Appleton Creative Shines Spotlight on Those in Need

Giving Circle Gallery Showcases Great Oaks Village Foster Care

Appleton Creative, an Orlando-based advertising agency, is known for its generous spirit and philanthropy throughout Central Florida. Inspired by the children our local foster care facilities through artistic career days and art classes over the past 3 years, Appleton wanted to share their story through their art. The agency owner and president Diana LaRue has created the Giving Circle Gallery within Appleton’s new offices as a way to showcasing and drawing attention to various causes through art. Many of these causes they have become involved in through their like-minded clientele.

“Instead of using our new lobby to showcase our awards and work, I wanted to create a space that brings awareness to what really matters in life through art since one picture can tell a thousand words,” said LaRue.” We are all interconnected”

Appleton’s first gallery show, “Awareness Art,” focuses mostly the art of these foster children created through ArtWorks, a program run by Renee Schnider and through St. Lukes Methodist Church. This group provides art classes for children in need. This artwork contains commentary from the young artists. One reads, “My portrait is bold because I think it makes me look strong. I have to be strong to stick up for my little brother who is deaf.”

“This year, I want to focus on drawing attention to neglected, abused, and foster children in our community,” said LaRue.

Appleton Creative recently moved to a larger office at 539 Delaney Avenue, Orlando, along the shores of Lake Lucerne. In addition to Appleton’s Giving Circle Gallery, the new office features a creative designers’ loft where they produce web sites, social networking, print and brand development. They also have two high definition (HD) video suites with full capability and an in-house audio booth. “Since we offer such a wide range of services to clients, we were quickly outgrowing our previous space,” said LaRue. “This is turning out to be a strong 2011, so the timing is ideal.”

Appleton Creative is an award winning boutique agency that provides marketing solutions to their highly valued clients. They are located in downtown Orlando. Since 1987 the firm has been known for its holistic, strategic approach to advertising. Appleton is the only area firm offering a professional video department, social media expertise, and full service web, print and branding all in house. For more information, visit

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