Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

HeART of Pinellas Festival

Art and Florist Competition

Artist Patrick Gaughan to be featured at HeART of Pinellas Festival

Patrick Gaughan warned his cat, Groucho, that he might end up in the painting, and he did.

PIPER CASTILLO | Times

Patrick Gaughan warned his cat, Groucho, that he might end up in the painting, and he did.

Art in full bloom

At the Largo Community Center on Friday and Saturday, community artists and floral designers bring art and nature together in the Art and Florist Competition.

"Participants pick numbers out of a hat, and they're assigned paintings. They create a floral design to match the painting,'' said Craig Dolan, coordinator of the event.

There will be two floral demonstrations with Muriel Scribner, at 1 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. Patrick Gaughan will discuss his art at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The show is free, however donations will benefit the Florida Sheriff Youth Ranch.

Patrick Gaughan, a retired Navy man, likes to say he's out of the box. He throws and carves. He molds and paints. When he's finished, he gives it to the children.

"I love the kids, and through my art, I hope I let them know that if I can do this, they can do it,'' he said.

Gaughan will be the featured artist Saturday during the HeART of Pinellas Festival's Art and Floral Competition in the Largo Community Center. He will attend the event with six students who are part of his volunteer art program through the Florida Youth Ranch in Safety Harbor.

Gaughan, an abstract impressionist, is partially color blind. He's the first to point out that it didn't stop him from serving as a hospital corpsman aboard the USS Newport News, raising a family or running the financial planning company he used to own. So why would it stop him from his art?

"I tell people it adds to my work, and, because I don't have formal art training, I can stay out of the box and be free to do different things,'' he said.

His volunteer work, which includes statewide trips to the four locations of the Youth Ranch as well as providing art materials to the children, is made possible through a family project, the Gen. Robert Gaughan Foundation.

"Years ago, my Uncle Bob asked me to make sure he and my aunt were cared for until the end of their lives," Gaughan said. "When he died, through his will, I received money, and at his request, started the foundation. He wanted me to be able to give my art back to the world.''

The foundation is headquartered at Gaughan's house in Seminole. It's a place, albeit a typical Florida block-style home, where two worlds intersect.

At the front door, a tiny gold sign welcomes you to the "Home and Art Studio of Patrick J. Gaughan, Artist."

Once inside, you see sculptures made of marble and dozens of paintings, some created by pouring acrylic and oil, others created with Saran Wrap and sand. But you also see pots, pans and a dishwasher.

In a bedroom, you study an oversized painting dubbed Lady on Madeira Beach. You also peek at a closet filled with shoes and suits.

In the guest room with a queen-size bed, you admire a painting of an ice skater.

"It's Nancy Kerrigan,'' Gaughan said, naming the former Olympic figure skater who was injured in an attack engineered by the husband of a rival skater, Tonya Harding. "See where her leg is injured?''

The artist points to a blotch of violet.

"I get inspired sometimes by current events, and I did this right after her attack.''

Out back, inside a gazebo, Groucho, Gaughan's work in progress rests on a stand.

"It's named for Groucho my cat. He came out and tried to climb on me while I was painting'' Gaughan said. "I told him he was going to wind up in the painting if he wasn't careful, and, he did.''

Gaughan travels several times a month to visit with the Florida Youth Ranch kids.

By using paints and brushes, he hopes to encourage the children, many from broken homes.

"I don't know anything about the background of the kids," he said. "I just go, meet them and tell them, 'We're here to be artists together.' ''

The kids adore him with his swiftness as an artist, according to Don Meek, donor relations officer of the Florida Sheriff Youth Ranches Inc.

"They also love his dry sense of humor,'' Meek said. "Patrick captures the kids' attention and his patience goes so far.

"He works so hard and in return the kids are just crazy for him. We're all looking forward to coming out to the event in Largo.''

HeART of Pinellas Festival Art and Florist Competition

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Where: The Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St. NW.

Artist Patrick Gaughan to be featured at HeART of Pinellas Festival 02/24/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 6:37pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. In advertising, marketing diversity needs a boost in Tampa Bay, nationally

    Business

    TAMPA — Trimeka Benjamin was focused on a career in broadcast journalism when she entered Bethune-Cookman University.

    From left, Swim Digital marketing owner Trimeka Benjamin discusses the broad lack of diversity in advertising and marketing with 22 Squared copywriter Luke Sokolewicz, University of Tampa advertising/PR professor Jennifer Whelihan, Rumbo creative director George Zwierko and Nancy Vaughn of the White Book Agency. The group recently met at The Bunker in Ybor City.
  2. Kushner to testify before two intelligence committees

    Politics

    WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner is set to make a second appearance on Capitol Hill — he will speak with the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, one day after he is scheduled to speak with Senate Intelligence Committee investigators behind closed doors.

    White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee and the House Intelligence Committee. [Associated Press]
  3. Rays blow lead in ninth, lose in 10 to Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rays manager Kevin Cash liked the way Alex Cobb was competing Friday night. He liked the way the hard contact made by the Rangers batters went away after the second or third inning. So as the game headed toward the ninth, there was no doubt in Cash's mind that sending Cobb back to the mound was …

    Rays starter Alex Cobb can hardly believe what just happened as he leaves the game in the ninth after allowing a leadoff double then a tying two-run homer to the Rangers’ Shin-Soo Choo.
  4. Exhumation of Dalí's remains finds his mustache still intact

    World

    FIGUERES, Spain — Forensic experts in Spain have removed hair, nails and two long bones from Salvador Dalí's embalmed remains to aid a court-ordered paternity test that may enable a woman who says she is the surrealist artist's daughter to claim part of Dalí's vast estate.

    Salvador Dal? died in 1989 leaving vast estate.
  5. Sessions discussed Trump campaign-related matters with Russian ambassador, U.S. intelligence intercepts show

    Politics

    WASHINGTON — Russia's ambassador to Washington told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race, contrary to public assertions by the embattled attorney general, current and former U.S. …

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation after meetings with an ambassador were revealed.