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Fort Myers Beach Art Association President Star Sherwood (left) and Helma Gansen (right) cut the cake to celebrate the association’s 71st anniversary Thursday at the gallery’s open house. Photo by Nathan Mayberg

It was a packed house at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery for a birthday party, open house, demonstrations and a juried spring exhibition.

Mixed media art Betadine” by Michele Buelow is on view at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery through March 10

Helma Gansen (left) and Michele Buelow (right), members of the Fort Myers Beach Art Association.

“Point of Interest” watercolor on Yupo by Julie Nusbaum

Watercolor “Ponte di Rialto” by Irwin Hawkes in Studio 2. Hawkes’ works are on view in Studio 2 of the Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery through Thursday, March 10.

Mixed acrylic “Thru the Trees” by Jeanne Raimondi

The Fort Myers Beach Spring Juried Exhibition runs through Thursday, March 10 at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery at 3030 Shell Mound Boulevard. Photo by Nathan Mayberg

Watercolor “Dance” by Star Sherwood

Michele Buelow (left) and Diane Kuntz (right) discuss collage art during a demonstration at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association Open House. Photo by Nathan Mayberg

Helma Gansen shows off her new oil painting she’s been working on during a demonstration Thursday at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery.

“Solitude” mixed media by Milly Pereira

“Stormy Journey” by John Rizza

Floyd Lawrence, artist of the Fort Myers Beach Art Association, painted

Henri Garnett’s acrylic “Flipper” is on display at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery until March 10

The minutes of the first recorded meeting of the Fort Myers Beach Art Association in 1951. Photo by Nathan Mayberg

The Fort Myers Beach Art Association opened its gallery at 3030 Shell Mound Boulevard on February 23, 1968.

It’s been 71 years since the Fort Myers Beach Art Association held its first recorded meeting and 54 years since it opened its gallery at 3030 Shell Mound Boulevard, but who’s counting?

The art association keeps track of its history and held a 71st birthday celebration last week, which was also about a week after the anniversary of its gallery’s inauguration. Work began at the gallery in February 1968 on land donated by the Zimmer family.

The association held an open house last Thursday to celebrate anniversaries while presenting its latest spring show with jury “Unclear boundaries.”

With demos from association artists as well as cake and refreshments, the gallery sold out to mark the occasion.

Fort Myers Beach Art Association publicity director Pam Flaherty said the association is doing well. “We have a lot of new members” she says.

Fort Myers Beach Art Association president Star Sherwood said her show at Studio 2 was a success last month, with several artworks selling.

“We had a record number of entries on our shows,” said Flaherty.

The spring competition with jury “Blurred Borders” sponsored by Gavin’s Ace Hardware, features over 80 works and runs through March 10. More than 100 works of art participated in the exhibition, which was judged by Theresa Girard, nationally known in the art world.

Helma Gansen, who was leading an oil painting art demonstration, explained how her process of creating a flower painting was achieved by taking a photo and then sketching the flowers while looking at the photo before paint at the gallery. She will divide the painting into six sections on her canvas. “I am intrigued by light” Gansen said. “I use oil because it blends so well when you use different colors,” she says.

Gansen has gone through more than 100 photos in the association’s album and has posted the association’s photos through the decades in a slide gallery for attendees to view. “There is a lot of history that I find fascinating” she says. Gansen said the association’s efforts to build its own gallery and maintain it over the years have been impressive. “I have never seen an organization like this” she says. Gansen has been a member of the arts association for 14 years, but said she only began to be seriously active in 2014.

Looking ahead, Gansen and former president Michele Buelow said they are already planning next year “Paint the Beach” Event. The date of February 25 has already been chosen for the artists of the association to create outdoor works throughout the city, from Bowditch Point Park to Lovers Key State Park. The event will be judged by artist Neil Walling.

Works by Irwin Hawkes are also on view in Studio 2 until March 10. A new show, “It’s all right,” will open in the main gallery on March 12. Artist Bea Pappas will open a new exhibition at Studio 2 from March 12.

Jeanne Raimondi opened as March Artist of the Month on March 1 at Shucker’s Galleria. The FMBAA partnered with Shucker’s who graciously offered to use their indoor dining room to display and sell artwork. Shucker’s at the Gulfshore is located at 1250 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931.