BEAUTY OF BETHESDA
Episcopal Church Women’s reception celebrates with author Deborah C. Pollack.
Asmall but receptive crowd turned out for “A Love of Art” at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-bythe-Sea.
The annual spring meeting and reception was presented by the Episcopal Church Women May 12 in the Parish Hall.
Deborah C. Pollack, the keynote speaker, discussed her Palm Beach Visual Arts (Pelican Publishing Co.), the first book to concentrate on the town’s visual arts history and beauty.
“I wanted to share with them the significant visual artists in Palm Beach history from 1881 to 2015 — and that included painters, sculptors, photographers and crafts people,” she said. “And I especially mentioned the art in the church, such as Leo Lentelli’s Western Portal — he carved the figures on it — and Janet Scudder’s Angel above the Bethesda pool in the courtyard. And I went into the symbolism of the figures on the church.”
The Italian-born beaux arts sculptor Lentelli, she noted, wintered here beginning in 1945. He also designed the Florentine fountain at The Breakers and had a studio there.
In addition to the talk, about 30 women enjoyed fellowship, wine and cheese. Mary Allen served as chairwoman.
“I was blessed by the very warm and receptive audience,” Pollack said.
The event’s theme was “A Love of Art.”
Deborah O’Kain and Mary Allen