It could not have been a more beautiful day for a gay happening. Who doesn’t love a parade. Caught neighbors friends supporting this event even if they did not belong to LGBTQ .
Arriving just a bit late, I asked if LWB banner with our commissioners had passed. Usually catch them at the post Office. This year was different no convertibles for them.. It’s not official till they make an appearance.
Located at my favorite spot, not fighting the crowd or the sun almost straight above my head. So of course I got some great photos. Might turn one ot a compilation of a few into a painting.
I learned the the word gay early and the translation meant gay, happy, lustic, Feliz. So I was feeling it, gay exuberant at all the happy/gay paraders.
Once upon a time I dated a gorgeous young man. Never understood why his family disowned him. Sat shiva. Never knew if he was gay or dated a non Jewish girl. So we’ve come a long way . Was glad to see this group below participating
We celebrated our diversity not just this day but all year long.. and for you new readers of my blog we have one of the best facilities in South Fl that caters to to our LGBTQ population . It is a community Center You should go ck them out awesome and everyone is welcome. Even I’ve been welcome at the Compass Community Center.
Editors note: Now that I have your attention perhaps you’ll read some of my older musings . If you want me to cover something cultural artistic, reach out. I’m easy.
Some days turn out better than other days. Today was a good one. Reached out to two friends as promised. Caught the wrong bus conveniently bus 61 arrived before 62, so had a pleasant stroll the remainder of the way.. knowing I was about to do what pleases me.
Sketchbook, coffee, baguette ahh. Had my first sketch done before the Lake Worth Beach Sketch group arrived. Occupied a single table and did a bit of people watching. First group on way to work via this coffee stop, was better dressed than the 2 nd shift thats wearing leisure, casual beach attire. We live in a quaint little beach town after all.
Moved to a dbl table. We compared notes looked at each other’s sketchbooks. Fun to see, shared tips. At a far table four ladies are practicing their french, adds to the atmosphere.
Ruth sitting next to me speaks fluent French and will be traveling there in a months time. It’s almost tourist season and she runs a tour company there. Want a wine tour, beer or a cognac tour? We all live interesting lives. Behind us a couple wearing Irish biking gear. Hit my funny bone, st paddy’s day was yesterday. They engaged us and told us the large photos in the alley off 2nd and Ocean Breeze are theirs.
Took my leave, thinking of past* *on my way to DelRay Library for a IPad class being offered. Use mine daily and realize I only use 40% of what it’s capable of. Yes I did learn useful short cuts. Then to the Mystery Bookstore next to the Library. $1 books always available. Big notice 50% sale going on. They are closing their doors on April 15. Sad what the state of the industry has come to, what Covid did to it. Guess Miss Cindy and Mary Lindsey can purchase their fixtures as well. I purchased an Elmore Leonard as I met him while living on SoBe while doing my bit to to supported this store
*. My thought went back to Coconut Grove where I made a deal with all the cafes. They would give free coffee to any artist that came in and sat sketching at on og their table, just coffee! N. The Grove had a reputation as an artistic hub. It’s called marketing. Even had artists carry large paintings in the street from Windisch-Hunt Fine Art to one of the other two I handled, when tour bus was in town. LOL
There are over 10,200 possible moves. Kids love games. So what are yours playing Tic Tac Toe, clue or something more challenging. Concentration is a good game and there are variations. I had the kids play Backgammon. But chess is king, no, yes, pun intended. One of the oldest games in the world dating back 1,500 years.
This Saturday again, from 11-12:30 a total of six Saturdays Coach K as he is known to the kids is giving instructions at the Common Ground Cafe on s J st in Lake Worth Beach. I would have preferred Our Library, where knowledge literacy and culture is nurtured for not just our community, especially the young . Coach K an experienced teacher has brought teams to some major victories. The kids in this group range from 5 to age 12 and three participants are aged five. He is registered w Library services that make people like he, available for programs they wish to present. A little like a speakers bureau.
One of these kids will put L W Beach on the map. “Geniuses are not born but made” is attributed to Albert Einstein. Kids are ripe for mental stimulation. This I discovered while I had them during Covid. While trying to keep them occupied and not knowing at what stage of learning they were. I did what I recalled from my childhood.
This became apparent as language barriers are a concern but chess does not have that issue So I felt it was time for a new tact. I put up the first Hundred Susan Guyaux the Second and our Mayor Betty stepped up. A call came in from Staten Island also promising $100 from Ms Loretta Lutfy. I Searched and found Gyula Kovacs. He hails from Hungary via Canada. There is an article I found on Google. “ It checks out: Mr K has kids in Wellesley loving chess”. With photos .
Parents have to put in their time also. Our Library now more than ever needs adequate funding
as our schools have been denied funding from the state. It’s up to our community. Particularly In the Western sector if our town So we are grateful for this borrowed location. Once upon a time we use the Hatch bldg. for neighborhood mtgs. I gave free art classes there and the shuffleboard no longer there, is an accepted Ivey League sport where scholarships are made available by those universities. Reach for the stars!
Chess teaches how to win and how to lose. Realize the consequences of their actions, helps focus and develops problem solving. These are part of the game. This is what Coach K was teaching as I watched. His technique No verbal reprimands, No, don’t do that. . I read where a Venezuelan study of 4,000 2nd graders increased their IQ score after playing chess for 4.5 months.
Here are a few films that portray kids and chess. “Queene of Katwe” a true story. A young girl from Uganda shows promise having Been thaught by a missionary but as she can not read she can’t enter competition and has the desire to learn. Her mother begging and trading so she can afford paraffin, this allowed her daughter to have light at night to study. It is rated Pg 13 due to the dire living conditions. It is a true story and of course happy ending she ends up in University here in the states. This is free on you tube. Then highly recommended is “Searching for Bobby Fisher”. I enjoyed “Knights of south Bronx” also based loosely on a true happening.
Met the Tri-Rail train to meet friend coming up from Miami. First time without her car. Lake Worth Beach is easy. For the next two days We get around via bus and on foot. On an ARTistic journey this weekend. So if you stay in any of our Bed n Breakfast or Air B n B or future Gulfstream Hotel. You can do it without the usual transport.
We are always prepared, bathing suits under our street clothes. Life is good! Directly from train to Lake Worth Beach from Tri-rail via Bus #62 east. We are in heaven. A few hours of sunshine back on bus #62 neither of us had breakfast so we get off in town. Hungry needing sustenance, looking wind blown and very casual. LILO’s looked inviting.
Rather than trek home and change. Have not worm heels since coming to Lake Worth Beach. Changed into skinny jeans, combed wind blown hair. Come out feeling better and ready to wander around downtown, it’s Friday evening.
Saw something, I want at The art of French Living 519 Lake Ave. Took measurements of fabric for tablecloth. Next stop is Mtn Gallery always a favorite with a new exhibition. Located next to Cultural Plaza. First, drop my bill at the Annex, then into the gallery. Wonderful whimsical art by Resident Artist.
Now the best gallery in town, we chat a bit with Cory manning the gallery. My favorite here was the Rousseau just on the left when you walk in. It’s Gouache on paper? Back through town west, passing restaurants with outdoor seating, it’s a windy evening. On Lake Ave. next destination HATCH. Have to make a quick stop at drug store enroute .
and met this very attractive Finnish lady. She is here for the Finnish “Midnight Festival” She just relocated here from Hawaii and her sister has a cheese booth at the festival. Amazing what a smile gets and the joke about the receipt.
Onward just over the RR track, on Lucerne Ave. we arrive at the HATCH for the “community” show. It’s up for three weeks. I know everyone and we have art hanging. Both of us submitted art from the Windisch-Hunt Atelier. Mine a 4 hour traditional en Plein air “(impressionistic” painting. Hers finished at the Atelier. She loves mine and I love hers. We challenge each other. ( Currently both of us also have art hanging at the PNC Bank on Lucerne Ave. “Flora and Fauna”. 12×12 affordable art. ) From there we stroll home looking at possible future painting, a night time scene in the style of Edward Hopper perhaps.
Here a quick Thank You to who ever left the toys in my Little Free Library. It’s a busy weekend as the Flea Market is going on Saturdays And Sundays at the High School. So there is always lots of traffic here.
Sailing from our docks got cancelled due to high winds, no problem. Green Market is just beyond across the bridge. Yes, Bus #62 takes us there. Ate our breakfast there. Me my favorite a Jambon, She a generous slice of quiche.
Always see friends there, it’s that kind of community. Came to check out two of the artists who mentioned they would be displaying here.
Met up with several friends, making it a very pleasant morning. Next on our list the Norton Museum. Bus #1 going north on Dixie. It Got interesting here as our status was checked before we even got in the door. I have my wallet with shot and booster. She has no wallet her phone has all her vital info as she recently came back from New York City and everywhere including restaurants asked for this info. Did not anticipate this. bEWARE if you want to see the Norton Museum of Art take your Vax and booster documentation.
Love the Norton And always visit the portrait of “Sonny Mac” by Robert Henri as I’m working on a little boys portrait and sweating the hands. Robert Henri didn’t think much of hands, and that portrait proved it.
Lake Worth High students also had art there thanks to their art teacher Brent Bludworth . Gay-Marlov Joseph and Jhony Zuniga Paz
Could not find the Blue Madonna that is holding a tablet. Did find painting of artist Fred Hunt’s art instructor from The Ringling seen here below just two paintings over to the left a painting from my Alma Mater. A very satisfying moment.
Bus stop not far for return trip back south. We use the app Moovit only 17 min. Wait. But wait it wizzed right past us. Leaving Us and another in its wake. Well there is always another on the way. He walks to the next bus stop. We start out as well and pass him proceed to two more further stops. Would never have seen this mural riding the bus.
It’s an artful weekend after all. What do we talk about sitting on Dixie waiting on the next bus. We rename all the Lake Worth Beach streets after artists starting with the letter A . I live on C st. Caravaggio, no first names, must be last name of artist. We do the whole alphabet. We get back to Dixie and Lucerne walk into Starbucks then we sauntered down the street, enter the HATCH once more and realize some of the art is as good as what we just saw at the Norton. Maybe 70 years from now they will recognize some of us.
We had plans to paint 12×12’s for the next show “Flying objects”. or faces on coconuts we just seen at the museum. Neither happened we were tired. We watched an episode of Candice Renoir and just chilled.
By 7 p.m. we recovered and strolled downtown. The promotion looked good and we’d checked the menu yesterday. they were out of the Jumbo shrimp blamed it on the Previous weeks Chalk Festival. So we settled.
The show was great. Voluptuous beautiful women. Took me back to when I first saw the famous Fan Dancer. Very entertaining next performance will be in six weeks at the Library not to be confused with the LWBeach Library also free and No cover charge here.
The room was small and the walls covered with book pages that will do for LILO’s Library. The Burlesque show was over, felt far to soon it was truly entertaining. If anyone has a image problems I highly recommend this show. Be who you are “awesome” fabulous!
Produced by Ruby Tesla.
We left there took short cut to Rudy’s on south J st. It is always happening, no disappointment ever. As anticipated good music, happy people dancing with or without partners. a very lively place.
Walked home around 11:30p.m. Lake Worth Beach is a walkable well lit quirky little sea side town.
This past week Lake Worth Sketchers made the NEW Common Ground their destination. What a fabulous New Location their 4th Managed by Justin Olive. We will have to wait if there will be another Olive in the Wings for a fifth, perhaps when our pool gets done.
Lake Worth Beach Urban sketchers has morphed into Palm Beach Sketchers a our group has gained participants and sketches sites all over Palm Beach Co.. Each building in this complex has its own number 3065 s Dixie address it’s located on the West side of Dixie Hwy. straight across from 3030 south in WPB. With a bus stop less than 100 ft away.
The decor is calm spacious with lots of natural light from 3 sides. there is also out side seating facing this beautiful complex. Well situated away from the morning sun for a calm cup of Java. They could have been at the Mid, aesthetics do after-all count in architecture to draw the right people Saw no one over 50. Definitely their clientele is an upwardly Mobil crowd.
Location Location how often we hear this. Equal distance away from Clamatis nightlife north or south to our own Beach and Bryant Park. Each city is able to draw depending on the activities that each provides to draw tourism and the local residents. Common Ground made a great decision on this location.
Would you go the extra mile to experience this beautiful calm athmosphere ? Serenity now!
Oh yes, did I mention each @Common Ground has a Piano. Always a pleasure to encounter a player. This location was quiet so very conducive to working sketching chilling.
EDITORS NOTE: Their other locations are downtown LWB on 12 s J st. In West PB it’s 3965 s Dixie Boynton Beach is 1517 S Federal. 1112 s Federal in LWB. This one Is a bit different as it houses not just a coffee Shop but a Music School rental spaces a pod Cast studio fully equipped and on Sundays a place to worship. Check out their FB as they all have programming pop up performances or special meetings.
Starting this story in the middle. almost missed the appt. When they rang me and said “ you missed the appointment”. “ no I’m suppose to be there Friday” had not heard about pre op. So, “can you be here tomorrow morning” i’ll take the 9 o’clock Train It was all about Covid testing prior to surgery. I passed, negative. 8 a.m. I’m checked in.
Waiting room has four others watching the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics. I sketch my fellow room mates. Nervous, a bit. Show time! “go up to sixth floor”. Take off your clothes. Wait, I’m having eye done. Each encounter with all the medical staff started with “what’s your birthdate?” After about the 15th time I give my age. No not happening, she smiles and firmly “what is your Birthday” speaking to a child.
I’m cold always am. Only time I ever got sniffles is after shopping department stores, can’t stand Air Conditioning. Requested an extra blanket, eye is dilated I’m flat on my back. I feel icy cold on my hand and a prick, it’s for hydration IV. Hands are gently tucked in. They put a tube under the blanket blowing warm air. YES Now I am comfy. Last thing I’m aware of is a rubber band stretching across my forehead.
Hear nurse gently calling my name “AnnaMaria” from across the room, I stir. “would you like some hot tea? “. Surprise, the tray has chicken soup, hot tea, apple juice and water. Opt for the chicken soup and I say I need more sleep”. Waking an hour later to my name from across the room. This time I’m aware that my R eye opened also. Slowly get dressed , feel nothing. No headache, no pain, NOTHING, normal.
Wake in my friends bedroom next morning, my eyes are open. I look across to the curtain it’s bright and what I thought was an abstract pattern is not only bright beautiful color but a bird w flowers. The bird before was a blue swatch abstraction! AMAZING. I can see.
Had no idea how diminished my eyes were.
I’m testing my eye hold a hand over the right, then over the left . Again left then right and again and again, all around the room. My friend is an artist also. Beauty all around me and I can see it. But now I’m aware that the left eye is not right if the R is now perfect. Hard to explain but found this image below an hour ago. This is the difference between diminished eye sight and what is considered normal. You may not be aware till covering one eye checking against each other.
I’ve worn glasses all my life, but recently they were not working for me. I stopped doing art. Watching TV I would ck my left then my right eye and realized the colors did not match. Right eye was faded, that’s the one I just had done. But if this one is old and the left is seeing a Sahara fogging I’m due for another surgery.
editors NOTE. If your 62 plus start checking your eyes against each other. SS. Covers this procedure.
I chose this facility as they have a great reputation and one of the surgeons Dr. Hudson an art collector purchased artist Fred Hunt’s art ever other year. Now retired.
The exchange of books is not a new idea. If you spent any time on the water you know you can always trade books at the Dockmaster’s. I heard about LFL from a former resident. Great idea, so where to get the info and the help to make it happen. I turned to our sailing club and asked, I brought lunch, we met at Deans Sherwin’s RIP home. Ted Johnson brought a hope chest discarded and I had my husbands dresser.
Then to celebrate this. Ted decorated his interior with pages from a nautical book. I papered mine with calligraphy work sheets. This was unbeknown to us there was another one. We made friends and traded among ourselves.
We were invited to the group that later formed in town, so Ted and I went. We sat in the back. In the room used by the library for little kids at the annex. We were never acknowledged or introduced. Shoddy! But we accomplished what we set out to do.
Now Mary Lindsey took on the REAP grant and brilliantly got a $15,000 grant to continue what we three started. Unfortunately it was so successful that the City Lake Worth was asked to no longer submit. no longer welcome at table. We have needs still in most neighborhoods at least they have a LFL not exactly the same.
My thoughts were not so much give back, maybe great for adults but I wanted the kids to own their very own books. Their first book and gift wrapped. So on my birthday I asked friends to purchase and we had a ice cream social, give me age appropriate books. I made invitation for the kids in our neighborhood. It was great grand opening
Since then I was shamed that my LFL was not up to par w the newer ones. Well, I’m dependent on the kindness of friends. And so I asked. The newest version now still maintains Christmas wrapped books at Christmas, on my birthday. In May, I ask for new gift wrapped books and friends to give an hour to read to the kids.
So to put to rest that I was not the first one. I said I have photos. Yes there are more photos as I used to work for United Press International was published in Time Magazine with photo credit. Even in Rolling Stone. So much for one ups-man-ship. I’m not a joiner but will help when it is needed. Guess I’m more of an idea person, out of the box but this is about the LFL. Free to you and me. Maybe I am that outlier.
So the best story is the newest one. We have a new crop of young ones and one little girl took of w the painting in back, then the little boy had his arms around the LFL trying to lift it to take it. It would not budge I asked him why he wanted it . He wanted the kids to come to his corner for books. LOL.
Rushing from the Coral Gables Museum I run into Books and Book next door, don’t see what I’m after, abandon that and rush to the car.. Thankful that my friend knows the way to enter the correct lane to get into the airport area, to train platform. Train is there. It’s 4:06 is it running Late? I run, hop on the first car totally out of breath.
Back to first thing in the morning I get a message “can I see you manana?” That would be today. I’m on my way to catch the Tri Rail as I read this. So I respond I’ll be on the 9:15, third car, top deck. I get on in Lake Worth, she, Margaret Rose Allen Anciola is in Boynton.
The plan, to meet at the Mtn gallery by the Cultural Plaza by the clock. Train gets in around six, bus 62E in to town and we meet. Sitting Tri Rail Station waiting for 62e getting colder I realize I have no dollar bills, now what. Driver allows me on board and at Dixie and Lake I’m lone passenger left. I feel bad. I look through my sketch book, can’t find what I’m looking for and settle. I tear out a sketch, take a quick picture of it sign it and give it to the driver as I exit with a thank you for kindness. Did I just pull a Picasso?. Not exactly LOL. He felt his signature had more value than his meal. So tried to give server a napkin w his name.
Arrived cold dishelved, Margaret Rose waiting and we greet one another as if the many years never happened. Margaret Rose Allen Anciola , multimedia artist, painter, Poet, legal translator a true Renaissance person. I’ve known her for ever it seems, she also was looking to move here. I knew only she was South American Argentinian?. Colombian? No. She’s Guatemalan!
We went to see L D Shannon’s new works, he was busy and someone tapped me on the shoulder “ Do you recognize me” took a minute, “yes John”.. these Masks, I had on two, my nose felt broken. we were attracted like fireflies to this well lit gallery. All of us Professional artists, Hmust be Art season in S Florida . DelRay Art Fair, Fairchild Garden , 71st annual Beaux ART all this same weekend.
Turn around on Tri Rail. My friend Sherrie had all her submissions accepted. Time to celebrate but doing an opening with crowds? Opted for a personal tour. She collected me from Miami airport station. Took note there was a trolly parked heading into town.
breakfast was first, an eye opener, we drove to the Latin Cafe now called Sergio’s. Been there often. Looking up a new 14 story bldg now casts a shadow over the the Cafe. It’s chilly so we opt sitting inside I’m practicing my Spanish. The place is full. We are on track so not to spend too much time, we ordered the exact same things times three outcomes the food on an automated trolley and it speaks to us “Enjoy Your Food” I was not ready for this, I order something else, just to have the trolley come back again and talk. Now I’m ready in video mode.
This was just a hole in the wall w great Cuban food. 10 years ago. I’m looking at progress, our future. on to Fairchild Garden’s. Charles flew in from Winter Park, 45 minutes by air, where he teaches photography and he’s on the board of Habitate for Humanity . I have 22 HH houses here, so I know the intricacies from a board perspective as well as a neighbor. Our discussions just flows from topic to topic. Critiquing, lamenting our inactivity for the last two years. My last three paintings abandoned half finished. What’s wrong with us this is the kind of day that all Artist need. Meet up with others, go tho museums, go to gallery’s together, get re-inspired.
entering the gallery i tap Pauline’s on her shoulder recognized her immediately.. found myself saying, (it’s been eleven years) “do you remember me”. she breaks out laughing, of course you’re on Facebook all the time. That’s how I’ve maintained all my artist friends from my gallery days. Recognize quite a few of the participants in this show, from gallery days
. We walk the gardens to the locations that are depicted in her paintings . Sit enjoy the atmosphere and sketch a bit. The air is awesome at Fairchild as I briefly takeoff my mask’s for a deep fresh breath of air, air. no pollution from traffic has reached ithe inner sanctums of these gardens.
A Quick stop at the local bank, finally meet the person Who ive been n speaking to over years but never met in person i look at the new bank and it’s empty of warmth and I think what happened to all the wonderful art? they always supported the local artist now I’m looking at colors, stripes of colors, hopefully they don’t offend anyone. As we pulled in I take a photo of Lisa Remeny’s Art so recognizable, fabulous and that apparently is the only remnant of a local artist. Coconut Grove had Xmas Receptions by invitation of local artists with their art. I remember as Fred Hunt was one of them.
Driving through the Grove on Grand Avenue the Cottages that lined the south side are gone and empty lots is all I see. The cottages were still there, when I was involved and a group of us went to Key West to learn about land banking, which is still successful down in Key West but here what happened? Developers just purchased everything and to be honest I see no progress there its empty lots now. and my friends are still fighting for the rights of the Black people there. now it’s a matter of who can hold out longer.
On to Coral Gables Museum, we call ahead for the price and who’s the artist, the artist is Julio Laraz. next to my husband he was my next favorite living artist. almost met him twice at Art Basil I made it a point to go meet him. I was maybe 35 feet away from him when behind us there was this huge crash and someone had broken some very expensive art, chaos ensued.
I sit for the first 15 minutes or so watching a video watching him actually painting in his studio and I’m trying to figure out where is the studio has to be enormous, I’m in total heaven I see paintings that I’ve not seen before and I miss some others but of course they would all have sold. These must be from his own collection. Earlyworks and you see how he developed and I’m reminded of a friend who painted very very much like him 15 minutes watching a video and we just wander to do the galleries beautiful work the videographer was there and so we had a little chat. I have information that she’s not aware of, I originally discovered him up in Woodstock New York via one of his roommates from the early days so I have that and she’s wondering how do you know this. I looked at the clock, Oh my god 15 min. To get to train station. I’ve got to catch the train I have another opening to go to and last time I missed it by three minutes so here we are sitting in traffic and I’m thinking I’ve got a plan better than this next time.