“A Work in Progress”

As part of Project Inspiration, world-renowned artist Wyland painted during an Open House at The Florida Keys Children’s Shelter on February 5th.

Hailed a “Marine Michaelangelo” by USA Today, Wyland’s work is sought by millions of collectors and his galleries throughout the United States are considered a must-see on the itineraries of travelers everywhere. His equally successful Wyland Foundation, in partnership with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is actively engaged in teaching millions of students about our oceans, rivers, lakes, streams, and wetlands.

Project Inspiration was begun by Lisa Lansden, Mrs. American Dream 2009-2010, as a way to promote volunteerism and to help renovate and decorate the bedrooms at the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter thereby improving the quality of life for the children. Since beginning in August, several murals have been painted in the bedrooms with the children. Then the bathrooms and hallways began to receive attention. Many of the artists have decided to begin routine art lessons at the shelter as well.

The artists involved in Project Inspiration are Adam Scott Rote, Wyland, Brooke Spaulding, Darryl Norem, Diane Schleider, Kathleen Denis, Stacie Krupa, Pasta Pantaleo, Kelly Hostetler, and Morna Stenghold. Many other local volunteers have made a tremendous difference in Project Inspiration. They are Marcia and Chip DeClue, Dr. True Lansden, Gary Lentz, Grace Greene, Bob Michael, local news media, and staff and administration at the shelter! Once the painting portion of the effort is done Project Inspiration will continue by getting the floors of the shelter replaced.

The public is invited to attend the open house! Come get a sneak peek of the murals being painted in the children’s bedrooms, meet the artists participating in Project Inspiration, and remember it is the perfect time to purchase your tickets to the Black and White Ball!!

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February 5, 2010

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