The Downtown Arts District's annual signature fundraiser will feature guest artist Terry Hummel.
It will be the district's fourth annual "In the Artist's Studio" program, in which guests can learn more about an artist's background and art career. WKMG newswoman Lauren Rowe will moderate a discussion with Hummel, a regular columnist on visual arts for the Orlando Sentinel.
"In the Artist's Studio with Sir Terrence Hummel" also includes an exhibition, silent auction, entertainment and complimentary food and beverages.
"We are grateful for Hummel's many contributions to arts and culture in Orlando," says Barbara Hartley, executive director of the Downtown Arts District, who calls him a "champion for the arts."
Hummel, a Florida native, earned a master of arts degree at Rollins College, and also attended college in Bolivia, Chile Israel, and Spain. He began showing his art in 1996; today, his work can be found in collections in New York, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Palm Springs, San Francisco, Orlando, Miami, Madrid and Israel.
In 1996, Hummel founded the artists' cooperative, the Orlando Visual Artists League (OVAL), which later became the CityArts Factory. He has served on the boards of OVAL, the Mennello Museum of American Art, and the Downtown Arts District. Additionally, he has been on the selection/jury committees for exhibits at the Orlando Museum of Art, various art festivals, charity events and artists' invitationals.
Hummel is primarily known for his mixed-media paintings, which incorporate collaged fabric/paper, graffito, spray paint, acrylics, oils, oil pastels, plaster and artifacts.
He is also a school counselor at Howard Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts in Orlando.
The Downtown Arts District is a dedicated nonprofit organization for advancing arts and economic development in the City of Orlando. It runs CityArts Factory and hosts events such as downtown's 3rd Thursday Gallery Hop and Art Walk.
WHERE: The Mezz, 100 S. Eola Drive, Orlando
WHEN: 6:30-10 p.m. Friday, June 14