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Kin's talents converge in studio

By CHRISTINA K. COSDON

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 24, 2000


In a peaceful setting of woods just off busy Park Boulevard, Michael Doyle and his sister Eileen Doyle have opened Doylewood Art Studio.

The studio is in a large, free-standing garage on the acre-plus property owned by Doyle and his wife Susan. The Doyles have been building a large, two-story house, and the garage has served as a workplace for his projects as well as for his hobby designing and making furniture.

Before the Doyles moved to Seminole two years ago, they lived in Madeira Beach, where he served from 1980 to 1988 as a city commissioner and as a vice mayor.

Eileen Doyle, an artist who has been teaching art for about 25 years, moved to Largo a year ago from Panama City, Fla., after the death of one of her three children.

Six months ago, the brother and sister began talking about the possibilities of turning the garage into a full-fledged studio, where they could work on their personal projects and she could also teach.

"We decided to try it out, and it's taken off," she said.

She gives private lessons and teaches a children's class in beginning drawing and painting on Saturdays and an adult class in beginning drawing and painting on Wednesday afternoons.

"I've watched a lot of people involved in painting projects get to the middle of their task and realize that something is wrong and they can't fix it," Ms. Doyle said. "Usually, it's a problem with their use of color, or they haven't had training in basic drawing techniques -- or it's both."

With the children, she begins by teaching them to look at things as forms and shapes rather than objects, she said. Then she introduces them to color, using color pencils. "Drawing, drawing and more drawing" is her maxim.

Ms. Doyle, who was a psychologist and worked in psychiatric hospitals before retirement, said a visit in 1959 to the famed Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, inspired her to take up drawing and painting.

She comes by her talent naturally. Her three brothers, who include Michael, are all craftsmen and artists. Brother Leo is head of woodworking and furniture design department at the University of California at San Bernadino, she said, and brother Greg is into folk art in the form of carving animals and wood objects.

Michael Doyle's specialty is Shaker-style furniture, functional yet elegant in its simplicity. Some of his work can be seen at Marco Gallery on Pass-a-Grille. Ms. Doyle shows her work at Simply Perfect on St. Pete Beach.

Ms. Doyle's children's art classes are $11.25 for an hour and a half, and $5 an hour for adults. The adult classes are normally two hours, she said. Adult private lessons are $10 an hour. Call 585-4107 or 397-5933.

Improvements continue at Pinellas STAR Center

More improvements are planned for the grounds of the Pinellas STAR Center in the coming months. Seven concrete light poles are to be placed outside the main building, said Ken Hall, the center's director, to enhance nighttime visibility.

A $200,000 project to move the center's Belcher Road entrance is in the design and review stage, he said. The work is to include constructing a new entrance across from 114th Avenue on the opposite side of Belcher, moving a traffic light, paving the new entrance and installing new landscaping. The Science, Technology and Research Center at 7887 Bryan Dairy Road has about 23 businesses that employ 1,430 people with an annual payroll of approximately $45-million.

Free business seminar, counseling set May 31

The free small business counseling sessions and seminar usually held on the last Tuesday of each month at the Greater Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce has been moved this month to Wednesday, May 31. Bill Manck of the University of South Florida's Small Business Development Center will give hourlong individual sessions from 9 a.m. to noon at the chamber, 8400 113th St. N.

Manck will give a seminar from 1 to 3 p.m. on topics to include developing plans for starting a business, marketing, insurance and financing. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the chamber at 392-3245.

News of real estate

Carole Spain is the newest sales associate at Keller Williams Realty, 13017 Park Blvd. Her business background includes legal studies, management and mortgage lending.

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James Fenwick has joined the sales professionals at Century 21 Grant Realty, 6450 Seminole Blvd. The Detroit native graduated from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., with a degree in economics. He has extensive experience in insurance sales and has lived 11 years in the area.

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