Windermere Fine Art Show returns with new artists, work | West Orange Times & Observer

Although the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2021 edition Windermere Fine Arts Fairit has also inspired several locals to discover their inner artists.

And later this month, when the show makes its triumphant return to the town of Windermere, there will be some new faces.

Although Michael Beck from Windermere has never had any formal training, art has been a hobby of his since he was in fifth grade.

However, when the pandemic hit, Beck found himself unemployed – and at home with his wife and three children.

“I started working on my art again and found myself staying up all night honing my skills,” he said. “I was drawing with my kids over breakfast and teaching my 7-year-old son how to draw. My wife started to take notice, and with her support and incredible support, ‘Art by Mike B. ‘ has been created.”

Beck specializes in graphite portraits of people and domestic animals, as well as landscapes and buildings.

“I really like being able to capture the personality of my subject,” he shared. “Whether it’s a pet, a grandchild, or even a landscape, there’s something unique about every moment I try to capture and showcase in the portrait.”

For more, visit artbymikeb.com or find Beck on Instagram, @Graphite.Mike.

Windermere Arts Chair Anne Scharer launched the show as the Windermere Art Affair in 2016. Since then it has become a must-attend event. This year, the fair will feature more than 80 artists – more than 30 under the age of 18 – and their creations in clay, pottery, painting, sculpture, woodworking and more.

“Seeing how happy artists are when they sell their art and realize that what they’ve done is really good enough… I think that’s what really inspires me about these people,” Scharer said.

The show, due to take place on Saturday February 26 and Sunday February 27, will include prizes, vendors, entertainment, food, drink and even live performances from the Finnegan Academy of Irish Dance by Amanda Finnegan and the jazz music of Richard Lafferty. .

Like Beck, 16-year-old Lydia Erickson is also thrilled to showcase her work. Erickson always had an interest in art but fell in love with painting because of the time off during the pandemic.

As for her pottery, it started under the introduction of her ceramics teacher in her freshman year of high school.

“I initially found a love for wheel-throwing while learning to make mugs and planters,” she explained. “I started painting with watercolors and gradually moved on to gouache-based artwork.”

Due to her admiration for nature and animals, she mainly creates works focusing on landscapes, food and domestic animals.

“There’s always something new to learn in art and it’s always been so motivating for me,” she said. “I love trying new techniques and experimenting with styles, and visual art really has no limits to what you can create. Art never bores me because of the endless possibilities.

Find Erickson on Facebook at Tinywatercolors.

Beck and Erickson – relatively newcomers to the art world – will be joined by Windermere artist Linda Mamounas who has sold her work in the US and internationally, as well as exhibiting her work at SOBO Art Gallery.

After her father passed away more than three years ago, Mamounas decided someone should use her art supplies. She said what happened next was a transformative experience.

“I could hear my father’s voice and his laughter while painting with his things,” she said. “Memories of him and my mother overwhelmed me.”

Painting brings her joy and she hopes others will feel it too.

She enjoys painting flowers, beaches and abstracts.

“I love the Windermere art exhibition because it gives local artists such an opportunity to shine,” she said.

Find Manounas on Instagram @Lisa_Mamounas_Art.

Funds raised from the show will help with town beautification and Windermere Constable Lori Sipek and her son, LT

A LITTLE HISTORY

Scharer said she was approached by the windermere town seven years ago to organize an art exhibition.

Although she said she didn’t know where to start, the first show of 2016 featured 65 performers and multiple performers.

Since then, the show has grown and expanded to feature a multitude of creative minds from around the world.

After the show was canceled due to COVID-19 in 2021, Scharer said coming back during the continued pandemic has been difficult.

“Even though this year has been tough, I didn’t want to give up,” she said. “I just continued.”

Born and raised in Sarasota, Scharer said she grew up enjoying the arts. She fell in love with Windermere when she moved to the town in 2008. She said she loved the town’s natural beauty, how quaint it is and the welcoming community.

The aim of the art exhibition is to inspire others, to help artists show off their talents, and to help them sell their work.

“I like to inspire young people, because they have such a challenge, much more than I ever did when I was a kid, and I inspire adults too,” she said. “A lot of them haven’t even done an art show before, but I pick them and say, ‘Hey, you can do it; you are so talented. It just makes my heart happy, because then they blossom and keep doing cool things.

Windermere Fine Arts Fair

WHEN: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, February 26; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, February 27

WHERE: Main Street, Windermere town center

Admission fee

WEBSITE: www.windermerearts.com

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