Tuesday, March 8, 2016


  Oil on Stretched Canvas 18" x 24"

In late October I was invited by the Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum to participate in their “Florida Cracker Cowboy Art Show” to be held in early March.  What fun - and time to come up with an idea!  

The Florida Cracker Cowboy is an important part of Florida’s heritage and in Manatee County cattle is the #1 commodity where 196,507 acres are used for livestock agriculture.  Manatee County ranks 9th in the state of Florida for the number of beef cattle raised.  When most think of “Florida”, palm trees and beaches come to mind - not  necessarily cowboys/cowgirls!  
The Show opened Saturday, March 5  with a lovely sit-down luncheon-reception in the Carnegie Library where each artist was introduced and it was explained the art is displayed  throughout the park.  Wikipedia has photos of the individual buildings here.  There is a pretty brick walkway connecting them. When I walked into the Ag Museum and found my painting so prominently displayed on an easel in the front entry - I was thrilled!  

Thanks so much Diane Ingram and Melissa Dagenais for an outstanding reception and a wonderful exhibit.  So happy my painting is included!

This show runs through April 16 at 515 10th Avenue West, Palmetto.