DUNEDIN – Gladys Douglas, called a firm believer in community involvement, has been presented the Sterling Society’s Patron of the Arts Award.
Douglas was the founder of the Clearwater Junior Women’s Club, a longtime member of the Junior League of Clearwater and Dunedin, a patron of the Miniature Art Society of Florida and director emeritus of Morton Plant Mease Foundation, said a press release from the Sterling Society.
“When looking to bestow their Patron of the Arts Award at this year’s Founders Luncheon, the Sterling Society auxiliary group of the Dunedin Fine Art Center didn’t have to look far for one of Tampa Bay’s outstanding patrons,” a release said.
Douglas has been integral to the growth and success of the Fine Art Center, which is one of the cornerstones of her philanthropy, the release said.
Douglas also has been honored by the National Society of Arts and Letters in 2005, awarded the 2006 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Suncoast Council and the Friend of the Arts Award by the Arts Council of Pinellas in 2006.
“Gladys Douglas is indeed a star to many organizations and represents what embodies a true patron of the arts,” the release said.
The Sterling Society was established less than three years ago by the Dunedin Fine Art Center to promote growth of the Dunedin Fine Art Center and participation and interest in its activities.