As the arts writer / editor for Lake Mary Life Magazine and its sister publications, I am fortunate to have a front-row seat to the abundant artistic talent we have here in Seminole County. Recently, the creative skills of three lovely, local ladies garnered awards and attention from judges and fellow artists alike.
Mariel Ortiz is a ceramic artist and illustrator who has lived in Winter Springs for about a year. A piece of her digital art, titled "Rainbow Umbrella," is on colorful display in the 2017 Embracing Our Differences outdoor exhibit in Sarasota. The juried art exhibit features 45 billboard-sized images created by local, national, and international artists, writers, and students. The show, with its theme "Enriching Lives Through Diversity," drew 10,761 entries from 115 countries, 48 states, and 204 schools. Mariel, who hails from Argentina, and her family recently took a road trip to Sarasota's Island Park, where the artwork will be on display through May 31. "You can imagine that I still can't believe it!" Mariel says about being included in this highly-competitive show. "The exhibit is amazing!"
Leslie DeRoche Keller, an artist who lives in Chuluota, won best of show at the 58th annual Sanford Seminole Art Association's spring art exhibit. The show, which featured 90 pieces of artwork by SSAA members, was on display for two weeks at Gallery on First in downtown Sanford. Leslie won the top honor for her mixed-media piece of a beautiful young woman titled, "Remember When." She also received an honorable mention for another mixed-media piece. Every year, the SSAA includes artwork created by local middle school students in its spring show as a way of encouraging and supporting youth involvement in the arts.
During a reception on April 23, a piece of art by Cobi Deppen was voted the People's Choice winner in the student category. Her delicate portrait, titled "Crying Girl," was rendered in graphite and watercolor. The talented Cobi is a student at Sanford Middle School, where she studies art with teacher Stanton Broadway.
Congratulations to all our local artists who are being recognized for their amazing talent!
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