November Artist of the Month

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  • 3 November, 2013
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2013-11ArtistOfTheMonthBannerThis month’s artist is:

Marie Cummings


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While living in Clearwater, Fl with her three daughters, Marie Cummings made her living as a realtor. When her last daughter entered college, Marie decided to seek a new direction in her life: she explored the world of visual art. While studying Experimental Water media at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, she also ventured into Creative Writing at St. Petersburg College. This dual experience served as a launching pad for a serious embrace of fine art from an outside-the-box viewpoint.


Since that time, Marie has focused on the creative potential of Water media. She finds deep, rich, bold hues intensely exciting. Marie thinks of her palette, brushes and paper as tools for play. Water and paint dance together in her studio, making forms that spark the imagination and speak to the heart. Her work is a form of meditation, an expression of her soul.


Marie recently taught Experimental Water media at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center—the same course that first inspired her to take the leap into the world of art. She also enjoys teaching beginning watercolor classes for adults who are beginning to dip their toes in the wellspring of their own creative resources. She takes a relaxed yet encouraging approach to instruction, giving her students the time, space and gentle guidance necessary to grow as artists.


Marie Cummings is recipient of numerous awards. Most recently the “N.A.W.A. Medal of Honor & Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation Memorial Award” for works on canvas. Marie is a signature member of National and International Watercolor Societies; including Florida Water color Society, Society of Experimental Artists, Society of Layerists in Multi Media, National Association of Women Artists, and Watercolor USA Honor Society. Her work can be found in private collections in several countries, as well as permanent collections including Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO., The Federal Reserve Bank, Jacksonville, FL, and City of Clearwater, FL.



2012 CAA National Juried Art Exhibition, NY Merchandise Award

2010 NAWA Medal of Honor & Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation Memorial Award, NY, NY

2009 Art and Soul of the Catskills, 3rd Place Visual Arts Award

2007 ISAP 10th Annual International Exhibition, Merchandise Award

2007 National Association of Women Artists, Miriam Halpren Memorial Award

2007 Greene County Arts Council Guild Show, Honorable Mention

2007 Cooperstown 72nd Annual National Art Exhibition, Central NY Watercolor Society Award

2007 Abstract 2007 Exhibition at Photos and, Curator’s Choice Award

2006 2006 International Online Exhibition, 3rd Place

2006 Creative Catalyst Summer Art Show, Most Imaginative Award

2006 Art Colony International Online Exhibition, 3rd Place

2006 Tallahassee Watercolor Society, Merit Award

2005 Watercolor USA 2005, Purchase Award

2005 Tallahassee Watercolor Society, 5th Place

2004 Florida Watercolor Society, Merchandise Award

2002 Beach Art Center Member show, Honorable Mention

2002, Cornell Museum Inspirations 2002 Merit Award

2002 Tarpon Springs Art Association, Best of Show

2001 Beach Art Center Member show, Honorable Mention

2000 Tallahassee Watercolor Society, Merchandise Award

2000 Old Hyde Park Art Center, Black and White show, 2nd Place

2000 Council of Fine arts Organizations, 2nd place

2000 Beach Art Center, Annual Member Show, 2nd Place

1999 Tarpon Springs Art Association, 2nd place water media

1999 Marine Midland Bank, Purchase Award

1999 Old Hyde Park Art Center, 2nd place

1999 New Impressions show Art League Manatee County, 2nd place

1998 Promising Picassos, Pasco County Art Center, Honorable Mention

1998 Starke Festival of the Arts, Award of Distinction

1997 Dunedin Fine Art Center, T.J. & Faith McQuillan Award of Excellence



Florida Watercolor Society

Watercolor USA Honor Society

National Association of Women Artists

Society of Layerists in Multi Media

International Society of Experimental Artists

International Society of Acrylic Painters

Tallahassee Watercolor Society



Artist Enhancement Program, the Florida Department of State of Florida Arts Council and division of Cultural Affairs Individual Grant, Pinellas County Art Council 2001-02

Artist Enhancement Grant Program, South Florida Cultural Consortium, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, 2004-05

Strategic Opportunity Stipend, New York Foundation for the Arts, 2007

Society of Layerists in Multi Media travel stipend, 2007.



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