Something for Everybody

Video showcases the activities, meetings, adventures and fundraisers during the first half of 2018; featured at the Potluck dinner on September 13.

Glass Wonderland

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, LWRWC visited the amazing Duncan McClellan Gallery, located in the trendy warehouse art district in St. Petersburg, Florida. The gallery itself is a work of art with an array of gorgeous and artistically displayed glass creations in a rainbow of colors and gardens to wander and discover artistic treasures.

The ladies were impressed with spectacular variety of glass art that even included jewelry, plates, bowls, and lovely portraits composed of “glass beads”. While glass is the primary medium, there is also a smattering of art in other mediums, including paintings, on display. The gallery is home to more than 200 artists and features rotating exhibitions showcasing national and internationally recognized glass artists. With 3,000 square feet of gallery spaces and nearly 5,000 square feet of outdoor courtyards and lushly planted sculpture gardens, the gallery is the perfect venue for art lovers and for special events.

The tour guide, Danyell Bauer, told said that Duncan McClellan transformed this 7,800 square ft former fish and tomato packing plant into the current beautiful, multi-functional and impressive gallery. Lush fruit bearing trees create an Eden within the industrial area that surrounds it. The grounds have become a meeting place for glass artists, visiting dignitaries and the community. She also explained the works of the various glass artists on display, the complexity of the process, and the creativity and talent that goes into each piece.

The members viewed artists at work in the on-site hotshop, located in the lovely garden area. They purchased beautiful glass flowers made by Danyell who is is an artist in her own right. The Duncan McClellan Gallery, open Monday-Saturday 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, is a spectacular and unique glass gallery filled with museum quality glass objets d’art!

After the tour, most of the ladies opted to soak in the natural beauty of the St. Pete coastline with a delicious lunch at the top of Spinners Revolving Bistro on the 12th Floor of the Grand Plaza Hotel in St. Pete Beach. Spinners restaurant has a breathtaking a 360-degree view and the slowly revolving lounge and bistro takes about 90 minutes to do a circular tour of the vistas of sand and sea!

LWRWC Program Chairs, Claudia Dombrow and Cathy Reinitz, coordinated this event as part of the “Off the Ranch” series.

First Luncheon of Fall Season

The Kona Grill at UTC on Monday, Oct. 1 provided the perfect setting for a delicious lunch and lively conversation. LWRWC President, Eileen Buzzard, Publicity Chair/Past President, Monika Templeman, and Vice President, Kathleen Cleveland highlighted coming attractions: Mistletoe Market Mistletoe Market at the Grove managed by Pier 22 on Nov 14; Music of the Night Holiday Dinner Theatre Charity Fundraiser for couples and friends at the LWR Golf & Country Club on Dec. 12.

Cathy Reinitz, gave a brief overview of upcoming off the ranch outings that she coordinates with her Co-Chair Claudia Dombrow including: Motes Eco Tour on Oct. 25; Bookstore 1 in Sarasota on Nov. 28; Backstage Tour of Sarasota Opera House and lunch at Bijou Cafe, on Dec. 17.

LWRWC monthly lunches are coordinated by Elaine Steinfurth and are scheduled on the first Monday of every month at a local restaurant.