About a dozen members of the Longboat Island Chapel left the island for the Artful Giraffe in Sarasota on Wednesday.
They met for breakfast first, toured the gallery for inspiration and then it was time to paint.
"I had been here before," Cari Aslan said. "I thought that this would be very tranquil and peaceful."
Valerie Evanko plans all the chapel outings and is always open to ideas. When Aslan offered the suggestion, Evanko turned it into a field trip by renting the studio for an afternoon.
Members enjoyed the excursion, especially Michael Nunes. It offered him a trip down memory lane back to his days as a Catholic school boy.
“In seventh and eighth grade, Mrs. Hillman had a kiln,” he said. “She would bring ceramics. She taught us how to shape them and then paint them. It’s been a love since then.”
Rick Skerrett, the only husband to attend, kept accidentally putting his brush into the wrong paint color.
“Here’s a secret: if you really screw it up, they’ll fix it for you,” Aslan kindly reassured him.