2020 Delray Affair Commemorative Poster Artist

 

Pat Kaufman award winning, self-taught watercolor artist, Pat is known for her bright tropical, Key West style of paintings. She lives in a Historic Pineapple Grove renovated cottage built in the 1930’s. Her home also serves as her work studio, teaching space and art gallery.

Pat, a long-time resident and local Delray Beach artist, is known for her bright tropical watercolors. Pat’s paintings have been collected and shipped all over the U.S.A. and internationally. The customer who is furthest away purchased an original flamingo watercolor which is used as their company logo in Samoa. Pat loves to paint and teach painting, “It is such a joy, watching creativity evolve in my students is amazing.”   When people smile and enjoy her work she often tells them, “I paint happy with whimsy and color, bringing joy and smiles to the eyes, heart, and soul”.

Pat was selected in 2017 to be the 2018, 2019 and 2020 poster artist.  Accepting this honor she contemplated on what to paint for the second in her series of commemorative Delray Affair posters.  While she contemplated which one of Delray’s wonderful historic buildings it would be this year, she thought of the one that inspired the colors of her own historic cottage – “The Rectory” at 14 South Swinton Avenue. While researching the history of the building, she discovered the incredible story it has to tell and why it is named the “Rectory”. She learned that in 1903 it was built as The United Methodist Church and was constructed of simple framing.  In 1928 “The Forgotten Storm”, “The Great Hurricane of 1928” on September 14th, destroyed the church and left only the parsonage. This great storm destroyed so many lives and homes of those living here in Delray Beach. Some alive today remember that storm and the terror it brought to our community. But with their strength and faith they survived and so did our town which has continued to grow and prosper. This building, “The Rectory”, still remains standing today and Pat believes should be a reminder to us all to never give up.

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