Hi from sunny, warm south Florida! We arrived in the Tarpon Springs area this past Friday morning. After saying hi to our many dear friends in the MASF family, we grabbed a quick lunch and headed to the Sponge Docks to get some great reference photos for future miniature boat paintings. It was a bright, sunshine filled day with a lovely warm breeze blowing as we walked along the boardwalks. The most interesting boat we spotted was one named “Midnight Crusaders”, which was a bright red and has a white shrimp for the mascot. It’s going to make a wonderful miniature painting! Later that evening we went with dear friends Mike and Kay Petryszak to another dear artist friend Heide Presse’s beautiful home. We had a wonderful time talking and laughing while enjoying a delicious meal that Heide had graciously prepared! After dinner I was treated to seeing some of Heide’s period clothing collection, much of which she makes herself, while getting to try on a couple of things myself. Heide and I both got a kick out of putting Indiana native Wes in a beautiful confederate wool coat and hat!!
This past Saturday morning started the opening of the MASF show at the Leepa-Rattner Art Museum in Tarpon Springs, FL. The show runs from January 17 – Feb. 7, 2010. The air was energetic as a nice crowd of people lined up waiting for the exhibition to open, so they could quickly go in and purchase their favorite miniatures. This is always exciting for both artists and volunteers who put in many hours into making this wonderful exhibition possible.
Saturday evening after a successful show opening, we all enjoyed a wonderful artists’ reception with lots of laughter, conversation and good food. During the evening festivities, Wes took time to give a nice presentation on the current MAA (Miniature Artist of America) book project that should be completed sometime later this year. He was able to share a working draft version of the book and the crowd was most receptive and excited about what they saw. We are all very excited about this book and the comprehensive historical section that Wes is working on as well as the part featuring many members of the MAA, a sample of their work and a bit about their painting techniques. Information on how to purchase this book will be given closer to the day of printing.
Sunday morning we all had a lovely time at the annual MASF brunch. Wes and I were both blessed with first place awards again this year! After the award presentations and the annual cutting of the miniature ribbon with a miniature scissors, we all watched excitedly as the crowds came in once again to view the show. Later that evening a group of about 25 of us happily met at a local restaurant to enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed setting. Later, after many hugs and delayed goodbyes we all left to each go our own way. We arrived in Okeechobee at my parent’s house earlier this afternoon. Now I’m really looking forward to the time that will be spent with them all this week and will share a few highlights next week before getting back to work.
Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂