Lois won an Honorable Mention Award for her paintings "Low Tide 1" & Low Tide 2" in the combined "Abstract & Sculpture Show" at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda, December, 2012.
"Sugar Mill," a woven paper piece, won the Second Merit Award in the June/July, 2012 "Firecracker" Exhibit at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda.
Lois Porter has been painting since the early 1950's, and loom weaving since 1989. Formal training began in high school with a marvelous art teacher (who went on to teach at U. of CA.) From there Lois earned a BFA from Washington State University, a MEd in Fine Art from Seattle Pacific University, and attended Seattle Art Institute (Burnley School of Art) for two years. Studies followed with Sergei Bongart of Russia and CA, and with William Cummings and Mark Tobey, two of the Pacific Northwest Group of !2.
Lois inherited her mother's loom in 1989, and found a new art form to add to her many talents.
Lois has won many awards since the 1960's, from Best of Show to Honorable Mention in the US and the Caribbean.
Lois is showing her woven works in both fiber and paper, and also enameling on metal at both Sea Grape Gallery and at Florida Craftsman Guild Gallery in St. Petersburg.