PLEIN AIRE COTTAGE ARTISTS
Painting for a Cause
Violetta Chandler, Mary Rose Holmes and Helen Tilston are known as the Plein Aire Cottage Artists of Indian Rocks Beach.
Since 1999, the three life-long artists have captured the quaint Florida-style cottages and shell-paved paths along Beach Trail - leading a movement to "Save our Cottages" and fighting to preserve the unique seaside history they represent.
"Once a Cottage is smashed,
it's gone forever."
- Mary Rose
Accomplishments & Recognitions
2007 - The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation bestowed the State Award to the Artists for preserving a chapter of Florida’s past that is quickly disappearing.
2007 - The Artists, with IRB Action 2000, helped create an annual Preservation Award, which is presented to businesses and cottage owners who preserve their properties in the spirit of maintaining the small town atmosphere of Indian Rocks Beach.
2007 - The City of Florence, Italy and ten world renowned art curators juried and invited Mary Rose, Violetta and Helen to represent the USA at the prestigious Florence Biennale, in what is referred to as the "Olympics of the art world." All three have a lifetime invitation to showcase their work at the Biennale, Florence, Italy.
2016 - The National Society of Arts and Letters chose the Plein Aire Cottage Artists as Art Advisors and Jurors for the Winston Scholarship.
The Old Market House Arts Centre; Co Waterford, Ireland
Cornell Museum, Del Ray Beach, Florida
Florida State Cabinet Meeting Room, Tallahassee, Florida
Leepa Rattner Museum, Tarpon Springs, Florida
Save our Cottages - Artists with a Cause by Emmy Award-Winning team of Lynn Marvin Dingfelder and Larry Wiezycki.
2019 - Winner People's Choice Award at the Gasparilla Film Festival.
2020 - Winner of Best Florida Documentary at St. Petersburg's Sunscreen Film Festival.
Canvas with a Cause by documentary film maker Roxanne Mannello, WEDU
9/17/20 - Aired on WEDU (PBS)
Jan 2014 - "Plein Aire Cottage Artists Blend Beautifully" - Tampa Bay Newspapers
March 2017 - "The Plein Aire Cottage Artists..." - DuPont Registry Tampa Bay
Nov 2018 - "Their Paintings are More than Art..." - Tampa Bay Times
July 2020 - "Painting a Line in the Sand" (6 page feature) - Victoria Magazine
Dec 2020 - "Plein Aire Artists help Preserve Historic Charm..." Tampa Bay Metro Magazine
Mar 2021 - "Packing your Paints - Travel with an Artist" - Travel Industry Magazine