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The Eleventh Annual New Life Festival of the Arts will be January 31 & February 1, 2020 Doors open both evenings at 6:00 pm. The Festival features various forms of the arts including, painting, photography, sculpture, fabric arts, dance/choreography, dramatic arts and music.

“The President’s Own” US Marine String Quartet will perform Friday, January 31, 2020 at 8:00. The event is free and this is a chance to hear a world-class string quartet perform. They have delighted audiences with their professional performances and their charm.

Saturday evening, February 1, 2020, Kristopher Battles, Artist in Residence at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, will be giving a talk and demonstration about the Combat Arts Program. Come see how art is used in the military setting.

The display area for the visual arts will be open from 6-9. The performance schedule for the event is as follows:

For a complete schedule, click on the following link.
NLFOTA Performance Order 2020

FEATURED ARTISTS for 2020: Laura Pierce
Artist Statement

I’ve learned my favorite path to creativity begins with letting go. Letting go of the control of the paint as it drifts and rolls on the canvas, I enjoy watching the lines and colors created in disorder and chaos. I can let my mind wander, finding the hidden landscapes and scenes and then try find my way back again. By using transparent watercolors, inks, and liquid acrylics (among other water-based mediums), beautiful textures emerge in the layers throughout the painting. When accented with metal and gold leafing, an unmatched glowing dimension is visible in my work.

A few art periods I studied in college, as an Art History major, have always provided the inspiration to create. Art Nouveau, with its enveloping, moving, and organic lines found in nature and the Renaissance period which encompasses symbolism and deeper meanings are both at the core of my creativity. Both of these periods also have many examples of one of my favorite medium–gold leafing. Klimt, Mucha, Arthur Rackham, Maxfield Parrish, Brad Kunkle and Stephanie Law are some of my favorite artists which inspire me to keep searching for my own voice each day.

My hope is to invite the viewer to experience the natural world though a creative, beautiful and wild melody that we each have within ourselves … our inner child… called “imagination”.