SEPTEMBER 2011 - ARTS ON THE PARK
One of the oldest buildings in downtown Lakeland now offers one of the freshest perspectives to the community. The historic building, once a shoe store, has several rooms tucked away beyond the famous spiral staircase in the center of the main floor. The rooms upstairs provides a Members Gallery and the Skylight Gallery which may also be used for classes or special events. In 2011, several classes will be held in both the upstairs and downstairs galleries.
This fresh perspective for the gallery also largely benefits the contributing artists in the Lakeland and Polk communities. Artists may participate in juried monthly art shows. Arts On the Park is the only gallery in Lakeland offering juried monthly art shows. It’s a great way for emerging artists to get their feet wet in the art world. It also allows experienced artists to stay connected to the local art community. The shows help artists build more than just a resume. They also gain confidence and a chance to earn a cash prize awarded during Lakeland’s First Friday events. All artists 18 and up are encouraged to participate. Those younger than 18 may participate in the gallery’s annual high school show.
The year 2011 looks promising for Arts on the Park. With repairs underway and maximum gallery space filled with art, the community anticipates a new look at their favorite old gallery. In the meantime, Christine and the Board of Directors look forward to striving toward “something we have not done before.”
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