Create a piece of art, see painting/clay demos and tour the studios at the free Family Festival at Crealde School of Art in Winter Park. There also will be snacks, pony rides, face-painting and a bounce house. The event is 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Crealde, 600 St. Andrews Blvd. Details: 407-671-1886.
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39 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801, USA
37 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801, USA
Get out with your family and have some fun!
As always, Friday nights are packed with art events. There are at least three — two in Orlando and one in Mount Dora.
•Artisans on Fifth (134 E. Fifth Ave., Mount Dora) is a co-op gallery and home to 30 local artists representing almost every medium. Today's open house/reception, 5-8 p.m., will feature watercolors by Jackii Molsick and reverse glass painting by Diane Bixler.
•Saint Lawrence Title (327 N. Orange Ave., Orlando) will host a reception for Tracy Burke today, 6-9 p.m. Burke's abstracts are well-known in this area, but more recently her pathos-inducing portraits of people you may know have become popular, including a commission for a portrait at the new Amway Center.
•Also today, 7-10 p.m., Brice Stephens will present a solo exhibition of his most recent figurative paintings at Twelve21 Gallery (1221 N. Orange Ave., Orlando). I've enjoyed his work for a decade and it's still hard for me to describe. His ink and acrylic figures are fluid almost to the point of abstraction but yet are moody and sometimes sensual. I've seen his work painted on wood and cardboard, but his best-known works are reverse painted on the glass of salvaged wood-framed windows (I own one of those). It has a street vibe but can find a home in almost any contemporary setting. If that's as clear as mud to you, I suggest you check it out for yourself at his opening.
Paint the Town
Paint the Town, one of my favorite annual art events, happens during March's Third Thursday Downtown (March 15, 6-9 p.m.) at the Gallery at Avalon Island (39 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando). This is the 10th annual juried show by the publishers of Orlando Magazine of works featuring all things Orlando. The art can be in any medium or style and must be inspired by our streets, buildings, gardens, parks, theme parks, hotels, events, etc. Prizes are awarded and the best pieces are published in the magazine. Works also are for sale. The exhibition gallery is in the historic Rogers Building, 37 S. Magnolia Ave., which to me is the perfect setting for such a show.