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.
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.
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).
September 25, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 20, 2014
Very few small cities can boast of having 3 1/2 fine-arts museums within a few blocks of each other.
August 13, 2014
I'm loving all the public art around Central Florida.
August 7, 2014
It's time for Crealde's Cup-A-Thon, one of my favorite annual events in Central Florida.
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.
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.
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.