TGIF: Doubling as an artist and street cop on Aviles

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Aviles Street in St. Augustine, Florida.

After seven intensive days painting as a Plein Air artist in St. Augustine’s Glided: Impressions of the Flager era, I was ready to put my watercolors and pastels away and cool my brushes.

As I was leaving the Gilded Art Walk reception, a fellow Plein Air artist mentioned a one day event on Aviles. It seems the Art Gallery owners on Aviles Street were inviting artists to paint one day then exhibit the art afterwards.

Since my car was still loaded with art supplies, I decided to participate the next day.

Outside Georgia Nick Gallery

An artist paints in front of Georgia Nick Gallery.

I arrived early the following day for the event. I stopped by Georgia Nick Gallery to receive a badge and gift bag. I found a place on a busy corner to paint.

Corner where I painted

Intersection where I doubled as an artist and traffic cop.

I found a vantage point on a busy corner. Doubling as artist and traffic cop, I painted and hailed traffic for cars driving nearby. It seems the drivers were blind sided and needed help crossing the intersection.

My painting, "Afternoon on Aviles."

My painting, “Afternoon on Aviles.”

After a few hours of painting and hailing traffic, I was pleasantly surprised at results of the painting. I didn’t see much potential in the watercolor wash initially. But as I begin to use complementary pastel colors I could feel the painting coming to life.

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TGIF: No means yes in South Beach

A picture of the museum

The Jewish Museum Florida FIU was designed by Henry Hohauser who attended Pratt Institute.

South Beach is a place of defiance. I once heard someone say, people come to South Beach to do every “God forsaken” thing they wouldn’t do anywhere else! No means yes in South Beach.

It should come as no surprise that the Jewish community in South Beach has often defied the status quo.

Art Deco weekend.

Thousands of people come to Art Deco Weekend each year.

Barbara Capitman, a Jews, defied the establishment. Capitman fought city officials “tooth and nail” to preserve the historical buildings that light up Miami Beach and make it the second most popular place in Florida. If not for her vision and perseverance, there would not be an Art Deco District. The over 800 Art Deco buildings that remain are testaments to Capitman’s defiance. The Art Deco District was the first 20th century neighborhood placed on the National Register of Historic Places much to her efforts. The Miami Design Preservation League continues Capitman’s legacy.

Poster

Miami Design Preservation League poster rallying the community.

What’s more, Henry Hohauser, an architect who was Jewish, built over 300 Art Deco buildings. Hohauser lived in an era when signs “Gentiles Only” and “No Jews Allowed” were commonplace in South Beach. Jews were not even allowed to live beyond 5th Street.

An Art Deco chandelier and displays inside the Jews

An Art Deco chandler and displays inside the Jewish Museum.

Visit one of Hohauser’s buildings and experience first hand the story of Jewish culture in Florida. Hohauser’s building, once a synagogue, is now the home of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. Eighty stained glass windows, a copper dome, and chandeliers are reminders of the days when Hohauser and others worshipped in the synagogue. Taste and see the Jewish experience during the Jewish Food Tour that leaves from the Museum. Learn how the Jewish community thrived despite many obstacles.

Falafel and Israeli salad.

Enjoy Falafel and Israeli salad on the Jewish Food Tour.

Facing off with those who thought South Beach should be known only as a place for “fun in the sun,” Holocaust survivors garnered public support for the building of the Holocaust Memorial. A memorial garden and a sobering sculpture recall those who died and remind all who visit: “we shall NEVER forget.”

Sculpture at the Holocaust memorial

A bronze sculpture by Ellsworth Kelly at the Holocaust Memorial.

The impact of Jewish culture permeates every aspect of the city. Mount Sinai Hospital was built because Jewish doctors weren’t given staff privileges at area hospitals. The Bass Museum scheduled to reopen in the fall, is named in honor of John and Johanna Bass, Jewish immigrants who bequeathed over 500 works of art to the City of Miami Beach.

The Bass Museum in Miami Beach.

The Bass Museum in Miami Beach during Art Basel.

It is said that obstacles are opportunities. Fighting bias and opposition, the Jewish community realized that no means yes in South Beach.

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the shortness of life can not dissuade us from its pleasures

My painting eat, drink and be merry.

My painting, “Eat, Drink and Be Merry,” will be on display at the St. Augustine Art Association through May 28.

“The shortness of life can not dissuade us from its pleasures nor console us for its pains.”

This quote by Luc de Clapiers sums up the life and legacy of Henry Morrison Flagler. The brevity of  life did not spare Flagler sorrows nor limit his dreams. A millionaire developer and co-founder of Standard Oil, Flagler suffered the loss of two daughters, a grandchild and a wife who died of tuberculosis.

Flagler’s life and accomplishments were part of the inspirations for my Trilogy: Flagler Mortality series.

My Flagship painting ” You can’t it take it with you” is of the Memorial Presbyterian Church. Splashes of gold and color droplets allude to wealth and the brevity of life.

Flagler built the Memorial Presbyterian Church in St Augustine to honor his daughter who died in childbirth. Flagler, his first wife and daughter are entombed in the church building.

My colorful and festive painting ” Eat, Drink and Be Merry” captures the essence of Flagler’s Alcazar Hotel. The hotel offered accommodations, dining and expansive recreational facilities. It had a casino, bowling alley, tennis courts, Turkish and Russian baths, Swedish Massage services and one of the world’s largest indoor swimming pools.

My third painting, “Behind Every Rich Man,” is of Grace Methodist Church and Wiley Hall. The muted colors and lack of details depicts the lack of recognition often given to key players.

Located behind the Flagler’s glamorous Ponce de Leon Hotel, both buildings are reminders of those who contributed to Flagler’s success. Flagler’s executives used Wiley Hall to conduct business. Grace Methodist Church relocated and sold Flagler the land on which he built the Alcazar.

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TGIF: St. Augustine First Friday Art Walk

Statue of Henry Flagler.

The exhibit “Gilded: Impressions of the Flagler Era” is on display at the St. Augustine Art Association.

Experience an evening of art, live entertainment and light refreshments during St Augustine Art Walk tonight, 5-9 pm. Catch one of the free trolleys to visit all of St. Augustine’s art galleries.

Enjoy art that captures the glitz and glamour of the Gilded Age at the opening exhibition, “Gilded: Impressions of the Flagler Era.” See these works fresh off the canvas at the St. Augustine Art Association on 21 Marine Street. Over 50 Plein Air artists showcase original art during this juried exhibit. The exhibit pays tribute to the legacy of Henry Flagler. Flagler, millionaire developer and co-founder of Standard Oil, put St. Augustine on the map as a major tourist destination and winter retreat.

Under Flagler’s tutelage, the city became a resort for the rich and famous. The Vanderbiilts, Rockellers, and Presidents stayed in the exclusive and glamorous Ponce de Leon Hotel in the heart of St. Augustine. The stained glass windows designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Thomas Edison’s “new fangled'” electricity marveled guests. Because guests thought they would we be executed, Flagler had hired staff operate electrical switches.

Flagler’s vision transformed the city and the state. He constructed railroads, local roads, homes, churches, hospitals to facilitate guests and employees throughout the state.

Note: Street parking is free after 5 pm, so arrive early.

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Reenactors Highlight Florida Heritage Day at Ponce de Leon Lighthouse

Ponce de Leon Lighthouse

A scenic view from Ponce de Leon Lighthouse.

See Florida’s colorful history come to life on March 25. Witness inspiring reenactors at Ponce de Leon Lighthouse. Enjoy family activities. Delve into exciting historical exhibits.

Ponce de Leon lighthouse, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Disney World, Universal Studios

Lighthouse lens on display.

Walk through a dazzling display of lighthouse lens. Climb Florida’s tallest lighthouse for a breathtaking view of Ponce Inlet.

Florida's tallest lighthouse.

Florida’s tallest lighthouse.

Activities are free with lighthouse admission. For more information, visit http://ponceinlet.org/

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TGIF: Party at the 76th Anniversary of Bike Week

 

A view of new Smyrna Beach

A view of New Smyrna Beach in Volusia County, Florida.

The world’s largest biker party kicks off in Daytona, today through March 19. With so many bikers converging in one place there’s bound to be lots of outrageous fun.

Warm weather and a coastal setting offer the perfect setting. A Daytona tradition since January 24, 1937, the 76th Anniversary is jammed pack with lots to enjoy.

The 10 day festival in Volusia County hosts bike races and hundreds of events for motorcycle enthusiasts.

Florida's tallest lighthouse.

Florida’s tallest lighthouse.

Florida’s tallest lighthouse gets in the act too! Explore the grounds of Ponce de Leon inlet lighthouse and learn the colorful history of Bike Week.

For more information visit, http://www.ponceinlet.org and http://www.officialbikeweek.com

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TGIF: Birthday Celebration at Big Diamond

Hillsboro lighthouse

Hillsboro Lighthouse Inlet at Pompano Beach.

Enjoy a night of revelry under a full moon and a day of festivities at the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse or Big Diamond, March 10-12.

The birthday celebration kicks off March 10 at 5:30 pm with a Full Moon Gala. A spectacular night awaits with a cocktail hour with appetizers, four course meal, live music, dancing, silent auction and private lighthouse tours. A Black and white theme attire sets the tone for a regal affair. The cost for this fund raiser is $110 per person with RSVP required. This is just the beginning of a weekend of fun.

View from the lighthouse

A view from Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse.

Blow out the birthday candles with Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society, March 11-12. Experience live music, art vendors, cottage tours, lens room and lighthouse tours, silent auction, and more. Grab a slice of birthday cake to celebrate Big Diamond’s 110th Birthday. Visit Groupon to save on up to 40% off the lighthouse tour.

Boat ride

Enjoy a scenic boat ride to Big Diamond.

All monies help preserve Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse. For 110 years, the lighthouse has faithfully guarded the Hillsboro River Inlet. The historic Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse was built and commissioned in 1907. Big Diamond is unique. With of beam of 28 nautical miles, it is has the strongest light beam of all US lighthouses. It has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978.

Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse is located in Pompano Beach near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For more information, visit http://www.hillsborolighthouse.org.

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