9th Annual BBQ Reveals the 2013 Commissioned Fine Art Painting Added to The Saunders Collection


Image of Working the Pines painting by Thomas Brooks

2013 “Working the Pines” Thomas Brooks

LAKELAND, FL November 13, 2013 – The 9th annual Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate (CBCSRE) BBQ was the venue where another exceptional original painting of Florida land was unveiled.

Each year, Dean Saunders, ALC, CCIM, real estate broker and owner of CBCSRE and partner of Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty (CBCSRD), commissions an original painting from a known artist, who is asked to portray a selected land scene of natural Florida land. These original paintings are added to The Saunders Collection.

The painting is the eighth in the collection. “Working the Pines: Early 1900s Turpentine Harvesting” is a scene from the northern Florida timberland area and created by well-known Florida wildlife artist Thomas Brooks. The timber scene was selected to commemorate the newly launched  CBCSRE Forestry Group business segment. The Saunders Collection was started in 2004 with the first series theme, “Natural Lands of Florida.” This first series portrays scenes of untouched Florida natural lands and habitats, created by Brooks. In 2011, a new series, “Florida Agricultural Heritage” began with paintings by fine artist David Escadero of New Mexico and Lakeland, Florida’s nature and wildlife fine artist, Michael J. Nowak.

The annual BBQ was held in the authentic, antique-laden working barn of Wanda and Leland Young in Alturas, FL. A gift of a full-sized Giclée reproduction of the original painting was presented to the Youngs.

CBCSRE and CBCSRD host the BBQ each year as a fun event for over 300 clients, associates, friends, SVN Corporate, and community leaders. In attendance are local, county, and sometimes state government officials, including Lakeland’s newly elected Mayor, Howard Wiggs.

About Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate (CBCSRE) is regarded as an authority on all types of Florida land and conservation easements, transacting over $1 billion in sales from 1996 through 2013. Offering land, forestry, and conservation easement real estate services through CBC Saunders Real Estate and the CBC Saunders Real Estate |Forestry Group, the Saunders team of land professionals and foresters offers advisory and transactional services through the home office in Lakeland, FL, the North Florida office in High Springs, FL, and its network of Coldwell Banker Commercial affiliate offices nationwide and worldwide. We provide services to land and commercial clients through both CBCSRE and our commercial real estate brokerage, Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty.