Monday, September 7, 2015

Indian Rocks Beach Celebrates Octoberfest 2015

Historic Yacht Basin, IRB, Fl. Original oil painted on canvas one panel by each artist:  Mary Rose, Violetta & Helen Tilston
Hope everyone had a wonderful summer and that you are fully rested to take on the world of Autumn and Winter.

The Plein Aire Cottage Artists have had one of their busiest and most successful Summer.  Pictured above is Violetta painting at Ballycotton, Co Cork,  Ireland, in June.    Ireland has welcomed our paintings.   One comment from an onlooker was "It looks like ye paint the sunlight in the painting"

Mary Rose and Violetta adding magic to plein air paintings

Four local newspapers covered our shows.  Cry Radio Station in Youghal invited Helen Tilston to Sixty Minutes for a one hour interview and a promise of a return visit prior to Christmas.
Technical Asst. Reese Denehy at CRY Youghal

Suzanne Dillon Radio Host at CRY Youghal
Helen Tilston awaiting interview at CRY Station Youghal
Pat Carroll  Host of Sixty Minutes at CRY Station Youghal

This was my first radio interview, I was slightly nervous but am told it went well

Should your travels bring you to Ireland please stop in and say hello to our friend at  AHERNES
Have a pint of Murphys(a Cork brew) or Guinness (Dublin) enjoy a plate of oysters and seafood and deserts of the finest. Coastal Living Series 19 is on exhibition here.


The Historic Yacht Basin at Indian Rocks Beach Florida has a magical spirit.  Visitors always stop to watch the sunrise, or the reverse sunset,  the dolphin or manatee on occasion, the egrets, blue heron and songbirds stop which travelling north and south.  The historical white house located here with the sunlight dancing on her windows, enhanced by  the scent of orange blossom, jasmine, roses and bougailvillia all mingle with the salt water.   Violetta, Mary Rose and I have painted here on many  occasions.  Recently, we  painted a triptych (one panel by each artist).  This painting we are donating to Octoberfest.  The painting will be auctioned off on October 10, 2014 at Octoberfest, Indian Rocks Beach.   We understand there will be on line bidding available.   The entire proceeds benefit IRB Action 2000 which gives the entire amount back the community by beautifying the neighbourhood.

Above is an image of  the Historic Yacht basin. Bidding Link will follow.

Many thanks for your comments and wishing you a wondrous week.

Mary Rose, Violetta and Helen

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Youghal at Aherne's =Coastal Living Series 19

A Mother's love, by Helen Tilston
One of my favourite restaurants in Ireland is Aherne's, located in the Historic Walled port of Youghal (Old Town Walls, built in 12th century are still intact) is one of Ireland's Heritage Towns and is seeped in history.  Sir Walter Raleigh was Mayor of this town.  Myrtle Grove his home is worth visiting.

When Katie Fitzgibbon, owner of Aherne's asked if we would exhibit our paintings in their dining room we were thrilled to be associated with this fine establishment.

Coastal Living Series 19 is now at Aherne's.

Should your travels take you to Ireland, Aherne's is a must.  

Evening at Ballycotton by Violetta

Summer's Dream by Mary Rose Holmes

Open turf fires and warmest of  welcomes await you in this family run hotel in historic walled port of Youghal.  Rooms are comfortable and luxurious, decorated with antiques and original art work. Their famous seafood bar and restaurant specializes in the freshest of local seafood: lobster, crab, prawns, mussels and salmon.  The FitzGibbon family have been running Aherne's since 1923 and the present owners, third generation, David and John and their wives Katie and Gaye are always on hand to extend a welcome and offer personal advice.
Aherne's is the perfect base for touring the South East, Waterford Crystal, Jameson Whiskey, Ballycotton, Ardmore, Lismore and Cork City are all in close proximity.

Aherne's is one of the exclusive properties featured in the prestigious "Ireland'sBlue Book"
Oysters and Guinness @ Aherne's
Open turf fires and the warmest of welcomes await you in this family run hotel in the Historic walled port o 

Youghal harbour

Cozy Fire @ Aherne's

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Indian Rocks Beach - Plein Aire Cottage Artists Preservation Award 2015

Mary Rose Holmes presents Award to Rebecca (Bama) Palmer, Owner of PJ Restaurant, IRB,.Photo;Phil Hanna
Each year, for the past eight years,  the Plein Aire Cottage Artists and  Indian Rocks Beach Action 2000 present one business and one residence with the "PRESERVATION AWARD".  This year the winner for business is P.J's Restaurant & Oyster Bar.  The Owner Rebecca (Bama) Palmer pictured above accepting the Award from Plein Aire Cottage Artist, Mary Rose Holmes.   PJ's a long time business at Indian Rocks Beach found their lease was expiring and they then found an old building. They did a spectacular renovation. The  food is delicious and the service friendly and efficient.

Mary Rose and GeorgeAnn Thompson accepting Award for the Brindley Family. Photo Phil Hanna
The 2015 Residential Award was given to The Brindley Family.  This beautiful beach side home circa 1920 is elegantly and environmentally restored.   Accepting the award on behalf of Mrs. Brindley is, long time friend, GeorgeAnn Thompson.
The 2015 Preservation Award - Photo Phil Hanna

It was a wonderful evening and we thank all the volunteers and residents of Indian Rocks Beach who helped on Thursday evening.  A special thank you to Indian Rocks Beach Historical Museum for hosting this year's event.  A special thank you to City Commissioner Phil Hanna for use of his photographs.

We look forward to presenting two awards again in 2016.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Indian Rocks Beach is coming to Ireland

Mary Rose and Violetta at Indian Rocks Beach

2015 is already shaping up to be a very exciting year for Mary Rose Holmes, Violetta Chandler and Helen Tilston

Helen at Indian Rocks Beach (photo credit Rossana Stroligo)
Ireland has extended an invitation to us to exhibit "Coastal Living".   Our show will open in June 2015.

Mary Rose at Indian Rocks Beach (photo credit:  Rossana Stroligo)
Prior to the show we will be painting, on location, en plain air in Ireland.  Helen has been scouting Ireland for the past several months for vistas.   

Paintings are being tagged, measured and selected.    We are also taking every moment to complete commissioned pieces prior to travelling to Europe.  

A few of our patrons are planning to travel to Ireland for our art opening.   We are truly blessed.

Coastal Cottages is ongoing at

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Plein Air Painting in Florida & "Reply Button to Comments"

Plein Aire Cottage Artist Violetta paints in Sarasota Florida
A sunny morning meeting in Sarasota, where we agreed to meet with Violetta (her hometown) and paint.

The light and values have attracted Plein Aire Cottage Artist Helen Tilston
We ran into some friends and following some diversions eventually found time to paint

Plein Aire Cottage Artists Mary Rose Holmes and Violetta
Downtown, Sarasota has seen some changes and is now vibrant and alive with many new stores, boutiques and restaurants.  It is certainly worth visiting and talk on the street is  "it is booming and is growing".

Michael's on Main Street, Sarasota is our most recent gallery and we are thrilled to work with Gallery Curator, Kate Runyon whom we have the utmost respect.   She has incredible S.T.Y.L.E
Kate Runyon.  She exudes style.

Christie's At Indian Rocks Beach, Florida

Christie's have opened a new office at Indian Rocks Beach, called  "Coastal Christie's" and our paintings grace the walls of this fine building.

Triptych by Plein Aire Cottage Artists at Salt Rock, Indian Shores

Coastal Cottages Series Twelve continues at the Gallery at Salt Rock Grill, Indian Shores.

Can someone please help me restore my "Response to Comments button"   It has disappeared when I used a new template for this blog.   Also new posts to this blog do not show up on my sidebar.

Many thanks

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Spring and Early Summer at Indian Rocks Beach

Three heads are better than one.  
As the days grow longer and hotter we are choosing to spend the early parts of the day painting outdoors.   Each year we paint a triptych.  One panel by each artist.   Because of the sensitive nature of this type of painting, great care is taken.   Along with painting outdoors, we must co-ordinate our time  to this project.

This triptych is one of our favourites. Panel 1, Violetta, Mary Rose & Helen
One of our collectors has one commissioned triptych and her home is decorated around this piece of art.
Our hearts gladden whenever we are invited to their home.
Beach Trail, by Violetta
Often we find a client leans more favourably to either Violetta, Mary Rose's or my paintings and they will collect our work.
Boats at anchor, Mary Rose Holmes
We can think of several clients who own at least one each of our paintings and then commission or purchase a trip-tych.   They feel they have a well rounded collection of our work

Balcony Mornings by Helen Tilston
Coastal Cottages Series 12 continues at SaltRock Grill, Indian Shores.
Indian Rocks Beach Historical Museum exhibition of Plein Aire Cottage Artists continues.

Hope your summer is very special.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Salt Rocks Grill & Plein Aire Cottage Artists -what a combination!!Vi

Violetta & Mary Rose applying finishing strokes

Our feature painting" IRB - No Ordinary Here" is hung at Salt Rock

Coastal Cottages Series 12 opens today    Please click.

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