Terry Hummel is an Orlando artist and past president of OVAL, the Orlando Visual Artists' League. You can reach him at or 407-650-6387.

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Terry Hummel

Terry Hummel


Fall into these art events in, near Orlando

Fall into these art events in, near Orlando

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.

  • Fine weather, finer art

    October 2, 2014

    Enjoy our cooler weather and some art at the annual "Art Under the Stars" festival around Maitland's Lake Lily Park (U.S. Highway 17-92 at Maitland Avenue). This free, three-day event begins Friday, 6-10 p.m., with 150 artists, continuous live entertainment, and food and adult beverages for purchase. Makes a great date night! Hours on Saturday are noon-10 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Details: 407-505-1127. (By the way, the artists are competing for 21 cash prizes of $1,000 or more, which tends to attract the best talent).

  • Your free ticket to museum fun

    September 25, 2014

  • Your free ticket to museum fun

    September 25, 2014

    This Saturday is the most wonderful day of the year: The Smithsonian Magazine sponsors the 10th annual "Museum Day Live," during which admission to many of your favorite museums is free.

  • OMA's 'Florida Prize': A winning exhibit

    September 17, 2014

    With our busy summer of family visiting their favorite uncles, I almost missed "Florida Prize in Contemporary Art" at the Orlando Museum of Art. The invitational exhibition featured 10 of the most progressive and original artists working in the state today. This was one of the best contemporary art shows I've ever seen anywhere. Incredible works, finely tuned curation and it inhabited the space perfectly. If you missed this inaugural event — it closed Sept. 7 — don't worry; museum folks have promised to stage another Florida Prize next summer. If OMA can maintain this level of quality in future exhibitions, Orlando will become an arts destination on par with much larger cities. Call 407-896-4231 to get your membership to the museum, 2416 N. Mills Ave.

  • Art events Orlando include downtown art stroll

    September 11, 2014

    It seems that every Thursday of each month has become art time somewhere in Central Florida. One of the biggest and best events is Third Thursdays Downtown Orlando, and the art stroll on Sept.18, 6-9 p.m., will see the return of the popular "Dresses" invitational show at the Gallery at Avalon Island (39 S. Magnolia Ave.). This year's edition features 13 artists and their interpretations of that sartorial staple rendered in several media, with the majority being paint and mixed-media. Meet the artists and see their work on Thursday, Sept. 18, or view "Dresses" until Oct. 11.

  • Art events Orlando include Art for Education at University Club

    September 4, 2014

    The fall arts season has just begun and once again there are more art happenings each week than you can attend. "Too much art" is my favorite kind of art! It starts with Friday's events, too many to mention (so check our Calendar listings), but I'll give you a sampling.

  • Art events Orlando include abstracts at UCF

    August 27, 2014

    Our arts community is so supportive of each other. I love it when organizations combine talent, artists and venues to stage a hybrid event, impossible to achieve by only one of them.

  • Art abounds in Winter Park

    August 20, 2014

    Very few small cities can boast of having 3 1/2 fine-arts museums within a few blocks of each other.

  • Art for everyone

    August 13, 2014

    I'm loving all the public art around Central Florida.

  • 30th Cup-A-Thon opens Friday at Crealde

    August 7, 2014

    It's time for Crealde's Cup-A-Thon, one of my favorite annual events in Central Florida.

  • Art with an accent

    July 31, 2014

    One of the biggest benefits of living in a tourist mecca is that millions of people from all over the world come here, including big-name artists, buyers and exhibitions.

  • Art events along I-Drive in Orlando

    July 23, 2014

    When I think of "art" in Orlando, I think of downtown, Winter Park and Maitland and the museums, galleries and events they offer.

  • Art, music, food at expo

    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.