instructor with painting partiers!

Join the growing number of Tampa Bay Area people who are activating their imaginations with our unique painting parties!  The explosion in popularity of the “paint n’ sip” establishments across the country is a wonderful indicator that everyday people are tapping into the happiness and joy that come from painting.  As great as these paint n’ sips stores are, none of them offer an abstract painting experience.

We offer an instructed (but not restricted) guided journey in which each

beautiful expression by Marci Mongeon at a painting party in Seminole, FL. We love heart-ful expression!

participant creates a one-of-a-kind original abstract painting, emphasizing the individual’s choice of color and form to express and activate what is yearning to pour forth from his/her heart.  We find it’s a most refreshing and joyful experience!

Abstract art is liberating!

We can provide the theme or work with you to choose the perfect theme for your party.  We come to you!

The parties are 2 hours long, with options to extend if arranged in advance. We provide all the materials necessary so you and your party can focus on the fun of creating your masterpiece!

Great for all ages and occasions!

Abstract art is lively!

We ask that a minimum of 4 maximum 10 participants for each party.  $40/person

All materials are provided and included in price of the party.
All you need to bring is your imagination!

Please contact us for more details!
Nicki / Facilitator

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Earth Day themed painting party


“Crowd Captivator” / Live Painting at Vagabond Gita Monday Market

I’ll be at Vagabond Gita market tonight! Billed as the “Crowd Captivator,” as I’ll be painting – live!  I’m honored to be a part of this awesome community event and of course to be doing what I love-painting!!  Come check it out!
thank you!!!

“Delighting Hearts” Victory! Saturday Feb 13, 2016 Opening Reception

Delighting Hearts Success! Saturday Feb 13 Opening Reception

Paintings sold = 4!  Fun had = Lots! LOL
It’s always heartwarming to see anyone enjoying art – but ever delightful to have occasion to gather friends and loved ones together.  Last Saturday over 100 people stopped by the Creative Soul Studio Cafe in St. Petersburg, FL.  My hometown! I was so happy to see everyone having a good time. Old friends mixed with new, and made new friends too!  Afterwards,  my friend Jeremy Davis posted this on his Facebook wall.  I couldn’t ask for a more perfect review!

I had a great time at your show tonight, Nicki La Rosa. Your art was fantastic, the atmosphere was very positive, and I made a few new friends. Good times. (heart emoticon)

“Delighting He(arts)” Nicki’s Solo Exhibition ~ Opening Reception Feb.13!


A Valentine’s Day themed exhibition
Join us for the Opening Reception
Saturday Feb 13, 2016

ST. PETE, FL 33713

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save the date ~
Saturday February 13, 2016



ST. PETE, FL 33713


Murals Activate & Appreciate

2015-11-17 18.05.35-1Mural at Lincoln’s Renaissance:
(a work in progress)

Greetings! I warmly invite you to view the “Murals” page with pictures from this and another Tampa mural as well as those I completed in Los Angeles, CA.
One of Gratitude Tree Network’s prime objectives is to honor the ancestors, and activate appreciation for the land and it’s trees, rocks, animals and of course the people wherever we happen to be planted in any given moment!
I’ve been given complete artistic freedom on this special wall  (formerly Lincoln’s Grocery in East Tampa – aka Boyle Heights).
Hidden imagery is everywhere.  Please share what you see! Thank you for stopping by and have a most GRATEFUL DAY!
Peace and Thanks,
Nicki La Rosa, Founder
Gratitude Tree Network

Happy Art on display at Creative Soul Studio

Happy Art in St. Pete ~

my niece Elly Moon and me at the opening reception
my niece Elly Moon and me at the opening reception
I’m very happy to announce that from November 13 through January 1, 2016 several paintings, photos and other goodies are on display at Creative Soul Studio Cafe.

I don’t think I’ve been so ever giddy over an exhibition, but this is the first time my work has ever been exhibited in the city where I was born!
I’m stoked to be part of a group show with such talented local artists.  The studio manager Meg Boone has been awesome to work with! An artist herself, she kindly invited me to do some live painting on site.  It was such a blast, I’m going back today (12/1) for another session.
Coffee, canvas, bright paints, and a big ol’ window to gaze out in between brush strokes – tis’ Piscean day-dreamer’s paradise! 😉
Meg also encouraged me to add my handpainted jars into the exhibit. This is their annual holiday show and all pieces (they have fine art, jewelry, and handbags too) are priced under $150.00.
St. Petersburg is the city in which I was born, and it holds profoundly more meaning for me than even exhibiting even in Los Angeles.  Please don’t get me wrong, I’m honored hat my work is shown anywhere. But there’s no place like home.
I hope to see you soon!
Gratefully yours,

suejar verbiage

This is the debut of my “Jars of Life” series. They are practical  yet funky ‘hide-away’ jars for all occasions! (great gifts)!