On Saturday, May 11th, the Anonymous Society of Artists joined numerous other St. Augustine artists for Romanza on Aviles, a plein air art event organized by the Aviles Street Merchants Association. The participating artists met up in the morning at La Herencia Cafe and drew from a hat different scenic locations along Aviles Street from which to draw and paint. Though city regulations prohibited the artists from working on public sidewalks or the street which was blocked from traffic for the day, the businesses and museums in the area were still able to provide many beautiful vantage points. Jean worked near R.B. and Ryan F. out in front of George Nick Gallery, while Michael and Scott enjoyed the hospitality of the Father O’Reilly House Museum. Judy, Bonnie, and Bonnie’s brother, John, also rose to the creative challenge.
Later in the afternoon, each artist was asked to deliver their completed work of art to an assigned gallery or business for display. Some fortunate artists successfully sold their pieces right on the spot. On the whole, it was a wonderful day to paint outdoors and meet some of the Old City’s incredibly talented residents.
Our many thanks go to main organizer of the event, Georgia Gayle Nick, not to mention Rick McAllister who tended to all of the artists’ needs throughout the day, as well as the many gallery and shop owners who graciously displayed our finished pieces.