Okay – so we all needed a bit of downtime after our fabulous Class of 1969 50th Reunion. I hope you’re all rested up because it’s time to get back on track with getting to know each other. Obviously, not everyone got to visit with each other at the reunion so we’re devoting a new addition to our blog. “Spotlight” will give us a chance to find out what you’ve been up to for the past 50 years.
Special thanks to Neverne Covington for being our first “Spotlight Class of 1969 Graduate!” You’re going to love getting to know her and experiencing her special talents. Be sure to visit her website. Her work is amazing! Nancy
Spotlight on Neverne Covington…
Neverne Covington’s drawings, prints, paintings, and sculpture explore childhood, language, landscape, memory, and the Gothic south. Her work has been exhibited at the Tampa Museum of Art, the Brevard Museum of Art, The Florida Museum for Women Artists the State Capital, and various venues throughout Florida, Georgia, and Alabama.
She recently returned from an artist residency at the VCCA Moulin a Nef in Auvillar, France. She has taught art at Ringling College of Art & Design, Eckerd College, and the International Academy of Design and Technology. She currently teaches at the Morean Art Center in St. Petersburg, Florida.
She has illustrated the book, Helen Keller, Courage in the Dark for Random House, Soulmates for Penguin Putnam, two cookbooks for the Harvard Commons Press and 2 books of bible stories for Zondervan Publishing in addition to over 85 book covers for most of the major publishers.
Covington was born in Laurelton, New York, grew up in Florida, and attended City & Guilds College in London, England and graduated from Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg, Florida.
The work featured here is in an exhibit at the Morean Art Center 719 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, Florida, opening July 11th 2019. The theme of the exhibit, “This is me” is self-portraiture and it is open to all members. Each artist was asked to title the work and to include one word which best describes themselves.
My title is a riff on the cult movie “The Three Faces of Eve.” My title is “The Many Faces of Neve.” It is 37″ X 13″ charcoal on paper. The word I used to describe myself is “Instinctive.”
Also, a funny thing I might add is that most viewers have my art in their refrigerators.
I did all of the painting on the Fresh Express salad packages and the fruit on Eddy’s Sherbet, and most of the botanicals on the Smith and Hawkin products at Target.
The weekend is almost here and with it – our long awaited 50th Class Reunion. As indicated, the Dali Museum, a few blocks from the Hilton has docent tours every half hour on Saturday, June 8th. I just received the June Dali Newsletter offering some interesting events.
In case the Dali is not on your list for Saturday, you might want to consider it as a nice way to round out your weekend by making a few more memories before heading home with…
Mimosas & Masterpieces: Brunch at The Dali
Sunday, Jun. 09, from 11am–2pm
Click on the link below for more information on what should be a relaxing brunch by the bay…
Tee times for our group start at 11:08 AM on Saturday. Proper golf attire (collared shirt-no jeans) is required. You must sign up in advance if you want to play. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The price will be between $40-50 for 18 holes. Driving range, putting green and chipping area are included. Club and shoe rentals are available.
A 10:00 AM Saturday morning docent led tour is scheduled. You must sign up in advance if you want to join the group. Email me at email@example.com. The price is $10 for this 45 minute tour of Native American art.
A 2:00 PM Saturday afternoon docent led tour is scheduled. You must sign up in advance if you want to join the group. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The price is $15 and we can hop on the free Looper Trolley for transportation.
It is a fun evening of live music, vendors and restaurants. It is held on Central Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Streets. Get a real taste of downtown St. Petersburg. Check it out before or after our poolside gathering, it runs from 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM.
Maybe you would like to ride around the downtown area and see all the changes and what you might want to do later. Ride the FREE Looper Trolley. The Hilton is a scheduled stop and the trolley stops there every 15 minutes.
Friday 7:00 AM – Midnight
Saturday 8:00 AM – Midnight
Sunday 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
There are many other museums and things to do: Coast Bike sharing, Segway tours, Pub Pedal Trips, shopping at the many boutiques and unique stores, finding a seafood or Irish pub for lunch. Enjoy yourself.
Whether you still live in Pinellas County or plan on joining us from another state, a leisurely stroll at St. Petersburg’s Saturday Morning Market may be for you. It’s a very brief walk from the St. Petersburg Hilton and if driving – there are plenty of parking garages nearby.
The market is touted as the largest once a week fresh market in the Southeast U.S. and draws more than 10,000 customers a week!