2018 Schedule of Events

Gallery and Gardens Open Daily

Free to the Pub­lic All Week
Sun­day, April 22 through Sat­ur­day, April 28

  • Sun­day, April 22 — 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Mon­day, April 23 through Thursday, April 26 — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Fri­day, April 27 — 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sat­ur­day, April 28 — 9 a.m. to noon

Artists paint in the Polasek’s sculp­ture gar­dens and at other loca­tions through­out Win­ter Park and Orlando. Works will be on dis­play and for sale as soon as they are com­pleted and dropped off at the museum’s wet room. Stop by to see and pur­chase works pro­duced dur­ing this year’s Win­ter Park Paint Out!

A Plein Air Celebration!

Plein Air Family Day — Demos and Hands-on Art!
Sunday, April 22 — 1 to 4 p.m.

Join us at the Polasek Museum for the official start of the week-long Winter Park Paint Out Festival! Artists will be on site painting the picturesque sculpture gardens. More information on artists demonstrations to come.

Sun­set “Paint-In” — Win­ter Park Rac­quet Club on Lake Mait­land
Wednes­day, April 25 — 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The pub­lic is invited to join us as Paint Out Artists gather on the shore of Lake Mait­land at the Win­ter Park Rac­quet Club. There we’ll cap­ture a beau­ti­ful Florida sun­set, then take a break from the week’s activ­i­ties. Come share the vista with us and watch as these out­stand­ing artists cre­ate a sun­set mem­ory on can­vas.  A cash-only bar and buf­fet will be avail­able to non-members, so please make an evening of it!

The Win­ter Park Rac­quet Club is located at 2111 Via Tus­cany, Win­ter Park.
Tele­phone: 407-647-2226

Happy Hour Live Sketch and Poetry Readings 
Friday, April 27 — 5 to 8 p.m. 

Two local historic studios, the Albin Polasek Museum and the Jack Kerouac Project, will join forces to present this night of live art and entertainment. Local poets will read their work while artist Thomas Thorspecken captures the scene in a rapid sketch. A cash wine and beer bar with appetizers is available for happy hour beginning at 5 p.m. Take a stroll around the gardens and the wet-room gallery before the poetry and sketching begin at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. See the “Free Painting Demonstrations” section below for more information.

Paint Out Gar­den Party
Sat­ur­day, April 28 — 6 to 9 p.m.

Join us for a spe­cial night en plein air at the Polasek Museum. We’ll be cel­e­brat­ing the mas­ter­ful works of our paint out artists as we bring the 2018 Win­ter Park Paint Out to a close. Meet the artists from this year’s event and see the entire exhi­bi­tion. This is an evening of fine food, drink, and enter­tain­ment! For ticket infor­ma­tion, click here or call 407-960-4719.

Free Painting Demonstrations

Cory Wright
“Catching a Crowd”
Oil Painting Demonstration
Saturday, April 21
9 to 11 am
Winter Park Farmer’s Market

Winter Park Paint Out kicks off early with a special pre-event demonstration early Saturday morning at the bustling Winter Park Farmer’s Market. Artist Cory Wright will paint at the entrance to the Winter Park History Museum where she will capture the sights, sounds, and color of this local hotspot. The History Museum and Farmer’s Market are both located at 200 W. New England Avenue in Winter Park.

Michelle Held
“Student Chalk Walk”
Open House & Sidewalk Chalk Demonstration
Sunday, April 22
1 to 4 pm
Polasek Museum

The week-long Winter Park Paint Out plein air festival officially starts with this open house event where artists will be on site painting the picturesque sculpture gardens. Artist Michelle Held will lead registered teams in the “Student Chalk Walk” program by showing visitors and students her chalk design on one of the garden’s sidewalk squares. Students will have just two hours to complete their designs which will be on display through the week-long event. Complimentary plein air watercolor activities appropriate for all ages and skill levels will be available in the gardens throughout the afternoon. E-mail rfrisby@polasek.org to register a team to participate in the chalk walk.

Tom Sadler
“Architectural Elements in Harmony with Nature”
Oil Painting Demonstration
Sunday, April 22
1:30 to 3:30 pm
Polasek Museum

Paired Poet: Peter Gordon

Artist Tom Sadler will demonstrate how to balance geometric man-made architectural elements with the softening effects of foliage, sparkling water, and every plein air painter’s most important tool—sunlight. The subject of this demonstration will be the newest addition to the gardens, the 1915 Albin Polasek sculpture “Butterfly” which sits atop a water feature in a courtyard.

Stacy Barter
“A Fine Art Prospect on Lake Virginia”
Oil Painting Demonstration
Monday, April 23
1 to 3 pm
Rollins Campus behind Cornell Museum

Paired Poet: Stacy Barton

Artist Stacy Barter will create an elegant composition from the Rollins College campus. All visitors and especially college-age art students are encouraged to attend this demo which will celebrate the beauty of our community and introduce attendees to the plein air genre. The demo will be held on the paved patio behind the Cornell Fine Arts Museum located on the Rollins College campus at 1000 Holt Avenue in Winter Park.

Natalia Andreeva
“Leafy Prospects”
Oil Painting Demonstration
Tuesday, April 24
10 am to 12 noon
Polasek Museum

Paired Poet: Amy Watkins

The spectacular but familiar subject of the tree is not always recognized as a dominant player in landscape scenery. It is more common for artists to feature trees at the edges of their canvas, sometimes as part of the background or foreground. Artist Natalia Andreeva will highlight the tree as the central element of her composition in this demo. In doing so, she demonstrates perspective, scale, season, and direction of light. The focus of the demo will be on color relationships, form, perspective, and various angles of composition.

Steve Andrews
“Sculptures and Skylines”
Oil Painting Demonstration
Tuesday, April 24
6 to 8 pm
Downtown Orlando – Orange County Admin Bldg Sculpture Garden – 201 S. Rosalind Ave.

Paired Poet: Mark Terry

This after-work demo will be led by artist Steve Andrews at the modern sculpture gardens located in the courtyard of the Orange County Administration Building. Attendees are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets to watch this painting demo. Andrews will capture the urban beauty of the city skyline and the contemporary environment of downtown Orlando. The Orange County Administration building and Sculpture Garden is located at 201 South Rosalind Avenue in Orlando with free parking in their visitor lot.  NOTE:  Seating is limited so please bring your own lawn chair or blanket.  Thank you.

Elisabeth Ferber
“Marvelous Miniatures”
Oil Painting Demonstration
Wednesday, April 25
10 am to 12 noon
Polasek Museum

Paired Poet: Chris Brown

Sometimes starting a new painting can feel daunting—fear of the large, white canvas with so much space to fill. Artist Elisabeth Ferber will teach attendees a new strategy for painting success as she illuminates the intimate ways of the small-scale canvas. This demo will show that scale does not indicate importance, but on the contrary, can have the reverse effect of making the subject matter more precious.

Kathleen Denis
“Setting Up and Painting a Still Life en Plein Air”
Oil Painting Demonstration
Thursday, April 26
10 am to 12 noon
Polasek Museum

Paired Poet: Nylda Dieppa

Knowing how to stage a still life is an essential tool for all artists and plein air lovers. Experienced workshop educator and artist Kathleen Denis will explore this time-honored subject matter with her unique and vibrant pallet. Attendees will learn to utilize texture and rhythm in the petals of a flower and create harmony through color in the arrangement of carefully placed objects.

Morgan Samuel Price
“Palms, Palms, and More Palms”
Oil Painting Demonstration
Friday, April 27
10 am to 12 noon
Polasek Museum

Paired Poet: Chris Brown

Nationally-acclaimed artist Morgan Samuel Price will demonstrate how to expertly paint the palm tree, a quintessential Florida subject matter. Price will tackle several different varieties of palms that can be found in the Polasek gardens, showing attendees what brushes to use, how to layer the fronds, and how to paint the perfect palm with her signature “dappled light” technique. Price’s painting “Washington Bikers” is the 10th anniversary Winter Park Paint Out poster winners.

Thomas Thorspecken
“Poetic License”
Happy Hour and Mixed-Media Sketch Demonstration
Friday, April 27
5 to 8 pm
Polasek Museum

Poetry Readings by Susan Lilley, Laura Lee Bahr, Danielle Kessinger, Naomi Butterfield, Shawn Welcome, Terry Godbey

Two local historic studios, the Albin Polasek Museum and the Jack Kerouac Project, will join forces to present this night of live art. Local poets and winners of the Winter Park Paint Out’s live poetry contest on Allpoetry.com will read their work while artist Thomas Thorspecken, known locally as Thor from Analog Artist Digital World blog, showcase the art of the rapid sketch. Plein air requires the ability to adapt and capture the subject matter quickly while conveying the energy and emotion of the subject. True to Thor’s digital following, the artist’s sketch and progress will be projected onto a large screen so viewers can enjoy the developing picture while they contemplate the diverse poetry selections. Orlando’s first poet laureate, Susan Lilley, will participate in the evening’s poetry reading. A cash wine/beer bar and appetizers will be available for happy hour beginning at 5 p.m.

Artist in the Garden

The fol­low­ing are just some of the artists who will be paint­ing in the gar­den or giv­ing demon­stra­tions (see below for more) dur­ing the week. There’s always LIVE art being created–come watch the magic!

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