Free Transportation and Parking for Art Basel Miami Beach 2018

Art and fun in the sun.

Art and fun in the sun awaits at Art Basel Miami Beach.

Parking is always a premium in Miami. During Art Basel the competition and prices for parking will be at an all time high. Save yourself some cash, a headache and a parking ticket, catch one of the free shuttles.

See exciting installations and art at The Bass.

See exciting installations at The Bass.

Art Week Shuttle offers complimentary service that provides free transportation to the Miami Beach Convention Center, Midtown, Wynwood, Design District and more. Visit Art Fairs located throughout the city during  Miami Art Week and Art Basel Miami Beach with a breeze.

Enjoy free shuttle service aboard the Miami Beach Trolley. Get four hours of free parking at designated parking garages with a voucher from the trolley driver. 
For information on maps, bus stops, schedules and more visit


Golden Memories for the holidays

Flagler Memorial Church in St. Augustine, Florida

My painting “Golden Memories. “

Recognized as one of the 20 most beautiful churches in America, Flagler Memorial Church lives up to its reputation. Located in St. Augustine, Florida the church was built by Standard Oil magnate Henry Flagler. It was constructed in 1889 in honor of Flagler’s daughter who died in childbirth. The Tiffany-style stained glass adorns this magnificent edifice. 

Buy affordable prints, greeting cards and more of my paintings on at Get free shipping now through November 25. 

Shop Small, Save Big

New Canal Lighthouse.

Save on my museum quality prints at the Jacksonville International Airport.

Experience the best of Jacksonville while exploring unique art, handcrafted items and custom jewelry at the boutique shop “Made in Jax” at the Jacksonville Airport. Over 60 local artists are showcased. 

Made in Jax.

Local artists are showcased at Made in Jax.

Save big on my museum quality Lighthouse watercolor prints. Each print in the Escape Artist series is signed and features a narrative with visitor information, interesting facts and a fascinating tale. 

Purchase unique gifts at Made in Jax.

Purchase unique gifts & souvenirs from Made in Jax.

You May Hold the Key

Many lighthouses are owned by non profits.

Many lighthouses like the St. Augustine Lighthouse are owned by non profits.

In 2016, Florida Keys Reef Lighthouses were listed among the most endangered historical sites by a Preservation group. Now the fate of the Lighthouses may soon be in the hands of the public or non profits.
Five Keys Reef lighthouses have been declared excess by the Coast Guard. They will be offered for free to a non profit or government agency. If that fails the Lighthouses will be put up for public auction.
According to Adam Rondeau, regional public affairs officer for Government Services Administration, “The disposition of these lighthouses will be conducted in accordance with the National Lighthouse Preservation Act.” (Miami Herald)

The Arts Are Open 

My weekend ended with a visit to CORK Studios.

Friday, I headed to San Marco for Elbert Shubert’s Art Reception at Trends Art and Home Decor. The artist paintings were dazzling and alive with color. The exhibit of 21 paintings were a snapshot of the artist exploits. Scenes of landmarks and landscapes captivated the imagination of guests. Hors d’oeuvres and wine complimented the evening. 

Trends Art Reception.

Elbert Shubert and guests at the reception at Trends Home & Art Decir.

Saturday, my sister and I ventured to the historic neighborhood of Riverside for CORK studios’ open house. The first artist we met, Stephanie Zide, had just been accepted in one of the art shows at Miami Beach Art Basel. It was refreshing to talk to her about my Miami roots while transitioning into the Jacksonville art scene. 

My sister & I pose with the artist

My sister and I pose with Stephanie Zide the artist at CORK.

The CORK studio art complex was massive and housed in three separate warehouse buildings. We had fun exploring the artists’ studios and discovering new pieces of art. It was wonderful to spend the weekend engaging with a diverse community of artists.  

Installation at CORK Open House.

CORK Studios Open House.

Good News and Bad News

St Marks after restoration.

St. Marks after being newly restored.

Hurricane Michael brought devastating damage to the west coast of Florida. The aftermath of the hurricane brought good news and bad news for a lighthouse on the west coast that was recently restored.

 The St. Marks Lighthouse keepers quarters staircase was destroyed but water did not get inside. 
Other areas of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge sustained damage that caused the closure of roadways and damage to other facilities. (Tallahassee Democrats)

Coming of Age

Coming of Age

“Coming of Age”

I began working on this painting during the Lions 21st Anniversary Celebration on October 13. The Venetian inspired San Marco Square was alive with festivities. I walked around the tiered Lions Fountain to find the best vantage point. I decided to paint the Lions with the San Marco Building behind it. There appeared to be a common thread.

San Marco Square

San Marco Square

And I was right. After further research I learned that the designers of the Lions Statue and San Marco Building were both influenced by the architecture in the Venetian Piazza San Marco or San Marco Square.

Lions Fountain

Lions Fountain

After settling on the composition for the painting, I decided to use a blue and yellow color scheme. During the celebration, the Lions were adorned with blue and yellow birthday hats. Blue seemed to be a good choice. It was a sunny day with clear blue skies during my second outing working on the painting. Blue also symbolizes the water of the fountain. I used yellow in the building to contrast with the Lions Statue and to soften the dominance of the San Marco Building.

Me at the San Marco Birthday.

Me at the Lions 21st Birthday Celebration.

I am passionate about the preservation of historic buildings. The 21st Anniversary Celebration of the Lions Fountain brought me full circle. My journey as a lighthouse artist began with painting Art Deco buildings in Miami. My enchantment with Historic San Marco has its roots in the Miami Beach Art Deco Historic District. 

Trends Art & Home Decor.

You’ll find great art and furniture at Trends Art & Home Decor.

You can see my painting at Trends Art and Home Boutique at 3915 Hendricks Avenue in San Marco, Jacksonville, Florida. For more information on Trends visit their Facebook page or call 904-346-1738. To see more of my art, visit my website