October 31, 2019

A Flurry of Fall Events

Fall has finally arrived in South Central Florida! With fall comes cool mornings and evenings bringing us relief from summer’s heat and humidity. I’m sitting on my back deck typing this under a cloudless blue sky with a gentle breeze blowing. Heavenly!

Ms. Tigger napping during breakfast on my back deck surrounded by plants and flowers.

Also, with fall comes a flurry of activity in the Tampa Bay Area. For me, this entails preparing for the Creative Pinellas Arts Annual Exhibition, which is billed as a showcase of over 25 top Pinellas County artists, all of whom have received awards from Creative Pinellas.
The opening event is on November 14. Please join us!
Another annual fall event is my Day Long Mixed Media Workshop. This year it was on Saturday, October 26. For the first time ever it rained on our parade! Nevertheless, judging from the reviews, the workshop—with a Day of the Dead theme—was a resounding success (view some evaluation excerpts below). Stay connected to learn about my annual spring Day Long Mixed Media Workshop, information to follow soon.

Participants working on their Day of the Dead warm up collage

Amanda Staunko working on her fabric collage

Amanda Staunko and Bonnie Birchfield working on their warm up collage

Left to right: Bonnie Birchfield, Karen Riffe, Joan Wood and Dee Perconti

Left to right: Bonnie Birchfield, Karen Riffe, Joan Wood and Dee Perconti

Left to right: Karen Riffe, Joan Wood and Dee Perconti

Bonnie Birchfield working on her Day of the Dead inspired portrait, acrylic on canvas

Bonnie Birchfield’s work in progress

Participants during the final critique

Joan Wood sharing her acrylic on canvas painting during our final critique

Dee Perconti sharing her mixed media work in progress during our final critique

Detail of Dee Perconti’s mixed media work in progress

Karen Riffe’s mixed media work in progress

This was the best one yet! The subject was interesting, group wonderful, food delicious and we all learned so much from Rose Marie.  — D.P.
I always expect to have fun and Rose Marie always facilitates the superlative. — A.S.
Yet other autumnal events for me are the Fall One and Two sessions at the Morean Arts Center. The second session began on Tuesday evening with a sizable group of talented and enthusiastic students. Some of them are completing work to be included in the Morean Arts Center’s BEHOLD: 2019 Holiday Show & Sale, opening November 9 as part of St. Petersburg’s Second Saturday ArtWalk. I, too, will have a piece in the exhibition. The next Beginning/Intermediate Painting Course six week session will be Winter One, beginning the first full week of January. Contact the Morean Arts Center online or by calling (727) 822-7872 to sign up.

Christina Lavery Caruso working on her painting of a tarpon

As many of my friends know, my son Jaro Majer passed away three years ago. While I was in Mexico for the month of March, I immersed myself in work on a series of three books, entitled A Leaf in the Wind: Hari’s Trilogy. These include Jaro’spoems and prose, along with my artwork. The poems have been respectfully edited, the images are complete, and plans to publish Volume One, Spirit, are now underway.
My next solo exhibition, featuring many of the works inspired by my residency at the Sanskriti Kendra in India which was funded by a grant from Creative Pinellas, is scheduled for March at Origami Air Art Studio in Sarasota. More info to follow.

Meditation on the Sacred Yamuna, mixed media on canvas, 72 x 48 inches