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Exhibiting at J. Leon Gallery

I am exhibiting 5 selected works from my Sea & Sky Collection at J. Leon Gallery in Miramar Beach, Florida, from October through December, 2020. Below is the press release for the First Friday Sip’N’Stroll on October 2, 2020.

J.Leon Gallery + Studio Debuts Four New Artists at Sip N’ Stroll Event

“J. Leon Gallery + Studio Sip N’ Stroll event showcases four new artists, a live artist painting, and champagne for guests to enjoy”

Destin, FL – (October 2020)… On Friday, October 2, 2020, J.Leon Gallery + Studio, the area’s newest fine art gallery, hosted their second Sip N’ Stroll event and debuted four new artists. The gallery welcomes new artists, Estelle Grengs, Joan Vienot, Sereen Gualtieri, and Susan Lucas to their talented lineup of eleven featured artists. 

     "We are so happy to welcome these new artists. Each artist brings new life to the already vibrant band of artists featured at the gallery. We encourage guests to stop by and take a look at what these new introductions have to offer."
      - Jason Lindblad, Owner & Artist, JLeon Gallery + Studio
a group of people sitting on a bench posing for the camera

(Artists From Left to Right – Sereen Gualtieri, Susan Lucas, Kathy Schumacher, Estelle Grengs, Joan Vienot, Jason Lindblad)

a person cutting a cakeArtist, Kathy Schumacher

During the Sip N’ Stroll event guests received a first look at the gallery’s new Fall Art Installations featuring eleven talented artists from the Okaloosa/Walton area. Visitors took a tour of the gallery and the fully functioning ceramics studio while enjoying wine, champagne, and light eats. An evening filled with creativity, guests also experienced a live painting by artist, Kathy Schumacher. 
Upcoming Sip N’ Stroll Dates:
Friday, November 6, 2020 | 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, December 4, 2020 | 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

With the safety of guests, artists, and staff as our top priority, guests have the freedom to wear a mask and social distance during the event. 

J.Leon Gallery + Studio is open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sundays and Mondays.  For additional information, class and workshop signup, and to view upcoming events visit and follow the gallery on Facebook and Instagram


J.Leon Gallery + Studio
13370 US Highway 98, Miramar Beach, Florida 32550
Phone: 850.842.3051

About J.Leon Gallery + Studio 

J.Leon Gallery + Studio is the area’s newest, fine art destination. Born with a vision to make high-end art attainable for everyone, J.Leon supports and promotes its artists while presenting guests with unique ways to engage with and uncover their next favorite work of art. More than a gallery, J.Leon is home to a working ceramics studio and offers a robust calendar of events and classes. Art is for everyone! Artists and art appreciators will not want to miss the opportunity to call J. Leon Gallery +  Studio their creative home. 

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Plein Air in Fresh Air

Oil painting of the four trees in front of Nick's Restaurant at Basin Bayou, Florida -
Oil painting of the old fishing boat, Pompano, at Nick's Restaurant -

After a month of high pollen alerts, torrential rains have cleaned the air and a very chilly air mass ushered in an ideal day for plein air painting, with stark shadows and bright colors.  I met up with the Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters at Nick’s Restaurant in Basin Bayou, which is on the north side of the Choctawhatchee Bay, halfway between Freeport and Niceville, in Northwest Florida.  Shortly after we arrived, the neighbor released his penful of exotic chickens, and they provided distraction and amusement while we painted, the young roosters strutting around, trying their first crowing in cracking, adolescent voices.

I remembered what I had learned in Morgan Samuel Price’s workshop  2 weeks ago.  I worked with the intention of creating the illusion of space, with horizontal surfaces catching much more light and vertical surfaces much less, using values to lead the eye through the painting.

For my first painting, I was interested by the four trees along the shoreline, so I opted not to include the boat, “Pompano”, which stood on dry-land props between two of the trees.  My interest was that one of the trees was as orange as it was green.  After I finished it, I painted a second, smaller painting, this one of the boat.  Both paintings accomplished what I set out to do.

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“In Plein Sight”, in Emerald Coast Magazine

Emerald Coast Magazine, April-May 2014,

Joan Vienot In Plein SightEariler this year, I saw a news photographer at one of our painting sites, but I thought he was taking pictures of other artists.  To my surprise, the photo published is a photo of me, working on my painting at Oaks Marina, in Niceville, Florida!  The print version of Emerald Coast Magazine uses the photo for the whole page, with the story inset.  The story in digital format can be found at  Story by Diane Dorney,  and photo by Scott Holstein.

Oil painting of the view from the Oak Marina at Niceville, Florida