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Artists who paints in oil en plein aire. Member of the three member Plein Aire Cottage Artists. Members: Mary Rose Holmes, Violetta Chandler and Helen Tilston

Friday, July 8, 2011

Beware of night ramblings

Cornell Museum - Crest Threatre (photo courtesy Melissa Carter)
Beware of night ramblings

We don't knooow what we don't knooow, said a non English speaking professor  of architecture when describing the famous Palladio in a lecture to us one time in Venice, Italy.  We forgot most of the wisdom he imparted at our lecture but his expression "We don't knoooooow, what we don't know"(which he repeated throughout the lecture)  is often repeated by us at parties and we(artists, Violtta and Mary Rose, Plein Aire Cottage Artists) all giggle uncontrollably at our little inside joke and at the fondness of the memory.

Villa Foscari (La Malcontenta) Andrea Palladio near lagoon Venice Italy

Mary Rose, Violetta and Helen painting Cornell Museum en plein aire
Violetta, Helen and Mary Rose deliver their triptych painting to Cornell Museum

We just don't knooow who is checking out our blogs and what surprising, joyful news and invitations are coming our way.

Following my posting on encaustic painting, the Director of Cornell Museum contacted me and asked if I would exhibit some of my encaustic paintings at their museum. Cornell Museum at Old School Square is located in downtown Delray Beach, Florida, a first-class resort destination and a diverse, vibrant "All-America" city.  This "Village by the Sea" is situated on the Atlantic Ocean between Boca Raton and West Palm Beach.  Delray Beach is just 30 minutes south of Palm Beach International Airport and 45 minutes north of Fort Lauderdale.

Helen taking a break in the beautiful foyer of Cornell Museum

Music:Pictures at an Exhibition 
 The charming Cornell Museum of Art and American Culture (c. 1913) presents rotating local, national and international exhibits of fine art, crafts and pop culture.  The intimate, 323-seat Crest Theatre (c. 1925) presents world-class musicals, comedy, variety, Broadway cabaret with New York's hottest stars, and lectures with nationally renowned speakers.

Should you happen to be in the Delray Beach area between July 12 and October 23, 2011, please stop in and visit.

The delightful town has numerous outstanding restaurants and boutiques and also a beautiful beach. 

Cornell Museum has a triptych of their building, painted by the Plein Aire Cottage Artists,
Helen Tilston, Mary Rose Holmes and Violetta Chandler.  One panel painted by each artist, as seen below. It is proudly hung at Cornell Museum.Cornell Exhibition of art
Details of Encaustic painting by Helen Tilston
Violeta, Helen and Mary Rose at Cornell Museum

Have you ever visited Cornell Museum at Delray Beach?Do your plans in the next few months include Delray Beach ?

As always your comments are my treasure


  1. Hello Helen:
    Conversely, we assume, we knooow what we knooow!

    Of one thing we are certain is our absolute delight at the constant recognition of your work in so very many illustrious places. You must be thrilled and would that we were able to see it for ourselves from July 12th. The idea of a triptych, painted by three different artists, is so very fascinating and, surely, quite unusual.

    The picture you show of your fellow artists are so very happy. They look to be the most wonderful of colleagues and friends. We do so wish you all well.

    As an aside, we have reverted to addressing you as Helen, rather than Helena, over which we may have made a mistake for which many apologies. Both are favourite names of ours.

  2. Dear Helen,

    What an incredible painting! I love it. It is great to see you and thank you for making me laugh...now I have to say "we don't knooow what we don't know" as well. Wishing you a lovely weekend! xo

  3. Hello Helen!

    The exhibition is such a wonderful event - I'm happy for you!


  4. Good Morning Jane and Lance Hattatt

    To my delight and assumption please knooow that your note has certainly brought me tremendous joy.

    It would be so wonderful to meet you and Delray Beach would provide the perfect backdrop for a perfect visit.

    I treasure my friendship with Violetta (Russian born) Mary Rose American born - we call ourselves the IRA - (Ireland Russia and America) however, the only weapon we brandish is a paintbrush. It is wonderful to have a professional relationship that also crosses the line into strong friendship and mutual respect.Both of them are joyous and have a wicked sense of humour, sometimes childish as you can see.(I feel both of you are very familiar with this and how you choose to live life).

    Thank you for your liking my name in both its forms, my friends call me Helen and in the "I knoow what I knoow theme", I consider you friends.
    Hope the weather is a little cooler in Budapest.

    Helen xx

  5. Mrs. Little Jeans

    Delighted to hear you gained a chuckle and that despite living with Augustus and Ollie you remain with the philosophy "We don't knooow, what we don't knooow". Our pets certainly make us wiser.
    I love your blog and wishing you weather where the cats can chase the sun rays.

  6. Laura @ luxinteriordesigns.com

    Hope you have a beautiful weekend and thank you for your kindness, support and comments.
    Helen xx

  7. Helen, very well done on the Exhibition! You and your friends are all very glamourous! Many thanks for your comments. Have a lovely weekend, love Linda x

  8. Hi Linda Flowers at my table

    As always, I thank you for your sincere and kind good wishes. Thanks for thinking we are glamerous - we sometimes have "had head". We all love to dress nicely and all three of us have fashion backgrounds.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend Linda.

  9. I love those little inside jokes. You knoooow?

  10. Hello Suze

    Thank you for your sense of humour and comment, you knooow I truly appreciate hearing from you.xx

  11. That would be a dream come true...but I don't think I will be traveling to that part of the country! I hope you will continue to post about it and share your news! ♥

  12. Hello Lavender Dreamer

    Sorry you are unable to make it to Delray Beach, I thank you for your kind and good wishes

    Have a lovely week
    Helen xx

  13. Congratulations Helen :) I do wish I could come and see your amazing work. How proud you must be ! xx Ava

  14. Hello Ava

    Thank you so much for your kindness and encouragement. That would be a beautiful wish come true if you could come.
    My best

  15. Helen, wow, how exciting! I'm so happy for you. I'm glad to see your talent and that of other artists is being recognized.

  16. Hello Elisa

    How kind of you to visit and make a comment. Yes, I am very pleased to be exhibiting at Cornell. It is a stunningly beautiful museum on such beautiful grounds.

    Many thanks

  17. Dear Helen,
    Wow, congratulations!!! This is very well-deserved recognition of your talent, as well as the talent of your fellow artists. I am so glad for you!
    All the best,

  18. Hello Louise

    Thank you for visiting and for your words of encouragement and good wishes.

    It is a beautiful museum and has that old world charm and also is visited by many. Delray Beach is a charming town.

    Have a beautiful weekend Louise