Mail Art

By now it’s obvious that I love Mail Art,  M A I L  and have participated in this art form for over 30 years.  Could have stemmed from my wandering around the globe, sharing the wonders of the world via post cards and those great stamps.  Did you know that the stamp in Paris cost more than a bottle of table wine.?  Oh well, was my attitude.  My passion continued without  realizing there were others and somewhat organized.

IUOMA  has celebrated over 25th year.  It’s the International Union of Mail Artists.   I’ve been a card-carrying member for close to 15 years.  I send  “Art Mail” all over the world.   Once settled, this was a way to stay connected even though  there was no letter inside the envelope.  The envelope represented itself (me) and was displayed in Italian Churches, MOMA,  Norway and where all it was welcomed.  In return I also was showered with mail art gifts thanks to the United Mail carriers of the U.S. and the world. 

Down in Coconut Grove with my gallery I had a call for Mail Art and it was viewed by over many thousands of visitors to the Coconut Grove Art Festival as I was located close to the main entrance, and I was given empty store fronts to fill and fill I did.    They CGAF traffic counted 700,000 visitors.

Standard envelopes were requested, but I got much more.  Even the Postmaster General of Miami sent me mail art.  The mail carriers always arrived with, look what I have for you and a grin..  They didn’t just drop it by the door they brought it to my desk half way back through the Windisch-Hunt Fine Art Gallery.

Did I have favorites, oh my! Would it have been the red satin slipper, the LOVE stamp done by a 5-year-old. Or by the then Pres. of the Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce seen below here, NO she did not send the sheet that was her art school project years before, then Xeroxed onto a  envelope, check the postage.

Lake Worth for its Centennial in 2013  had a call for mail art.  The envelopes again arrived  from all over the world.  Japan, France, Finland, Portugal  they can now be viewed at our  Lake Worth Historical Museum.  A gift from the world.   And now it’s time to put Lake Worth on the map once more in a very positive light.   A call for mail art is now being announced by the Lake Worth Art League.

CALL for Mail Art

send your envelopes to    L W A L                                                                                                                                                604 Lucerne Ave.                                                                                                                              Lake Worth, Florida  33460                                          

 dead line,              March 3 2018

Please put your e-mail on the bottom right back of envelope and we will let you know of its arrival.  Also all will be posted on a specially created Web site for this purpose. and displayed part of our Art exhibit themed “Words” any further questions e-mail those to

Below our Mayor and special events coordinator at the opening reception.

At our Lake Worth History Museum  reception


The site that was created for the Lake Worth Centennial will now be revived and again be used for mail-art.   Everyone who wishes to send in a pc of art mail is welcome.  Direction are here and you may view your envelope on

our own Ms. Donaldson at 7 n Dixie Hwy. 33460 

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time for an update.

Time to update our list of talented artists in our community We lost 3 and gained about 11 new ones. You know of a working artist in the 33460 on this list in your neighborhood let us know. Time to see how well we are represented in our quirky little seaside town.

During festive times they are called upon for their talent, their  generous volunteerism.   Some neighborhoods are fortunate to have a larger share and that is visible via the Fourth of July Raft Race, and of course our upcoming 50th anniversary Night Time Christmas Parade. These are the artists of 33460   WE  in Lake Worth Beach have musicians, painters, sculptors and performers. OUR  ARTISTS in our midst.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Palm Beach Cultural Council has just announced the Cultural Consortium Fellowship   workshop to take place Aug. 31 2 p.m.   any of these could qualify and be a winner of their $15,000 award   It used to be $25,000 but that was the past and we are graduating thousands of artists yearly.  So more venues are needed.

David Withlock
Mango Grove


Christine Gostling Eden Place

Christine Gostling
Eden Place has moved back to England 

Annette Rawlings South Palm Park

Annette Rawlings
South Palm Park

Nancy Udell College Park

Nancy Udell
College Park

Aidana Baldessarre Mango Groves

Aidana Baldessarre
Mango Groves

Karin Albana Mango Groves

Karin Albano
Mango Groves

David Savage Downtown Jewel

David Savage
Downtown Jewel

Steve Horan Downtown Jewel

Steve Horan
Downtown Jewel

B.J. Hawks South Palm Park

B.J. Hawks
South Palm Park

Shannon & Phil Matero Tropical Ridge

Shannon & Phil Matero
Tropical Ridge

JoAnn Nava Parrot Cove

JoAnn Nava
Parrot Cove has moved sold her home

Katie Lewis Mango Groves

Katie Lewis
Mango Groves traveling the world



Gayo Downtown Jewel

Downtown Jewel RIP

Ellen Steininger
South Palm Park

Elise Crone Bryant Park

Elise Crone
Bryant Park

Marijah Speziale Parrot Cove

Marijah Speziale
Parrot Cove

John Cutrone Parrot Cove

John Cutrone
Parrot Cove

Shawn d. Moss
Bryant Park

Rosemary Otto Mango Groves

Rosemary Otto
Mango Groves

Laura Ann Jacobs Downtown Jewel

Laura Ann Jacobs
Downtown Jewel

Julie Williams Bryant Park

Julie Williams
Bryant Park


LD Shannon Torence Downtown Jewel

Downtown Jewel


Steve Sundberg Mango Grove Author

Steve Sundberg
Mango Grove

Pedro GABRIEL Royal Poinciana

Royal Poinciana

Kathy Stoneberg
Mango Grove

Cathrine Turk
Tropical Ridge

Brent Bludworth
College Park

Claudia Quacinella
Parrot Cove

Carl Stoveland
Eden Place

Arnie Lanza Jazz Pianist
Bryant Park




John Mangan
Bryant Park

?? lives in the Lofts first recipient with his work.



Nick & Ashley Nadrone Royal Poinciana

Nick & Ashley Nadrone
Royal Poinciana

Ray Gross Pineapple Beach

Ray Gross
Pineapple Beach

Julia Longwell Royal Poinciana

Julia Longwell
Royal Poinciana

Gareth Johnson Royal Poinciana The Julliard School

Gareth Johnson
Royal Poinciana
The Julliard School

Jacques de Bauford Royal Poinciana

Jacques de Bauford
Royal Poinciana

Anna & Greg Karabench Royal Poinciana

Anna & Greg Karabench
Royal Poinciana

Mel and Vinney Downtown Jewel

Mel and Vinney
Downtown Jewel


Rebecca HINSON


Bryant Park Ceramics






 Eleanor Bryan Parrot Cove,

Eleanor Bryan
Parrot Cove,

College Park

College Park

Rowena Limauro Lake Osborn

Rowena Limauro
Lake Osborn



Claire Shore Mango Grove The Julliard School

Claire Shore
Mango Grove
The Julliard School




Rocke Rococo Tropical Ridge

Rocke Rococo
Tropical Ridge

Tuesday Lee Afton Tropical Ridge

Tuesday Lee Afton
Tropical Ridge

My deepest apology if I have missed anyone, just let me know, I can always add and make corrections.  All earn their living with their talent, not a small point and many have to have day jobs. know the ones that give back to the community        Not in alpha order nor by neighborhood affiliation.



Tony Downtown Jewel

Downtown Jewel




Mango Grove

Jill Karlin Butler Mango Grove

Jill Karlin Butler
Mango Grove


Louise Noaks Royal Poinciana

Louise Noaks
Royal Poinciana

Jane Elizabeth Drummond

Jane Elizabeth Drummond

Walter Harper Parrot Cove Author

Walter Harper
Parrot Cove


Annamaria Windisch Hunt Royal Poinciana

Annamaria Windisch Hunt
Royal Poinciana

Also in Lake Worth 33460  but no photo available at this time are. Doris Bosworth-Bryant Park,  Barbara t. Feeyk-Parrot Cove, Susan g. Fisher -Mango Grove, Frederick Graft-Bryant Park, Luann LaBohn -Parrot Cove ,,Friday Flatt & Dominick Rotindo  – College Park, Marie Scripture – Royal Poinciana,  Karen Manganaro – Tropical Ridge,  Cheryl Stoneberg  – Mango Grove,  Edna Walton – Eden Place, William Willens -Eden Place,  33460 Lake Worth does have the oldest Art League in Palm Beach County and their membership is upwards 160 members,  which includes unincorporated Lake Worth.

Editors note:  At some level this will impact all our Lake Worth artists so you should be in the know and attend.  Open to all Palm Beach Co. artists. 

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A day on the ocean

turned out to be an exciting day for the folks at the Breakers.  We enjoyed the calm waters of yesterday watched the dolphins do their thing.  Then things changed, the water was still a Bahama Blue and the sky had these awesome clouds promising a late thunderstorm. We spotted this turtle and it appeared not to be moving.   The flippers gently up and down with the current movement.  My hosts called the Turtle rescue number  561/627-8280 and of course they wanted to know what kind it was.  We assured them that it was dead in the water.  They asked us to go ahead and bring it to shore.  The location was straight out from the Breakers.  We hailed a paddle surfer with our horn first he started to move away from us thinking he needed to get out of our way so we made a better effort indicating that we wanted him to come to us.  We could not go any closer to shore. Meanwhile we had towed the turtle as far in,  as far as possible.  He  guy below  was lovely never got his name, he agreed to tow it to shore and Turtle rescue would come collect him and do autopsy etc etc. No need we saw what the problem was.    We called back the Marine center. let  know that it was being taken to shore and where it would be.  They said let the front desk know that they would be along soon and pick up the turtle but it would be a while.  We watched the shore for a bit to see that all was well, of course it caused a bit of a stir..  Then saw this group of young snorkelers come out from the Breakers with their dive instructor, alls settled.  We headed back for a leisure ride and got to see the Honey Fitz   the Presidential Yacht of the Kennedy’s and back in just before the storm came through. Good to have a proper captain on board who knows how to navigate and the weather patterns.  Now if you rent a boat make sure they provide you with bumpers 2, extra line and a hook is always  helpful. Thanks Charlotte and Bob loved the day out at sea.

So a tale that is told many times about plastic in the water and fishing lines getting tangled but are we better on shore.  This photo was taken two mornings ago on our beach. What ever happened to leave nothing but footprints 



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Portrait of our Artist Rosemary Otto

I’ve known of Rosemary Otto’s  work for quite a period of years.  Invited her to exhibit in Miami and participate in the  “Our National Treasures”* exhibition, that I curated.  It was based on the Japanese honor of attaining a high level of mastery in their art form.

However  she was tied into a contract with the Webber Gallery of Lake Worth.  Four years later I found myself living down the street from her.  Rosemary is a long time resident of Lake Worth still living in her grandmothers home,  her mother was an art teacher at the High School and former Pres. of the Lake Worth Art League.

quick sketch over morning coffee


portraits done by Rosemary

Rosemary’s is not just skilled in oil but she is known for her unique work that, is quasi collage/watercolor but that is a over simplification.  I’ve sat in her home-studio marveling at the patients of the many steps it takes to create a singular work of art.  That is just the mechanics.

Her imagination takes us to where we all wish we could escape to in a perfect childhood. A world that does not rob us of that gift to escape, via Television or social media. The imagery is evocative of her German heritage, joys of  young person.   She is now represented by a private dealer and is being showcased at the Box Gallery at 811 Belvedere Rd. in West Palm Beach thru August.   The reception takes place this Saturday July 22  7 – 10 p.m.  Some of her very small work can be purchased at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach Gift shop.  A Must meet the artist event. 


PORTRAIT OF OUR ARTIST  is an ongoing series of this blog. Showcasing some of the great talent in our small  community that have gained recognition away from Lake Worth Fl.  Rosemary Otto now joins  Laura Ann Jacobs, Steve Horan, Fred W. Hunt, Aidana Baldassarra Annette Rawlings and Barbara Johansen     and quite a few  more to come.




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and the beat goes on

A special week  in Lake Worth always .  You could do something almost every day of the  and live the life of Riley.  Even with a 40 hour work week.    What gives us pleasure is what enhances the hum drum of our every day life.  The little  extra hour here and there that you give yourself. My recommendations are, less the hot midday hours where only “Mad dogs and English men  go in the midday sun….”  Noel Coward,  did you know?

Monday 17th  Start for once with our Sunrise, to early swim at our Lake Worth Beach before work.                            this you can repeat each and every day.  OK  you haven”t missed anything you can’t catch up with here.,

Tuesday 18th  Start the same as above if not how about an evening stroll at our Lake Worth Beach and a swim in low tide,  here is the link  to when it happens                             oh $2 Tacos all day Tuesday at Lilo’s

Wednesday 19th  repeat repeat or commit yourself to learn the art of beautiful writing Calligraphy is being offered as an introductory class at the LWALeague  Gallery this week   only $30 or sing up for the entire Art Adventure series 

Thursday 20th   Repeat repeat Mon. Tue.  Always the Norton Museum,  Art after Dark  is Free if you have never been why not.

Friday 21st  closer to home and visit Artisan on the Avenue a beautiful gallery full of hand crafted artisian works. this week reception  remember Rudy for music just around the corner. 

Saturday 22  Special   support your local artists head to the Box Gallery 811 Belvedere and see the work of  Rosemary Otto   amazing highly recommend.  Opening Reception 7 – 10 p.m.   Tomorrow on this blog an indepth view of Rosemary and her fabulous work. 

Sun.23   Remember  repeat repeat and have breakfast out,  remember the $5 breakfasts I posted.  Got an e mail from out of town traveling friend, friend had shared my post.  The   e mail said I live in Lake Worth and I did not know.  OH well!

Mondays for now off season, most everything is closed,certainly not the Lake Worth Beach.



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a 48 hour period in Mango Grove

Ever wonder how things come together.  Sometimes i’m more interested in the backstory much more interesting.   Unusual, perhaps.  We were doing the Circus theme. for the Great American Raft Race.  Who suggested it.  I heard a lot of nay-sayers yet I thought it was brilliant.  Who ever you are,  loved your idea.  It must have been in the air.  Only a few months ago the post office issued Circus stamps.   The fact that the circus saw it’s demise on May 21 of this year can’t have been a coincidence?  Also the fact that only last year i visited the Circus Museum in Sarasota. Needless to say I believe in serendipity.

Cast of a thousand, well, ok a few less than a thousand

Mango Grove embraced the theme. We won the best performance but did you all really see our effort. Our two trophy well deserved.

Best Performance Trophy Now living with our artist who painted the tiger

The Run aground trophy made of the steering mechanism from the Mayor/City float that went aground first.

Only the day before I put an SOS out for a unicycle, within an hour there came one riding by the Lake Worth Art Guild gallery window.  I jumped up and hailed him down. W’d you know he’s been riding since he was 8 years old and lives in Mango Grove.   The day before Sunday at the beach sharing stories and questioning, what all does a circus have, besides Elephants, well of course, a tight rope walker.  We look across from Benny’s and there is a guy strapping his high wire act onto two Palm Trees.  I’m on it.  Yes he will perform in Bryant Park for us.

The hard part for me was making what I felt was plausible happen.

Our Ring Leader, Master of Ceremony and current Pres. of Mango Grove

I had the vision,  but how could I do it?  Andy Amaroso to the rescue, he had the  spinners right up front, within reach.  Yes I wanted a balloon but I settled for tea cups spinning in the air.

ah Leonard Bryant captured my tea cups spinning

A thought not mine another  Grovite  said, ” i have pink seersucker pants”, we proceeded to paint his baseball cap white.  Now for an industrial broom that you could appreciate from afar*..  Dropping off my number one collaborator/artist extraordinaire  Claudia from Parrot Cove,  we pass someone moving and there was this beautiful oversized mop. (dumpster diving) and i still had some  tinsel from years ago.  All this happened in a 48 hour period.  IT WAS MEANT TO BE.

The other note worthy part of this coming together of ideas and talent. New residents to Mango Grove with two talented daughters and boundless enthusiasm.  I entrusted the 15-year-old to create a circus wagon.  What I expected was one thing what I got was over the top.  She is a student a Dryfoos and did I mention only 15.

photo by Leonard Bryant

Our Bearded Lady was difficult.     I asked up to 9 men with full beards to consider  crossdressing lots of maybe.  Then I spotted this  gorgeous man with a red beard tall  large and good looking ,  better than the rest.       The other well deserved award  is seen below.   Commissioner Maxwell on the spot to give a helping hand.  It was sad as they were all dressed to the gills.

it was terribly hot


*anytime you do a performance  or parade or Circus everything has to be exaggerated so it can be appreciated from afar.  I was told  this by artist Fred Hunt RIP who appeared in Cecil B. DeMill’s “The Greatest Show on Earth” as an extra.   He was a student at the Ringling School of Art in its heyday.

ps  not all photos are mine if i knew  the shooter I gave credit .  Please visit these photographers they have some awesome documentation of this circus parade actually the entire 16th annual Great American Raft Race .  Wes Blackman also has video, Tom Johnson,  Leonard Bryant and Shawn Moss.  From the imbedded photographer moi my limited access as i was in the parade, favorite shots .


So thanks all for the Best Performance trophy

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a look back how the crowds greeted the circus when it came to town in Main Street America 

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