Meet Morna Strengholt
Phone: (305) 395-8724
Morna says “Painting and drawing have always been an integral part of who I am. My art is how I express and defined myself. Creating a pathway to others, crossing the past with the present and extending into the future.” Morna began painting in oils at the age of nine and exhibited in her first one person show at twelve. She has received many awards and her paintings are in collections world-wide, private, public and corporate.
Her Art education began in 1954 at the Midland Art Institute under the direction of Arnold Leandar, summers were spent in painting workshops and private lessons. During High School Morna attended Sul Ross State College Summer Classes. 1964 at Texas Technological College she was a student in Architecture transferring the next year to the Fine Arts program major in Drawing and Painting at North Texas State College. With senior standing Morna began studies in the Upper Division Program at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California.
Morna first sold portraits to friends and family in order to purchase art supplies while in school. She entered juried Art Exhibitions and Competitions, placing and winning awards.
After Art Center she taught in Art in Private Schools and was art director for Russian River Stump Newspaper and Another Production Advertising. Moving to Michigan from California she taught Art for Grand Rapids Public Schools, Physically or Otherwise Impaired program, Adult and college prep students. As a self-employed artist Morna began living on a sailboat along the Atlantic seaboard. Anchoring in Islamorada, Florida Keys she joined as a partner as owner of Artamorada Gallery LLC at the Rainbarrel, mm 86.7 . November of 2018 she moved to Tavares and in January 2019 became a Member of the Artisans on Fifth, Art Center of Mount Dora and Modernism Museum.
Recent awards are Best of Show 2018 at Kentucky Watercolor Society in Louisville. Best traditional Holiday Ornament, Islamorada Holiday Fest 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010 . Art Guild Purple Isle awards: 2017, 3rd place Oil, 2016 Honorable Mention, 2015 3rd place mixed media, 2014 1st place mixed media, 3rd place Joe Cella Birds, 2013 Acrylic 2nd place, 2012 Plein Aire 3rd place, Peoples choice award, 2010 Best of Show, 2009 1st place Acrylic, 2008 watercolor 2st place, 2006 honorable mention, 2005 mixed media 3rd place, 2004 watercolor 3rd place, 2002 Honorable Mention, 2001 watercolor 3rd place, 2000 Oil 2nd place. Orchid Fest 2001 Drawing 1st place; West Michigan Ceramics, 1t place Pottery; Santa Rosa Civic Arts, Purchase Award; San Angelo Regional Arts, Texas !st place Graphics; 1963 Midland High School 2nd place Oil Exhibitions: ArtPrize 9, 2017 Grand Rapids Michigan; National Watercolor Society, East Bay Oakland California, National Juried Arts Tyler, Texas; Fall Regional Arts, Midland Texas; Artium 72 Santa Rosa, California; Renaissance'81 Grand Rapids, Midland Arts Association, Texas; West Michigan Week Galleries: Palette Club, Midland, Texas; Ponderosa, Alpine,Texas; Cory Gallery, San Francisco; Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma, California; Sunshine Gallery, Monte Rio, California; Galleria Louisa, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Windy Bay Gallery, Suttons Bay, Michigan; Heritage Gallery, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan; First Bite, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Patron Place, Knoxville, Tennessee; Gaia, Grand Rapids, Michigan;Holland Arts Council, Holland, Michigan; Underground Studio, Grand Rapids; Artistick, Grand Rapids; Out of Hand, Saugatuck, Michigan; DeClues Art, Islamorada; Key Largo Art Gallery, Florida; Florida Keys Council for the Arts, Key West; Friedman Galleria, Puerto Rico, USVI
2015 famous for painting the tower in front of the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce.