Wednesday, April 9, 2008

St. Petersburg Garden Club Visits Indian Rocks Beach





St. Petersburg Garden Club Visits Indian Rocks Beach Shores
The Plein Aire Cottage Artists Mary Rose Holmes and Helen Tilston hosted 24 members from the Garden Club, St. Petersburg, who visited Indian Rocks Beach shores. The tour of gardens of Indian Rocks Beach included: Beachfront 810 with Speaker Lee Wilkerson, Chris Corral's House at 5th Avenue, Colonial Court with speakers Laura and Jim Labadie, Sarah Seaside with speaker Mary and Lee Wilkerson and Kay Smith's Garden and her collection of lilies and environmentally friendly garden.
The Mayor of Indian Rocks Beach, R.B. Johnson, greeted the members and explained IRB's beach re-nourishment plan. The walking tour culminated with lunch at Guppy's where the staff had provided each table with a bouquet of fresh flowers.
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Monday, April 7, 2008

Florida's Forgotten Coast?-Plein Aire Cottage Artists


Coastal Cottages are disappearing due to greedy government's imposing exhorbitant taxes and forcing owners to sell to developers. Three Artists have been painting the cottages and sights along the Gulf of Mexico. Violetta Shtumeyzen, Mary Rose Holmes and Helen Tilston brave all types of weather to paint, en plein aire. These three artists are often signed on Gulf Blvd, with French Easels and umbrellas, as they capture a part of Florida which is disappearing. It will never be forgotten

Guppy's on the Beach, 1701 Gulf Blvd. Indian Rocks Beach permanently carries the art of the artists

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Plein Aire Painting at Indian Rocks Beach


The weather is glorious and the light is remarkable this past few days. Violetta, Mary Rose Holmes and I have been painting, en plein aire. We are working on a trip tych, one panel per artist. The bougainvillia and hibiscus are in their prime.