Glass doors and a mirrored wall flood Maryanne Maier’s St. Armands Key home with natural light, illuminating nearly two-dozen acrylic paintings the owner created.
Maier’s passion began at her artist mother’s insistence. “Growing up, she’d paint me whatever I wanted,” she says. “Then, when my youngest child went to kindergarten, she decided, ‘Enough.’ It was time for me to learn.”
Maier’s mother provided a canvas, paint and a photo of a little red barn with directions to copy it. Turns out, Maier inherited some talent. A friend offered to buy the barn painting, and Maier had “all the encouragement” she needed to sign up for night classes. Maier subsequently earned a fine-arts degree from Paier College of Art in Hamden, Conn., and has won awards at juried shows in New England. She’s traveled to picturesque locales, such as Paris and Provence, to paint. But her favorite “muse” is just around the corner from her home. From thousands of daily runs along the beach, she has a clear mental picture of tides, surf, sand, seagrass, sunrises and sunsets.
“This is my niche,” she says. “I would curl up and die if I wasn’t running and painting the beach.”
In her own words
On Her MUSE: “Watching the seagrass wave, the water crash, the clouds move, the sun go up or down, you feel the pulse of the Earth.”
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- I LOVED your story and your video on Maryanne Maier.......her story about her experience at the White House was delightful!!! I am so fortunate to be able to say that Maryanne is TRULY my neighbor here on the Circle, as well as my sponsor at Church........she is SUCH a lady and that in itself would be enough to qualify her as an extraordinary person.........yet her paintings/creativity are AMAZING; just such a highly talented person.......kind, caring, creative, classy......she is the whole package! (And a little tiny package I might add!!!) You NEED to check out her 'Seascape Exhibit' Paintings by Maryanne Maier at BIRD KEY YACHT CLUB March 12-May 7, 2013....(the club is closed all day Tues and Sunday afternoons; fyi!!!!) I am NOT her agent or manager or ANYTHING like that, just a huge fan of her work, and someone who truly has been blessed to have such an elegant and outstanding person to call "MY FRIEND"!!!!
- I am blessed to have Maryanne Maier in my life! She is such a wonderful human being with so much to offer! I LOVE her!
Hat's off to Dee Pelton, volunteers
Dee Pelton held a luncheon that will be tough to top.
Youth sailors descend on City Island
Approximately 250 people hit the water Saturday, April 20 through Sunday, April 21, for Sailfest. The regatta, Sarasota Youth Sailing's biggest fundraiser of the year, included four classes of competition — Optimus, 420, Laser and Multi-hull — and a barbecue feast.
Book club sunsets for the season
The Sunset Beach Book Club, in its 10th year, ended this season with a luncheon and discussion of the book “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn, April 18, at Lazy Lobster. Discussion moderator was Ricki Carroll. Together, the group read five books this season.