Mount Dora Art League

Mount Dora Center for the Arts is proud to lift up and partner with the Mount Dora Art League, the oldest organized group of artists in Central Florida.

 The Mount Dora Art League is comprised of artists who pay an annual $25 membership fee to cover monthly art demonstrations and workshops. They meet once a month and have a member only exhibition each year in the MDCA gallery.
Today, all forms of artistic expression are encouraged. Members need not be artists, just have an interest in art and are welcome to come to learn about art through demos and discussions.

Demos and workshops are planned for each of their meetings which are held in the Mount Dora Center for the Arts gallery at 135 E. 5th Ave Mount Dora, FL on the third Saturday of the month from 10am to 12pm. 

MDAL News Updates

 MDAL next membership meeting will be January 20, Saturday 10am-12 noon. Denny Machete Pizarro will demonstrate metal smithing techniques of anodizing Titanium and Niobium with electricity making a beautiful oxide layered metal. Her work can be found at Artisans Gallery on Fourth Street, Mount Dora.
MDAL board meeting will be Tuesday, January 16, at 1:00pm at the Congregational Church, 650 Donnelly Street, Mount Dora.
 
MDAL member Susi Harr will be featuring her acrylic paintings as Artist of the Month in January at the Lakeside Inn’s Gatehouse Gifts and Gallery.

The annual Mount Dora Art League Artist Exhibition was held  May 26 – June 16, 2023 in the MDCA Gallery.

2023 MDAL Member Exhibition Awards

BEST IN SHOW 

“Gator Reflections” Sandi Hanlon-Breuer

WATERCOLOR-

1st Place “Nani” Susan Grogan / 2nd Place “Tonight’s the Night” Carolyn Smith / 3rd Place “Sunflower” Cathy Caine 

OIL & ACRYLIC PAINTING-

OIL: 1st Place “Portrait of Chuck” Lydia Alfrey / Awards of Honor: “Path to Lake Prevatt” Elisabeth Ferber / “Three Roses in Bloom” Aphrodite / “Grove Tractor” Dodi Truenow

ACRYLIC: 2nd Place “Mindset” Dea Davis / 3rd Place “The Wise One” Cheryl Lynn Looker / Awards of Honor: “Marsh Memories” Rebecca Owen / “Light Speed” Stephen Fritz

PHOTOGRAPHY : 1st Place “Nautilus Glow” Laura Howell / 2nd Place “Moonrise in Utah” Marie Hammerling

MIXED MEDIA :   1st Place- Mixed Collage “Redefining the Ordinary- Series 7” Patricia E. Nelson /2nd Place Color Pencil and Ink “Shaker Village” Robert Pearson / 3rd Place Mixed Media “Blue Surf” Susan Grogan

 3D : 1st Place- Sculpture “Fun & Games” Sheila Hedenean / 2nd Place- “Sally Sunshine” Phyllis Levee / 3rd Place “Leaving In” Susan Jones

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MDAL Meeting Minutes

MOUNT DORA ART LEAGUE MEMBERS MEETING, JUNE 17TH 2023

The meeting commenced at 10.15am. Morna Strenghold  (Acting president ) welcomed everyone and introduced herself. There were 16 members in attendance.

Everyone agreed the show was a resounding success and she thanked all those people who had helped to make it so.

Special thanks went to Esther Dirlam (Treasurer), Sheila Hedeman (Chair), Carolyn Smith (membership), Suzi Harr (Facebook, Art Under Arbor), and Louise Gardella (Hospitality)

In addition, Morna gave special thanks to Janet Gamache (MDCA Executive Director), Keri (her assistant), Dea Davis (Helper) and Paul Morris (who hung the show).

As a result of the show, the Art League welcomed 20 new members.

420 people attended the show and Susan Grogan won the People’s Choice award for her painting.

The end of the show has been extended until June 25th and artists may pick up their artworks between 11.00am and 3.00pm.

In view of our developing close working relationship, Morna encouraged all our members to join the Mount Dora Center for the Arts.

NEW BOARD

The following members were nominated to take the new Board positions and were duly elected by a unanimous vote.

President                                          Morna Strengholt

Vice President                                 Carolyn Smith

Treasurer                                          Esther Dirlam

Recording Secretary                      Claire Fairclough

Publicity/Facebook                        Suzi Harr and Carolyn Smith

Shows and Rotating Displays      Dea Davis

Hospitality                                        Jane Moody and Louise Gardella

Membership                                    Carolyn Smith

Photographer                                 Suzi Harr and Carolyn Smith

Directory                                          Esther Dirlam

Programs                                          Morna Strengholt, Suzi Harr and Dea Davis

Corresponding Secretary             Position Open

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

Viva La Frida Festival            September 30th, admission $10

Art in the Alley        Every Friday. Artists can sell their art and there is no charge. They must bring their own tables and display apparatus.

Studio Art Farm      Friday June 30th. Artist Reception 4.45 – 6.45

Craft Fair                  October 28th and 29th (set up on the 27th)

Plein Aire                  October 14th – 21st

Quick Draw at the Plant Show   November 4th

? Holiday Show in the Congregational Church, 1st week in December?.

For further details, contact Morna.

An artist from the Artisan’s Gallery told us there is an opening for an Associate.

This is an Artists’ Co-op and any member may place their artwork for sale .

In return they are expected to work in the gallery for 4 and a half days per month.

When items are sold the artist will receive 70% and the gallery will receive 30%.

The meeting was closed at 11.15am.

THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE ON SATURDAY JULY 15TH FROM 10.00 UNTIL  NOON.

WE WILL PRACTISE DRAWING OR PAINTING A MODEL

Respectfully Submitted   Claire Fairclough

Accordion Content

A message from MDAL President, Morna Strengholt

Dues are due $25 for 2024, a change from April due date to January, if dues were paid in Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov or Dec they are good until next January.
 
Spring Show dates have changed
May 3 Opening Reception 6-8pm Friday 
June 7  6-8 End of Show party Friday
May 10 5-7 Art in Alley party Friday
May 16 Afterhours Chamber of Commerce 5-7pm Thursday 
June 7 3-6 Closing Party Friday
Bring in art works April 29, Monday
Pick up art works June 7, Friday
Gallery at MDCA on 5th Ave, Mount Dora
Show will be Judged, cash awards, an entry fee, probably 2 entries, size limits
 
Facebook, Suzi Harr, [email protected]
 
Plein Air paint out on February 21 Wednesday
The Estate bed and breakfast on 5th Ave above Highland from 1-4 bring a chair and supplies to be creative
Plein Air paint out Third Wednesday on the month
 
We have a tent and art display panels that we share with Eustis Art League. Artist may rent the tent and or display panels with a deposit of $200, upon return clean and intact, a return of $125, cost $75
 
Our next meeting will be February 17, 10-12
At Jane Slivka’s Studio at Donnelly and 3rd. Mount Dora. She will demonstrate her painting techniques.
 
 Denny Machette Pizarro demonstrated anodizing metal to change color with electric at our January meeting
Dues are due $25 for 2024, a change from April due date to January, if dues were paid in Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov or Dec they are good until next January.
 
Spring Show dates have changed
May 3 Opening Reception 6-8pm Friday 
June 7  6-8 End of Show party Friday
May 10 5-7 Art in Alley party Friday
May 16 Afterhours Chamber of Commerce 5-7pm Thursday 
June 7 3-6 Closing Party Friday
Bring in art works April 29, Monday
Pick up art works June 7, Friday
Gallery at MDCA on 5th Ave, Mount Dora
Show will be Judged, cash awards, an entry fee, probably 2 entries, size limits
 
Facebook, Suzi Harr, [email protected]
 
Plein Air paint out on February 21 Wednesday
The Estate bed and breakfast on 5th Ave above Highland from 1-4 bring a chair and supplies to be creative
Plein Air paint out Third Wednesday on the month
 
We have a tent and art display panels that we share with Eustis Art League. Artist may rent the tent and or display panels with a deposit of $200, upon return clean and intact, a return of $125, cost $75
 
Our next meeting will be February 17, 10-12
At Jane Slivka’s Studio at Donnelly and 3rd. Mount Dora. She will demonstrate her painting techniques.
 
 Denny Machette Pizarro demonstrated anodizing metal to change color with electric at our January meeting 

Mount Dora Art League History

The Mount Dora Art League was founded on February 26, 1926 and was active from the start. In the early days, the artists were from both Mount Dora and Eustis until Eustis began their own league, but there are still close ties between the two. Art classes in many disciplines and writing were conducted and the first art shows by the group were often held on the tennis court fence!
On the 25 th. anniversary in 1951, Hugh Mc Kean who was then President of Rollins College and is the benefactor along with his wife of the Morse Museum in Winter Park, was the honored guest at a catered dinner in the Community Building.
The League began to fade but was invigorated in February of 1962 when dues were a dollar and no meetings were held but the membership displayed their work together in several exhibits a year.
In 1963 –64, the membership was similar to today’s membership of 50; two shows a year were held and displays by four local schools were included.
Then, only painters were displaying their work, but now all forms of artistic expression are encouraged and members who have an interest in art but are not producing art , are also encouraged to come as members to learn about art through demos and discussions.

Demos are planned for each of their meetings which are held at Mount Dora Center for the Arts at 138 E5th Ave Mount Dora, FL on the third Saturday of each month. Membership for the year is $25.00 which helps to offset any demonstration fees. Come join our Mount Dora Art League and display your art with us at our two shows this coming year.

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