Mother Nature was at her finest for the 9th annual Paint & Photo Tarpon Springs plein air event (April 2018, Florida). The almost 60 participants found inspiration while painting outdoors in parks, beaches, downtown, sponge docks, bayous, and local cottages. A wide variety of subject matter and styles were submitted for judging. Together, all of the artists laughed, shared insights and advice, and made some outstanding artworks.
Also of interest is when attendees Shari Gaines and Sharron Boxenbaum were caught by the incoming tide at Fred Howard Park Beach. Gaines tells us more:
“A fellow artist, Sharron Boxenbaum (from Chicago), and I were looking for a spot to paint,” Gaines said. “We drug a beach wagon loaded down with our supplies to a rocky alcove. I saw a lady nestled among the rocks and knew I had my subject. I wound my way down along the shoreline and set up my easel. I placed my brush container and bag of paints at my feet. Sharron set up just a little farther up on the shore within earshot of each other.
“I started my painting and was really focused. I felt the water gently lapping my feet. Soon I felt the water hitting my calves. I must have been concentrating really hard as I didn’t notice just how high the tide had come in! I heard Sharron yelling ‘Shari! The wagon!’ I glanced over at the wagon and saw that the water was within an inch of soaking our supplies. As I went to move, I noticed that my brushes and paint bag were completely submerged in the sea water!
“I scrambled to drain the container of brushes and quickly moved both the brush container and paint bag to a higher rock. I waded into now knee-deep water to retrieve my easel and painting. Even though Sharron was higher up on the shore, her easel was getting wet, too.”
“We both had a good laugh about it,” Boxenbaum added, “and thought it was quite the plein air adventure!”
Plein Air Awards
Back at the main event, Judge Kevin Grass awarded, and Mayor Chris Alahouzos presented, the following prizes in painting:
Honorable Mentions went to Angel Mercado, Kathy Detrano, Lynn Vaughan, Kate Bauer, and Joe Palmerio, and the Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve Award went to Robin Popp.
This event is sponsored by the Tarpon Springs Art Association, Inc., and local businesses.