Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Plein air Marineland

What: First 2015 plein air paint-out
Where: Marineland, FL
When: Feb. 7, 2015, 9 AM to 1 PM

This year we are starting out in the Southeast quadrant of our territory, with a plein air day at the public beach in Marineland, FL.  This is a easy place to reach, take state route 206 exit off I-95, head east, and once you cross over the Intracoastal Waterway bridge take a right onto A1A south, and it will be a few miles south on the ocean side, past Fort Matanzas and past the Marineland Aquarium.

There is a large public parking lot there and restroom facilities. Not too much shade though, so bring a hat, and hope that February weather will be pleasant here.

Marineland is a fascinating place because it has something very rare in our area, rocky beaches! Doesn't this photo look like it should have been taken along the coast of Maine rather than the coast of Florida?

However along this stretch of the coast the coquina rocks make an interesting change from the miles of flat sandy beaches we are used to seeing.

There are also several picnic tables on the boardwalk that fronts the beach, so we should be able to eat together, though may have to split into groups.

Contingency plan? If it does seem to be too hot without shade, or maybe too drizzly, we can always move another mile or so down the road to Washington Oaks State Park which we have already been to once before. It not only has the coquina beaches but also shade, trees, lovely formal gardens, and a picnic pavilion. Note, however, there is a fee for Washington Oaks.

Mother Nature has generally smiled on our efforts though, so let's all hope for good weather, and a great day of painting at Marineland!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Into our Fourth Year

It's hard to believe we are starting our fourth year now, but so it is, and we now have over 50 members! More than 20 attended our meeting this January. Our President, Lyn Asselta, gave a nice synopsis of all the things we have accomplished in the past three years.

You only need to review our blog to find details about our shows, workshops, meetings, guest speakers, and all sorts of other wonderful events that we held.

We started with refreshments of course, but had a crazy time running around trying to fine a working electrical outlet for our coffee pot! We all love our meetings, but many folks look forward to that morning coffee also.

After the meal we had the "Tools and Tips" portion of the meeting where each attendee had a change to describe a favorite tool, or a favorite tip that helped them in their work. More than one tool or tip created an "aha" moment for the other attendees, so it was well worth it.

Following this we had the "Trade" portion, where member brought in items they were no longer using that might be of interest to other artists. These were available for sale, or possibly trade, and some just given away for free.

Coming up will be our first plein air get-together for 2015 so, as usual, stay tuned here to the blog for details.