Thursday, April 19, 2012

Winners of New Visions

Winners of the Lake Wales New Visions
A Fine Art Show

April 17, 2012 Lake Wales, Fla – A mixed media painting, “Just Resting” by Joseph Detrell received Best of Show honors at the reception and awards ceremony on April 13, 2012 as 51 works by more than 30 artists were judged by Robert Morrissey. Mr. Morrissey has taught art, painting, watercolor, drawing, and figure drawing at the college level for 30 years. He has served as a judge and juror at art gallery shows and outdoor festivals throughout Florida. Mr. Morrissey has exhibited in many galleries and outdoor festivals.

Other winners of the New Visions – A Fine Art Show include:

Oil Painting:  First Place - "Blue Vase with White Gladiolus” by Barbara Dyer; Second Place - "Look What I Grew” by Mary Austin; Third Place - "Boy Fishing” by Jerry Brenning; Honorable Mention, -"19th Hole Bridge” by Marcia Carron.

Acrylic Painting: First Place - "Untitled” by Diane Lescard; Second Place - "Maine Seacoast” by Clem Newbold; Third Place – “Bok Tower: Shady Haven” by Jane Fronappel; Honorable Mention – “Tiger Creek-Enchanted Morning” by Rickie Settle; Honorable Mention – “Picturesque Circle B Bar Reserve” by Beverly Peterson.

Mixed Media Painting: First Place - "Andy & Lily in the Lane” by Danny Caldwell; Second Place - "Liberty with Bucket of Falling Stars” by Vivian David.

Watercolor Painting: First Place – “Mountain Stream” by Willa Campbell; “Birds of Africa” by Barbara Dyer.

Photography:  First Place - "Beyond Reality No. 1” by Terry Mann; Second Place: “Porter Bridge, Maine” by Sylvia Mills.

Pianist Tammy Little entertained guests as they sampled the yummy refreshments prior to the announcement of the award winners. The art work will be on display at the Lake Wales Arts Center, 1099 SR 60 E through May 31, 2012.

The Lake Wales Arts Council, Inc. and City of Lake Wales began offering this quarterly juried art show in 2004. It provides an excellent venue for local artists to show their work and compete for ribbon prizes in several categories along with a Best of Show award. The show also provides the Municipal Building with a quality fine art display for the enjoyment of all of the visitors and staff. Many of the pieces on exhibit are for sale by the artists at very reasonable prices. The Show has continued to grow over the years with more than 100 artists participating in one or more shows.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Driven to Abstraction

April 16, 2012

Driven to Abstraction with Tony Eitharong and Carol Frye
Art Exhibit Opens at Lake Wales Arts Center
Lake Wales, Fla -   The Lake Wales Arts Council announces the opening of Driven to Abstraction exhibition with the art work of Tony Eitharong and Caroly Fry in the Michael Crews Gallery at the Lake Wales Arts Center. Driven to Abstraction opens on April 26, 2012 and will be on display through May 31, 2012. A reception and award ceremony will take place on April 26 in the Michael Crews Gallery from 5:00 to 7:00 pm and is open to the public.
Tony Eitharong’s early mastery of technique resulted in detailed graphite drawings of great realism.  His more recent work has found its great expression in a bold use of color and multi-media assemblies contrasting dramatic images of childhood innocence and peace with the realities of war and destruction. Eitharong has won many major awards nationwide with his unique style of painting and his wonderful creations from found objects. In Driven to Abstraction, Eitharong moves to abstract art. Eitharong is affiliated with several galleries, has had numerous one-person exhibitions across the country, judged at art shows in Florida, and his art work is part of many permanent collections.

Carol Frye’s work has moved from realism and landscapes to abstraction in a variety of forms. Originally from Pennsylvania, Carol and her family moved to Florida in 1994. Her vibrant strokes of color, bold calligraphy and brilliant foils have made her passionate expressions accessible to viewers. Her current works are both experimental and intuitive. She believes painting is really a spiritual process and each painting seems to flow and grow, layer upon layer quite naturally. A consistent award winner, her paintings have been included in major local, national and international competitions. Her work has also been featured in several books and national art organizations.
Driven to Abstraction exhibit is generously sponsored by Polk State College.
The Arts Center is located at 1099 S.R. 60 East in Lake Wales.  There is no charge to visit the gallery which is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information contact the Lake Wales Arts Council, Inc. at (863) 676-8426 or email at

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Citizens Bank & Trust 41st Annual Lake Wales Art Show: March 24 & 25


The Citizens Bank & Trust 41st Annual Lake Wales Art Show is next weekend, March 24 & 25.  As a kick-off to the show, we are welcoming the community to celebrate with us on Friday, March 23rd.  We hope you can attend!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Mankind’s Impact – Arabella Decker

Arabella Decker met with some students from the Vanguard School prior to the Gallery Talk.
Arabella Decker demonstrated the use of a special technique utilizing sparkling light to represent mankind’s impact on climate change. Beautiful, challenging, and timely! Arabella has exhibited as a solo artist and as a collaborative exhibitor in many galleries around the U.S. She has made many presentations, juried many shows and is a member of, and affiliated with numerous art organizations. Her artwork is in many private collections around the country.
On display in the Michael Crews Gallery. Opening reception February 2, 5:00-7:00 pm.

Easter Sunrise Service

LW Chorale Rehearsal for Easter Sunrise Service at Bok Tower Gardens

The Lake Wales Chorale is an adult vocal group of community residents. The Chorale will be singing at the 85th Easter Sunrise Service at Bok Tower Gardens on April 8, 2012 at 7:00 a.m.   Singers, please gather inside of the Tower at 6 a.m.

Any singer with an interest to join the Chorale for this wonderful sunrise service, please contact the Arts Council at (863) 676-8426. There is no cost or tuition fee for this program. Rehearsals will take place in Updike Hall at the Lake Wales Arts Center on March 12, 20, 26 and April 3 from 7-8:30 p.m.