Playing in the Sun

C Fi 9955

This painting is an adaptation of a 1950-40 era Sarasota, Florida tourist brochure celebrating “Playing in the Sun… on the Gulf of Mexico.”

The brochures would open up to list all befits of Sarasota that included highlights such as Lido Beach Casino, miles of beautiful gulf beaches, home to the Ringing Circus and its animals and performers, Ringling Museum, Boston Red Sox spring training, Sarasota Art Association exhibitions, Myakka River State Park, Florida Best Recreation Center, Jungle Gardens, The Players theater, two golf courses, Greyhound racing, Sara da Sota Pageant, public schools, yacht club, lawn bowling, card games, churches, daily newspaper and two radio stations. A map of US41 traveling through Tampa, Sarasota, Venice, Naples and over to Miami through the Everglades is shows (I75 did not exist).

It listed ways you can travel to Florida - Auto down Tamiami Trail, Rail by Atlantic Coast Line, Air by National Air Lines, and Bus.

Want to try something fun? Try laying or sitting on the floaty and let someone take your photo as you immerse yourself in the Florida scene! The artist added the boy on the yellow floaty as it did not appear in the original brochure.

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Janet Tombros

Janet P. (JanP) Tombros, a resident of Apopka, Florida, is a certified “Master” Street Painter through Florida Chalk Artist Association and an established acrylic artist on both canvas and murals in the central Florida community.

Janet is the daughter of a diplomat with the armed forces and has been traveling the world her entire life Art became a comforting outlet for Janet to express her emotions in her ever changing world. Janet’s art reflects the broad cross-cultural influence that evolved from her extensive international travel experiences. From the Brazilian tropics to the surrounding riches of Sicilian antiquity, Janet’s vivid color palette reflects these carefree cultures.

Janet has been participating in the Sarasota Chalk Festival as an artist and a project captain for over 10 years. She is an eager participant in projects that engage community attention to arts and culture. Janet was among the first to put paint to concrete helping celebrate the colorful and lively city of Sarasota’s during their centennial.
"My art is about telling a story. I try to think from the perspective of my audience to convey the emotion that I want to elicit.”

Sarasota postcard with animals on top
Retro Sarasota beach scene w/ added child on water float
Sarasota Jungle Gardens Flamingo postcard
Jumping porpoise print
Ringling colorful bird painting

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