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NEW SMYRNA BEACH - The Atlantic Center for the Arts will honor its late founder, Doris Leeper, in a free program at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the center.
"ACA Celebrates 35 Years: Doris Leeper - Environmentalist/Vis-ionary" will include a tour of an exhibit about the artist and environmentalist at 2 p.m. in the Pabst Visitor Center and Gallery.
A panel discussion about Ms. Leeper will begin at 3 p.m.
Speakers will be Sam Bell, Lou Frey, Clay Henderson and Will Miller. Dr. Leslie Poole will be moderator.
Following the event, there will be champagne and storytelling. It is free and open to the public
The ACA also is celebrating with an exhibit of Ms. Leeper's works that will be open until Nov. 3.
Doris "Doc" Leeper's public identity as an artist often exceeded her work in environmentalism and public arts. Yet the magnitude of her work in preserving the land and developing a social advocacy of the arts is arguably equal to, if not greater than, the output of her paintings and sculptures.
For this exhibit, documents and personal accounts have been uncovered and compiled.
Since 1977, Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach has fostered a spirit of innovation and collaboration among the world's greatest writers, painters, sculptors, choreographers and composers.
Ms. Leeper, who died in 2001, had a remarkable vision.
Atlantic Center's world-renowned residency program connects artists with "masters" from various disciplines. This program supports those who are creating our cultural legacy, the books we read, plays we see, music we listen to, and exhibitions we view.
More than 4,000 acclaimed artists have worked at Atlantic Center during 145 residencies, including such luminaries as Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and director Edward Albee, Guggenheim Fellow jazz musician Cecil Taylor, acclaimed independent filmmaker Christine Vachon, American Academy of Arts and Letters member visual artist Brice Marden, National Book Critics Circle awardee poet Sharon Olds, Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, and Guggenheim Fellow photographer William Wegman.
At the same time, Atlantic Center impacts the community, touching the lives of more than 50,000 children, teens and adults annually, building self-esteem and creativity through the arts, and enhancing quality of life.
Its programs are situated within Atlantic Center's main campus, featuring an award-winning studio complex on 67 acres of palmetto and pine forest in the midst of 2,300 acres of the ecological Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve.
Workshops and lectures are also held in two ancillary locations, including a renovated 1915 home at 214 S. River Drive in New Smyrna Beach, and three modern classrooms in the Arts on Douglas Gallery, 123 Douglas St.
For more information about the 35th Anniversary series of events, visit www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org or call (386) 427-6975/
The Atlantic Center for the Arts is at 1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach.