Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Tommy Thompson Paints the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

May 10 proved to be an inspiring day for us. At the invitation of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and the Alabama Plein Air Painters, Tommy Thompson painted the "Hill Garden Lily Pond." Observers for the paint-out were members of "Leadership Birmingham," part of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Fred Spicer, Director of the Gardens, welcomed us to the Gardens. Other members of the Alabama Plein Air Painters that we had the pleasure of meeting included Nancy Harper of Huntsville and Ken and Elma Schablow of Childersburg, Alabama. A welcome treat for the day was provided by talented students from the Alabama School of Fine Arts. A string quartet from the school serenaded us while two drama students performed excerpts from Shakespeare--Chelsie Miller as Phoebe from "As You Like It" and Jonathan Mclernan as Arial from "The Tempest."

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