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Come enjoy the Arts of the Inland annual Art, Craft & Music Festival on Saturday, January 31st from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Desoto Avenue, Barron Park, LaBelle.
The festival features local talented artists, crafters, writers, and performers each year in Barron Park. “We welcome their amazing talent at our LaBelle annual festival” stated Arts of the Inland (AOI) president LaVon Koenig . Local Boy Scouts will open the festival with the flag presentation at 10 a.m. followed by remarks by LaBelle Mayor Dave Lyons. The family event is free to the public.
A brief list of vendors include: artists Ken Stanchi, Olga Wood, Penny Fox, June DeVincent; Linda Addison,quilter; Martha Caro; Judy Usavage; Reid Woodbury; The Honey Bee Charmer; jewelry artist Raisa Hernandez; photographer John Hutson ; writers Patty Brant, Richard Georgian, James Usavage and many more.
Lehigh artist Olga Wood is the featured artist for the month of January at Lehigh Regional Medical Center, 1500 Lee Blvd., Lehigh Acres. Stop in during the month to view/buy this talented artist’s beautiful artwork at the medical center’s café Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Olga Wood always liked to draw. Her interest in painting began when public television artists caught her attention. She has taken painting lessons from a PBS associate as well as instructors from the School of Fine Arts in Willoughby, Ohio and Cleveland artist Jerry Magnona. She began taking lessons from veteran Lehigh Acres painter June De Vincent three years ago. Olga continues to learn from public television fine art painter Jerry Yarnell as well as her vast collection of books and tapes on painting.
Mrs. Wood is a member of the Arts of the Inland (AOI). Her work has been shown during exhibitions at Kaiser University, AOI Art, Craft & Music Festival in LaBelle, the Hendry House in La Belle, and PERCEPTIONS and INSPIRATIONS art shows at the Majestic Golf Club in Lehigh. Olga had a one-woman art show during a performance of the Silver Strings Chamber Orchestra and the Gulf Coast Music School in December at the Fort Myers Unitarian Universalist Church. It was especially rewarding for the members of the Chamber Orchestra who are from Slovakia, to see her art depicting scenes from their home country. Olga is a native of Slovakia.
Arts of the Inland is a 501(c)3 public charity nonprofit umbrella arts organization supporting the Visual, Literary and Performing Artists in the inland communities of South Florida. For further information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-303-5849.
Josh Martinez, Jr., is the featured artist for the month of December at Lehigh Regional Medical Center cafeteria, 1500 Lee Blvd, Lehigh Acres. He is a member of Arts of the Inland (AOI) and is a student from Clewiston.
At the age of 2 Joshua was diagnosed with autism and epilepsy. Even though Joshua has fought an uphill battle due to his disabilities, his education has not suffered. (more…)
The Gulf Coast Music School students have been invited to perform with the Silver Strings Chamber Orchestra from Slovakia on Sunday, December, 14, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers, FL 33912. The concert is free and open to the public. Lehigh Acres artist Olga Wood, originally from Slovakia, will be showcasing her artwork in the social area outside the sanctuary as well.
The Gulf Coast Music School was formed in 1988 in Fort Myers and offers Suzuki and traditional music lessons in violin, viola, cello and piano. Gulf Coast Music School director Chris Hoffman, and artist Olga Wood are members of the Arts of the Inland a 501(c)3 public charity nonprofit umbrella arts organization for the visual, literary and performing artists of the inland communities of South Florida.
Saturday, January 31, 2015 is the date for the 4th Annual Inland Art, Craft & Music Festival at Barron Park, LaBelle. The festival runs from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Artists, photographers, quilters, sculptors, artisans, craftsmen and writers are invited to participate and sell at this outdoor event. Barron Park is located along the beautiful Caloosahatchee River on the east side of SR29 at DeSoto Avenue in historic LaBelle, Florida.
The festival is brought to you by Arts of the Inland in collaboration with the LaBelle Downtown Revitalization Corp.
The public is invited to the Arts of the Inland meeting being held on Tuesday, September 30th at 6:00 p.m. at the Firehouse Community Theatre, 241 N. Bridge St., LaBelle. After a short meeting, the Firehouse Theatre will provide entertainment that you won’t want to miss.
The Arts of the Inland is a 501(c)3 nonprofit umbrella arts organization committed to recognizing and promoting artists in the inland area of south Florida. Members include visual, literary and performing artists.
Visual Artists are invited to submit up to two framed/gallery wrapped pieces of art for the juried Perceptions Art Show 2014 presented by the Arts of the Inland to be held November 9, 2014 in the Crown Room at the Majestic Golf Club, 350 Homestead Rd.S., Lehigh Acres, FL. For complete prospectus and application, please visit website: www.artsoftheinland.com. Art mediums accepted: Photography, watercolor, mixed media, pen & ink, oil, acrylic, pastels & charcoals. Works must have been completed within the last two years. Works which have received an award higher than honorable mention in any AOI or ACSWF shows are not eligible. All work must be original. Applications, fees and a digital image or photo must be received by November 4, 2014.
Members of the Arts of the Inland will present Summer Adult Programs at the East County Regional Library Meeting Room, 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres. All programs are free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested. Call Sarah Brown at 239-533-4215.
Saturday, July 26: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Award-winning artist June DeVincent will present “Intro to Painting Techniques.” Join her as she demonstrates four types of painting mediums and answers questions about techniques and products. Participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at any or all of the painting mediums during class. June encourages participants to bring their art in progress to class for advice and direction. All supplies are provided.
Wednesday, August 6: 6 – 7 p.m. Enjoy a Dulcimer & Fiddle Recital by local performing artists Joyce Waltman and Naomi. Selections from folk music, hymns and original compositions will be played. Learn about the history of these musical instruments and ask the musicians about their art form.
Local artist Douglas Patterson will teach 6-8 year old children at the Joseph H. Messina Children’s Center, Fort Myers how to paint a picture on June 25th. Mr. Patterson will also be judging the Center’s art show on August 12th. In addition, Patterson is one of 150 volunteers to paint outside murals on the walls at the Child Care of Southwest Florida. On July 17th, artist Patterson will have an art lesson and comedy show for children at the Learning Village Preschool at Faith Lutheran Church in Lehigh.
Mr. Patterson has also submitted a play for the Second Annual Clarence “Bud” Jones Playwriting Competition held by the Firehouse Community Theatre of LaBelle. The competition welcomes full-length, previously unpublished plays, written by authors with a Southwest Florida connection.
AOI artists present Summer Adult Programs at the East County Regional Library Meeting Room, 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres. All programs are free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Contact Librarian Sarah Brown 239-533-4215.
Wednesday, June 4th at 6 – 7: 30 p.m. Join award-winning local artist Donna Thewlis to learn about the art of porcelain painting. This art form has roots in ancient China, and is still alive today. Donna will speak on the techniques and products porcelain painters use, do a live demonstration and give attendees the opportunity to try their hand at the art form during class. All materials will be supplied.
Wednesday, June 25th at 6 – 7:30 p.m. The use of masks for creative, decorative and practical purposes has a long-standing tradition around the globe. Join local artist Kim Arnett as she shares the secrets and history of various types of masks, then create a mask in the well-known Venetian style to take home. All supplies provided.
Saturday, July 26th at 11-1:30 p.m. Award-winning local artist June DeVincent will demonstrate four types of painting medium and answer questions about techniques and products. Participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at any or all of the painting mediums during class. June encourages participants to bring their “masterpieces in progress” to class for some advice and direction. All supplies provided.
Wednesday, August 6th at 6 – 7:00 pm. Join local performance artists Joyce Waltman and Naomi as they share musical selections on both the fiddle and the dulcimer. Folk music, old hymns and original compositions will be played. Learn about the history of these musical instruments and take the opportunity to ask the musicians about their art form.
Arts of the Inland is a 501(c)3 nonprofit umbrella arts organization. For further information and membership application go to: www.artsoftheinland.com or e-mail: email@example.com or call: 239-303-5849.
Join your AOI fellow members and friends for an evening of delicious food and fellowship before our last meeting this spring. Arts of the Inland will meet Tuesday, May 20th at The Hut, 5150 Buckingham Road, Fort Myers (Buckingham). Join us at 6 p.m. and order your dinner from the menu (individual checks) before the meeting. RSVP to LaVon Koenig at 239-303-5849 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Arts of the Inland is a 501(c)3 non-profit umbrella arts organization representing painters, photographers, craftsmen, writers, actors, dancers, musicians, singers and theatre support staff in the inland area of south Florida. AOI welcomes supporters of the arts and culture as patron members also.
For further information about the Arts of the Inland, go to www.artsoftheinland.com, or call LaVon Koenig, President, Arts of the Inland at 239-303-5849. Individual memberships begin at $25.00.
The Annual Meeting of the Arts of the Inland will be held Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Riverbend Clubhouse, 1031 Riverbend Drive, LaBelle. (North on Hwy. 29 across the Caloosahatchee River, take the first right on to Riverbend Drive, follow the road for 1-1/2 miles. The clubhouse is the first building on the right.) The public is invited.
There will be a special demonstration by AOI member Donna Thewlis on the Art of Porcelain Painting, using powdered minerals mixed with oil on porcelain tiles some as thin as paper. Her artwork is then fired in a kiln several times, framed and wired for hanging. Donna is a member of local and state Porcelain Painters and has won many awards in various competitions.