'After 30 years in the floral and plant nursery business, Debra and Dave Vanderlaan sold both businesses and turned their life-long photography hobby into full-time obsession. The Vanderlaans are both award-winning photographers and well-known both domestically and internationally.
Many of their images showcase the tropical landscapes of South Florida and the mountain vistas of the Smoky Mountains and many gorgeous scenes around the world.
Their motto is Celebrate Life and that seemed a natural name for their gallery. Their images have been displayed in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC, at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Turchin Art Center in Boone NC, the Palm Beach Photography Museum, the Art Center in Blue Ridge, Georgia, and of course at The MAC: Murphy Art Center in their own home town. They are also represented by the two largest licensing companies in the world and their images appear on puzzles, book covers, websites, signs, prints, and many other fine art products produced all over the world.
Their love of life shows in their beautiful images and hope you find the same pleasure in viewing and purchasing their fine art photography. Their work is showcased on-line at www.CelebrateLifeGallery.com and on Facebook at Facebook.com/CelebrateLifeGallery and at The MAC, Murphy Art Center gallery located in Murphy, NC.
Debra and Dave have led several photography shoots and taught seminars and classes about their techniques in creating fine art photography and becoming successful in the photography business. They are very involved in the arts community and are on the board of the Cherokee County Arts Council, board members of the Valley River Arts Guild, owners of Celebrate Life Gallery in Murphy and on-line all over the world, as well as being on the board of the Heritage Partners in Murphy.'
Winner of the Americana category at the Smithsonian Magazine's 7th Annual International Photo Contest with the image 'Scenic Overlook'
Winner of the Light Space and Time Gallery's All-Women Photography category International Contest with the image 'Wet Dreams'
Winner of the 2011 Silver Arts Senior Games Cherokee County, NC with the image 'Hanging Garden'
Gold Medal Winner of the 2012 North Carolina Senior Arts competition with the image 'Hanging Garden'
Bronze Medal Winner of the 2012 North Carolina Senior Arts competition with the image 'Pinto Beans'
Silver Medal of the National Photo Contest 2011 at the Art Center, Blue Ridge, GA with the image 'Hanging Garden'
Silver Medal in the BRMP 2012 National Photo Contest, Blue Ridge, GA with the image 'Pinto Beans'
Silver Medal 2015 SAAG National Juried Show with the image 'Dodge at the Farm'
Gold Medal 2016 Silver Arts with the image 'Morning Glow'
Honorable Mention in the National 2016 competition of the Southern Appalachian Art Guild at the Art Center, Blue Ridge, GA
Gold and Bronze Medals 2017 in the Digital Art Category in the national Photography show at the Art Center, Blue Ridge, GA
Bronze Medal 2018 Silver Arts in Cherokee County, North Carolina
Top 49 Finalist in the Appalachian Mountain Photography contest with the image 'Morning Pink'
Top 50 Finalist and Honorable Mention award in the Appalachian Mountain Photography contest with the image 'Scenic Overlook'
Winner of Top 10 Photos in the Celebrate America U.S. Government Photography Contest with the image 'Alum Cave Overlook'
Debra and Dave Vanderlaan joined Fine Art America on August 12th, 2011.