They are all volunteers, performing a labor of love. They are the Westchase Artists Society, a group of about 15 people who range from painters to sculptors to photographers.
There is even an artist who specializes in making paper airplanes that are completely unlike the ones you used to make at school and throw when the teacher wasn’t looking.
The group is opening a two-month run at Carter’s Gallery, 11959 Sheldon Road. Refreshments will be served at the official opening reception on May 4 from 3 to 7 p.m.
The show is a big deal for the group, which is headed by Teresa Trubilla, and meets once a month, on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 7- 9 p.m., at the Upper Tampa Bay Library in Westchase.
“Our group members are really looking forward to sharing some of their new artwork with the local community in this, their first group show in almost two years,” Trubilla said.
The group’s shows aren’t limited to adults. The society, which has been around since 2006, is very involved in bringing art to youngsters to further the art community in Westchase and Tampa Bay. There are children’s art projects at the Westchase First Friday events, as well as at the Westchase Community Association Fall Festival and the Westchase 20th Anniversary Party.
Trubilla joined the society in 2007 and has moved up to president. She specializes in photography but has a passion for all things when it comes to art.
“I like to help local artists get their start at showing off their art,” Trubilla said. “We have something for everyone, whether it is photography, ceramics, painting or anything else. It’s exciting.”
Trubilla got her start in photography and it became a specialty with the advancement of digital photography. She specialized in wildlife photography and graphic design and it all came together when she got involved with the society.
“We put on shows and never know what we are going to do,” Trubilla said. “We just come up with different ideas. Everybody comes up with ideas and we put together the puzzle. You never know what we’re going to do.”
There are dues to join the society, but guests are welcome to attend the meetings. Trubilla added that one of the perks for joining s that members get first dibs at showing their work.