A piece of Palm Beach's history will soon be gone forever

July 9, 2017

Tonight I will be painting (plein air) Testa's Restaurant at 221 Royal Poinciana Way. Testa's has been open and running for 96 years! I have a history there as well. I got sober there. I know that sounds weird, but the AA meetings they've had in the back has helped me get sober where I used to drink. The gas station next door was a piece of history too. I used to skateboard there and its where I bought my first pack of cigarettes.


I will be doing two paintings tonight. One while the sun is still up to capture its beauty, and the second will be done when the sun is gone so I can preserve the nightlife of this strip before it is lost in time. 


This photograph was taken off of google images. I wish those trees were still back there. In 6 days, Testa's will close its doors to demolition. I can probably guess why without doing any research, but honestly I don't want to know. Id rather remember the buildings here for what they were. If you are interested in reading what is happening, here is a link.




The history here is interesting. I could research it all day! But for now I must get my paints ready.



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