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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.
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.