"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I could not say any other way - things I had no words for" Georgia O'Keefe 1938

Public Relations

Mission Statement

In our rapidly changing society, recognizing natural and cultural beauty has become increasingly difficult. The mandate for the Foundation embraces this challenge. We will offer Educators, Museums and Institutions around the world — the opportunity to share the beauty of Lawton's oeuvre, created over a fifty year span of his career.

Thru exhibitions, the internet and donations, the Foundation will provide a medium for scholars and the public interested in the Amish culture and their legacy here in the United States of America, in what is today an increasingly complex world. The Foundation will continue Lawton's vision of beauty as seen in nature and the simplicity of the Amish culture.

FKL Partners and Affiliates

Throughout the years the Foundation has gained world renowned recognition among other artists, scholars and art dealers. Some of those groups have come to know the Foundation as a Partner and/or Affiliate in our common interest of celebrating fine art and sharing both the visual beauty and scholarship with the public through our efforts at the foundation. Here is a current list of Partners and Affiliates, please contact us if you are working on an Amish Heritage project, where our mutual interests may be shared.

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2015


Artists' Fellowship Annual Silent Auction — October 2015

The Artists' Fellowship, INC. Annual Silent Auction will be held at the 156th Awards Dinner on Wednesday October 21st.

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2014


Supporting Disabled Children — November 2014

Supports Disabled Children; Foundation sponsorship "critical to their fund-raising success".

The Florian K. Lawton foundation is recognized and thanked for their donations toward Fieldstone Farm.

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The FKL Foundation Helps Other Artists — November 2014

The Florian K. Lawton foundation is recognized and thanked for their donations toward the 155 Anniversary Celebration at the Artists' Fellowship Inc. Manhattan Penthouse.

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Foundation Donates to Salve Regina University, Newport, RI — August 2014

The Foundation donated to Salve Regina University's Art Department.

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2013


Foundation Donates To Chagrin Valley Hunt Club — September 2013

Chagrin Valley Hunt Club received original paintings to the Hunt Club's permanent art collection and one for their annual Hunt Ball in the Fall. Founded over a 100 years ago during the regions industrial era, The Hunt Club's history began on the banks of the Chagrin River in a rustic tavern that served as a meeting house for a handful of fox hunting enthusiasts wanting some escape from the city bustle.

Foundation Recognized In Conjunction With Ohio Canal Corridor At Aurora Historical Society — November 2013

The Aurora Historical Society in association with the Ohio Canal Corridor and Florian K. Lawton Foundation presented a collection of original artifacts from the 19th century in use by families and canal boats of the time, the Lawton Foundation loaned a collection of original paintings and drawings the artist created that illustrate life on the canals for early Americans in this region. A proof print was donated by the Foundation to benefit the Aurora Historical Society as a silent auction item.

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FKL Recognized in 2013 by The Artists' Fellowship — July 2013

The Westwoods Nature Center in Geauga County, OH exhibited the late Florian K. Lawton's "His Amish Legacy Wtih Nature."

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The Mastery of Artist - Florian K. Lawton: His Amish Legacy with Nature — June 7th - July 24th, 2013

This is a copy of the postcard mailed in May 2013 for the exhibition and sale of Paintings and Drawings by celebrated NorthEast Ohio artist Florian K. Lawton. Proceeds from sales at this event benefited Hiram College, the Malachi House and the Geauga Park District to name a few.

Attendees enjoyed fine examples of Florian K. Lawton's art from public and private collections throughout the United States. Also provided was Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments from Sara's in Gates Mills.

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2012


Foundation Donates To Ursuline College — 2012

With the artist's wife having been an alumni of Ursuline College and a long history of friendships with their art department, The Foundation donated a substantial cache of the artist's stock of hand-made watercolor paper, art books and ephemera.

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Exhibition - Hiram College Hiram, Ohio — July 2012

Hiram College is the proud benificiary of a beautiful collection of drawings and watercolors by local artist, Florian Lawton (1921-2011). In 2008, P. Charles Miller, Sr. and P. Charles Miller, Jr., Johnson Rubber Co. and Duramax Marine LLC, generously gifted the collection of works to Hiram College.

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Historical Society Receives a Painting Donation from FKL — July 2012

The local historical society's collection will be one painting richer following the donation of a watercolor by the late Florian Lawton, renowned artist and longtime Aurora resident.

A landscape of former mayor/Councilman George Hettinger's 19th century house on the northwest corner of Bissell Road and East Pioneer Trail will be donated by the Florian K. Lawton Foundation.

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FKL Recognized in 2012 by The Artists' Fellowship — July 2012

For several decades, Florian K. Lawton's paintings of Amish culture here in the United States have been collected internationally.

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2011


Foundation Donates To Malachi House Annual Benefit — 2011

The Malachi House was created out of a Christian sense of ministry, serves persons who are terminally ill without cost or regard to gender, race, religion or national origin. Their annual benefit supports their mission. The foundation donated an original painting to their live auction, a narrative painting from the artist's work of the history of the Ohio Canals in the 19th century.

Foundation Donates to Ohio Wesleyan’s Snowball Benefit — Winter 2011

The foundation donates to Ohio Wesleyan's Snowball Benefit.

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Foundation Donation to the American Museum of Fly Fishing — May 29, 2011

FOUNDATION DONATION — The American Museum of Fly Fishing of Manchester Vermont accepted a donation from the Foundation that was one of the artists' celebrated sporting paintings — Steelhead, Chagrin River Gates Mills, Ohio.

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Announcing the FKL and American Watercolor Society Scholarship — May 26, 2011

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD — The American Watercolor Society and Florian K. Lawton Foundation have announced receipt of a generous scholarship created by the R. T. Hicks Family of North Carolina and matched by the Foundation.

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2010


Foundation Donates To Pebble Hill Plantation's Permanent Collection Of Fine Art — 2010

The history of Pebble Hill Plantation resonates it's strong ties to a number of important industrial families from Cleveland, Ohio at the turn of the 20th century. The Foundation has donated a narrative original watercolor created by the artist while visiting a neighboring plantation owned by another family with early origins in Cleveland.

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Media Release — November 1st, 2010

Celebrated Ohio artist Florian K. Lawton is in the spotlight again. The Butler Institute of American Art has recognized Lawton's body of work in an upcoming exhibition Fifty Years of Art. This exhibition is collaboration between the Florian K. Lawton Foundation and Henry Adams, Professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve University and former Curator of American Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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AWS Florian K. Lawton Invitational — Winter, 2010

Lawton’s 50 year Retrospective at the Butler Museum of American Art is celebrated.

Aurora, OH artist, Florian K. Lawton's body of work has been recognized by the Butler Institute of American Art with an upcoming exhibition, "Fifty Years of Art." The exhibition includes some 60 of Lawton's best known images, his scenes of the Pennsylvania Dutch and Amish, sporting scenes and some foreign views. His controlled washes of color and close observation of direct light reflect wthe influence of the best of the American Watercolor Tradition such as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargeant and Andrew Wyeth.

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Foundation Donates to Lancaster Historical Society — December 16, 2010

The Lancaster Historical Society issued a letter of thanks to Executive Director, Ken Lawton of the Foundation, for the donation of the original watercolor - Old Time Parking. You can read a copy of their letter of thank you here, and you can see a copy of the article they released in their December volume of "The Mirror" news publication below. You can read more about the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society by visiting their website at lmhs.org.

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2009


FKL Publication — November 1st, 2009

Anything can become great subject matter for an artist. But it's those subjects that we closely identify with that often result in the most memorable, intriguing paintings of all. In this showcase, you'll discover just how wide the range of inspiration can be. From an orchard in full bloom, a backyard bird, a close-up of fruit on a tree dedicated to a loved one, to an exotic location like China or a portrait of a Sahran nomad — every subject has potential if it's close to your heart.

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Half Century of Art — January 4th - February 14th 2009

Florian K. Lawton, Half Century of Art, at The Butler Institute of American Art. Yet another great display of Florian K. Lawton's precise ability to captivate the Amish lifestyle.

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