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Summer of art: Arts of the Inland to sponsor arts program at library

May 28, 2014
By MEL TOADVINE ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

LaVon Koenig, presidents of the Arts of the Inland says the organization is sponsoring a special arts program and display during the summer at the East County Regional Library. It's being billed as the Summer Arts Adult Program.

"We're going to have some fine exhibits for the public and it's free and open to the public. Advance registration is required however and people should contact the librarian, Sarah Brown at 239-533-4215," Koenig says.

Featured will be some of the finest talent in Lehigh, a surprise to many who are not familiar with all the types of artists we have here, Koenig said.

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LaVon Koenig

It begins Wednesday, June 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and will feature award-winning local artist Donna Thewlis. She will teach you 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," Koenig said. And all supplies will be provided.

"Then on Wednesday, June 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., we will feature the use of masks for creative, decorative and practical purposes, which has a long-standing tradition around the world," she said.

"You can visit with 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 and all supplies are also provided," Koenig said.

But the summer fun doesn't end there, according to Koenig.

"On Saturday, July 26 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., award-winning local artist June DeVincent will demonstrate four types of painting medium and she will answer questions about techniques and products. Participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at any or all of the painting mediums during this class.

"Again it's free and June encourages participants even to bring in their 'masterpieces in progress' for some advice and direction and again all the supplies are provided," Koenig said.

If you enjoy music as an art form, Koenig says you should not miss the program on Wednesday, Aug. 6 from 6 to 7 p.m.

"Local performance artist Joyce Waltman and Naomi will share musical selections on both the fiddle and the dulcimer. They will be performing folk music, old hymns and original compositions," Koenig said.

You will learn about the history of these musical instruments and take the opportunity to ask the musicians about their art form.

For those who want more information, they can call 239-303-5849.

Koenig said the Arts of the Inland also known as AOI, is a 5013 nonprofit umbrella arts organization.

"We're always looking for members. For a membership application, you can go on the Internet at: and fill out the form or send email to

"Lehigh has a lot to show. We have so many residents here who are wonderful artists. Many have their works displayed all over. These folks who will be featured at the library are some of the best and the Arts of the Inland extends a big invitation to everyone. Remember, it's free," Koenig said.



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