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


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

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.

Experience Captivating Art at Trends

After being featured in the United States Lighthouse Society’s newsletter, I unveil two Plein Air paintings at Trends Art and Home Boutique. The two paintings showcase my captivating and colorful style. My work is part of the Art Guild of Orange Park’s “Our Town” juried exhibit. The opening reception is October 7 from 3-5 pm with the exhibit continuing through November 3. Trends is open Tuesday-Saturday. 

Trends Art and Home Boutique is located in San Marco at 3915 Hendricks Avenue. 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.  
For more information, call 904-346-1738. 

Elaine Marie Artist

Lighthouses Built to be in Harm’s Way 

Hurricanes do terrible damage to lighthouses. I know that lives are of far more value than lighthouses. Still I can’t help but wonder how Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and the other lighthouses on the East Coat will be impacted by Hurricane Florence. It goes without saying that lighthouses are high risk real estate. The sole purpose of a lighthouse is to save lives in dangerous places. 
I thought about this while finishing this article on New Canal Lighthouse in New Orleans. It was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
I visited the New Canal Lighthouse during an overnight stay in New Orleans. I realize the typical tourist in New Orleans doesn’t visit a lighthouse but I was surprised when the Concierge had no knowledge of any Lighthouses in the area. In fact there were two-New Canal and Port Pontchartrain. 
Undaunted I used GPS to find the lighthouse. I arrived a few hours before the lighthouse opened. 
The New Canal Lighthouse resembles a house. The rebuilt lighthouse sits atop pilings to prevent storm surges like the one caused by Hurricane Katrina. The lighthouse was restored by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation in 2012. 

Breaking the Sound Barrier

I visited the Pensacola Lighthouse with my family after attending a reunion in Mississippi. This would be the fourth and final lighthouse to sketch during our trip. I was happy to end the trip with a lighthouse I had longed to paint. Located on the western most tip of Florida, the lighthouse seemed to be unreachable. 

Although rain had been forecasted for the day, we decided to visit the lighthouse on a cloudy day. After clearing security, we headed to the lighthouse. The National Naval Aviation Museum was in eyesight of the museum. Although I’ve been to many air shows, the sight and sounds of the Blue Angels flying near the lighthouse captured my imagination. 

To see more of my art and to learn more about lighthouses,  visit my website Elaine Marie Artist