Reflections at St. Marks Lighthouse 

My painting of St. Marks Lighthouse.

My painting of St. Marks Lighthouse.

It was a time for me to reflect before the New Year began. I painted this lighthouse after spending a subdued day in quiet meditation.  In my moments of solitude, I thought of St. Marks Lighthouse. Quietly tucked away on Florida’s gulf coast it is a few miles and a world away from Tallahassee. Away from the hustle bustle of the capital,  Apalachee Bay is a reflection of what Florida is really about. Salt marshes, pine forest, egrets make for a picturesque backdrop. It’s a nature lovers paradise with eagles, alligators, bitterns, ducks, herons, ibises and more. 

A view from St. Marks Lighthouse.

A view from St. Marks Lighthouse.


A day from the hustle and bustle of life reminded me what life was really about. 

A lady pauses to take a photo of St. Marks Lighthouse.


The St. Marks Lighthouse recently reopened after being closed for renovations for 6 months. It is the second oldest surviving lighthouse in Florida. It is listed on the National Register. The keeper’s house is attached to the 88 foot tower. 

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Winning Strategies For Art Basel Miami Beach 

A painting by Barkley Hendricks

I saw a painting by Barkley Hendricks one of my favorite contemporary artists at Art Basel Miami Beach.

With over 200 galleries vying for attention at the Miami Beach Convention Center, it is easy to get lost in the maze of outstanding artwork if one does not have a game plan. When I went to Art Basel again, I came up with a winning strategy. 

A painting by Kehinde Wiley.

A painting by Kehinde Wiley who recently painted the official portrait of Former President Obama.


First a few days before Art Basel, I surveyed a list of artists participating from information on the internet. I then made a list of the artists whose works I admired. 

Second, I went into a different entrance. I entered on Washington Avenue— shorter lines and indoors. Talk about a new approach! 

Third, I charted my course for the day’s venture by pairing my list of artists with their galleries. I received valuable assistance from the knowledgeable staff at the information desk. 

A painting by Pablo Picasso.

I had time to stop by the Salon to look at works by old Masters.


Finally, my visit was more focused and meaningful. I had time to look at other artists not on my list at the Convention Center and the energy to go visit the dozens of pop up galleries in Miami Beach. Simple strategies that work! 

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. 

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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.

Lions Adulting 

The Lions at San Marco Square donned birthday hats for the 21st Birthday Celebration. The landmark fountain was installed 21 years ago. The Venetian inspired square hailed visitors and locals to an afternoon of live music, vendors and free photos by the fountain. Restaurants and shops got in on the party by offering discounts on a picture perfect day. 


San Marco in Jacksonville, Florida is home to some of the area’s best restaurants as well as art galleries, Art Deco buildings, historic mansions, fashionable boutiques and more.  

San Marco Celebration 

See captivating art at Trends.


Enjoy family friendly events at the 21st Anniversary of the installation of the Lions Fountain. The San Marco Preservation Society and the San Marco Merchants Association hosts this birthday celebration on Saturday from 4-8 pm. Experience art at Trends Home and Art Boutique. Trends is open 11-4 pm. 

Art Guild of Orange Park “Our Town” exhibit.

 

San Marco is a popular destination in Jacksonville, Florida. It is home to art galleries, Art Deco buildings, outstanding restaurants, historic mansions, fashionable boutiques and more.  

Trends is located at 3915 Hendricks Avenue in San Marco.