Making art on a Thursday afternoon in a Belize beach bar

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Great leaping tree frogs! About 20 people got together in Feliz, a San Pedro beachside sports bar for an afternoon of socializing and making art. Does it look like they had a good time? I think so!
Great leaping tree frogs! About 20 people got together in Feliz, a San Pedro beachside sports bar for an afternoon of socializing and making art. Does it look like they had a good time? I think so!

There were 19 budding artists packed into the northside sports bar Feliz on Thursday afternoon, bent over the L-shaped bar and nearby tables, all trying to capture the essence of the beguiling little Belize tree frog on canvas. Rose was among them.

A local artist-gallery owner, Melody Sanchez-Wolfe, organizes these periodic art gatherings at a few bars and restaurants around San Pedro.

Rose was deeply engrossed in her canvas when I dropped in to Feliz, so I took a bike ride up north for about an hour. When I returned her canvas was shaping up and she was all smiles.
Rose was deeply engrossed in her canvas when I dropped in to Feliz, so I took a bike ride up north for about an hour. When I returned her canvas was shaping up and she was all smiles!

Basically, she shows up with paints, canvases, brushes and a finished picture; lays out the basics for her 20 students; then turns them loose on the blank canvases. Melody zips around the room offering suggestions here, tips there and sometimes she’ll jump in and rescue an inflated frog’s toes, bring them back down to scale, or something.

Rebecca from San Pedro Scoop had a nice story on Melody and the paint parties last December. You can read it here!

Some of the participants went off-canvas and turned their tree frogs into spotted tree frogs or purple frogs or modified the background, much to the delight of everyone, especially Melody.

It is all island laid-back and social — appropriate for an event called “Melody’s Splash and Paint Party,” in a beach bar.

But, really more painting than drinking.

I made this observation to Mike, owner of Feliz with his wife, Wendy.  He grinned and in a stage voice augmented by his South African accent, said “No, not much drinking. But that would only be a problem if this were a bar!”

Class in session at Feliz sports bar in north San Pedro on Thursday afternoon.
Class in session at Feliz sports bar in north San Pedro on Thursday afternoon.

Got it. I ordered a beer while I waited.

A happy Rose and her Belizean tree frog.
A happy Rose and her Belizean tree frog.

He must enjoy it though. Feliz hosts Melody’s painting party every other Thursday.

Art is very democratic,  like journalism: There are no barriers to participation.

That’s what makes melody’s parties so much fun. You bring your own game to the event and who is to say that your cubist expressionism version of a tree frog is any better or less than an identical knockoff of Melody’s own painting?

Nobody.

For a couple of hours on a Thursday afternoon, 19 people bent over canvases were budding Van Goghs in Paradise, with ears intact and open for a bit of gossip and social chatter while their hands and hearts made lovely art.

Which is more suitable for framing, the Belizean tree frog or Rose's smile?
Which is more suitable for framing, the Belizean tree frog or Rose’s smile?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.sanpedroscoop.com/2013/12/belizean-melody-art-san-pedro-belize-gallery-shopping.html

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5 thoughts on “Making art on a Thursday afternoon in a Belize beach bar

    Susan said:
    May 17, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Looks like fun!

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      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      May 17, 2014 at 7:54 am

      I think so! Rose has already signed up for the next painting party, at Crazy Canucks!

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    Ruthie said:
    May 18, 2014 at 9:47 am

    I think those guns Rose has for arms are pretty suitable for framing, too!

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    […] afternoon when I arrived at Crazy Canuck’s where Rose was involved in another art class with Melody. The “Splash ‘n Paint” class had more than an hour to go, so I had time to […]

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