instructional class for students with some experience in painting. Create an exciting, unique art piece, incorporating the basic fundamentals in painting. Select from various images for a bright and cheerful painting, or bring your own photo reference and learn fun and easy techniques to achieve your own painting full of magic! Choose your medium from Watercolor, Acrylics, or Oil.

WHEN: Thursday evenings
TIME: 5:30pm to 8:30pm (Total of 12 hours of instruction for the month)
COST OPTIONS: $100 per student for 4 class sessions – must be paid at least 1 day prior to the first of the class sessions.  Or pay $30 per class.  Please bring your receipt to the first class for student confirmation.
OTHER: Basic supply list will be provided at sign-up.


Watercolor Painting with Lyda Toy

Have you always wanted to learn to paint watercolors, but didn’t know where to begin? Have you already taken classes and want to “brush up” on your skills?

Join Lyda Toy for a six week class beginning Sunday, July 20th through Sunday, August 24th. Lyda is an accomplished artist and a Faculty Associate of Art at the University of West Florida. Her work experience includes Artist in Residence at the 621 Gallery in Tallahassee, Florida, Gallery Assistant for Gadsden Arts, Inc., and art instructor at a variety of institutes.

While Lyda brings experience and credentials as an art educator, her fun approach and relaxed studio atmosphere will develop your skills and confidence in watercolor.

INSTRUCTOR/ARTIST: Lyda Toy [email protected]
WHEN: Sundays, beginning July 20th and ending August 24th.
TIME: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
CLASS COST: $25 per person per class, or $150 per person for the full 6 weeks.
SUPPLIES LIST & ESTIMATED COST: The following is a list of art supplies each student must purchase prior to the class. These items can be purchased at Jo-Ann’s Fabrics or Hobby Lobby. The estimated cost of these items is approximately $35.
Supplies Needed:
1. Canson 9”x12” pad of Watercolor Paper (15 sheets, 90lbs, cold press)
2. Set of Reeves Watercolor Paint (six 12 ml tubes – colors include Brilliant Red, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Medium Yellow, Burnt Siena, & Sap Green)
3. Set of three Holbein Series 55R brushes (1 #2 brush, 1 #4 brush, & 1 #8 brush)
4. A #2 pencil & eraser
5. Small Sketch Book
6. Plastic Watercolor Palette
7. Cello sponge
CLASS SIZE: Minimum of 5 students is required for this class. So sign up with a friend!
RESERVATION FOR CLASS REQUIRED: – Sign-up for this class is due 1 day prior to the class. Payment can be made by credit card by using the form in the upper right hand side of this page. Payment by cash or check (made out to Blue Morning Gallery) for the class can also be made in person directly to the instructor at the first class. If you have prepaid for the class, please bring your receipt to the first class for student confirmation.
CONTACT INFORMATION: For more information about the class, or to make a reservation for the class, contact Lyda Toy by phone at  (850) 455-5471 (home), or (303) 881-3773 (cell), or by emailing her at [email protected].



Join Debbie Del Tejo as she transforms “ordinary things” into works of art. Born in Dominican Republic, she worked as a professional photographer in New York and the Washington DC area until her recent move to Pensacola Beach. How does an accomplished photographer whose work appears in National Geographic magazine morph into recycling “ordinary things” into art? Her love of crafting happened quite by accident as she puzzled what to do with the thousands of seashells she’d collected. Debbie loves working with children, igniting their imagination with the endless possibilities anyone can create from ordinary things.

Who: Children ages 7-10
What: Craft Workshop for Children
When: Saturdays, beginning July 19th, July 26th, August 2nd, August 9th from 10:00am to 12 Noon
Where: Blue Morning Gallery, 21 S. Palafox Place, Downtown Pensacola
Workshop Fee: $20 per child, per session – All workshop materials are included
Sign up now with a friend. Space is limited to 10 children.
RESERVATION FOR CLASS REQUIRED: – To reserve a place in this workshop, make your payment by credit card using the form in the upper right hand side of this page. Payment by cash or check (made out to Blue Morning Gallery) for the class can also be made in person directly to the Instructor at the first class.



Is your Boy Scout or Girl Scout Troop looking for opportunities to earn Art Badges? Blue Morning Gallery can assist you in completing your art project and meeting your Art Barge requirements. For details, contact Mary Anne Sweida at [email protected]

Brief History Of Oil Painting

Newsletters & Articles Oct 28, 2012 2 Comments

The Mediterranean societies of antiquity, most notably the Greeks, the Egyptians and the Romans used a paint that consisted of a mixture of beeswax encaustic, mineral pigments like iron or copper and tempera, vegetal like flax, walnut and poppy seed oil were known to these cultures, but there is no specific indication that they were used in paint.

This method of paint creation, as with so much ancient technology, was lost in the intervening years, the final blow to paint creation likely being the fall of Rome.  Thereafter the encaustic paint was replaced by oil or tempera paints.
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All About Photography

Newsletters & Articles Oct 27, 2012 No Comments

Photography is the art of reproducing pictures of people, objects or places in their exact likeness.  These images can be transferred on any photosensitive material.  Photography includes taking and printing pictures.

The backbone of photography is the camera, the instrument or device that works on the principle of optics.  The camera and photographic techniques have undergone phenomenal changes since the time the first camera was made.  The earlier model did not contain the film; instead, it had a small light-shield box with lens and translucent screen on either side.  The image that traveled through the lens was stored on the screen.  Known as ‘camera obscura,’ it was no more than a sketching device for artists.
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