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An exhibit of the works by the Bonnet House Fine Artists at the Carl Weinhardt Gallery will be held from January 15, 2015 through March 1, 2015.  The opening reception will be announced.

The theme of the show will be the fine points of the art on the Bonnet House property.

Mary Belle will be submitting two porcelain paintings of orchids photographed on the property and the porcelain picture titled “Bonnet House Reflections,”  mounted on hand painted silk.

The show ill be another show case of the fine art of Bonnet House Museum.


Porcelain artist Mary Belle Cordell is painting twenty ten inch plates to be installed as one work of art.  They will be installed in rows of four plates.  Each plate will touch the other.  A continual 17th century floral pattern will flow throughout the design.  You may look forward in the next few months to view how this china painting project is progressing.  Each designed plate will connect to one of the other plates and all will be fired in a kiln many times at a temperature of 1400 to 1700 degrees.  Mary Belle is continually pushing the limits with her original designs.  The fine art of china painting is always opening new experiences for this porcelain artist.



Saturday, August 23, 1-4 OPEN HOUSE: Meet teachers, learn about classes, visit the studios and see short demonstrations and art techniques.  The faculty exhibit will be on display but the reception for the faculty exhibit will be held on Friday 10/24/14.  Hope you will attend both events.  I will be demonstrating china painting techniques and will also be showing my latest porcelain painting at the open house.

Adult Class Schedule:

Term 1A Start 9-1 Ends 9-28 $130.00

Term 1B Start 9-29 End 10-26 $175.00

All Seen Weeks $20.00 Discount, $285.00

I will be teaching china painting every Friday from 9-12.  Classes begin September 12, 2014.  Come and join the fun and learn a new art form.

Call the school for more information: 561-392-2503.





Amy Cheney Beach (1867-1944) was the first women composer to be recognied in the Unitamy_beach_drawing_by_mary_belle_cordell_newed States.  She was the first woman in America known to have composed a symphony.  She composed hundreds of other compositions that included a piano concerto, an opera, numerous piano solos and duets.

The ink drawings of Amy Beach will be used on tiles, a music book and shirts to help celebrate the 150th birthday of this famous woman composer. 

Mary Belle is excited to have her ink drawings used in such a special way.



Mary Belle Cordell was juried into the prestigious Impressions Art Show held at The Bonnet House Museum, 900 North Birch Road,Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The judge was Matt Caron, nationally known artist and gallery owner. Her porcelain painting titled “Bonnet House Singers” was sold at this event. Mary Belle has been Vice President of Events and Membership for the Bonnet Alliance . She is presently an adviser to the  Bonnet Alliance Board.




Porcelain artiPicture of Mary Belle Cordell and composer Gail Smithst Mary Belle Cordell and pianist composer Gail Smith will be appearing at the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Community church, 4433 Bougainvillea Dr., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 7:00 PM until 9:00PM.  The musical program will feature a new composition written by Gail and inspired by the porcelain painting titled, Storm on the Beach.  The original painting will be shown at the concert and copies of the music and the painting will be available for purchase.



Porcelain Painting Storm on the Beach

Storm on the Beach







One of South Florida’s most distinctive historic structures, the Sample-McDouald House was built in 1916 by Albert Neal Sample, a Pompano area pioneer.  The house was originally located on Dixie Highway, in the midst of Sample’s pineapple fields.

In 1943 the house was purchased by William D. McDougald, a Deerfield Beach farmer and lawman.  The family preserved the house’s original architectural style.  The structure was moved to the current location and is now open to the public for tours and special events.  It serves as a visible reminder of our pioneer heritage.

Mary Belle will be exhibiting her porcelain art at this historic house from March 5th until March 21st, 2014.

Call 954-691-5686 for museum hours.



Everglades Forever Celebration

museumofdiscoveryandsciencelogoARTSERVE and the Museum of Discovery and Science collaborated in their Everglades Forever project on December 7th and 8th, 2013.  Twenty artists were selected to show their art and encourage visitors to view the Everglades and support the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan.  Building a connection through art and lectures was the theme for the weekend.

The expended attendance of this event was 4,000 people per day.

Mary Belle Cordell was a featured artist and speaker at the museum on Sunday, December 8, 2013.  Her porcelain painting was titled “Silent Retreat”.  The painting included a blue heron in a misty Everglades setting.  She spoke about the threatened and endangered species who reside in the boundaries of Everglades National Park and about the restoration that began in 1980 and continues today.  Mary Belle stated: “There is a never ending supply of beautiful art to be seen in our own back yard, “The River of Grass”, the Florida Everglades.” 




silent_retreat_porcelain_paintingSilent Retreat

Mary Belle Cordell is showing her porcelain paintings “Silent Retreat” in the South Florida: New Perspectives show at the Bonnet House Museum.  The exhibition is being held in the Carl Weinhardt Gallery at Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304.  Exhibition date January 16, 2014 through March 2, 2014.

Not being exhibited but in the same porcelain painting series by Mary Belle is this beautiful artwork:
gladesA Very Cool Drink


Mary Belle Cordell receives Scholarship from the Florida State National League of American Pen Women

national_league_of_american_pen_womenMary Belle was awarded the JUST FOR YOU scholarship from the National League of American Pen Women at November convention in Daytona Beach FI. The scholarship may be used to attend any art school of her choice to continue her work in porcelain art. She will use the scholarship to attend the Georgia by the Sea School of Porcelain Art at Tybee Island, Georgia. She will be studying portrait painting with Internationally known porcelain artist Jane Marcks.

Mary Belle continues to study and teach the art of porcelain painting.