Guests create island Easter-themed painting

Guests at Baker’s Cay Resort in Key Largo paint an island Easter theme on canvas during a monthly “paint and sip” event with local artist Brittany Parker. JIM McCARTHY/Keys Weekly

A group of Keys visitors took paint brush to canvas as they readied themselves for an Easter masterpiece of epic proportions. A special holiday-themed “paint and sip” at Key Largo’s Baker’s Cay on March 25 saw roughly 20 people painting and an island Easter-themed painting with palm trees, the true blue and some bunny tracks with a bag of eggs. Leading the painting event was local artist Brittany Parker.

Bowen takes a break from painting a tree to pose for the camera. JIM McCARTHY/Keys Weekly
Derek Papp paints some bunny tracks in the sand during the Easter paint and sip. JIM McCARTHY/Keys Weekly
Painters pose for the camera with their finished island Easter paintings. JIM McCARTHY/Keys Weekly
Local artist Brittany Parker takes paint brush to canvas. JIM McCARTHY/Keys Weekly

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Jim McCarthy is a Western New Yorkers who escaped the snow and frigid temperatures for warm living by the water. A former crime & court reporter and city editor for two Western New York newspapers, Jim has been honing his craft since he graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2014. In his 3-plus years in the Keys, Jim has enjoyed connecting with the community. “One of my college professors would always preach to be curious,” he said. “Behind every person is a story that’s unique to them, and one worth telling. As writers, we are the ones who paint the pictures in the readers minds of the emotions, the struggles and the triumphs.” Jim is past president of the Key Largo Sunset Rotary Club, which is composed of energetic members who serve the community’s youth and older populations. Jim is a sports fanatic who loves to watch football, mixed martial arts and golf. He loves to hit the links and play some softball with his Make A Play team. He also enjoys time with family (he's expecting a little boy in October).