The Visual Arts Center presents the Peace River National Art Festival on Dec. 4 and 5 in Laishley Park in downtown Punta Gorda.
The festival will run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature a wide variety of fine artists in all mediums. Enjoy more than 60 vendors of fine art and exquisite crafts, live art demonstrations, music, food, wine, beer and more. A $5 entry fee supports the Visual Arts Center.
Featured artists that weekend include Danilo Alayon and Donald W. White.
Danilo Alayon is a self-taught artist, third generation, who loves working with many mediums like oil, acrylics and watercolors.
He has a passion for marine life growing up in Key West he spent his life observing the beautiful creation around him whether above or below the water. He is always trying new techniques to expand and prefect his craft. He enjoys and draws inspiration from many different styles of art – abstract, contemporary, surrealism, photorealism and photography as well.
Donald W. White is an artist from central Ohio. As a second-generation artist, Don has always had a passion for drawing and painting. His father was a commercial artist who took his talents to World War II where he drew maps for the United States Army. It is from these roots that Donald grew into the artist that he is today.
Donald began drawing at a young age. Taking only minimal instruction in art, he would be considered a self taught artist. Upon completing college, Donald used his talent and skills to become an Electrical Engineer. Throughout his professional career, he has had numerous technical drawings to his credit. It has only been in the past ten years that Donald has begun seriously investing more time pursuing his love of oil painting. His portfolio contains a wide variety of subjects including scenic beach paintings, famous sports figures, masked ladies, dancing ballerinas, butterfly ladies, a pizza chef and numerous others.
For more about the Visual Arts Center, call 941-639-8810 or visit online at www.visualartcenter.org