News Release

For immediate release - March 11, 2013

BookFest Opens with Stockwell Exhibit

The City of Tavares invites the public to an Art in the Square reception featuring the artwork of acclaimed Florida artist, Catherine Haynes Stockwell, on Monday, March 11, 2013, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at Tavares City Hall, 201 E. Main Street. Admission is free.

Mrs. Stockwell was born in Deland, Florida and was a 1917 graduate of Stetson University. She moved to Eustis in 1937 with her family. She was a prolific artist and many of her paintings preserve Central Florida’s landmarks of that period: Trout Lake, before the trailer park came; Dora Canal in its truly wild state; the landing on Lake Eustis before civilization changed the shoreline. She painted on many surfaces, materials, or backs of posters, anything available to her and it’s estimated that she must have completed at least 5,000 paintings in her lifetime.

At the reception, Tavares City Councilman, Bob Grenier, author of The Gallant Captain Melton Haynes, will introduce the artist’s daughters MayLo and Kathleen. Music will be provided by Captain Harry, a singer-guitarist-songwriter from South Florida who has recorded and toured with hundreds of artists all over the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. His music is a rich blend of rock, soul, jazz, and reggae. Refreshments will be provided. The exhibit will remain in place through April 10th.

This exhibit will kickoff ¡Viva Libros!, the 2013 BookFest, presented by the Lake County Library System and the City of Tavares. For a full 2013 Bookfest event schedule visit

For more information on Tavares Art in the Square exhibit, contact Tamara Rogers, Tavares Community Services, 352.742.6338.



Media contact:
Joyce Ross
Public Communications Director

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