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Joe Cella Memorial Award
The "Birds in Nature" Art Show
Feb. 17th - March 3rd 2018

Trade Winds Plaza, Key Largo
Public Library Community Room
MM101.4 Oceanside


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Joe Cella
2018 Joe Cella Awards:
First place David Bader   Oil painting "Target ad Impetum" (Blue Heron)
Second place Mariela Estevez   Other  "Lady of The Water"  (Heron)
Third place Beverly Brown Acrylic  "The Good Life"              (Pelican)


Joe Cella was a well-known and well-liked artist who specialized in woodcarvings of birds in nature. He was born in Long Island, New York in a home that his grandfather built. He became an apprentice for a furniture maker when he was a teenager. Then he attended college and later taught shop and wood working to high school students. He retired to the Florida Keys continuing his love of art with full time carving of birds found in our natural surroundings. He was nationally known for his art; most known for staining each piece carefully so that the natural wood grain could show through. Joe was a wonderful gentleman as well as an outstanding artisan. You may view one of his "birds" which is on permanent display at the Key Largo Library.