2017 Schedule of Events

Gallery and Gardens Open Daily

Free to the Pub­lic All Week
Sun­day, April 23 through Sat­ur­day, April 29

  • Sun­day, April 23 — 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Mon­day, April 24 — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tues­day, April 25 through Thursday, April 27 — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Fri­day, April 28 — 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sat­ur­day, April 29 — 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 23 — 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 26 — 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 Portrait Demo 
Friday, April 28 — 5 to 8 p.m. 

A wine/beer bar will be available for happy hour specials beginning at 5:00 p.m.  Take a stroll around the gardens and the wet-room gallery before the demo starts at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. More information on artists demonstrations to come.

Paint Out Gar­den Party
Sat­ur­day, April 29 — 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 2017 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 Demostrations

Sunday, April 23, 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Oil Painting Demonstration with Michelle Held
“Light on Water” at Maitland’s Lake Lily
Michelle Held will capture the iconic lily pads, fountain, and farmers market this local hotspot.  She will walk attendees through the basics of mixing paint, color gradation, and changes of color.  Attendees should bring lawn chairs or blankets for lawn seating.  Lake Lily is located at 900 South Orlando Avenue in Maitland.  Free parking is available on Sundays near the Maitland Civic Center.

Sunday, April 23, 1 to 4 p.m.
Free Open House
Student Chalk Walk with Gary Rupp at the 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.  Pastel artist Gary Rupp will lead registered teams of students in the inaugural Chalk Walk by showing visitors and students his chalk design on one of the garden’s 6’x6’ sidewalk squares.  Throughout the afternoon, Polasek curator Rachel Frisby will be in the gardens for complementary watercolor activities appropriate for all ages and skill levels. Please e-mail rfrisby@polasek.org for more information about the student Chalk Walk or to register a student team.

Sunday, April 23, 2 to 4 p.m.
Oil Painting Demonstration with Patrick Noze
“The Illusion of Movement” at the Polasek Museum
Haitian artist Patrick Noze will teach visitors how to infuse paintings with color and movement under the garden tent at the Polasek Museum.  He will demonstrate how to create a feeling of action using brushstrokes and repetitive marks.

Monday, April 24, 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Oil Painting Demonstration with Suzanne Morris
“Adding Character to Your View” at the Polasek Museum
Plein air painters must be able to create interesting and pleasing compositions quickly. They also need to pull out the best elements of the scene, focus them, and add touches of character to enhance the vista.  This could be adding a duck on a pond, a bit of extra color to a garden, or finishing off a street scene by populating it with figures.  Suzanne Morris will teach the audience how to interpret scenery and add flourishing details that make the painting a more visually exciting composition.

Tuesday, April 25, 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Oil Painting Demonstration with Harold Frontz
“A Plein Air Picnic” at the Polasek Museum
What could be a more fitting subject for a plein air painting than an alfresco repast?  Harold Frontz teaches tips and tricks while using essential building blocks such as texture and emphasis to lay out his composition.  This picnic-themed still life will highlight the colors of the garden balanced with technical design skills.  Visitors will learn how to see objects in their simplest shapes and how they react to the most crucial plein air element of all—light.

Tuesday, April 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Student Painting Demonstration with Irina Kovnacka Ashcraft
Student Day at the Polasek Museum
The Polasek is committed to introducing the world of plein air painting to students young and old.  Irina Kovnacka Ashcraft will lead students in creating a functional work of plein air by painting garden scenes on chairs.  A selected group is invited to student day, however, the public is welcome to attend and view the project unfold.

Tuesday, April 25, 6 to 8 p.m.
Oil Painting Demonstration with Cory Wright
“Portrait of the Kerouac House” in College Park
Attendees are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets to watch this painting demo located at another famous historic studio.  The Kerouac house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was home to celebrated American novelist and poet Jack Kerouac (1922-1969). This charming College Park cottage was where he wrote the classic On The Road in 1957-58.  Cory Wright will capture the dappled light cast through live oak trees on the unassuming, post-war architecture.  She will provide insight on painting structures as she shows her techniques for handling pockets of intermingling light and shadow as dusk settles in. The Kerouac Home is located at 1418 Clouser Avenue with free parking on neighboring streets.

Wednesday, April 26, 10 to 12 noon 
Oil Painting Demonstration with Patricia Maguire
“Perfect Palms” at the Polasek Museum
Patricia Maguire will teach audience members how to paint a subject matter that screams Florida: our wonderful palms.  There are more than 2,500 different palm tree species in the world, and almost all of them grow in Florida. While palms are a prolific, they are difficult to faithfully portray on canvas.  Maguire will give attendees a clear strategy on how to begin with these distinctive trees as she demonstrates how to paint the perfect palm.

Thursday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Oil Painting Demonstration with Bill Farnsworth
“The Vanishing Point” at the Polasek Museum
Perspective and space are crucial elements of basic design that every artist needs to understand.  Bill Farnsworth will masterfully demonstrate perspective by creating a vanishing point with horizon lines of Lake Osceola. The placement of objects such as boat houses and cypress trees mark linear perspective as the scene progresses towards the viewer.  Attendees will learn Farnsworth’s technique for setting up a composition around a lake view vanishing point and how to set up their own paintings up for three-dimensional success.

Friday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 12 noon 
Oil Painting Demonstration with Morgan Samuel Price
“Contrasted Edges in Design” at the Polasek Museum
Designing movement into your painting requires the combination of several key elements of orchestrated design. It is through this effort that the artist achieves drama that maintains interest. Viewers will learn edge sensitivity and watch as Morgan Samuel Price demonstrates and explains how to move the viewer’s eye through a painting.

Friday, April 28, 5 to 8 p.m. 
Happy Hour and Oil Painting Demonstration with Natalia Andreeva
“Poetic License” at the Polasek Museum
Two local historic studios, the Albin Polasek Museum and the Jack Kerouac Project, will join forces to present this night of live art.  Hear local poets and winners of the Winter Park Paint Out’s live poetry contest on Allpoetry.com while Natalia Andreeva showcases the art of the impressionist figure.  Plein air painting requires the ability to adapt and capture the subject matter quickly while conveying the energy and emotion of the subject.  Andreeva will paint a rapidly developing scene as it changes from one performer to the next.  A wine and beer bar 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!

Sunday, April 23

Patricia Maguire

Irina Kovnacka Ashcraft

Stacy Barter

Harold Frontz

Monday, April 24

Morning (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Ruth Squitieri

Kathleen Denis

Manon Sander

Afternoon (1 to 5 p.m.)

Cory Wright

Charles Dickinson

Tuesday, April 25

Morning (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Michelle Held

Gary Rupp

Afternoon (1 to 5 p.m.)

Vladislav Yeliseyev

Matthew Cornell

Wednesday, April 26

Morning (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Barbara Ortiz

Scott Hiestand

Afternoon (1 to 5 p.m.)

Suzanne Morris

Renee Lammers

Thursday, April 27

Morning (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Natalia Andreeva

Don Sondag

Afternoon (1 to 5 p.m.)

Bill Farnsworth

Tom Sadler

Friday, April 28

Morning (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Jeff Ripple

Mark Fernandez

Afternoon (1 to 5 p.m.)

Morgan Samuel Price

Patrick Noze