Artistic New Port Richey, FL

New Port Richey, with a population of approximately 15,000, is about 35 miles northwest of Tampa in Pasco County on the Gulf of Mexico. One to two story buildings comprise the main thoroughfare which is lined with street lights topped by old-time glass globes, adding charming ambiance to mainly small businesses and restaurants, and much of the architecture of years ago has been preserved. The Pithlachascotee River (try to say that three times fast!) meanders through the downtown area with a river walk for visitors and residents alike to enjoy. In the 1920’s, New Port Richey was gaining a reputation as the Hollywood of the East, since many famous people and movie stars visited and bought homes here. The depression years changed that and it remained a small, but lovely city.

Over the last several years artists have been encouraged to paint historic themed murals on the downtown buildings and I recently decided to walk around and take pictures. What was originally to be a photographic exercise turned out to be a relaxing and delightful afternoon’s stroll of discovery.

Some of the murals had a whimsical feel, others were a tromp l’oeil experience. I had the feeling some of the likenesses were of past leaders of the community, people with whom I was unfamiliar, but it didn’t matter. If that were true, I was glad they were recognized.

I returned home feeling pleased I live in such a creative community, a place where people value history and the arts. I felt inspired to try being creative in some way too. I felt happy.

Does something about your community inspire you or make you happy?







Filed under Art, history, Travel

18 responses to “Artistic New Port Richey, FL

  1. Very nice, referred it to one of my high school classmates who lives in New Port Richey.

  2. Wonderful! The ARTS of NPR…

  3. I love creative, picturesque towns. This sounds like a place I would love to visit one day. the town where I live is small (perfect for me) and has a lot of beautiful gardens and old Victorians. Very inspiring!

    • Sherrie, perhaps we should swap trips. I’ll come visit your town and you can visit mine! Sounds like we enjoy the same kinds of places! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  4. Those murals are fantastic. I particularly love the one on the corner. Thanks!

    • Carole, that’s my favorite, too! Fantastic perspective! I must have studied it for half and hour. Amazing. Thanks for reading my blog post and leaving a comment.

  5. You are surrounded by beautiful art in a peaceful old city with a great history.

  6. This brings back memories. When I was in high school they tore down a lot of neighboring buildings, leaving an empty wall next to the school. We painted new murals on the wall each year in art class.

  7. Thank you for showing such a cheerful array of paintings, Coco. I couldn’t decide if that last one (also my favorite) was 3-D or trompe l’oeil! It’s fascinating to look at even on my computer screen! ~~~Tess

  8. The corner of the building helped the last painting look 3-D. Yes, amazing!! As an artist, I’m glad you enjoyed them. Thanks for reading my blog and leaving a comment. 🙂

  9. I’d love to see it someday, thanks Coco!

  10. missygirl1

    SWonderful, Coco! You captured our precious town in a wonderful way!

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