You may have heard on the news that a tornado touched down in St. Petersburg this week, but don’t worry; I’m fine! We had lots of wind and rain Tuesday, but it was beautiful on Wednesday, although windy and cold.
I’ve been working in my studio and will have some new paintings to show you soon. You know what they say about all work and no play, so I’ve played some, too. This past weekend I watched the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Jets with my friend Joyce Wilson. I don’t usually get into football, but I really enjoyed watching this game. I jumped and cheered along with everyone else. I’ll go to a Super Bowl party this year, too, even though I normally don’t stay ’til the end. What I enjoy is watching everyone else’s enthusiasm and excitement.
I also went to the 36th Annual International Miniature Art Show at the Dunedin Fine Art Center in Dunedin, Florida. There are over 900 miniature paintings and sculptures in the exhibit, and some were so small that the Art Center provided magnifying glasses to view them. Since I’ve been working on miniatures lately for the Moss Museum’s “Moss in Miniature” Exhibit, it was fun to see what other artists are doing. These were all very different from mine, and I found it very interesting.
On Wednesday I had 75 people in my home! Members of the Art Association of Palm-Aire Country Club in Sarasota came to St. Petersburg to tour The Chihuly Collection, which is located across from my home. Afterward, they came over for a tour of my house and studio and also visited the Finn Gallery. They had lunch at my house, which was catered by Grayl’s Lantern Lane Hotel. They were a great group, led by Rita Probat, who is also a docent at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. It was a fun day!
Members of the Art Association of Palm-Aire Country Club in Sarasota on tour at my home in St. Petersburg, FL.
The group enjoyed a luncheon catered by Grayl’s Lantern Lane Hotel, which is another of my neighbors.
St. Petersburg has so much to offer, and I’m blessed to live so close to both The Chihuly Collection and the Salvador Dali Museum. There’s so much to do and see, even from my kitchen window.
Mark Your Calendars!
Mark your calendars for April 8-9, when the P. Buckley Moss Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia, will host the Virginia Chapter of the World Organization of China Painters (WOCP) for its 2011 Exhibition and Convention: Artistry on Porcelain. This will be the 2011 State Show of painted porcelain, demonstrations, “Paint-it & Take-it”, white china, and supplies. For more information, please contact either the P. Buckley Moss Museum at 1-800-430-1320 or 540-949-6473 or Kay Atkinson with the VAWOCP at 540-765-9030.