2019 Festival Judges


Lori Arbel

Lori Arbel is a professional artist and certified teacher, guiding teens and adults on a journey of self-discovery. She has always had a passion and connection for our youth and has worked in NYC and Broward County public/ private schools, and community spaces for 17 years.

Her works spring from memory, connections, and a lifelong fascination of the everyday. Artworks are often produced intuitively using a mixed media approach; this helps clear blockages and promotes happiness. These patterns and interests have influenced her personal and professional pursuits including her teaching. Whether finding joy in the art process or making meaningful connections with students, Lori brings the awareness of art into the daily lives of those she meets while offering a positive and energetic perspective.

Lori owns an art studio and art school in Parkland FL. She is art coach and teaches classes and workshops online. In addition, her work is available online.

Alison Jakob

Alison is the owner of Enscorpio Creations, located in Lake Mary FL. She is professional artist with a life-long passion for the arts. Alison received a scholarship to attend Ringling College of Art and Design where she earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in 2000. During college, Alison co-owned a mural painting business creating murals for homes and businesses on the Gulf side of Florida.  Alison was part of a project team charged with creating original custom designs for collectible pins for the Hard Rock restaurant and hotel in Orlando.

Since 2001, Alison has been a professional floral designer, mostly large-scale designs for corporate events, weddings, hotels, and private parties. Her floral work has appeared in The Knot magazine. In addition to floral designing, she has also been a concept designer, creating concept drawings for the floral decor for corporate clients traveling down to Florida for their events and galas. These clients have included McDonald’s, Dave and Busters, Target, and Universal Studios.

Kelly and Courtney Canova

Kelly and Courtney Canova a husband and wife team are award-winning photographers and owners of The Canovas Photography studio in Deland FL.  Both with degrees in the art and design field from The Ringling School of Art and the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale have a passion for their work. Kelly and Courtney specialize in Orlando weddings photography and fashion photography but travel the US and abroad photographing weddings. As a team the Canova’s have extensive experience judging festivals in Florida and other parts of the United States.


Now accepting nominations and referrals for judges for the 2020 Lake Mary Heathrow Festival of the Arts!  Please email lmaryheathrowartfest@gmail.com for more information.