With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

The May exhibit at Center Place in Brandon is a glorious exhibit featuring the wonderful artwork of the talented members of the Brandon League of Fine Arts. The show, which is judged but not juried, is open to all members. The winners are awarded with ribbons and monetary gifts. The show is available for viewing through the end of May at Center Place.
The show was judged by Taylor Ikin, an artist from Tampa. The winners included Christopher Klein who received first place for his oil piece, “Henry on Guard.” Anne Drewry received second place for her mixed media piece, “Veins of Gold.”
Betty Fairbanks took third place with a watercolor and alcohol ink piece, “Puffer.” There are two from the Heart Awards which are funded by Bay Area Cardiology, and these went to Marsha Nelson and Deborah Biasetti. Four honorable mentions were awarded to Leslie Jennings, John Guiseppi, Brigitte Mailahn and Sue Allen.

With over 50 pieces of artwork in the show, you will find a variety of media.

Christopher Klein is president of the Brandon League of Fine Arts. Klein, who won first place, said, “I was shocked and very grateful.” In her judge’s statement, Ikin said, “The Brandon League of Fine Arts members have again assembled an excellent exhibition of their talent and diversity. It was very difficult to select only a few to receive honors. All participants are to be congratulated and encouraged to continue their work at this high level.”

The Brandon League of Fine Arts was established in 1959. Throughout the years, the members have interacted with the community in many ways through volunteer work and donations. The league and its members are closely associated with Center Place. The Brandon League of Fine Arts hosts the monthly Artist Receptions at Center Place, and a committee of members is responsible for hanging and curating the monthly exhibits.

The Brandon League of Fine Arts meets on the third Monday of each month (except in June and July) at 7:30 p.m. Center Place located at 619 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon. For information, call 685-8888 or visit centerplacebrandon.org. For more information on the Brandon League of Fine Arts, visit blfa.us.

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