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January - March 2013     VOLUME 17 ISSUE 1
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Celebrate Art

Viva Libros features art exhibits

Lake County BookFest is adding two art exhibits this year to enhance the Viva Florida 500 experience. "In 2013, Florida will reach a significant milestone, the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de León's arrival on Florida's east coast. What makes this anniversary so unique is that Ponce de León's convoy of explorers was the first group of Europeans to document such a landing and give a name to Florida—La Florida. They were also the first recorded Europeans to explore any part of what's now the continental United States of America." (

We begin January 28 with “La Florida: 500 Years in the Land of Flowers”, the John Moran Art photography exhibition. This magnificent collection will run through March 15, 2013 in the W.T. Bland Public Library in Mount Dora.  The exhibit which will kick off our Viva Florida 500 series is co-funded and managed by the Florida Wildflower Foundation, with funding assistance from Visit Florida. These beautiful photos of native Florida wildflowers boast a colorful bouquet of unique wildflowers, some of which occur nowhere else in the world.

John Moran’s stunning exhibit features 31.5 by 42.5-inch framed photographs that capture the intricate, timeless beauty of Florida’s native wildflowers in natural places. An accompanying panel interprets the history and culture of early Florida and its wildflowers.Traveling the Sunshine State with his cameras, John Moran seeks his vision of natural Florida as it must have appeared to Ponce de Leon. Moran’s work celebrates the magic of a unique landscape born of water and blessed with beauty beyond measure.

Moran’s photography has appeared in numerous books and magazines, including National Geographic, Life, Time, Newsweek, Smithsonian, The New York Times Magazine and on the cover of the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida. To learn more about John Moran and his work, please visit his website at This exhibit is sponsored by the Florida Wildflower Foundation, Executive Director, Lisa Roberts.


The City of Tavares and the Lake County Library System will be kicking off ¡Viva Libros! the 2013 BookFest, with the Art on the Square exhibit by acclaimed Florida artist Catherine Haynes Stockwell on Monday, March 11, 2013 in the Tavares City Hall at 5:30 p.m.

Ms. Stockwell was born in 1895 in Deland. She was a 1917 graduate of Stetson University where she was offered a lifetime teaching position after being an instructor for only one year. She moved to Eustis in 1937 with her husband Lawrence and two daughters Mary Loraine and Kathleen.

Ms. Stockwell was a prolific artist and many or her paintings of the early 1900s 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 portraits of the servicemen and their families who passed through Eustis during WW II. Hundreds like them were painted as her part in the war effort. Her painting of Sally McCoy was chosen as representative of Florida at the American Building at the New York World’s Fair 1939. It now hangs in the Eustis Historical Museum.

Ms. Stockwell is a listed artist whose pictures have been shipped as far as California and Alaska. One special picture hangs in the Eustis City Hall. Her daughter, MayLo stated she must have completed at least 5,000 paintings in her lifetime. She painted on many surfaces, materials or backs of posters, anything available to her. She chose subjects that were close at hand…she saw life and beauty in everything around her.

Vice Mayor, Bob Grenier, author of The Gallant Captain Melton Haynes will introduce the artist’s family and daughter MayLo and Kathleen. Music will be provided by Fred Harvey, country and pop acoustic singer and guitarist. Light refreshments will be provided by Emilianas.

We express our gratitude to the private collectors who made this special exhibit possible.