by Jennifer Makal | Butler Chain Living Magazine
The Windermere Fine Art Show held its inaugural event with 42 artists at Town Hall in February 2016. The Downtown Business Committee approached Anne McDonough, owner of Tranquiliti Wellness Center and Fine Art Gallery, about starting a local art show. “Members of the Windermere community were often commenting on how nice it would be for Windermere to have its own art show,” McDonough said. “There are many talented artists here in Windermere.”
With generous support of local businesses and members of the community, the Windermere Fine Art Show has been able to expand in its short lifespan to include over 100 artist booths. The original purpose was to support arts in the local community while giving back to organizations that improve many lives. The Art Show quickly became popular not just locally, but throughout the United States.
One-third of all proceeds from the Fine Art Show have gone directly to the beautification of downtown Windermere. “Funds from the proceeds of the Fine Art Show have paid for projects like new Christmas lights, landscaping and a new town clock,” McDonough said.
The Windermere Fine Art Show has donated approximately $25,000 to local public schools and art programs. Artists have had the opportunity to take home $5,000 in cash prizes for their judged artwork. This year, the Windermere Fine Art committee voted to increase all cash prizes for the artists to attract more artist participation. Additional 2019 funds will benefit the Russell Home, a non-profit providing free care for mentally disabled adults and children requiring around-the-clock care.
March 2-3, 2019, the 4th Annual Windermere Fine Art Show will take place in Downtown Windermere. The event hires off-duty police officers and public works officials from the Town of Windermere. Additionally, local musicians, face painters and photographers are hired to entertain event-goers while talented artist from around the country display and sell their beautiful art work. This year’s show will feature a sidewalk art show to incorporate local main street businesses. “We staff around 50 volunteers and paid staff each year to make this a great event. We rely heavily on support from our local sponsors to make it all possible,” McDonough said. The Windermere Fine Art Show is still seeking sponsors for their 2019 event.
The Windermere Fine Art committee is comprised of members of the local community interested in promoting the arts. Anne McDonough, founder and chair of the committee, is the owner of Tranquiliti Wellness Center and Fine Art Gallery and a member of the Downtown Business Committee. She devotes herself fully to the betterment of the community through the arts. In June 2018, she opened the Fine Art Gallery at Tranquiliti Wellness Center as an art collaborative, giving local artists the opportunity to display their work in Downtown Windermere.
To learn more about becoming a sponsor of this year’s Windermere Fine Art Show, contact Anne McDonough at 407-448-0244.