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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Save Our Cottages; Artists with a cause documentary

Plein Aire Cottage Artists 3 Members/3 friends Helen Tilston, Mary Rose Holmes and Violetta Chandler.
January 11 Save Our Cottages Artists with a Cause documentary and art show played to a sold out audience at Indian Rocks Beach, Florida.
Guests for documentary and art show, Indian Rocks Beach

More than 400 collectors and clients filled the art centre.
Interested collector views paintings by Helen tilston
Two years of filming, painting and planning went into this event.   We filmed in Provence, France, the birthplace of impressionism and also at Indian Rocks Beach, Florida.  Two of the most fun filled years of our lives.  

A triptych, one panel by each artist as shown here with Mary Rose Holmes

The three member Plein Aire Cottage Artists are the feature of the documentary and like all great documentaries it is the guests and speakers who contributed who made the documentary such a success.  It was accepted at Gasparilla Film Festival in Tampa and won the "People's Choice" Award in 2019.   Currently it is being entered in film festivals such as Toronto, Cork and others before going as promised to PBS where it will receive widespread viewing.   Emmy Award documentary film maker Lynn Marvin Dingfelder and Emmy award cinematographer Larry Wiezycki are a joy to know and work with.

Documentary Film-maker, Lynn Marvin Dingfelder, Violetta Chandler, Larry Wiezycki and Kim Wiezycki

Guests from Arizona, Janice Boug, Artist Helen Tilston and guest from Toronto Raquel Benzacar Savatti

Patron viewing paintings

Patrons Jeni Rae Bond and Jude Bond
Patron Susan Murbach and Helen Tilston

Some new and exciting projects on the back burner which we shall reveal shortly.

Thank you my blogging friends for following along.


  1. You three have traveled a remarkable journey these past two years. Thanks for caring about saving the charming cottages of Indian Rocks Beach. Our community reverberates with the joy in your hearts and sparkles through the unique colors you have captured on canvas. Well done, Ladies! Kudos!

  2. Dear Helen, it was a delight to see your post, and to read about your project. How I would love to see the documentary - perhaps it will turn up in Australia one day. Your black and white outfits are very glamourous, especially your black sequinned jacket. As ever, your paintings are magical, and I can see the sunshine of Provence and Florida shining on those pretty houses. xxx

  3. Helen, this is absolutely incredible! I always smile when I find a new post from you and this has definitely done it again. What a project! What beautiful art! What a wonderful threesome of artists! Congratulations!

  4. You, and everyone including the art look fantastic!

  5. You, and everyone including the art look fantastic!
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  6. Helen Glynn Tilston. When I found you, I Cried the Tears Flowed|||| Wishing you all well and safe. I'll Sing Carrigfergus later. michaeldeburca42@gmail.com