The sight of the Plein Aire Cottage Artists on the streets of the city is fairly common. The three women have been painting scenes of the old Florida cottages that have lined Indian Rocks Beach’s shores for years. However, their presence isn’t that well known outside the city. That may well soon change, especially if a Tampa filmmaker has her way.
Indian Rocks Beach artist group to be featured in documentary film. Monet and Renoir would be proud. 'Plein Aire Cottage Artists' Mary Rose Holmes, Helen Tilston, and Violetta Chandler take their wooden easels and canvases outside to paint Indian Rocks Beach's historic cottages. (Sara Belsole, staff)
What a terrific day. This documentarian, representing our production studio, Creative on Main Street, was honored to be a speaker at the 2017 Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Statewide Conference. Mary Rose Holmes & Violetta Chandler, two of the "Save Our Cottage Artists" joined me. Our third artist, Helen Tilston is currently in Ireland .. but we had additional help hanks to Violetta's artistic daughter Olga and Save Our Cottages Finance Committee member Daryl Frahn and my sweet husband, John Dingfelder.