|Ninety Nine Steps to the Beach, a triptych by Mary Rose Holmes, Violetta Chandles and Helen Tilston|
My art partners Mary Rose Holmes, Violetta Chandler and I were asked by Leepa Rattner Museum and Artists' Faire Fine Art Gallery to be the Judges of The Plein Air Paint Out in Tarpon Springs Florida. Over four days, artists painted en plein air. The Award Presentation was Sunday past. This "Event" attracts many of North America's finest plein air painters.
|Tarpon Springs, Florida|
Settled by Greeks, where the language is still widely spoken. This seaside town provides delicious Greek cuisine, OPA echoes through the narrow streets, as steaming plates are taken to tables by enthusiastic waiters. Daily specials of the freshest, local seafood are offered.
Bakeries offer baklava and sumptuous deserts.
|Artist Mary Rose Holmes viewing art in progress|
Between judging and the presentation of ribbons and party, we took time to practice our trade
|Artists Mary Rose, Helen and Violetta painting at Tarpon Springs|
|Artist Helen Tilston views pastel paintings|
The work submitted was superb and selecting winners was a time consuming and careful task
|Violetta and Mary Rose planning presentation speech|
|Best of Show ribbon pinned by Heather Risley Owner of Gallery|
Second Place: Kathy Detrano
Third Place: Cathy Morgan
We kept our presentation speech short and Violetta added this beautiful line:
"Shostakovich said artists just need three things: "Praise, Praise and more Praise"