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Casements Camera Club's 28th 'Ebony and Ivory' show on display

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by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

The Casements Camera Club's 28th "Ebony and Ivory" show will be on display at The Casements through March 30.

The exhibit of black and white images were judged by Jerry Markland, a local photographer best known for his NASCAR images, according to a press release. The Casements Award was presented by Siobhan Daly, cultural center coordinator at The Casements. 

The awards are as follows:

  • Best of Show: "Meandering Boardwalk" by Vicki Payne
    "Meandering Boardwalk" by Vicki Payne


  • First place: "2020," by Stan Mitchell
    "2020," by Stan Mitchell


  • Second place: "Fairchild Oak" by Michele Sweeters
    "Fairchild Oak" by Michele Sweeters


  • Third place: "A Quiet Place," by Kathleen Pruett
    "A Quiet Place," by Kathleen Pruett


  • The Casements Award: "Follow Me Boys," by Ron Zeier.
    "Follow Me Boys," by Ron Zeier.


The gallery at the Casements, located at 25 Riverside Drive, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. 

Art gallery expands services

Despite the challenges faced by many local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ocean Art Gallery in Ormond Beach is expanding by way of introducing a new product line and education service. 

According to a press release, gallery owner Frank Gromling added a pop art collection by the late Elliot Tiver to the gallery's fine art offerings. The collection consists of Tiber's pen drawings from 1969's Woodstock Art and Music Festival. In addition, the gallery's new "Education Forum" provides information on art, conservation and health subjects, with presentations by experts in their specialities. Beginning in April, the Education Forum will offer talks at the gallery and other key venues on subjects such as "Art Selection by Collectors," "Preserving Earth's Waters, and "Secrets of Physical Balance." 

Presentations are free and all events will be held in accordance with the CDC guidelines. Virtual delivery of presentations will also be offered. 

The expansion of the gallery additionally includes new employees in sales and administration, led by Pam Gilligan, who brings over 30 years of executive administration experience. The gallery is being redesigned to allow for these changes. Lastly, the press release announces it is launching an Amazon-based marketing program of U.S. Military letterheads and notecards, with a percentage of profit donated to several veteran organizations. 

Painter joins marine art nonprofit

The Fellowship of the American Society of Marine Artists has elected Ormond Beach-based artist Daniel Ambrose as a signature member.

Ambrose, an oils and egg tempera painter, often focuses on coastal landscapes and the birds that inhabit them, according to a press release. He's represented by several galleries ranging from Florida to Maine, and his career spans over 30 years. Ambrose is also a founding member of the American Tonalist Society. 

Founded more than 40 years ago, the ASMA is one of the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit organization dedicated to marine art and history, as well as scholarly and cultural purposes. 

For more information on Ambrose and his work, visit

Council aids Resources for Women

The Our Lady of Hope Council 8086 recently presented a check for $2,000 to Resources for Women in Daytona Beach.

This is part of the council's ongoing support, having also donated two ultrasound machines to Resources for Women as Core Council for the annual Coastal Laps for Life initiative, according to a press release. The annual donation is for training, maintenance and supplies for the machines. 

Council 8086 officers Grand Knight John O’Malley, Program Director Tim Mell and Jim Waggoner present a check for $2,000 to Resources for Women Executive Director Paola Sanchez. Courtesy photo

“Our Council has about 30 different initiatives, and this is the most important of all of them,” said Past Grand Knight Jim Waggoner in the press release. 

“That’s because this actually saves lives,” added PGK and Service Program Director Tim Mell.

Paola Sanchez, executive director of Resources for Women, explained that three abortion-minded women had already changed their minds and decided to bring their babies to term once they saw the ultrasound image.

“Last year, 79 percent of the women who had ultrasounds decided against having an abortion and carried their child to term after receiving services at Resources for Women,” Sanchez said.

The sixth annual Coastal Laps For Life will be held at 8 a.m. at the Father Lopez Catholic High School track in Daytona Beach on Saturday, April 10. Visit

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