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
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
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.
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
A message from MDAL President, Morna Strengholt
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.