Coordinator's Dedication Pays Off for Greater Orlando Aviation Authority!

“Survivor” a papier-mâché sculpture by employee Kimberly Harris-Watkins was awarded Best of Show.

A total of 127 artworks were on display this year in the Main Terminal of Orlando International Airport, Florida due to the tremendous efforts of coordinator, Lindy Shepherd. Lindy worked through several obstacles, to reach as many artists as possible, and to make their 16th Annual National Arts Program showcase a true success. Lindy stated that after the pandemic delayed and changed their artist call and exhibition dates, they were very pleased to move forward with the annual collaboration. She told us of how they value the opportunity to provide such a pleasurable experience for collaboration and community among the participants who range from airline personnel to security officers and airport administration.

We also want to thank all the artists who participated in the 16th Annual Greater Orlando Aviation Authority exhibit. One artist, Kimberly Harris-Watkins, new to the airport workforce, entered artworks by several family members including her own delicate papier-mâché sculpture titled “Survivor” (pictured here), which was awarded Best of Show. There were also many returning artists, including Kathy Lundy and her sister Blanca Kogl, both previous winners who have their own sisterly competition. This year, Blanca was awarded 2nd place in the Intermediate category for her painting, “Two Onions and a Garlic”, and Kathy earned an Honorable Mention in the Professional category for her painting, “Golden Sunflowers”.

Another special newcomer to the program is the new CEO Kevin Thibault, who presided over the well-attended awards reception, handed out awards and congratulated the artists. Co-hosting the reception was Carolyn Fennell, the longtime Vice President of Public Affairs and Community Relations, who has supported the NAP collaboration since year one!

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