I was honored to be invited to do a live painting for the Edison Ford Juneteenth celebration at the Edison Mall. It was a very educational event and I met many wonderful and interesting people. Thank you Edison Ford Estates for the invitation to participate in this event! It was an honor and a previlige.
This painting will be auctioned off and with all the proceeds donated to area charities.
The event was featured on Wink News.
The first-ever Juneteenth Tea celebration in SWFL was held Sunday in the Edison Ford Shoppes at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates.
The Juneteenth Tea celebration was inspired by community activist Mina Edison, and entrepreneur and philanthropist Dr. Ella Mae Piper.
June 19, 1865, is the date enslaved black people in Galveston, Texas found out they’d been freed. Two years after the emancipation proclamation was signed.
In the middle of the Edison mall, a celebration of freedom and a better future took place.Susan Tutko said, “I’m playing the role of Mina Edison. That would be Thomas Edison’s wife.Dr. Piper and Edison became friends around 1916 and remained friends for a number of years.“History is important. It tells us where we’ve come from, and hopefully that we can design a better path going forward,” Tutko said.The event was set in the 1920’s discussing the changes in Fort Myers since Juneteenth.Latonga Henderson said, “I understand the character of Ella Mae Piper simply because of the fact that I moved here from Miami, into a town that I’m not familiar with. But I also encourage and empower a lot of women of my age and of my stature, and of my community to pursue their dreams, their aspirations.”
On set, Marie C. Dyer is an artist who decided to pay tribute to the past by painting. “I think that a lot of people don’t realize the history of Fort Myers. And this event is kind of based around two people who were really prominent in the Fort Myers area,” Dyer said. The finished canvas will be available by auction with proceeds going to locally black-owned nonprofits.
“Our forefathers weren’t allowed to go to college, our forefathers were allowed to vote,” Henderson said.Henderson said it teaches our young children what to look forward to. The reason why we strive and push so hard for history, education, and knowledge. From tea to art to the story told in the middle of the mall. It’s all part of a promise to embrace what was once left behind. Organizers told WINK News it’s important for communities to embrace Juneteenth. Because of its lack of appreciation and attention in previous years.
This is the second year Juneteenth has been recognized as a federal holiday after President Joe Biden signed legislation establishing it in 2021."
Here's the link if you would like to watch the video.
These are a few of My One of a Kind Hand Painted Silk Scarves for sale at Barns in Bloom Hollis, New Hampshire…and remember don’t forget to sign up for a One Day Scarf Painting Workshop (July 16th and July 23rd) held here at Barns in Bloom. Can't wait to see my summer friends!
“Proxima generation “
I have been working in Tampa this week. The change of scenery has inspired new creations in me.
This new abstract mini series of paintings are sold and are now heading to Orlando to hang in the office of Luis Rosado.
Thank you Luis. Hope your enjoy your new purchases.
My latest inspiration.
I am loving my time in Tampa.
“A wild bunch” 8x10 acrylic on panel with wood floating frame
Available tomorrow on my website.
"A Wild Bunch 11" acrylic on panel with wood floating frame
These are available for purchase.
I am currently working on my Spring Scarf Collection. I think it's kind of fun to see the work in progress. Stayed tuned for the finished product. They will be available for sale when I get them done and I will post on Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to like my Facebook Page so you will get my updates.
Hope you all are having a wonderful week and "Remember, every day is a great day to paint".
Getting ready for tomorrow’s Silk Scarf Painting Workshop here at Marie Dyer Studios …Cowlick Ranch. The class consists of both new students and students who have attended previous classes. So much fun to gather and make new friends. Can't wait!
Here is Heather Lowther holding her Sunflower Hand Painted Journal. Heather entered the contest that we held in March to determine which of two paintings I would donate to Holiday 4 Heroes' April Raffle.
Heather was the lucky winner! I met Heather while teaching a Silk Scarf Painting Workshop in New Hampshire. After she won the journal we chatted and I found out she has a home in Naples.
I would like to thank everyone who participated in the "Pick a Painting Contest" and all who generously donated for the March Holiday 4 Heroes' Raffle. We exceeded our goal and are so grateful for all of you!