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Seadog Cottages Inspires A Safety Harbor Artist.

A watercolor of Seadog Cottages by Carol Zieres.

Local artist Carol Zieres traveled to Tallahassee this week to visit the Florida State Capital where her Centennial painting of Safety Harbor is hanging in the hallway entrance. Just before departing Safety Harbor to view her exhibit, Zieres had another piece of her art work proudly unveiled. At Seadog Cottages.

“I don't usually do rendition art of private homes, but this was a delightful and fun project,” Zieres said. “Thank you for allowing me to create this watercolor painting of your beautiful Seadog Cottages.”

Seadog is flattered beyond words.

In addition to her extensive resume of watercolor art, Zieres, a retired U.S. Army Colonel, also is founder and president of the Safety Harbor Historical Society. She became acquainted with Seadog Cottages earlier this year when the circa 1922 main house of “Tampa Bay’s Premier Bed And Get Your Own Damn Breakfast” was designated a Safety Harbor historical site and presented with a marker.

“During the unveiling ceremony of the historical marker, I meandered around the back that evening and took several photographs of the Seadog Cottages, including some of the whimsical art – like the parrot and the turtle stepping stones behind the cottages,” Zieres said. “My thought process was to create a painting that conveys the iconic images and feeling of ‘Key West’ that one gets when they step onto the property.  Each cottage is so unique and tastefully decorated, it was difficult to choose which objects or items to put out front in the painting. So I created a ‘montage,’ which is a technique of producing a new composite whole from fragments of several pictures or images and incorporated them into one painting (sort of like a photo-shopped picture).  That's the beauty of artistic license, being able to infuse a little imagination.”

Following her U.S. Military career, Zieres has cultivated a second career in Fine Arts, specializing in colorful landscape scenes portraying “Olde Florida.”  Two of her Florida landscape paintings were featured on the front cover of the Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce business directories (2013 – 2014), a nationally circulated publication.

Her art work was also recently published in the Oswego Alumni Association of the State University of New York publication entitled “The Water Issue.”  

In addition to her studio work, Zieres is active in the Art Community.  She was both Secretary and Vice President of The Exhibiting Society of Artists for four consecutive years, served as voting member of the Safety Harbor Public Art Committee for the City Council for three consecutive years, and currently teaches watercolor and mixed media at the Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center. 

With Zieres’ blessing, Seadog will soon be making copies of its new art work to be used for stationery, post cards and note pads.

Thank you, Carol. You captured Seadog Cottages perfectly.

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