Quality pieces will be showcased at Lakewood Ranch Art Show

nwilliams@bradenton.comNovember 15, 2012 

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Paulette Davis has a gift.

Within hours, she can envision a new piece of art, sketch that vision onto a physical object, and then paint it. It's a craft she's perfected over more than 30 years.

"I've loved to paint and I've always painted," she said.

Davis' work has drawn praise from fellow artists and local businesses and collectors have invested in her pieces.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Davis' work, as well as works from other area artists, will be on display at the Lakewood Ranch Creative Arts Association's 11th Annual Art Fall Show and Sale.

The show at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., is free to the public.

Festivities outside include a plant sale, a steel drummer and a massage therapist.

Eighteen artists, each showing multiple pieces, will fill Town Hall with three-dimensional and two-dimensional original pieces. The show consists of wall art, pottery, wood carvings, water color, jewelry and glass-made items, photography and oil paintings.

Prices vary from $3 greeting cards to $400 large pieces.

"It's a very eclectic show because of the range of what people produce," said Joan Brummer, president of the Lakewood Ranch Art Club. "There is no duplication. There are only artisans, no craftsmen."

Brummer said many of the artists are returning guests from years past. Artists like Davis, Jim O'Donnell, Shannon Tell Wood and Sylvia Engle. Recently, Davis has fancied glass art, including painting bottles and glassware.

"Most of the artists have a following," Brummer said.

Davis has been a member of the club for 11 years and has seen a steady growth in show attendees and club members.

"It has grown because the community has grown," she said.

Nick Williams, East Manatee reporter, can be reached at 941-748-0411 ext. 7049. Twitter:@_1NickWilliams

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