Artist from first show returns after 56 years

By Donna Denison

Although change has been constant in the neighborhoods served by the Lakewood Branch Library throughout the past 56 years, the tradition of the Annual Lakewood Art Show has continued. So, after more than 50 years, the show was honored this year to  include work by artist Beverly “Bev” Parson White, who entered two oil landscape paintings.

White entered the art show during its inaugural opening in 1962 when the Lakewood Branch Library was located at 6343 La Vista, now known as the Diener Mills building. At that time, there was no minimum entry age, so White, a middle school student who loved spending hours in her grandmother’s Lakewood art studio, qualified to enter the show. She recalls that the piece was a self-portrait. From the age of seven years old to the present, creating art has been an integral part of White’s life. She earned a BFA in drawing and painting from the University of North Texas, has her work displayed in local galleries, and has taught painting classes. Currently she paints mostly commissioned murals, and portraits of people and pets.

The timing of this year’s Lakewood Art Show worked for White because she had pieces available to enter. She has entered numerous juried and non-juried shows, and was impressed by the range of work in the Lakewood Show.

She enjoyed the artists’ reception, along with the warm welcome of the Lakewood Library Friends and the library staff. For more information about Beverly Parson White and her work, visit:

This year’s Lakewood Art Show ran from May 6-31 and displayed 132 entries from 78 artists. The first place People’s Choice Award went to returning artist Anthony Bennett (pictured below) for his painting, “Bengal Tiger with Cubs.” April Wenzel (pictured above), new to the show, took second place for her painting, “After the Macy’s Day Parade.”

Photos of this year’s Lakewood Art Show and the People’s Choice Award winners are online at lakewood

Photos courtesy of the Lakewood Library

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