Terry Hummel is an Orlando artist and past president of OVAL, the Orlando Visual Artists' League. You can reach him at SentinelVisualArts@cfl.rr.com or 407-650-6387.
December 18, 2014
We are on the final countdown to the holidays. The malls are packed, students are out of school by 4 p.m. today (until Jan. 5) and out-of-town family and friends are arriving. If you want to reduce your holiday stress, entertain your kids (and guests) inexpensively — and get them out of the house — then take them to one of our many museums, art schools and galleries. Most are closed on Mondays and all will be shuttered Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, but many are open throughout the holiday with normal hours. All the places I've listed below are neargardens and parks, or have their own. So, make a day of it with a picnic, playtime for the kids and some (relative) quiet for the adults.
December 10, 2014
We have a wide selection of monthly art walks within a short drive and at every point on the compass around Orlando. There are three such strolls during the coming week, and this is the perfect time of year to attend. The weather is great and many of the venues add extra art, treats and entertainment because of the approaching holidays. Just seeing the work and meeting the artists are reasons enough for me!
December 8, 2014
The holidays are fast approaching, the malls are packed and so many artists, art groups, galleries and museums are hosting special events with a focus on handmade original gifts. Buy local and support area artists. Here's this week's selection of art-shopping scenes:
November 28, 2014
My family and I have been attending the Space Coast Art Festival on Thanksgiving weekend for the past 50 years. The event in Cocoa Beach was always a great show and a source of many gifts.
November 19, 2014
Continuing our holiday theme:
November 12, 2014
Galleries and museums are brimming with special holiday shops, the biggest of which is the 28th annual Festival of Trees fundraiser at the Orlando Museum of Art.
November 5, 2014
It's the first Friday of November and already holiday shows/sales are starting. Even our museums are holding special events, the biggest of which is the annual Festival of Trees fundraiser at the Orlando Museum of Art. The temporary winter wonderland is yours to explore Nov. 15-23, with day and evening hours. It reminds me of my childhood visits to the huge holiday displays that department stores used to stage. I'm giving you early notice, because I know many readers go to the festival to take family photos for holiday cards. I'll have more in next week's column. The museum is at 2416 N. Mills Ave. Details: 407-896-4231.
October 29, 2014
There's hardly a Friday during the year that I don't have several art-event recommendations for you, but I have only one for tonight. Must be because it's Halloween. To avoid interfering with your planned hauntings, most art happenings have been scheduled for Saturday, Sunday and even Monday. So, get out and enjoy the next several days … amongst the living … with art.
October 22, 2014
It's the season for our many evening art strolls, which will be full of ambling patrons from now until about May or June. Get out and enjoy our wonderful weather, sip some wine and fill your eyes with art. You can start Friday, Oct. 24 in historic downtown Sanford, 6-9 p.m. The area on and within a block of First Street is big on art, with venues including galleries and some businesses, and artists and craftspeople on the sidewalks. Start at Gallery on First (211 E. First St., 407-323-2774) or across the street at the Historic Sanford Welcome Center, view their exhibitions and they will point you to the next venue. You can't get lost: It is a compact area, flat and easy to walk.
October 9, 2014
Orlando is working hard to build a compact arts district, but for now we have lots of art spread out, mostly in and around downtown. But there are places you may pass every day and not realize are art havens. One such spot is The Orange Studio in the Mills 50 neighborhood. Artist/illustrator Dawn Schreiner has organized a full-on art happening there Friday, Oct. 10 beginning at 7 p.m. You'll get to view Schreiner's excellent paintings from her recent "Heroes Series," watch unicyclists and an aerial dancer, and listen to live music. The Orange Studio is the perfect venue for this. Check it out at 1121 N. Mills Ave., Orlando.
September 25, 2014
February 17, 2011
It's hard to believe that the Orlando Downtown Art & Living Expo will be seven years old this weekend. It seems like yesterday when I attended the first show near the Lake Eola Park bandshell. This ever-growing outdoor show now takes up the eastern end of the park AND is spilling over onto Robinson Street (where you'll find the juried Madonnari competition). Madonnari are street painters who transform streets and sidewalks into art masterpieces with colored chalk, a tradition dating to the 16th century in Italy. There also will be 200 artists and craftsmen, street performers, children's activities, food and concerts. The free event is Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.