Military Officers Association Members Treated to a Painting Lesson From Renowned Artist Joe Palmerio

Military Officers Association Members Treated to a Painting Lesson From Renowned Artist Joe Palmerio

Southwest FL –MOAS Luncheon in April the attendees were treated to a painting lesson from Joe Palmerio, a renowned local artist. Mr. Palmerio, a resident of Sarasota for the past twenty-eight years, is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Barnes Foundation, Lower Merion, Pa. He studied Sculpture at the Frudakis Academy, and metal sculpture at Tyler School of Art, Temple University. He taught painting in community arts centers in Pennsylvania and Colorado and taught physically challenged adults in Philadelphia for seven years. Mr. Palmerio exhibits throughout the United States. Numerous private and public collections include his works.

He began by telling the audience they were going to get a painting lesson and described the site he was going to paint; one we were all familiar with – O’Leary’s Tiki Bar on City Island, looking to the west towards Big Pass. He completed an oil painting about 14”x11” in the Plein Air style, a French expression meaning “in the open air.” It is used by artists to describe the art of outdoor painting, capturing landscapes and views in natural light, although he did it on a stage at Michael’s on East.

He emphasized that the major items to take into consideration while painting are the values; light, medium and dark colors and how you blend them together to create a work of art. He set up his old French easel on the stage, which was interesting in itself. The easel has stand-alone legs, complete with storage compartments for his paints, brush, and assorted rags, etc, everything that a painter would need. He emphasized that it was over 40 years old and an antique itself.

During his presentation he presented several anecdotes about his career, with help from his spouse Gioia talking about his awards; working as a recreation leader for the City of Philadelphia, the Director of Recreation for the Ute Mountain Indian tribe in Colorado., and as the Everglades Artist in Residence in 2003.

After completing his painting, Joe graciously offered it up for our 50-50 Raffle and one of our long-time members won it. This was truly a great presentation.

MOAS is the Sarasota Chapter of Military Officers Association of America. MOAA is the nation’s largest and most influential association of military officers with 400,000 members. It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization. For more information visit, Are you a former military officer? Please come and join us at our monthly luncheon.

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April 14, 2021 Meet and GreetWhtiaker Park


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Just want to remind all of you that this months Meet and Greet at Whitaker Gateway Park in Sarasota is scheduled for this evening from 6:00pm to Sunset.

There is some paving work being done in the area, so the parking may be a bit tight.  Some of the parking spaces may be occupied, but one can also park along the curb.

To enter the park - Take Route 41 to the circle at 14th St. (Imperial Drive).  

Coming from the north it is the first exit from the circle — coming from the south it is the  third exit. The park has parking, grass, picnic tables, rest rooms, and is on the Bay. 

Drive all the way in for parking closest to the largest pavilion and seawall. I'll try to put up balloons.

There is plenty of room for us to bring our own chairs and grills are available if anyone wants cook.  As usual bring your own libations and snacks and assemble at 1800 at the west side of the park.

Please wear your mask and keep socially distanced.

If you can't find us please call: Peggy O’Connell at (312)982-1374  

Hope to see you there.

VA Covid-19 Vaccines

For those of you who have not yet received your Covid-19 vaccinations, the VA has made the following announcements:
These groups are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine as supply allows:
  • All Veterans 
  • Spouses and surviving spouses of Veterans
  • Caregivers of Veterans. For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, we define a caregiver as a family member or friend who provides care to a Veteran. Caregivers may help a Veteran with personal needs like feeding, bathing, or dressing. They may also help a Veteran with tasks like shopping or transportation. 
  • Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits
COVID-19 vaccine is available at all locations, by appointment or walk-in's through the hours of 9:00a.m. to 2:00p.m., Monday through Friday.

We are hosting several COVID-19 vaccine clinics offsite in communities throughout our region. Each clinic will offer appointment and/or walk-in availability. Documentation is not required. Details are as follows:

  • April 9, 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m.: VFW Sarasota Sunshine Post 3233 (124 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, FL 34237)
  • April 12, 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.: American Legion Bradenton Kirby Stewart Post 24 (2000 75th St. W, Bradenton, FL, 34209)
  • April 13, 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m.: DayStar Life Center (1055 28th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712)
  • April 17, 12:00p.m.-3:00p.m.: American Legion St. Pete Andy Anderson Post 125 (6440 5th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33707)
  • April 24, 9:00a.m.-2:00p.m.: Manatee County Public Safety Complex Drive Thru (2101 47th Terrace E, Bradenton, FL 34203)
  • May 15, 9:00a.m.-2:00p.m.: Manatee County Public Safety Complex Drive Thru (2101 47th Terrace E, Bradenton, FL 34203)

Vaccine at the VA

 March 26, 2021

C19 Available

Need a COVID-19 vaccination?

We are hosting a vaccination clinic this Saturday, March 27th at C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center for Veterans of all ages who receive care from VA. To make an appointment for this clinic, please call our COVID-19 Call Center at 727-395-2400 now.

We also offer COVID-19 vaccinations for enrolled and eligible Veterans at our C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center, Lee County VA Healthcare Center, and our Sarasota Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) locations, by appointment, Monday- Friday as vaccine is available.

CBOCs in Bradenton, Naples, Port Charlotte, Sarasota and Sebring are also offering COVID-19 vaccine to enrolled and eligible Veterans of all ages, by appointment. Vaccine appointments for these locations are based on vaccine availability.

Bay Pines VA Veterans of all ages, regardless of where they receive care, can always opt to get their vaccine at the C.W. Bill Young Medical Center.

Please note: we are continuing to offer vaccine to Veteran caregivers who are enrolled in VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) and designated as a caregiver.

How you can make an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Call our COVID-19 Call Center at 727-395-2400 to schedule your appointment. You can also visit our COVID-19 webpage for more information.

Why should you consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine now?

A vaccine will help protect you, other Veterans and our staff by lowering the risk of getting an infection.  Vaccines will also slow the spread of the virus protecting our families, friends, and neighbors.

What else you need to know.

You will need to receive two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, and one does of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine to be more fully protected. Depending on the vaccine you receive, you may need to be available to come back to the location you received your first dose in either 21 or 28 days for your second dose.

After you receive the vaccine, it will still be important to continue wearing a mask in public, washing your hands, and staying at least 6 feet from others who don’t live with you until the virus is under control. It is our hope that a vaccine will help us all come through this pandemic together.

Please call us today to make an appointment!