Featured Artist - Dee Lobo
Dancing, Singing, Cooking, Painting, Teaching
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There is a lot more to Dee Lobo than meets the eye. She is a long time member of Las Damas and many of our newer members may not have had a chance to get to know her. She is a very energetic, passionate, and colorful artist and performer. Below is her Biography information and following that are fascinating additional tidbits about her life and career and examples of her artwork.
Dee Lobo was born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She painted many
portraits from life of children in pastel and oils at Hyannis, Dennisport,
and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Dee graduated from the Art Institute of Boston and studied at the
Art Student's League of New York City with Daniel Greene, Harvey Dinnerstein, and John Howard Sanden. She also studied sculpture with Rita Fritz of New Jersey.
Dee lived in Miami and Miami Beach, Florida, for 10 years and painted portraits in several hotels, including the Eden Roc Hotel. She taught art (all media), drawing floral, animal, portrait, and human studies for the New Jersey Adult Education Program. She has been in selected one-woman shows in Greenwich Village, New York; Cultural Center, Morris Township; New Jersey.
She is a Life Member of the Art Students' League of New York City, and the Tampa Regional Artists, Inc. Dee is also a member of Las Damas de Arte and Friday Morning Musicale and Barksdale Recreation Center.
She has lived in Tampa, Florida, since 1995 and was a member of the TRA executive board. In this capacity, she was in charge of TRA workshops, teaching classes, life classes, and programs.
Dee is presently teaching All Media classes at Allegro Assistant Living at Hyde Park.
She has been a judge and juror for a number of art competitions in the New Jersey and Tampa Bay, Florida, area.
Tidbits about Dee that you may not know. She has done so many different things it is hard to enumerate them all. For example, she was with the Community Arts Ensemble for an entire summer. She learned all about the theater. She also acted, sang and danced with the famous Fred Johnson. She was in Nail Down The Wind - a Community Arts Ensemble. Fred had several of her very large paintings on the stage when she performed. It was in Ferguson Hall of the STRAZ Theater. She was in several other shows: Cabaret, Chicago and other original shows. She was interviewed several times and was featured in photographs in the Tampa Bay News. One of the reporters purchased her large watercolor of two dancers (at a SITA event). She is now in charge of programs at The Friday Morning Musicale Historical Building and has been doing this for 20 years.
She often imitated Carmen Miranda, singing in her voice and dancing. She is pictured here with her painting of Miranda and in her costume.
She took many lessons in Ballroom Dancing and then performed
and competed in many events in Tampa and St. Pete. She taught
Middle Eastern Dance (Belly Dancing) at many schools and facilities
and was very busy also performing the dance. "Great exercise" she
says. "It was so popular before Aerobics". She also performed the
dance for Private Parties and Events. Did I mention she is a
seamstress? Her mother was a professional seamstress and
taught her to sew. She made her costumes for Ball Room
Performances and the Middle Eastern Performances.
Dee is also a Culinary Professional Cook and has catered many
events. She did both the Cooking and Performing at some of them.
She once won The Top Prize at the Hilton Hotel in Morristown, NJ for
her recipe using NJ tomatoes (Tomato Potato Surprise (a pie)). She
won a huge, huge basket with all kinds of fancy foods, fruit, cheeses,
wines and a TRIP for 2 to San Francisco, CA and an all free stay for
2 weeks at the Hilton Hotel. "Absolutely marvelous", said Dee.
An artist friend of hers, unable to do this herself, referred Dee to
a group that has huge family reunions. They wanted a painting of
each person (most were deceased). They gave her photos, most
terrible, i.e. out of focus. She had to get the likeness okayed by the
group and arrange them on a large art surface. They reproduced the
the image and put on T-shirts! They sold the items and made
donations to the Group. She was like a Plastic Surgeon constructing.
Another: she did fashion illustrations for a hi-rise exclusive women's fashion store in New Jersey. She
had to go into the store and draw and paint the actual clothes that were on the models. The illustrations
were reproduced in newspapers - a great challenge!
Lastly, she has been a life-long artist. She has been in many Art Clubs in MA, NJ, NY and FL. She
paints in Pastel, Acrylic, Oils and Watercolor. She does all kinds of painting, but specializes in Portraits.
She has been a member of Las Damas de Arte for 20 years and Rena Jacobson was her sponsor. Dee taught at Tampa Regional Artists and taught many workshops for Las Damas years ago and had many students. Thank you, Dee.
DEE LOBO - a talent-filled well-lived life - still going strong.