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: 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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TGIF Travels: Free Holiday Fun at St. Augustine Lighthouse

St. Augustine Lighthouse in North Florida.

St. Augustine Lighthouse in North Florida.

Enjoy a delightful evening for the whole family December 7 from 7-9 pm during Luminary Nights at the St. Augustine Lighthouse.  Experience a night of spectacular Christmas lights, holiday decorations and fun activities.

Festivities include children’s activities, holiday crafts and yuletide refreshments. Listen to live music with a string quartet and watch a tree aglow with white lights inside the Lighthouse tower.

A Christmas tree adorned with nautical ornaments donated from people around the country is displayed in the Lighthouse Keeper’s House. Climb the lighthouse and see a breathtaking view of St. Augustine Nights of Lights.

For more information, check out http://www.visitstaugustine.com

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Preservation 50 Friday: Making History in St. Augustine

Painting of st. Augustine lighthouse.

St. Augustine Lighthouse copyright Elaine Marie.

The old adage “I couldn’t see the forest for the trees” applies to my outing at the St. Augustine Lighthouse. I struggled to get a clear view of this lighthouse. It stood surrounded by a canopy of trees.

I had been forced to draw lighthouses in the parking lot before but now on the grounds I was too close to be objective. This applied in many ways.

I had visited St. Augustine Lighthouse many times over the years. I also had a painting of the Lighthouse by another artist in my home. Now it was my turn to paint, what would I say? How could I capture it?

The city of St. Augustine is steep in history and tradition. Within the tradition, there are numerous stories of ghosts and mysterious happenings, as well. Thinking about all this I decided to capture its mystery and strong tradition.

Unlike the other lighthouses, its huge base dominates the lighthouse as much as the contrasting daymark. With this in mind, I began painting the St. Augustine.

Preservation 50 Friday: Family Fun at the St. Augustine Lighthouse

St. Augustine Lighthouse.

The St. Augustine Lighthouse.

The St. Augustine Lighthouse offers a fun-filled day for the family. There is a nautical play area near the Hammock Park. Few of the other lighthouses I had visited before were so family friendly.

Kids play area.

Kids will have fun at the St. Augustine Lighthouse.

The Keepers’ House offers an intimate look at the life of Lightkeepers that kids will enjoy. There is a living room, time line, displays and lots of area history. After visiting the museum, climb the lighthouse.

Stairwell.

Get ready to climb the St. Augustine Lighthouse.

Enter at the Lighthouse Oil Room where the lighthouse’s supply of lard oil was once stored.

Toting the oil

Toting the oil and keeping the light burning was a major challenge for Lightkeepers.

A sign challenges climbers to imagine Lightkeepers climbing the stairs while “toting the oil.” Stop by the Lightkeepers Office and Workroom. This lighthouse gives insight into the lives of Lightkeepers and their families.

For more on the St. Augustine Lighthouse, visit staugustinelighthouse.org.

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St. Augustine Night Fest and Lighthouse 5k

 

Painting of St. Augustine Lighthouse.

Copyrighted painting of the St. Augustine Lighthouse.

You test your muscles and stamina when climbing a lighthouse.

Now is the time for another good workout at the Lighthouse 5k on March 5. Stop by the lighthouse today and tomorrow afternoon for your race packet.

After the race, celebrate at Night Fest. Join the Junior Service League’s commemoration of the St. Augustine Light Station’s restoration. Explore the lighthouse grounds, climb the tower, enjoy live music. Night Fest is free and open to the public. For more information, visit staugustinelighthouse.com.

Is it 2017 yet?

Canal Street Historic District.

Policeman rerouted traffic away from Canal Street Historic District in New Smyrna Beach.

Sitting in stop and go traffic on I-95 on January 2, 2016, I should have known something was wrong when all I saw was Clemson fans and out of state tags. Not sure what I was thinking—I actually had planned a trip on the Saturday after New Year’s Day and the Orange Bowl. “You sounded so happy this morning!” my son explained on the phone. “Yes, but that was before I got on the road.”

The signs in Fort Lauderdale said “No traffic delays through Daytona.” I guess there wasn’t any 5 hours ago, I mused. But now there was a blocked lane near Daytona due to an accident which compounded the problem.

At New Smyrna Beach, me and everybody else decided to exit. The cops in New Smyrna weren’t happy to see us, so they routed us to a two lane detour. Realizing that New Smyrna Beach was a bad move, I got back on I-95.

While inching my way north, I started thinking about someone besides myself. What about the people in the accident? Were they okay? What about the drivers from other states? Had they anticipated delays as seasoned travelers? Was I the only one caught off guard? Again, I asked what was I thinking? As we headed near the accident scene there were four highway patrolmen, no signs of an accident but lots of rubbernecking.

Painting of St. Augustine Lighthouse.

No time for the St. Augustine Lighthouse.

As I approached St. Augustine, there was another accident but the nearby drivers seemed okay. The next day at church a member mentioned that her father had died yesterday. What a way to start the New Year, I thought. Suddenly my troubles seemed quite small.