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Artist Lappin honored with Dina Baker Fund

The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County is pleased to announce that Delray Beach-based professional artist Patricia Lappin has been named the recipient of the 2022-2023 Dina Baker Fund for Mature Female Artists. Her exhibition, titled Patricia Lappin: Connections, will run from June 2 to July 14 at the Cultural Council’s headquarters in Lake Worth Beach. Pictured is her 2022 painting Ancestors Gathering. [Photo by The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County]

Delray Beach-based artist Patricia Lappin has received the 2022-2023 Dina Baker Fund for Mature Female Artists from the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County.

“This grant is one of the greatest honors that I’ve ever received, and it’s been extremely validating,” Lappin says. “Receiving this award has given me newfound confidence in my work. It’s allowing me to follow through on projects and get my work out there in ways that I wouldn’t have been able to without it.”

As part of the award, Lappin will have an exhibition, “Patricia Lappin: Connections,” in the Cultural Council’s Donald M. Ephraim Family Gallery in Lake Worth Beach from June 2 to July 14. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m., as well as two Saturdays, June 10 and July 8, during the same hours.

Lappin expresses on canvas the journey from missed family events to inner searching for meaning, acceptance and celebration from 2020 to 2023.

“It was a confusing time for us all. We had to learn new ways to stay connected,” she says. “We learned the beauty of our relationships with friends, family and community. All of this is expressed in my work. I paint what I am feeling. We all have stories, and we can relate to each other through similar experiences. We are all connected.”

Lappin studied with painter Caesar Cirigliano and taught at the Greenwich Art Society in Connecticut. With a career spanning 50 years, she has exhibited work in galleries across the country.

Her current abstract expressionist work uses glowing colors in acrylic paint loosely applied with spatulas and palette knives.

Dina Baker, a longtime supporter of the Cultural Council, created the Dina Baker Fund for Mature Female Artists to help stabilize and strengthen the careers of artists 60 and older. The recipient may use the $10,000 grant for professional development, exhibitions, equipment and supplies, health care, or basic living expenses.

Past recipients are Michele Hundt in 2022, Glenda Green in 2019, Hegina Rodrigues in 2018, Debra Yates in 2017, Batia Lowenberg in 2016 and Alyssa di Edwardo in 2015.


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