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Sights and sounds of the art world will be flowing along Desoto Avenue as Barron Park in LaBelle Florida hosts The Arts of the Inland’s 5th Annual Art, Craft & Music Festival on January 30th. Festival hours are 10:00am until 3:00pm. The show will feature continuous performances of live music, dance and art presentations. The show hosts many local artists, writers and crafters who will also have works for sale.
A Boy Scout Flag Ceremony as well as a welcome from Labelle Mayor Dave Lyons will open the festival at 10:00 am.
The live entertainment lineup includes music by Austin Church, the LaBelle High School Jazz Band, the Firehouse Singers, jRobert Houghtaling, Press On (The Shock Sisters) and Bob Speckin, street dancing by Temple Tribal Dancers and artist presentations by Xavier Cortada.
Throughout the day there will be activities for both, young and old alike, including face painting and sidewalk chalk drawing. Beading and other art techniques will be demonstrated at Student Booths.
Kel Bradshaw has been selected as featured artist for the month of January 2016 at the Arts of the Inland Gallery at Lehigh Regional Medical Center Café at 1500 Lee Boulevard, Lehigh Acres, FL.
Inspiration for Kel’s art comes from traveling in the US southwest desert and the Florida Everglades. She paints in oil and acrylics and loves to do portraits. Her portraits come in sizes ranging from 12”x”12” to 6 foot canvases and depict symbolism in the life of her subjects with prices starting at $150. Kel’s paintings show anatomical correctness, strong contrast, arresting competition and pivotal focus. She says, “People, birds and horses are my favorite subjects.”
Careers including graphics, signage, and advertising, as well as, publishing three different cat magazines have filled Kel’s time along with showing and judging national and international cat shows. Her current hobbies include biking, Euro traveling and designing Only-1 semi-precious jewelry.
Shary Weckwerth is named Featured Artist of the Month at Lehigh Regional Medical Center
Featured artist for the month of December at the Arts of the Inland (AOI) Gallery at Lehigh Regional Medical Center Cafe’, 1500 Lee Blvd., Lehigh, is Shary Weckwerth.
Shary’s passion is painting. As a child she was always drawing, coloring, dreaming about art. As an adult she finally sought instruction and found her voice through painting in oils. She has tried most all mediums, but still prefer oils.
Subject matter is wherever she finds it. Shary has painted for the past year with the group “52 Weeks Nature Painting Challenge”, which tries in every way they can to help spread the word of nature and endangered species, through art.
Arts of the Inland (AOI) Gallery at Lehigh Regional Medical Center Featured Artist of the Month is Jeff Dodd
Jeff’s work is on display through the month of November at the AOI Gallery at Lehigh Regional Medical Center Café, 1500 Lee Boulevard, Lehigh Acres, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Jeff Dodd is a photographer who lives in Lehigh Acres, FL. Jeff has been a hobbyist photographer since high school and has always enjoyed involving photography with many of his hobbies. Being an avid backpacker and hiker Jeff has always been drawn to landscape photography. He is a member of the Arts of the Inland and recently won 3rd place in the AOI Perceptions Art Show for his photograph “Dodd Creek.” He was also an Honorable Mention award winner in the 2014 Perceptions Art Show with his photograph “Baldy View.”
3rd ANNUAL WHARF WALK Saturday, November 14, 2015
The City of LaBelle and the LaBelle Downtown Revitalization Corporation (LDRC), along with Arts of the Inland, invite you to the 3rd Annual Wharf Walk which will be held at the City Wharf, on the banks of the beautiful Caloosahatchee River in LaBelle’s Downtown Walking District. The award winning Wharf Walk will be on Saturday, November 14, 2015, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. This is a free event, open to the public, and was designed to create a casual adult atmosphere, offering unique food, beer and wine, local artists, and live music.
You won’t want to miss the Arts of the Inland (AOI) Perceptions Art Show, November 5th – November 29th at the AOI Barron Park House Gallery, 471 N. Lee St., LaBelle. The month-long judged fine art show features original artwork by local artists displayed in this historic house along the Caloosahatchee River. Not only is the art an attraction but the house is as well perched along the beautiful Caloosahatchee River among the oak trees filled with hanging moss.
October’s Featured Artist at the AOI Gallery at Lehigh Regional Medical Center Café, 1500 Lee Blvd., Lehigh Acres is Becca Pratt. Ms. Pratt grew up in rural upstate New York surrounded by artists as her parents were members of The Art Institute of Buffalo. She received a BA in Spanish at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and later earned teaching certificates at Cortland, New York, and USF in Ft. Myers, FL.
Becca renewed her interest in art when her father, Marcus Pratt, began teaching Sunday afternoon watercolor lessons to her family. She became involved in stage backdrops for musical productions, and school murals while teaching at Country Oaks Elementary School in LaBelle, and began painting murals on the walls and floors of her home.
In August, the Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) gave out its prestigious annual President’s Awards for the best books of 2014 and the first half of 2015 by authors and publishers throughout the United States. In the category of spirituality and inspiration, Dr. Carol Kennedy received a silver medal for her book, A TASTE OF CHOCOLATE FOR THE SOUL. The event, which took place at the Hilton Orlando/Buena Vista Resort, recognized outstanding books by awarding gold and silver medals in categories ranging from children’s books to adult books.
Gilian Curd, the Featured Artist for the month of August at the Barron Park House Gallery, specializes in collage art. Her relationship with the visual arts started with painting, she used acrylics as her medium and, in time, her artwork took a turn towards assemblage art. All her pieces are originals, dated and signed and available for purchase at the gallery located at 471 N Lee Street, LaBelle. The Gallery hours are: Thursday and Friday from 12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Barron Park House Gallery is a subsidiary of Arts of The Inland, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, public charity umbrella arts organization supporting the arts and culture in the inland communities of South Florida
Maureen G. Hahn is the featured artist for the month of July at Lehigh Regional Medical Center Cafe’, 1500 Lee Boulevard, Lehigh Acres. Stop in the Cafe’ Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. to see Maureen’s beautiful artwork.
Ms. Hahn is a member of Arts of the Inland (AOI), lives in LaBelle and has been interested in art since she was in high school. She likes to draw as well as paint, changing from oil painting to acrylic painting about twelve years ago.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she moved to Pensacola, FL in 1957 where she took Art courses and Fashion Drawing courses at Pensacola Jr. College. She moved to LaBelle in 2002 and currently takes lessons from her daughter, Megan Kissinger, who teaches at Riverbend Estates each Thursday. Megan convinced her Mother to change from oils to acrylics. Now that she is retired, her main hobby is painting and most of her work is seascapes or water scenes.
Arts of the Inland member Stephen Staack is the Featured Artist for May at the AOI Gallery at Lehigh Regional Medical Center café, 1500 Lee Blvd., Lehigh Acres, Florida. Stop in and see his photographs Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Stephen has been taking digital photographs since his retirement in 2006. He has been a professional photographer for more than 18 months.
His major emphasis in his photography is on composition, richness of color, and reducing glare that he sees everywhere. His style ranges from straightforward graphic compositions to non-traditional experimental compositions and color schemes. He is a perfectionist in all of photographic work.
His website: www.stephenstaackphotography.com contains twenty-eight galleries encompassing a broad range of subjects and locations including: wildlife, travel, and landscape photos.
Stephen’s work has been shown at the (AOI) Perceptions Art Show in Lehigh, Alliance for the Arts Gallery in Fort Myers, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation in Fort Myers and is currently exhibited in the following galleries: The Art League of Fort Myers, Coconut Point Artists Cooperative Gallery in Estero, Florida, and Lehigh Regional Medical Center, Lehigh Acres, Florida, where he is the featured artist for May, 2015.
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.