Art 101: Botanical Art

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April showers have brought May flowers! Throughout history, botanists and artists have drawn and painted pictures of plants to help others identify them. The results blended science and aesthetics to create a unique art form. This month learn about the fascinating history of botanical art and create a painting that is both beautiful and accurate. Registration Required. Register online at ocls.info or call 407.835.7323. Ages 15 and up.

Celebrating the Genius of Women

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The annual Celebrating the Genius of Women art exhibition features local, national and international artists who have entered artwork for consideration in the annual Women in the Arts Inc. competition.

EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION FOR “STATE OF EXCELLENCE”

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Join us as we celebrate the opening of our spring exhibition State of Excellence: Treasures from Florida Private Collections.

State of Excellence presents more than 100 works of art from outstanding private collections throughout the state of Florida. Focusing on American and European art, the exhibition will include paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and significant decorative works from the 16th century through the mid-20th century.

Showcasing art and collections that are not otherwise available to the public, State of Excellence will bring new recognition to the depth and breadth of collecting in Florida today. This exhibition is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program.

Finding Home: The Global Refugee Crisis

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“After seventeen years here, I am certain of at least one thing: the liberal idea of America is at its best in advertising.” — Sepha Stephanos in The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, and inspired by MacArthur Foundation Fellow Dinaw Mengestu’s first novel, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (2007), Finding Home: The Global Refugee Crisis will be on view at the UCF Art Gallery January 8 – February 2, 2018.

Featuring work by Reem Bassous, Alex Callender, Adrienne Der Marderosian, Pam Cooper, Joe Cory, Lauren Greenwald, Hiwa K, Hyung-in Kim, George Lorio, Casey McGuire, Vukasin Nedeljkovic, Binod Shrestha, Eun-Kyung Suh and Lance Winn the exhibition explores borders as geographical and symbolic dividing lines; displacement, asylum seeking, and migration; refugee camps and detention centers; resettlement cities; and political responses to the global refugee crisis.

Please join us for the Exhibition Reception on Thursday January 18, 2018 from 6-8 p.m.

LOCAL ART NIGHT

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Local Artists showcase and sell art while performers entertain! Enjoy the art stroll while sipping your favorite wine, cocktail or beer!

LOCAL ART NIGHT

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Local Artists showcase and sell art while performers entertain! Enjoy the art stroll while sipping your favorite wine, cocktail or beer!

Mount Dora Art Splash

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Mount Dora ART SPLASH!
Arts Galleries, Sidewalk Artists, Performers, and Musicians! 
2nd Friday of every month in Mount Dora means ART,  MUSIC, & MORE!

http://mountdoracenterforthearts.org/art-splash/

Join us in beautiful downtown Mount Dora for the next Art Splash for a Friday night full of art, music, wine and entertainment and of course ART!

Produced by:
Mount Dora Center for the Arts, City of Mount Dora, and
Mount Dora Buzz

Art Is A Drag returns to the Sanford Art Walk

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As part of the Sanford Art Walk, Art is a Drag 2 returned featuring lots of well known Central Florida drag performers invading historic downtown Sanford for the art stroll and ending with a night of drag at the Wayne Densch Theatre.

Throughout the walk and the performance, guests of Art is a Drag 2 were introduced to the 13 Heels Project, which included a special high heel honoring the 49 victims of the Pulse massacre. The funds raised from this specific heel went to The 49 Fund scholarship program.

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New York subway station has public art rarely seen: A gay couple

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NEW YORK (AP) – The sight of two men holding hands is far from uncommon, but a mural of two men doing just that is showing up in an unusual place – on the walls of a new subway station in New York City.

That depiction of love between gay men is a rarity in public art, experts say.

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Creative Cravings: Narrative Tableaux: The Fine Art of Visual Storytelling

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Searching for an extra helping of art in your life? This monthly teen program focuses on careers in the humanities, current exhibitions at the OMA and supporting creative curiosity. Each month will include a studio activity that relates to our topic of interest. Come prepared for an afternoon of casual conversation and artistic experimentation. Our season will conclude with a teen-curated exhibition of artwork created within the program.

For high school students.

After visiting the galleries to discuss the work of Matthew Capaldo, we will discuss narrative techniques within visual art. Our studio session will include writing exercises and the creation of collaged, layered works to tell a story. From these works, we will curate an exhibition that investigates the collective interaction of each artwork’s unique narrative element.

Pulse Love Mural

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Last night’s Pulse Orlando celebration was raw and inspiring. Few knew they would be entering the gates of the nightclub, and the presence of the out-of-servic building only made it that much more emotional. It didn’t help that Pulse owner Barbara Poma was on the verge of tears when we spoke with her. Also in attendance were Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan, House candidate Carlos Guillermo Smith, the Orlando Gay Chorus and families of victims and survivors of the June 12 attack. We cried a lot. You would have, too. “Don’t be afraid,” indeed.

Photos by J.D. Casto

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LGBT festival canceled in Haiti amid threats, government order

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – Organizers of a cultural festival in Haiti celebrating the Afro-Caribbean LGBTQ community said Sept. 27 that it has been called off due to numerous threats of violence and a subsequent prohibition by a government commissioner.

The four-day Massimadi film, art and performance event was supposed to start Sept. 27 in the capital, Port-au-Prince, but organizers said it had to be postponed after a prominent Haitian cultural institution known as FOKAL and other co-hosts were threatened with arson and other attacks.

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