Monday, May 21, 2012

May 21, Our 79th Vero Beach Mural Painting Session

NOTE: The Vero Beach Mural Project is being Sponsored by the Vero Beach Art Club as a gift to the City.  The artist members of the Vero Beach Art Club who are volunteering their time and talents are Dawn Mill (Project Manager), Christine Thomas (, and Judy Burgarella (   Examples of artists' work can also be found on  The Mural consists of six stretched canvas panels, 36' long by 8' high, each panel 8' x 6'.  Created in and for the Community Center, in their "Florida Room," 2266 14th Avenue, Vero Beach, Florida USA, 772-978-4592.  Visitors are welcome to watch the artists paint between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays.

Today all three of us were once again together working on the mural, and although it was a short day we managed to get some serious work done.  Our day was shortened to 2:00 pm because the Florida Room was reserved.  So we worked straight through lunch to conserve what working time we had.  It was very pleasant though, and I missed that interaction this past month and a half during my absence from the mural.  The day flew by, interrupted with conversations about family anecdotes and drama, trouble, chuckles and discussions about the mural.  Problem areas are now almost resolved, and the rest will be the icing on the cake.

Below is Dawn painting fish in the mangroves of the Indian River Lagoon. 
Dawn Mill painting fish in the mangroves
Mr. Crab was painted by Dawn also, and resides in Panel #5.

"Mr. Crab" by Dawn Mill

Dawn did an outstanding job on the backs of buildings on Ocean Drive, and this particular detail is of the Driftwood Resort, a very popular place built mostly of driftwood and found objects d'ocean.  An ecclectic-lover's dream!  The resort's restaurant, "Waldo's," is a treasured taste of old Florida that tourists and natives alike enjoy--music, food, cocktails, entertainment--and all with one of the best views of the ocean.

Dawn Mill's painting of the Driftwood and Waldo's patio
While I was absend, Dawn painted some dynamite birds, and the pelicans I especially appreciated as they are all around us every day along the Indian River and beachside.
Penical tri-fecta!  By Dawn Mill

Dawn Mill's pelican in Panel #5
Below Dawn has roughed in an expansion of the barrier island to better balance off Panel #4.
Detail of Panel #4

Christine painted in some fish schools and worked on some unfinished elements, in addition to the diver below. 

Christine Thomas working on her diver

Christine Thomas's diver in panel #4
Some of the day I spent reworking the perspective on the Vero Furniture building.  I was told it was off-kilter, which was spot-on.  What a tedious job it was to paint out all the easternmost windows, pine tree foliage, roof lines, etc., but it does look better.  Below I am pictured working on an orange tree, tweaking it so that it will fit in with the last panel of the old mural, just in case they are ever exhibited together. 

Judy Burgarella touching up panel #1
Below is the orange tree I worked on a good part of the day.  Coming from Connecticut where fruit trees general blossom--the blossoms fall off--then the fruit buds and grows ... it seems strange to see orange blossoms blooming at the same time the fruit is ripening.  And oh the fragrance!  I love it when that wonderful fragrance wafts into the bedroom at night--it's like dozing off in a bed of flowers.
Oranges and orange blossoms together on a tree in Panel #1
 Others pictured here are Pilar Turner, Mayor of Vero Beach, Alma Lee Loy, a prominent Vero Beach Figure, Jay Kramer, former Mayor of Vero Beach and Highwayman artist Ray McLendon,

All three of us plan to be at the mural on Monday, so check back onto this site for more progress after that.


Judy Burgarella
Blogger for the Vero Beach Mural Project

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