2019 Schedule of Events

Gallery and Gardens Open Daily

Free to the Pub­lic All Week
Sun­day, April 21 through Sat­ur­day, April 27

  • Sun­day, April 21 — 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Mon­day, April 22 through Thursday, April 25 — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Fri­day, April 26 — 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sat­ur­day, April 27 — 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!

Easter Open House, Student Chalk Walk with Cory Wright and
Performance by the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras
Sunday, April 21 — 1 to 4 p.m. at the Polasek Museum

The Winter Park Paint Out officially starts with this Easter Sunday open house where festival artists will paint in the picturesque sculpture gardens. Artist Cory Wright will lead registered teams in the Student Chalk Walk competition by creating a chalk design on one of the garden’s sidewalk squares and then giving participants two hours to create their own designs. All K-12 students are invited to register in teams for the competition by e-mailing rfrisby@polasek.org. Complimentary art activities for all ages will be available in the gardens throughout the afternoon as well as a free lakeside performance by the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs; limited seating will be provided.

Sun­set “Paint-In” — Win­ter Park Rac­quet Club on Lake Mait­land
Wednes­day, April 24 — 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 and Digital Media Painting Demonstration with Thomas Thorspecken
Featuring Poets from the Kerouac Project of Orlando

Friday, April 26 — 5 to 8 p.m. at the Polasek Museum

Two local historic studios, the Albin Polasek Museum and the Kerouac Project of Orlando, will join forces to present this night of live art. Local poets will showcase the work of the Winter Park Paint Out’s live poetry contest on Allpoetry.com and read their own work while artist Thomas Thorspecken, known locally as Thor from Analog Artist Digital World blog, demonstrates 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. Beer, wine, and appetizers will be available for happy hour beginning at 5 p.m. The demo will begin at 6 p.m.

Paint Out Gar­den Party
Sat­ur­day, April 27 — 6 to 9 p.m. at the Polasek Museum

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 2019 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

Morgan Samuel Price
“Local Color”
Oil Painting Demonstration
Saturday, April 20
8 to 10 a.m.
Winter Park Farmer’s Market

The Winter Park Paint Out kicks off early with a special pre-event demonstration at the bustling Winter Park Farmer’s Market. Artist Morgan Samuel Price will capture the vendors, colorful flowers, fresh produce, food trucks, and early bird crowd at this local hotspot. She will demonstrate the basics of selecting a composition amongst the colorful chaos and show how to deal with the constant activity of the scene. Attendees are welcome to bring their own chairs to watch or come early and enjoy limited seating. The demo will take place at the entrance to the Winter Park History Museum located at 200 W. New England Avenue in Winter Park.

Elisabeth Ferber
“Classical Copper Canvases”
Oil Painting Demonstration
Sunday, April 21
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Polasek Museum

Artist Elisabeth Ferber will demonstrate the classical technique of using copper as a canvas. The subject of her painting will be a classical arrangement of instruments provided by the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras, whose music will provide the backdrop for this demonstration. Ferber will show how copper can have extraordinary benefits such as increased color saturation, warm tonality, and how its sturdy properties are good for minimizing stress-induced cracking. Ferber is known for her “reductive” painting style on copper in which she finishes her composition by removing delicate lines of paint on the wet surface to show off the reddish glow of exposed copper.

John Gilbert
“Setting the Mood with Atmosphere”
Watercolor Painting Demonstration
Monday, April 22
10 a.m. to 12 noon
Polasek Museum

Plein air painters need to create interesting and pleasing compositions quickly, even during rapidly changing weather conditions. Paint Out artist John Gilbert will instruct the audience how to interpret the sky, light, clouds, and shadows to create an appropriate mood for the overall composition. He will also demonstrate how to set up a watercolor pallet based on the warm or cool color temperatures found within current atmospheric conditions.

Kathleen Denis
“The Power of a Limited Pallet”
Oil Painting Demonstration
Tuesday, April 23
10 a.m. to 12 noon
Polasek Museum

Less is more in this illuminating demonstration that restricts the pallet to just a few values. Paint Out artist Kathleen Denis, known for her expressive floral compositions, will show attendees how to simplify a scene using only three colors. Artists are often overwhelmed by the variety of color options; this minimalist technique shows how artists can free themselves up to concentrate on the basics of form and value. The audience will learn how to see objects in their simplest shapes and how they react to the most crucial plein air element of all—light!

Natalia Andreeva
“The Shape of Harmony”
Oil Painting Demonstration
Tuesday, April 23
6 to 8 p.m.
The Center for Health & Wellbeing

This demo will take place at near the main entrance of the newly-opened Center for Health & Wellbeing just minutes away from the Polasek Museum. Attendees will witness the dramatic architecture of this new wellness/fitness building along with its exterior sensory-themed gardens. Paint Out artist Natalia Andreeva will capture the essence of serenity in this space with its modern bamboo courtyard, fresh atmosphere, and water feature. Attendees will see how Andreeva chooses the elements of her composition and references harmonious design to create a well-balanced painting. This is a free public event; membership is NOT required. Limited seating available; free parking. The Center for Health & Wellbeing is located at 2005 Mizell Avenue in Winter Park.

Manon Sander
“Luminous Underpainting”
Oil Painting Demonstration
Wednesday, April 24
10 a.m. to 12 noon
Polasek Museum

In this demo, Paint Out artist Manon Sander will illuminate the technique of underpainting that many plein air artists employ, especially old master painters. Underpainting is the first layer of paint applied to a canvas which functions as the base for other layers. This foundation is a great way to begin a painting and build tonal and contrasting values. Sander will teach attendees how to make paintings more luminous by working with a very colorful underpainting. This is a colorists’ technique that will make the subsequent layering hues glow in an alla prima, or wet-on-wet, painting. This is a perfect demo for anyone who struggles with a blank white canvas.

Michelle Held
“Feathered Friends of Spring”
Oil Painting Demonstration
Featuring the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey
Thursday, April 25
1 to 3 p.m.
Polasek Museum

Known for her stunning bird portraits, artist Michelle Held will show the audience how to paint a real-life bird with a live model provided by the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey. Attendees will see Held’s creative interpretation unfold and learn her secret to feathery brushstrokes and textures. A representative from the Birds of Prey Center will be onsite to answer questions and ensure the safety of the animals as well as give an informal presentation directly flowing the demo. Attendees will learn about their important environmental mission, which focuses on the rescue, medical treatment, rehabilitation, and release of Florida’s raptors while Held, the 2019 Winter Park Paint Out poster winner, captures these magnificent creatures on canvas.

Morgan Samuel Price
“Figures in the Landscape”
Oil Painting Demonstration
Friday, April 26
10 a.m. to 12 noon
Polasek Museum

Nationally-acclaimed artist Morgan Samuel Price will demonstrate the difficult task of adding figures to a landscape painting. Utilizing the human form in plein air painting has many benefits – figures can suggest movement in the painting, add scale and perspective, add color or a focal point, and help tell a story. Price will demonstrate and explain how to use these attributes as she creates a painting with visual interest and her signature touches of dappled light.

Stacy Barter
“Keep it Simple”
Oil Painting Demonstration
Sunday, April 28
2 to 4 p.m.
The Center for Health & Wellbeing

Join us at the newly-opened Center for Health & Wellbeing, just minutes from the Polasek Museum, for its Community Open House celebration and the site of our last demo for Paint Out 2019. At the Center, visitors will witness the dramatic architecture of the wholeness-fitness-medicine facility along with its six-exterior sensory-themed gardens. Paint Out artist Stacy Barter strives to make simple evocative paintings, but the challenge is to also make them visually interesting. At this demo, Barter’s challenge will be to capture and focus on just a few aspects of the design and landscape and not be overwhelmed by the Center’s stunning modern architecture and surroundings. All visitors are welcome in the building’s main Commons, the entrance garden will be the location for this demonstration. This is a free public event with no membership required. Limited seating available and free parking. The Center for Health & Wellbeing is located at 2005 Mizell Ave, Winter Park. Please note, the Albin Polasek Museum will be CLOSED on this date, Sunday, April 28, and the Paint Out event officially ends on Saturday, April 27, 2019.