For the third time in as many years, David Willson participated in the Armory Art Center’s 50 Artists/50 Bucks fundraising event in West Palm Beach. This year he stuck to strictly local subject matter painting his version of a member of the ultra-posh, ever-so-exclusive Everglades Club in Palm Beach. It helps that the club, designed by Addison Mizner and built in the 1920s by Paris Singer, is located on the same site that was historically Alligator Joe’s alligator farm, a popular tourist trap at the turn of the century.
At the Armory event, 50 area artists are invited to set up and paint on a provided 16″ X 20″ canvas for two hours while attendees watch. Then the art goes up for auction with a starting minimum of $50. Mr. Everglades Club Member, as David entitled his painting, sold for $600 the top bid for the night.
David has often used gators in his Palm Beach Daily News cartoons, the most famous of which showed a host of Liti-gators chasing down butterfly ballots in the wake of the infamous 2000 election Palm Beach County ballot snafu. The butterfly net wielding gators also grace the back cover of David’s book, Billionaires and Butterfly Ballots, A 20-Year Palm Beach ‘Cartoonspective,’ currently sale-priced at $15.95 on PalmBeachCartoons.com.