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Hurricane Ian has come and gone in Florida with damaging winds and rains, however many artists and studios like Palette Pals are still waiting for relief and repair to the damage we incurred. We will be back with a renewed energy and confidence that our creative spirit will help us recover from the effects of the hurricane.

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Maggie is a very talented and well-trained painter whose works are being called masterful. She was chosen to be included in the top 20 Master’s “Plein Air” Paradise Paint-Out in Islamorada, Florida in January 2016.

She juried the Rotary Club “Arts Festival on Dearborn Street” 2013 & 2015, 2021 Englewood, Florida; the 2015 Annual Spring Membership Exhibition at the Venice Art Center, Venice, Florida; the 2013 National Art Expo in the Florida Keys; the Coconut Grove Art Festival (2004 & 2009), Coconut Grove, Florida and the Cheyenne National Exhibition, Cheyenne, Wyoming; among other local and regional exhibitions and festivals.

Maggie was selected in 2015 to show in the “Winner’s Circle – Best of the Best” exhibition by the Art Council of Southwest Florida (Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, Florida hosted the exhibition) and Marco Island honored her with an invitation to participate in their Master’s Class Exhibitions in 2000 and 2004. She’s been included in the Ringling School of Art and Design’s Faculty Exhibitions in 2012 & 2013. She’s exhibited and had solo exhibits in various states around the U.S. and Santo Domingo.

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Her art education includes 12 years of classical Chinese Brush Painting under Chow Chian Chiu (Walter Foster Books on Chinese Painting) and I-Hsing Jiu, Washington, D.C.; 8 years in an exclusive 5 artist group for figure drawing and painting under European & South America trained figure painter, Roberto Martinez. She has an A.S. degree in Graphic and Web design has taken numerous workshops and classes with top-seeded watercolor artists, and independent art school programs for figure, watercolor & oil painting, and drawing. She now teaches classes locally in oil & acrylic, figure & portraiture, watercolor, and drawing.

Since moving to the West Coast of Florida in 2010, she has won awards at the Visual Art Center in Punta Gorda in 2014, including People’s Choice (in October) and First Place (in November), and 2nd Place plus Honorable Mention in the Venice Art Center’s Portrait and Figure Exhibition.

Throughout her career, she has formulated successful workshops for many art groups across the US, the Caribbean, and the La Romita School of Art in Italy.

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