Well-known Lehigh Acres artist and teacher June DeVincent's painting of "Wild Flowers" goes on to the Lee County's Alliance of the Arts' Winners Circle competition in November after being named Best In Show at the Arts of the Inland's Chrysalis Art Show and Exhibit in Lehigh.
It was the Arts of the Inland's first arts exhibit held in Lehigh after the group's formation less than two years ago. The show was held in the Crown Room at the Majestic Golf Club.
More than 70 people turned out to the show. Art lovers and members of other arts organizations attended the first judged show on Sept. 18. Refreshments were served and some 21 paintings were exhibited by members of the Arts of the Inland.
June DeVincent was best in show.
Its president, LaVon Koenig, welcomed guests and after a time of viewing by visitors, and named the four top winners of the competition.
Judging was done by Dana Roes of Fort Myers. She is an arts teacher at Edison State College.
She said the Best in Show painting, which was by DeVincent, "was somewhat dark and mysterious with its seducing lilies." DeVincent calls her painting "Wildflowers." DeVincent teaches art at Veterans Park Recreation Center. Some of her students had pieces of art in the contest.
"That made me really proud," DeVincent said.
Roes said she was very impressed with the "enormous" talent of the members of the Arts of the Inland club.
The idea for an Arts of the Inland group came about, according to president LaVon Koenig with an impetus coming from the Lehigh Band singers. She writes a monthly column for the Arts of the Inland which appears in The Citizen.
"We wanted to bring exposure to all the arts from all over the community in this area including LaBelle, Clewiston, Lehigh Acres, Fort Myers and Alva," Koenig said.
Members of the Arts of the Inland come from all persuasions of the arts including theatre, writers, musicians and artists. There are about 100 members of the Arts of the Inland, which meets once a month on the third Tuesday at various locations.
"We start our meeting at 6 p.m. and are finished usually by 7:30 p.m. We are always interested in welcoming new members who are interested in the arts. We have a Web site at: www.artsoftheinland.com. Our membership fee is $45 but students with a valid ID get a free membership," Koenig said.
To join, you can call Koenig at 239-303-5849 to join and get on a mailing list.
Sandra Fay Mark was the guest speaker at the art exhibit. She is the president of the Art Council of Southwest Florida, which is composed of several arts groups.
She told the group that the arts are important in Lee County because of the revenue it generates. The ACSWF is composed of 6,771 members, Mark said.
The Best in Show floral piece by DeVincent will advance to the Biannual Winners Circle art show in November. It will be held at Fort Myers at the Alliance of the Arts.
The Alliance of the Arts is celebrating its golden anniversary in 2013 from when it began in 1963. The Alliance is composed of art groups from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades, the last two being added recently.