Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Delray Forum: Local Art Gallery Owner Gets Contract!


Local art gallery owner gets three-year contract to produce Delray Affair posters

Celebrating its 50th year, the Delray Affair has chosen local artist and gallery owner Ora Sorensen as the winner of the Delray Affair poster design contest.

A power force in the Delray Beach art scene, Sorensen owns the Ora Sorensen Art Gallery, 445 E. Atlantic Ave.
In years past, the Delray Affair commemorative poster was awarded yearly. According to Nancy Stewart, the special events and program director for the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, this honor provides Sorensen a three-year contract to design the annual commemorative poster for the Delray Affair following the "theme" of her design.
"Since the Delray Affair evolved from the original "Gladiola Festival," Ora incorporated gladiolas with some of her favorite Delray Beach images into the sketches that were submitted for consideration. The Colony...So iconic, and the beach of course," Stewart said.
"She also loves the colors of the historic train station and the line of the roof (perfect behind a gladiola stalk). Her finished piece is an oil painting of The Colony Hotel and pink gladiolas, and more than suitable for reproduction as the lines are crisp, clear and colorful."
Stewart said Sorensen's inspiration comes from Delray Beach.
"She loves the charm, the beach, the downtown and the people. For 20 years Delray has given her a platform to showcase her art to visitors from all over the world," Stewart said.
And the artist agrees.
"The corner of Atlantic and Federal has given me opportunities and exposure that has made my career as an artist larger than it would have been if I was located elsewhere. Thanks Delray!" Sorensen said.

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