Local writer wins Royal Palm Literary Award

The Florida Writers Association, Inc., (FWA) has announced that Swea Nightingale of LaBelle, won a prestigious Royal Palm Literary Award (RPLA). Swea Nightingale’s winning entry, Shadows of the Chimney, won the Gold award for Unpublished Mainstream Fiction. The award was announced at FWA’s recent four-day annual conference in Altamonte Springs, Florida. This annual competition, which […]

Artist Spotlight: Suzanne Turner focuses on realism

Arts of the Inland’s Featured Artist of the Month, Suzanne Turner, was born in Delaware and moved to Florida in 1959. After living in Fort Myers for many years, Suzanne settled in Alva where she currently lives and works. A brilliantly talented artist nowadays, she actually never attended a single art class while attending Fort […]

Ancient Body Art comes to life in LaBelle

You may have seen the beautiful, young artist, Ashley Gitchel, of Sweet Iris Designs, applying her beautiful and original henna designs last Friday, October 4, at LaBelle’s first “Downtown Live.” She has been working with henna for around five years, first discovering it on a camping trip and eventually obtaining her own henna cone at […]

Artist Spotlight: Triumphant Years of Inspirational Local Artist Cristo Soto

He is often seen walking or riding his bike around town, or sitting under one of the big oaks while he sketches up his newest inspirations for paintings, with his signature beret atop his long, dark, wavy hair. A local artist, Cristo Jesus Soto Ledezma, and his creative visions seek to find a vision of […]

Artist Spotlight: Inside the wild mind of local artist Ken Stanchi

“Life is short, art is eternal. Not sure who said this,” says Ken Stanchi, but this is the theme surrounding his latest artwork. A long time resident of LaBelle, Stanchi is a multi-talented, free-spirited, and overall amazingly original artist, whose work consists of “Pencil drawings, watercolor paintings, acrylic paintings, oil paintings, and 2D and 3D […]