Frank Verpoorten, Roseline Young, Carolyn Rogers and Margie Willis

FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 9, 2014) – The Southwest Florida Community Foundation, in partnership with the Art Council of Southwest Florida, hosted an art reception at its main office in Fort Myers to highlight its Art & Community April-May exhibit featuring works from Art Quilters Unlimited and the Alliance for the Arts.

During the reception, artists from Art Quilters Unlimited (AQU) won awards for their featured work. Frank Verpoorten of the Baker Art Museum judged the AQU displays based on artistic merit, including elements of designs (line, shape, color texture and space), the principles of design (balance, emphasis, unity, movement and proportion) and impact (the “wow” factor and creative imagination).

Awards were given to the following artists:

First place: Bonnie Langenfeld, Opposite Landscapes: Glorious Everglades & Blue Winter

Second place: Lisa Gorski, Holstein

Third place: Jeanne Mapes, The Great Egret

Merit Award: Marci Mills, Saltwater Friends

In addition to featuring works from AQU, the Art & Community exhibit also contains work from the Alliance for the Arts including acrylic, mixed media and even vinyl records from artists Dale and Jeff Ocasio, Carol Holsopple, Alisha Koyanis and Pam Richardson.

All participating artists have pledged to give 35 percent of any sale to the Fund for the Arts in Southwest Florida, which benefits art organizations in the Southwest Florida region.

The Art & Community exhibit will be open until May 29 and is available for public viewing hours Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule a tour, call Kim Williams at the SWFLCF office at 239-274-5900.

Founded in 1976, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation supports the communities of Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties and also acts as the regional convener and leader with firsthand knowledge of community needs. With assets of more than $75 million, the SWFLCF has provided more than $57 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves. During its 2013 fiscal year, the SWFLCF granted more than $4 million to more than 100 different organizations supporting education, animal welfare, arts, healthcare and human services.

For more information about the SWFLCF, call 239-274-5900 or visit

Pat Smelkoff and Ken Burket

Marci Mills

Lisa Gorski

Judith Anderson and Susan Hedge

Joan Klutch, Honey Costa and Cheryl Fausel

Jeff and Dale Ocasio and Krista Johnson

Jeanne Mapes and Shari Thompson