52 week's of Marie's Life

52 weeks captured through photos


30. One Shot With Three Shapes

A terrific find in Sarasota is Vintiquity Lane . The name is a combination of vintage” and “antique”, which should help you imagine what you would find here. Last time I was in this vintage marketplace, I found the perfect picture to take for this theme. And there they are – squares, rectangles, and ovals!

Mark your calendar – Vintiquity Lane is only open the 3rd weekend of every month.


5. Bird’s Eye View (Week 14)

“Veni, vidi, vici.” – “I came, I saw, I conquered”.   ~ spoken by Gaius Julius Caesar


Vulcan is the Roman God of the forge.  The giant Vulcan statue in Birmingham was created to represent the industrial strength of the region.  And you can climb to the top to get a bird’s eye view of downtown.


Of course, we took the elevator!





37. Part of a Whole (Week 5)

Apple Magic”  by Margaret Hillart

In every single apple lies

A truly magical surprise.

Instead of slicing down,

slice through

and watch the star

appear for you!


While we were at the friend’s house that I mentioned last week with the rusty train accent piece, I also spotted this large bold sculpture on the coffee table.  I knew we had “Part of a Whole” on our 52 Week Photo Challenge list, so I told him I needed to take a photo of his apple sculpture, too!



46. Still Life (Week 48)

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”  ~ CS Lewis ~

A few years ago my mother was asked by a friend at her church if she would like to take art lessons.  She said “I can’t draw a line” and her friend said yes you can.  So three ladies paid another friend $15 each week to teach them how to draw.  They would take turns at each other’s house.  Each hostess was to provide wine and crackers.  Mom was 78 when she started and she enjoyed this for four years until her hands and eyes began to fail her.


This Christmas scene was her first piece.


She made Easter cards from these flowers.


The lessons varied from flowers, to birds, a simple scene and a young boy.  Here is some more of her work.

IMG_7147 IMG_7150 IMG_7151 IMG_7157IMG_7153She would like to make a Christmas card from this one.  Sounds like she’ll be making another trip to Kinko’s!


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20. Interpretation of Art (Week 44)

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”  ~ Thomas Merton ~

Not all agree on what is acceptable art, as evidenced by the vote of 5 city commissioners in Sarasota.  By a vote of 3 to 2, an interactive art project was approved for a 6 month trial period last year.  The Sarasota Arts and Cultural Alliance oversaw the project.  Six spinet pianos, donated by Pritchard Pianos and Organs, were fitted with dehumidifiers, colorfully painted by local artists,  and then scattered around on sidewalks downtown.  Businesses that agreed to host them on their site would wheel the pianos inside at night or give them cover in rain conditions.  Passer-bys had such a positive reaction that the project has been extended for at least a year beyond the original May 31, 2014, end date.



Talent at the piano has ranged from just sliding fingers across the keys, to endless “Chopsticks”, to more seasoned performers.  A number of the pop up performances have been captured for Facebook and YouTube.  Most recently, a homeless man has gained international fame by his performances when they went viral on Facebook and it has given him a chance to turn his life around.  You can hear what a great pianist he is by searching YouTube with key words “Sarasota”, “piano”, “homeless.”