We arrived in south Florida late Wednesday evening. It was a beautiful, sunny drive down. Luckily we enjoyed the warmer weather a bit before the cold front made its way down the next day. We got to the museum Thursday morning and enjoyed helping to set up the show. It’s such a wonderful group of very hard working people that make this wonderful show able to happen every year. Later that evening we went out for dinner at a great little Thai restaurant, with dear friends Mike & Kay Petryszak, and then spent the remainder of the evening looking through historical miniature papers. Friday was spent with friends & fellow artists Dana Thompson & husband, Terry, and Mary Cornish at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. Although it started out as a quite cool morning it turned out to be an absolutely lovely day! The animals were in rare form enjoying the cool temperatures. One highlight was watching a baby Mandrill play and explore its new environment. That evening we enjoyed dinner with artist friend Heidi Presse and her husband, Jim. It was a great end to a wonderful day.
Saturday morning began with the opening of the show, which was well attended. That evening a reception at the museum was enjoyed by the participating artists and patrons, and then later we were joined by several artists and friends including dear friend Bill Mundy and Mona Diane Conner, for a late dinner at a local restaurant. Many laughs were had by all, as stories were shared, hence another great memory being made.
Sunday morning brought another delightful awards brunch with delicious food and wonderful conversation being shared by all. Wes and I were blessed to each receive an award again this year as well as several of our artist friends, including fellow artist, blogger and very dear friend Bill Mundy. We’re always amazed when looking at Bill’s intricately painted portraits, and were quite pleased to be able to spend time with him throughout the weekend. I must admit however, that I was quite disappointed that he didn’t bring along the lovely box of chocolates (photo on his blog) to share with me. Perhaps he’ll bring some next time after all of the obvious hints that I dropped. 🙂
After the closing of the show on Sunday, a large group of us went to a great little Café in downtown Dunedin. The food was delicious, with a great tasting piece of key lime pie being the highlight of the dinner! As always the air was filled with laughter and great conversation as it usually is when artists are gathered together! Luckily it had warmed up a bit as we enjoyed a nice walk back to the hotel. We had a lovely breakfast with Bill, as we enjoyed a gorgeous view looking out over the water with the occasional Seagull, Pelican along with many other birds flying by in the view out the window. Afterwards we headed back to the museum to demonstrate and talk with the public for most of the day. That afternoon we said our goodbyes, gave out hugs and headed over to Okeechobee where my family lives to spend a few more days on our vacation. I’ll post more soon!
Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂