NY Easter Bonnet Parade

Another fabulous bonnet parade took place in NY City on 5th Ave.  .  Was surprised that this tradition goes back to 1870.  We started our Easter Bonnet Parade some 3 years., perhaps it may grow where we will parade our finery down our Avenues in another year or so.  Meanwhile  I had the good fortune to have a friend* via a friend share these awesome photos from NY city today, From Bill Bone, partner in Larmoyeux and Bone, and sponsor of the annual Bill Bone Tropical Triathlon at the Lake Worth Beach.


thank you to Tom Johnson for passing them on to me . Next time we will se outrageous hats here in Lake Worth is the Derby Day event on May 6th.  So some of us will start to create, one I understand is already ready. lol  and as the time gets closer lets have a hat making session.

more photos here from Easter 2017 http://www.amny.com/news/easter-parade-in-nyc-photos-of-the-fifth-avenue-celebration-1.13469127

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Day before Easter activities

Yesterday was a special day, A gift from the City OF LAKE WORTH and it’s supporters.

Mrs. Bunny Julie Seaver not seen Ted Johnson Mr. Rabbit

It started bright and early with the Easter Egg Hunt in Bryant Park an annual event with some changes this year that made it truly memorable.  The staging was a bit different so that parents did not have to wait in the sweltering heat.  The now traditional Bonnet Parade went  without a hitch. What was that change?  The children were let into the patch golden eggs already hidden.  3 shiny gold eggs per patch this year,  gold leafed by the Lake Worth Art League.  Then as the kids waited one of the staff came into the patch with a huge  box and emptied all  the colored eggs.Thanks Leisure Services,  I have never heard the sound of such delight from kids,  Parents laughing. it was joy all around.     The next event was mounted by our Children’s Librarian Ms Cindy Ansell with the assistance from the Friends of the Lake Worth Library and many many volunteers. This took place at the former shuffleboard courts.  Again many hands on activities,  along with a guest, star artist illustrator Edel Rodriquez.  Also a busy day for our Mayor and Commissioners.

Mayor Pam. Cathy Turk, Martha Leslie.

Seen here with the Lake Worth Art League crew is our own Mayor Pam, who made the rounds.   Edel  was awesome, for five days he visited  our area schools, prior to appearing at Biblioarte.  I got to listen to his presentation and was very impressed.  Spoke about his early years as a budding artist on to Pratt Institute  NY, for formal training  and on to his successful career as a book illustrator, Newsweek and Time cover fame.  He took questions from young audience  members and never spoke down to them. Awesome person.  Thank you Cindy Ansell for bringing such a gift to our City of Lake Worth.

Erica Zngone Whitfield with Edel Rodriguez

Also present at each event was a project Lake Worth Rocks  where beautifully painted rocks were hidden on the grounds and around Lake Worth with one request if you find one take a selfie with it and post it to their FB page.

found at Bryant Park

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national letter writing month

Not to late to give the only gift you and only you can give.  It is national Letter writing month April.    Definitely something I enjoy immensely.  Reorganizing my book-case today I was restocking my book spine.  and realized how many books I have about letter writing.  Famous people writing funny letters. []]]]]]]]]]]]] That was my cat taking over the keyboard. Churchill was a prolific letter writer.

lots of books available that make it fun

Even have books on how kids can enjoy sending letters and of course there  is always the possibility  someone may respond.  Several years ago there was a challenge to write a letter each day in April.  I did that one.  We are a 12 days into April, its never to late. Don’t you owe a missive to someone special.

bookspine in 700 ssq ft only way to go is up.

oh what fun  the above photo the painting shows my mailbox that I  painted with a face happy to receive mail. need more inspiration follow this link.  http://www.wellappointeddesk.com/2017/03/april-is-national-letter-writing-month-3/

Serendipity is when things come together without a plot.  so here I have a painting with a mailbox in it and i’m writing about a letter writing.  Did I mention the cool stamps that are available “from ME to YOU”  then there is this designer stamp by Oscar de la Renta gorgeous but for the same price as a normal sheet, watch out you only get eleven stamps on that sheet.  Want to vicariously see how far we have come go to the National Postal Museum and check out those letters.  link right here. http://postalmuseumblog.si.edu/2016/04/april-is-national-letter-writing-month.html

Make it a red letter day for someone special and I will be sending greeting to friends. from Websters “a day that is pleasantly noteworthy or memorable”.

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food truck invasion

Here to stay  The food truck invasion has established itself from humble beginnings. Written about them before.  Once upon a time they used to park in the PNC lot and you could carry your food over to SouthShores and have a drink.  Then they also were part of the Evening on the Ave. for a bit.  Now it’s Monday nights every other one.  Little known fact they are of a group of 200 organized trucks under the management of “Food Truck Invasion”  that have become a craze. Tonight 12 trucks surrounded the Cultural Plaza from Lucerne to M st. to Lake Ave.  Here it goes. I have never yet posted food i’m eating and thats still true  lol..  I ordered the same once I had taken this photos, right after I told the guy that I do not eat fried foods.  But after I looked at it long enough I had to try it.  I can highly recommend it.  the Sauce was out of this world.  Shrimp so so, the fries outstanding.  I was on a recognizance trip looking for an ice cream truck & one food for the upcoming Lake Worth  Art League’s 75th

Editors not Vegan truckanniversary event that takes place April 22 and 23 on the Cultural Plaza.  40 plus artists will gather to showcase the best in Palm Beach County.

editors note:  writtten about them several times.   links to two of the articles that appeared in Lake Worth every minute.



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The little seaside town that could

A Perfect weekend hosted by our quirky seaside community with lots of things to offer.   Compass Community Center had a lots of support judging by the people who lined the streets with rainbow-colored gear.  Up at the beach Spring Break was underway as well and there the music pleased everyone if you could get near and find a parking space.  To top it off 300,000 households that read the Sunday Palm Beach Post were treated to what all else Lake Worth is all about.   Not a bad weekend at all.  Friends not seen in a while always delighted they came out.
     I just love our Lake Worth  people, so again as an in bedded photographer  I capture the joys of their faces,. enjoying every moment and of course I love the fellow photographers playing their trade.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Then of course the pleasure of seeing all the joy and colors and how every one embraced this event. 

till the next parade.   Here they are again just wearing different colors, the drink is the same.  Hope you enjoy my point of view.

EDITORS NOTE  One photographer who’s face book page you must look at if you want to see this parade.  Charlene Raphael  she was in the right spot with the long lens.  If you were in the parade itself.  Here’s to YOU






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down memory lane

This is somewhat personal, but it’s a start to a book I have been meaning to write about a person who touched many lives and never ever said anything mean spirited about anyone. Today is artist  Fred Hunt’s Birthday.       I took a trip down memory lane to where it all started. Coconut Grove!  We  lived in our Studio no longer recognizable.   That small part of Allamanda St. had close to 30 some artists  sharing spaces, in small cottages, cute little apartments, life took place outdoors over  a 20 plus  years right here.

This is what’s there now at 3032 Allamanda

I went to the Women’s Club of Coconut Grove where I had a stone  place in his memory.  and looking at it now I see something on the top left that actually looks like his signature.  He never signed his name but for a Copy wright mark and his signature rainbow fish.Then on to the Peacock  that stands not far from where the Windisch-Hunt Fine Art Gallery was located for 17 years.

Night and Day you are the one


He was there in the Grove since the 1972 and anchored out with the China Clipper until Hurricane Andrew scuttled her.  At that time quite a few artists made their homes in the anchorage.  They would live aboard and rent a  studio in the Grove. 

Then my nostalgia trip, breakfast at Coral Bagels and there the memories remain on the wall for everyone to see.  My picture still hangs in the same spot and looking up there is his poster just left of my poster.

We had organized a studio tour for Mothers Day with trolly and had to divide the Grove into two sections  that is how large the art community was then.  The north, now has become the Gifford Lane Art Stroll and the Southern sector for a period of time   became  a compound and held their art shows outdoors.   There were so many artists in the Grove,  approximately 250 according to the Miami Cultural Council.  Two of the artists have successfully transplanted themselves to Lake Worth.  Not counting Fred and myself. Many have left due to the rising prices.  On this trip back many artists I met at the Gifford Lane Stroll this past weekend, have said they are eyeing theLake Worth area and keeping abreast with this blog.  lol

this is a French guest artists who was on one of our studio tours

We always had something going on we organized  a monthly breakfast, got together and depending on the art we might come in costume.  Always celebrating the artist whose art

this happened to be a show of my 10×10  gifts, I made for my friends

graced the walls.   Fred had a special visit during the Dali Lamas trip through the Grove.  We hosted a special spiritual evening at the Windisch-Hunt Fine Art Gallery.During one Mad Hatter Festival the Mayor of Miami named Fred Hunt and Purvis Young  Miami Masters.  Both were at death’s door and I guess they needed to recognize them before it was too late.  Definitely Regional Treasures.  It’s always good to celebrate when you can still enjoy the honorarium.

Here they are the two Miami Masters Purvis Young and Fred Hunt, they are highly collectible now. lol

Friendships and tales from the studios about all the Grove  artists will certainly fill a book.  It will have everything rivalries, deep friendships and always if one was down there was  unsolicited assistance. The place has certainly changed there are no more feet on the streets.   What was a fabulous Gallery that graced our name is now some sort of offices. It was the hub, so i was told and  no one was ever turned away it was a place to be nurtured if you had any talent be it music dance or just painting.   Musicians practiced freely and we all enjoyed it.  It was not Saturday night till the Krishnas came through with their chants.  We made city christmas ornaments when they did not have a budget for us. (remember Cocoanut Grover was there long before Miami existed.. We had coconut painting parties. We had urban art before it became a thing.


once upon a time

Fred stayed busy in the studio, he painted all day and when the light faded he would work on Leslie a life size sculpture.  Later  when the property sold that was his studio he painted in the front window of the gallery. I modeled for all the classes in the  area universities  and art clubs.  I painted him and on occasion he painted me. 

his favorite painting that I did of him.

our story ends in Lake Worth, where the tropics begin.

To be continued next year.

for more info on Fred Hunt I do a series called portrait of our artists in lake worth this is the link to his. http://www.artdazzlelakeworth.com/2012/03/07/portrait-of-our-artist/





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Shawn Moss

It’s amazing what talent we have here in Lake Worth.  Discovered another fellow shooter Shawn Moss.  I’ve become aware of him as i viewed some of his photos on FB Lake Worth Local and thought “that’s good” .  You just know when you see a picture that stands alone.   He of course shoots raw and then into the light room for the tweak that gives it his signature look.  So watch out for his nighttime work as he has a day job. He loves shooting the milkyway and another I recall is our bridge leading to Palm Beach Island.

Shawn Moss

Shawn Moss


this is the type of work that brought him to my notice.

this is the type of work that brought him to my notice.



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Editors note:  After each Street painting festival there are some very outstanding photos  that pop up on FB   unless we are friends only a few come to our notice..  I’ve asked some exceptional photographers to submit 5-7 images that they are proud of. . I think everyone should know the talent we have here in Lake Worth.


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