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.

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.

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.





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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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Our Ambassadores

Who all contributed to this large event.  Just about every person I know personally in Lake Worth lol.  We all were Ambassadors these last two days.

Sonia's friends journeyed down from Jupiter and my friends came up from Coconut Grove

Sonia’s friends journeyed down from Jupiter and my friends came up from Coconut Grove The one in the middle with the hat ,writes the Coconut Grove Grapevine and got me started blogging. Last Year he did a great article of the Street Paining for the Huffington Post  Thanks Tom Falco.!

from Miami must thank them all attempting to find me in a crowd of thousands.

from Miami must thank all friends attempting to find me in a crowd of thousands.

Friends came from everywhere. Volunteers were wearing Official T shirts.  Information had their own booth, manned by the very same wonderful people who are volunteer year round.   The effort went wide and far. Trying to capture all the volunteers I decided to see who was our Ambassador on the busses as Chris from England did such a great job last year .  First person I saw was our Commissioner Scott Maxwell. img_4099So I rode to Tri Rail Station and waited for next bus less than two minutes it arrived.  None other than our own City Manager Michael Bornstein was our guide.  I even learned something that I was not aware of.  Well done Mr. Bornstein.fullsizerender-2 from the back of the bus some lady yelled THANK YOU for putting more busses on this year, last year I waited over an hour.  Such a gentleman, he did not take credit for the xtra buses.  Was it you Nadine?  From another source i heard they loved it.  they took the train up from Deerfield 5 bucks and then the shuttle collected them.  What a dream.  img_4026  img_4041I had my friends in from Miami, yes more and Sat. night we ate at Broughs Down Under and to the $5 breakfast Sunday Morning such cool neighborly thing. fullsizerender-2 And of course the dynamic duo who appear to be on call  at all city events.  fullsizerender-3

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Street Painting

Good Morning Lake Worth another promising day for our Street Painting Festival.  Recapping highlights of what went on yesterday in words and pictures.  It was an awesome day and those captured by air, (AC) of course thought it was sooo ho,t could have ducted into the Cultural Council for their photography show of street painting, very nice.  While here I invite all the photographers again to share their photos on this blog*. Here      is a call to Steve Horan, Adriano Ficarelli, Louise Noaks.  I for one am just reporting in a timely manner back to my United Press International Days. The newspapers have limited space  TV gives but 15 seconds if that much. img_3912dscn0005 dscn0009

This year there were some changes the streets closed earlier. and the invited well know artists had a head start  Friday evening it was great freewheeling on a bike through the empty streets.  Saturday night Lake Ave. had the feel of Lincoln Road on South Beach.

Darla and her sis

Darla and her sis

Familiar faces that we are always glad to see are of course img_3981 dscn4576

dscn4577Enough of the heat, it registered at 75  degrees yesterday.  Step in to the Cultural Council and see the art of Molinari .dscn4586Our local merchants stepped up and sponsored spots and artists.  Like Awe Flowers, then “where every one knows your name”  Harry’s   a delightful surprise Downtown Jewel neighborhood had a lovely entry seen below.img_4016 img_3976 img_3924



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