Guests created collages supervised by women artists. Last year, it was silk fans and the year before Venetian masks.
A tradition of having supporters create their own art before the Lynn Travis Stender Art Scholarship Luncheon is a longstanding tradition for Women in the Visual Arts.
“They are experiencing what they support,” Stender said as guests worked intently at tables in the Boca Raton Resort & Club on Feb. 7. “That’s what sets us apart.”
Boca Raton artist Lois Friedman showed her 3-D collage with a monkey for the theme this year, “Wild About Art.” Lorraine Rabin created the tiger cover art for the program book, and most guests and members wore animal prints.
Fran Rethorn’s gift baskets had an animal print theme in the silent auction, and animal art and photos were up for bid, too. Orchids and palm leaf centerpieces and animal print table covers carried out the theme.
“Art elevates our spirit,” said Linda Gross, who did the welcome. She introduced WITVA president Edie F. Minkoff, who emceed and talked about WITA’s commitment to women artists, scholarships for college, and upcoming competitions and awards for high school students.
Minkoff presented honoree Stender, who received a standing ovation and accolades for supporting the arts all these years.
“Wow, it’s a jungle out there,” she said about the theme, adding seriously that being an art instructor has been “the highlight of my life.”
This was the last time for this event after 14 years, Stender said in an emotional sendoff. “
Sally and I are proud of growing the circle of giving and we pass the paintbrush to all of you,” Stender said about Sally Petrillo, art scholarship founder and chairwoman.
Stender’s visiting niece Sophia Rase came to the podium with flowers to support her aunt, and Stender’s sister Kathy Travis and her famous spouse financial guru Suze Orman were in the audience. Marian Green was the co-chairwoman.
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