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2013 Lake BookFest Exhibits

John Moran Photography Exhibit
January 28 to March 15, 2013
W.T. Bland Public Library

The John Moran Photography Exhibit will be on display from January 30th - March 15th in the W.T. Bland Public Library. The John Moran Exhibit, which will kick off our Viva Florida
500 series, is funded by the State Wildflower license plate and the Florida Wildflower  Foundation.These beautiful photos of native Florida wildflowers boast a colorful bouquet of unique wildflowers, some of which occur nowhere else in the world.

Five-hundred years ago during the Easter season, explorer Juan Ponce de Leon arrived on Florida’s shore. The land he saw is almost sure to have been abloom with a rainbow of wildflowers. Perhaps inspired by this vision of beauty, he named his discovery La Florida, “place of flowers,” in honor of Spain’s Easter-time Feast of Flowers celebration.

John Moran’s stunning exhibit, is part of the vibrant statewide commemoration of 500 years of La Florida in 2013. The 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. 


Catherine Haynes Stockwell Retrospective Exhibit
Monday, March 11, 2013                                           
Tavares City Hall at 5:30 p.m. Art on the Square 

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.

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 insturctor 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.

We are excited to offer entertainment 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. Vice Mayor, Bob Grenier, author of The Gallant Captain Melton Haynes will be on hand. Light refreshments will be provided by Emilianas.

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