The Tuesday Painters of SGI have donated three oil paintings to be sold for the benefit of the St. George Island Lighthouse.

Each year a group of artists that come to the island for the winter get together every Tuesday for about three months to paint outdoors in the area of Apalachicola and St.GeorgeIsland. They usually donate something to the lighthouse in appreciation of the group of volunteers who were able to restore and relocate the lighthouse.

This year, three of the members, “the three Judys,” did oil paintings of the lighthouse on wooden artists palettes.  Those artists are Judy Bowman Anthrop, of Saugatuck/Holland, Michigan; Judy Soprano of Rochester, New York; and Judy Peters of Ludington, Michigan.  The paintings are for sale in the lighthouse gift shop.

Soprano, a professional artist, sells her work at Sea Oats Gallery and galleries in New   YorkState.  Anthrop, involved with various galleries in Michigan, exhibited in 2014 at the SaugatuckCenter for the Arts and is author of “A Portrait of Ox-Bow;” and Judy Peters, who sells in a gallery in Michigan, is active in the Ludington Art Scene.

Other participants of the group hail from Leland, Michigan, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Morristown, New York, Rochester, New  York, Dowling Park, St. George Island, and mascot Peg from Saugatuck, Michigan.

Of special interest in our group is Janyce Loughridge of St.GeorgeIsland, who is well-known regionally for her portraits of children and in particular portraits of people’s beloved dogs.  She shows in the Bowery Gallery and works in her studio at home doing commissions.  She shows at the Florida Seafood Festival as well.

The artists say that being around Apalachicola offers endless subject matter and they return year after year to enjoy the area and the opportunities offered through the ApalachicolaCenter for History, Culture and Art.