Thursday, April 28, 2016

Winter Park Paint Out 2016 at Albin Polasek Museum

My youngest daughter and I love to go to art and history museums for home school field trips. Yesterday we visited the Maitland Art Center. Today, we went to the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens. We've been there before, and enjoyed learning of this Czech-American artist and educator. This week is the Winter Park Paint Out event, with plein air painters working on pieces outside. Admission to the museum is also free this week, but the residence museum and chapel are closed during the event. As soon as each art piece is completed, it goes on display in one of the galleries. All pieces are for sale, and part of the proceeds benefits the museum.

Here are some of my favorites among the fresh plein air paintings.

"The Garden Trellis" by Stacy Barter

"In the Garden" by Kathleen Denis

"Waiting for a Ride" by Kathleen Denis

"The White Bird" by Mark Hiestand
 The museum entrance...

Plein air paintings...

A giant chair made from garden hoses

My daughter, the art and nature lover -
we were passing my iPhone back and forth,
each taking pictures


I can't believe I actually got
the butterfly in a picture!

The outdoor sculptures

~ from Pilgrim's Progress ~

"St. Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio"

"The Risen Christ" by Polasek

Bee on a flower

~ the golden poppies of my California childhood ~

~ crucifix sculpture by Polasek ~

~ museum from the parking area ~ 

I hope you enjoyed the photographic tour!


Maitland Art Center

My daughter and I visited the Maitland Art Center today. It's a small museum, but I wanted to see the glass pieces by Dale Chihuly that are there for just a short time. 

Somehow, we managed to miss a photography exhibit there. Not sure how?

But here are some of the other pretty things we saw both inside and out.

Made from balloons...

Looks like mosaic, but these are actually painted murals.

Now THIS is actually mosaic.

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