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(WINTER PARK, FL Octo­ber 21, 2013) Spe­cial ground­break­ing cer­e­monies are planned in prepa­ra­tion for the arrival of the Capen-Showalter House at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens this Wednes­day, at 8:00 a.m. at the Polasek Museum.
Deb­bie Koman­ski, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens, Frank Roark, gen­eral con­trac­tor for the project, and Mary Terry, Pres­i­dent of the Board of Trustees for the Albin Polasek Foun­da­tion, will be on hand, with hard-hats and red, white, and blue shov­els, to mark this piv­otal moment in Win­ter Park’s his­tory. Project Direc­tor Chris­tine Madrid French will also be in atten­dance; there will be an oppor­tu­nity for ques­tions after the ground­break­ing (sched­uled for 8:00 a.m.).
Con­struc­tion is expected to begin this week in the Kalman­son Gar­den on the grounds of the Polasek Museum to ready the site for its new occu­pant: Win­ter Park’s his­toric Capen-Showalter House, saved from demo­li­tion by the cumu­la­tive efforts of the com­mu­nity and a host of gen­er­ous con­trib­u­tors. “Since receiv­ing approval for the move from the Plan­ning & Zon­ing Board and the City Com­mis­sion on Sep­tem­ber 23, we have raised an addi­tional $100,000 towards reha­bil­i­tat­ing this one-of-a-kind house,” said Deb­bie Koman­ski. “We are look­ing for­ward to many happy years with this gra­cious res­i­dence on our grounds.” The Capen-Showalter House will expand The Polasek’s edu­ca­tional pro­gram­ming and ful­fill the museum’s mis­sion and ensure its long term finan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity.
The project is pro­ceed­ing as planned, despite a recent law­suit regard­ing the Capen-Showalter House filed against the City of Win­ter Park. Fund­ing for Phase I of the project is now in place and efforts are turn­ing towards fully fund­ing Phase II. The sec­ond phase calls for another $250,000 to place the home on its new foun­da­tion and ready it for pub­lic use. For more project details or to donate, visit www.preservationcapen.org.

(WINTER PARK, FL Sep­tem­ber 25, 2013) Lead­ers of Preser­va­tion Capen proudly announce the Plan­ning & Zon­ing Board and the City Com­mis­sion of the City of Win­ter Park reviewed and unan­i­mously approved amend­ing the devel­op­ment agree­ment for the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens thereby per­mit­ting the 501c 3 orga­ni­za­tion to move and oper­ate the Capen-Showalter House as part of the Museum. Dozens of the vol­un­teers seek­ing to Save the Capen House were in atten­dance for the his­tor­i­cal votes Mon­day evening.
For­mer Win­ter Park mayor, Ken­neth “Kip” March­man, led the sup­port­ers and spoke in favor of the changes to the devel­op­ment agree­ment, not­ing the effort to save the his­toric house was a “win-win” for Win­ter Park, the Polasek Museum, and his­toric preser­va­tion. Deb­bie Koman­ski, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens pre­sented the Museum’s request and con­cluded her remarks by stat­ing “The Capen Project has brought together a pow­er­ful part­ner­ship between the Friends of Casa Feliz, The Polasek and Win­ter Park His­tor­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion along with scores of com­mu­nity lead­ers and cit­i­zens ded­i­cated to pre­serv­ing our her­itage for gen­er­a­tions to come.” The Capen House will expand the Polasek’s edu­ca­tional pro­gram­ming and ful­fill the museum’s mis­sion and sus­tain­abil­ity.
Mark Terry, pres­i­dent of the Board of Trustees for the Albin Polasek Museum, sur­prised the audi­ence with a pub­lic announce­ment: the board recently voted to bridge the fund­ing gap in Phase I of the house move, thereby guar­an­tee­ing suc­cess for mov­ing of the house from 520 Inter­lachen Avenue by barge to the Polasek prop­erty prior to Decem­ber 31, 2013. Although fund­ing for the Phase 1 of the move is now ensured, advo­cates will con­tinue in their pub­lic out­reach and fundrais­ing to secure the nec­es­sary fund­ing for Phase 2. The sec­ond phase calls for another $250,000 to place the home on its new foun­da­tion and ready it for pub­lic use.
For more project details or to donate, visit www.preservationcapen.org.

(WINTER PARK, FL Sep­tem­ber 24, 2013) Ever wish you could freeze time? Pre­serve a moment for­ever in this exclu­sive two-day Life­cast­ing work­shop. This is a fun fam­ily bond­ing art project where the atten­dees cre­ate a pre­cious keep­sake of them­selves hold­ing hands with their child/grandchild/spouse. Amy Wieck, artist and pres­i­dent of the Cen­tral Florida Sculp­tors Guild, will lead the class through the process of Life­cast­ing on Day 1 and finishing/ paint­ing the Life­cast­ing on Day 2. Life­cast­ing is a fun and relax­ing process that can cap­ture details right down to fin­ger­prints and pores! The Life­cast­ing process has been used for cen­turies to cap­ture the three-dimensional like­ness of a per­son. Artists also use this process to cre­ate a model that they can ref­er­ence for draw­ings or paint­ings. At the end of the 2-day work­shop, each team will have a painted gyp­sym sculp­ture of their hands — the per­fect memento or gift for Christ­mas!
Cost of class includes all mate­ri­als. Chil­dren must be at least 7 yrs to par­tic­i­pate. Please wear “art friendly” or old cloth­ing, as this is a messy, hands-on class. The work­shop will be held in a cov­ered, out­door class­room with views of the beau­ti­ful Polasek gar­dens. Pre-registration required — sign up today as space is lim­ited.
Work­shop: “Last­ing Impres­sions“
Sat­ur­day, 11:00 am — 3:00 pm, Novem­ber 2, 2013
Sat­ur­day, 11:00 am — 2:00 pm, Novem­ber 9, 2013
All classes will be held rain or shine.
Cost per Team (a set of hold­ing hands): $230.00 Reg­is­ter at www.polasek.org or by phone 407 – 647-6294.

(WINTER PARK, FL Sep­tem­ber 5, 2013) Advo­cates for sav­ing Win­ter Park’s his­toric Capen-Showalter House are hold­ing a pub­lic aware­ness event and “enthusiasm-rally” in Cen­tral Park next to the Rose Gar­den on Sep­tem­ber 14th, from 11:30 am to 1:00 p.m. The rally, co-hosted by the pop­u­lar Face­book site “I LUV Win­ter­Park,” will include a children’s col­or­ing sta­tion and games, music by the Gaze­bros, and inspir­ing words from local com­mu­nity mem­bers about how we can re-use the his­toric house and launch it across Lake Osce­ola to safety on the grounds of the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens. Vol­un­teers will be on hand to answer ques­tions about the house move and col­lect dona­tions for the project.
Oper­at­ing as Preser­va­tion Capen, advo­cates have raised more than $200,000 in the first few months of the effort of the $650,000 needed for the whole project. How­ever, only $200,000 more is required to actu­ally save the house and move it; the remain­der of the funds will be ded­i­cated to plac­ing the house on its new per­ma­nent site and ren­o­vat­ing it for pub­lic use. At this point, the push is on to raise the remain­ing funds by Octo­ber 1, and secure the ser­vices of the more than thir­teen sub­con­trac­tors needed to sep­a­rate the house from its foun­da­tion, cut it in half, and launch it by barge onto the water, thereby clear­ing the Inter­lachen Avenue site for new con­struc­tion. “It’s going to be full steam ahead every day from now until the end of Sep­tem­ber,” said Deb­bie Koman­ski, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Albin Polasek Museum. “Now, more than ever, we need the peo­ple of this com­mu­nity, the cor­po­ra­tions, and the small busi­nesses to con­tribute to save an irre­place­able part of our Win­ter Park her­itage.”
Clyde Moore, the blog­ger behind “I Luv Win­ter Park,” affirmed his enthu­si­asm for the house move and sup­port for the rally, “This is a cel­e­bra­tion of the old, the new, the past and the future. Now is our chance to par­tic­i­pate in an amaz­ing chal­lenge and suc­ceed in some­thing mon­u­men­tal, much like the move of Casa Feliz became a land­mark event in Win­ter Park history.”

(WINTER PARK, FL August 28, 2013) Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens invites you to the “Min­gle at the Museum.” Come and explore the best kept secret in Win­ter Park for an evening of net­work­ing, poetry, sculp­ture, and cock­tails. Bring your busi­ness cards, gar­den friendly shoes and be ready to get your min­gle on! Enjoy com­pli­men­tary appe­tiz­ers and live poetry read­ings through­out the night as you peruse the Polasek’s newest gallery exhibit. Then grab a cock­tail and head out into the mag­nif­i­cent sculp­ture gar­dens for a sun­set stroll over­look­ing Lake Osce­ola. Bring your friends and col­leagues to net­work with other young pro­fes­sion­als from the cen­tral Florida area and let the Polasek sur­prise you! Cash bar pro­vided, lim­ited onsite park­ing.
Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the not-for-profit Museum.
The poetry will be per­formed by The Orlando Poetry Troupe, who will read orig­i­nal work from 7 – 8 pm. Fea­tured poets: Hinda-jonathan, Warner Brown, Rocky Swartz, Jeanne Emily, Frank Haj­cak and Katie Hacic.
$5.00 Cover. Pur­chase your tick­ets online www.polasek.org

(WINTER PARK, FL August 30, 2013) On Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 28, 2013, the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens will open its doors free of charge along with over 1,400 other par­tic­i­pat­ing venues for the Ninth Annual Museum Day Live! This immensely suc­cess­ful pro­gram, in which the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens will emu­late the free admis­sion pol­icy of the Smith­son­ian Institution’s Wash­ing­ton, D.C.-based facil­i­ties, encour­ages learn­ing and the spread of knowl­edge nation­wide.
We will be open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. With a focus on the impor­tance of His­toric Preser­va­tion, enjoy com­pli­men­tary art activ­i­ties in the Museum’s Gallery that the whole fam­ily will love! Learn about pre­serv­ing your family’s his­tory with a “Life Cast­ing” demon­stra­tion by Pres­i­dent of the Cen­tral FL Sculp­tors Guild, Amy Wieck. Pre­serve part of you in this hands-on demo! And then gather up at 11 AM for a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion by The Mait­land Art Center’s Cura­tor of His­tory, Chris­tine Madrid French, on The Capen House Preser­va­tion Project. What’s it all about? Find out the scoop from the Capen House Project Direc­tor her­self. Ask ques­tions, be inspired, and learn about the POWER of Place. Have fun and get involved with your fam­ily and with his­toric places that mat­ter in our com­mu­nity!
Inclu­sive by design, Museum Day Live! ful­fills Smith­son­ian Media’s mis­sion to make cul­tural edu­ca­tion acces­si­ble to every­one. For one day only, the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens will grant free access to vis­i­tors who down­load a Museum Day Live! ticket at Smithsonian.com. Last year’s event drew over 350,000 museum-goers, and this year’s Museum Day Live! is expected to attract close to 400,000 participants.

(WINTER PARK, FL August 30, 2013) The tra­di­tional day of Czecho­slo­va­kian Inde­pen­dence will be cel­e­brated with free admis­sion to the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculp­ture Gar­dens on Sun­day, Octo­ber 27, from 1 PM to 4 PM. Museum founder, Albin Polasek, was born and raised in the province of Moravia, in what is now the Czech Repub­lic.
The his­toric res­i­dence, gallery, and gar­dens will be open for the pub­lic to self-tour. Bring the whole fam­ily in for a com­pli­men­tary art activ­ity based on Czech folk art and cos­tumes. While you’re in the gallery, be sure to check out the cur­rent art exhibit, “Awak­en­ings: The Art of Ursula Schwartz” for its final day run­ning! View a col­lec­tion of Czech her­itage objects and art which will be on dis­play in the his­toric home. You are guar­an­teed to learn some­thing new and make some great mem­o­ries!
Silk artist extra­or­di­naire, Jamie Kirkell, will be doing a one-day-only “Trunk Show” of his exquis­ite silk art­work and gos­samer scarves. Come see it first-hand and snag a great gift! Jamie will give a pre­sen­ta­tion at 1:30 PM in the gallery with slides and batiks from Indone­sia.
While you’re at the Museum, don’t miss your oppor­tu­nity to meet and greet renowned author Joanie Holzer Schirm. The author of the his­tor­i­cally acclaimed book, Adven­tur­ers Against Their Will, an extra­or­di­nary col­lec­tion of World War II sto­ries of sur­vival, escape, and con­nec­tion – unlike any other. Joanie will be on site for book sign­ings through­out the after­noon and will give a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion at 3PM. Get your per­sonal copy signed and learn the story behind the story!
Tra­di­tional Czech kolache (fruit-filled pas­try) and refresh­ments will be served to vis­i­tors for a dona­tion. Hand-crafted jew­elry made in the Czech Repub­lic by “Zivot” and fine Czech crys­tal and glass­ware by “Heart of Europe” will be avail­able in the museum gift shop, along with Jamie Kirkell’s scarves.
The Repub­lic of Czecho­slo­va­kia was formed in 1918 after cen­turies of rule under the Haps­burg dynasty. Czech pro­fes­sor Thomas Masaryk, Slo­vak sci­en­tist Milan Ste­fanik, and Czech soci­ol­o­gist Edward Benes pro­claimed inde­pen­dence for Czecho­slo­va­kia on Octo­ber 18, 1918 while in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Ten days later, Octo­ber 28, 1918, the Sov­er­eign Repub­lic of Czecho­slo­va­kia was founded in Prague and Masaryk was elected pres­i­dent.
In July 1992, Slo­va­kia declared its sov­er­eignty and on Jan­u­ary 1, 1993 Czecho­slo­va­kia offi­cially split into the Czech Repub­lic and Slo­va­kia. The tra­di­tional date of Czecho­slo­va­kian inde­pen­dence, Octo­ber 28, is still acknowl­edged in both countries.

WINTER PARK, FL (Aug. 29, 2013) The team spear­head­ing Preser­va­tion Capen announced today that they’ve been suc­cess­ful in reach­ing the first major fundrais­ing goal intended to save Win­ter Park’s his­toric Capen-Showalter House.  Numer­ous con­tri­bu­tions from the com­mu­nity and a gen­er­ous match­ing grant from the Gal­loway Foun­da­tion helped advo­cates raise $200,000 of the needed $650,000 in a lit­tle more than three weeks.”
Thad Sey­mour, pres­i­dent emer­i­tus of Rollins Col­lege and a co-chair of the effort, declared his enthu­si­asm and hopes for the project.  “We are off to a great start, and it is grat­i­fy­ing to see how quickly and gen­er­ously the com­mu­nity has responded. I can hardly wait to see the Capen House sail­ing across Lake Osce­ola!”
Fel­low Preser­va­tion Capen co-chair, Law­son Lamar, for­mer Orange County Sher­iff and for­mer State Attor­ney for Orange and Osce­ola coun­ties, issued an assur­ance and a chal­lenge, “This great com­mu­nity is again prov­ing that we value our his­tory and will pro­tect our legacy invest­ments for pos­ter­ity.  This pow­er­ful begin­ning is in keep­ing with the val­ues that are the essence of our Amer­i­can her­itage. I urge peo­ple to join us in mak­ing this hap­pen for our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.”
In a land­mark effort the lead­ers at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens are work­ing in close part­ner­ship with the Friends of Casa Feliz and the Win­ter Park His­tor­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion, to ensure the safe har­bor of the house on the grounds of the Polasek Museum by the end of 2013.
Deb­bie Koman­ski, exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Polasek Museum thanked the many peo­ple who have already donated to the cause, while empha­siz­ing the urgency of the effort. “This impor­tant Win­ter Park his­tor­i­cal home will serve our com­mu­nity for gen­er­a­tions to come if we rally our com­mu­nity to act now and we ded­i­cate our­selves to reach out to our friends, asso­ciates and the busi­nesses of Win­ter Park and beyond to raise the funds nec­es­sary to suc­ceed.” Dona­tions may be made online at www.PreservationCapen.org or by mail­ing a check made out to the Albin Polasek Museum ear­marked Capen House, 633 Osce­ola Avenue, Win­ter Park, FL  32789.
The Preser­va­tion Capen fundrais­ing drive con­tin­ues into Sep­tem­ber, with a num­ber of pub­lic events planned in Win­ter Park to raise aware­ness for the plight of the century-old res­i­dence. Sat­ur­days in Sep­tem­ber, from 9 a.m. to noon, preser­va­tion advo­cates will be host­ing a tent on the lawn of the Win­ter Park His­tor­i­cal Museum, at 200 West New Eng­land Avenue, near down­town Win­ter Park. Vol­un­teers will be on hand to answer ques­tions about the house and offer games and col­or­ing pages for chil­dren while col­lect­ing much-needed dona­tions. Local busi­nesses are pitch­ing in to save the house as well. Peter­brooke Choco­latier is com­plet­ing a lim­ited edi­tion Capen Choco­late, in the shape of the his­toric home, with pro­ceeds going towards this community-wide project. Kevin Wray, owner and oper­a­tor of Peter­brooke, spoke of his ded­i­ca­tion to the cause: “We are proud to be a part of pre­serv­ing the his­tory of our com­mu­nity.  Win­ter Park, like our choco­late, is based on rich tra­di­tions that we cher­ish.” Plans are also in the works for a rally to Save the Capen House in Cen­tral Park in the com­ing weeks.

(WINTER PARK, FL August 15, 2013) The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens in Win­ter Park, Florida is look­ing for vol­un­teers! Polasek vol­un­teers pro­vide invalu­able ser­vices by being part of the Museum’s guided tour pro­gram; by assist­ing with gar­den beau­ti­fi­ca­tion; and by aid­ing guests with ques­tions, hos­pi­tal­ity, and gift shop pur­chases. While no expe­ri­ence is required, vol­un­teers must be com­fort­able talk­ing to the pub­lic. An appli­ca­tion is required, and train­ing is pro­vided on site.

(WINTER PARK, FL August 8, 2013) We are pleased to offer an exclu­sive two-day work­shop on the art of paper mar­bling. “Mar­bling” is an ancient paint or ink tech­nique that has been used for cen­turies in Turkey, Japan, and Europe to dec­o­rate paint­ings and books. The method involves dip­ping paper or fab­ric, into a liq­uid bath where the swirled ink designs are cre­ated on top of the sur­face. It is called mar­bling because the ear­li­est Euro­pean designs resem­bled the veins in mar­ble. You will dis­cover the secret that arti­sans guarded closely for hun­dreds of years as instruc­tor Dan Tilstra illu­mi­nates the his­tory and process of mar­bling. You will be fas­ci­nated and delighted by how eas­ily you are able to cre­ate stun­ning works of art! Explore color and pat­tern while you cre­ate one-of-a-kind trea­sures. Any­one of any age or skill level may par­tic­i­pate, as it’s reward­ing for first-time artists and those who are cre­atively advanced.
All mate­ri­als and tools will be pro­vided for this two-part work­shop. Each stu­dent will get to take home sev­eral works on paper suit­able for fram­ing, per­son­al­ized sta­tion­ary, or a small hand-sewn jour­nal. Cre­ate the per­fect gift, or sign up with friends. The work­shop will be held in a cov­ered, out­door class­room with views of the beau­ti­ful Polasek gar­dens. Let nature inspire you! Pre-registration required — sign up today as space is lim­ited.
Sun­day, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Sep­tem­ber 29, 2013 Sun­day, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Octo­ber 6, 2013
All classes will be held rain or shine. Wear com­fort­able cloth­ing that may get stained.
Gen­eral Pub­lic: $110
Museum Mem­bers: $100
Reg­is­ter at www.polasek.org or by phone 407 – 647‐6294

(WINTER PARK, FL August 1, 2013) Regional com­mu­nity lead­ers are gath­er­ing in the gar­dens of The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens next Thurs­day, August 8 at 12:00 noon to offi­cially kick-off a three-month fundrais­ing chal­lenge to save Win­ter Park’s his­toric Capen-Showalter House on Inter­lachen Drive in Win­ter Park, Florida. This land­mark endeavor — newly ini­ti­ated as Preser­va­tion Capen – requires $650,000 to suc­cess­fully launch the Capen-Showalter House by barge from the west­ern shore of Lake Osce­ola to the grounds of the Polasek Museum. The house must be removed from its cur­rent site by the end of Novem­ber or it will be demol­ished. The Gal­loway Foun­da­tion of Win­ter Park has gen­er­ously offered a $100,000 match­ing grant to start the effort, and orga­niz­ers expect a num­ber of sub­stan­tial pledges in the com­ing weeks.
The launch will fea­ture state­ments from notable sup­port­ers, includ­ing Law­son Lamar (for­mer State Attor­ney for Orange and Osce­ola coun­ties), and Thad­deus Sey­mour (pres­i­dent emer­i­tus of Rollins Col­lege). Deb­bie Koman­ski, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Polasek Museum, will intro­duce the newest mem­ber of the Preser­va­tion Capen lead­er­ship team: Project Direc­tor, archi­tec­tural his­to­rian Chris­tine Madrid French, who has more than twenty years of expe­ri­ence in his­toric preser­va­tion and worked for the National Trust for His­toric Preser­va­tion in San Fran­cisco, Cal­i­for­nia, and the National Park Ser­vice in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Other crit­i­cal mem­bers of the Preser­va­tion Capen team, includ­ing Con­struc­tion Man­ager Frank Roark and Con­sult­ing Archi­tect Steve Feller, will be on hand to answer ques­tions from the pub­lic and the press and con­duct a walk-through of the new site for the house.
The Preser­va­tion Capen team is also proud to host two descen­dants of the Capen fam­ily at this event. Melissa Capen Rol­ston of Kansas City, Mis­souri, and Ann Capen Hunt of Eads, Ten­nessee, are mak­ing a spe­cial trip to Win­ter Park to chris­ten this unique cam­paign of preservation-over-water with cer­e­mo­nial cham­pagne. The pub­lic is encour­aged to attend the rally and show its sup­port for the preser­va­tion of Win­ter Park’s her­itage.
The Preser­va­tion Capen project will cul­mi­nate in the place­ment of the house on a new foun­da­tion in the East Gar­den at the Polasek Museum in late 2013. The Museum plans to main­tain the Vic­to­rian house as a pub­lic asset and make the site avail­able for edu­ca­tional pro­grams, art exhi­bi­tions, com­mu­nity gath­er­ings, and tours.

(WINTER PARK, FL July 24, 2013) Two weeks ago, Peter Forester cre­ated a clas­si­cal por­trait bust at The Polasek using a live model in just six hours. Vis­i­tors watched as the por­trait took shape in clay before their eyes! By pub­lic demand, Forester will con­tinue with the process onsite at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens in Part II of this behind– the-scenes demon­stra­tion. So what hap­pens next after the por­trait is com­plete? Watch and find out how to tran­si­tion a clay model into a “waste mold,” and then into a plas­ter cast­ing.
Forester says: “The clay model is only a means to an end; it rep­re­sents the con­cept that the artist is striv­ing towards. For this pur­pose I think it is essen­tial to employ an inter­me­di­ary step that is no longer used, to put the clay into plas­ter. The plas­ter will embolden mis­takes not seen in clay, which the artist may cor­rect before attempt­ing to com­plete the mas­ter; hence the final prod­uct is the “mas­ter piece.“
If you’re curi­ous about the sculp­ture process, stop in to the Museum and ask ques­tions, take pic­tures, and get up-close dur­ing this spe­cial expe­ri­ence! Over the course of this six-hour demon­stra­tion, you’ll wit­ness the clas­si­cal approach to cre­at­ing a waste mold and plas­ter cast­ing – a rare treat. Chal­lenge your brain to think like a sculp­tor, in reverse, as pos­i­tive shapes become neg­a­tive spaces and back again. Museum guests may attend this event for the full six hours, or come and go as they please, with proof of reg­u­lar museum admis­sion. This demon­stra­tion will be held out­doors, under a tent, rain or shine. Guests are wel­come to bring cam­eras, water, and wear gar­den friendly attire (this is a messy process!). Check out the new exhibit in the gallery, enjoy the gar­dens, and watch the magic of sculp­ture hap­pen live!
The Process:
1. The artist will lay a divid­ing line of metal shims (type of flex­i­ble thin metal) down onto the clay sculp­ture. This line will des­ig­nate the indi­vid­ual parts of the waste mold and help the halves pull apart sim­ply.
2. Once the shims are in place, the artist will mix plas­ter to throw upon the clay model and against the shims that sep­a­rate the two plas­ter halves.
3. After one side is com­pleted, the shims are removed and the mold maker com­pletes the other half. Rein­force­ment mate­ri­als may be added to the plas­ter for strength.
4. The mold is sep­a­rated upon com­plet­ing and washed with soap and water. Two or three coats of soap are applied to the mold, and it is closed and sealed.
5. Plas­ter is then poured into the mold, and rein­forced with rein­force­ment mate­r­ial. After the plas­ter is set, the mold is removed by chip­ping it away with ham­mer and chisel.
6. Defects are then addressed with adding plas­ter to them. The artist may fur­ther refine the plas­ter with gild­ing gesso.

(WINTER PARK, FL July 24, 2013) 2014 Win­ter Park Paint Out will run from April 20 — 26, 2014
Appli­ca­tion period open from July 2013 — Fri­day, Octo­ber 18, 2013 by 5:00pm
Artists will be noti­fied of accep­tance Novem­ber 1, 2013
The Win­ter Park Paint Out is a JURIED entry event. We encour­age ALL plein air artists over the age of 18 to apply, and wel­come both local and out-of-state par­tic­i­pants. The Selec­tion Com­mit­tee mem­bers will review all sub­mit­ted appli­ca­tions and select 25 artists to par­tic­i­pate in the 2014 event. (Select top rev­enue– gen­er­at­ing artists from 2013 are invited back to join the 2014 event.) Noti­fi­ca­tion of selected artists will be sent to each appli­cant via email no later than Novem­ber 1, 2013. Artist agree­ment forms will be phys­i­cally mailed to those who have been accepted fol­low­ing the announce­ment.
Artists will be selected based on their:
3 sub­mit­ted plein air images Artis­tic merit and skill Appli­ca­tion mate­ri­als Qual­ity of work — equals or exceeds that of pre­vi­ous par­tic­i­pat­ing artists. Abil­ity to rep­re­sent the Polasek and City of Win­ter Park, Orlando, and the state of Florida through their plein air art.
Com­mit­ment to sup­port the Paint Out with their time and involve­ment dur­ing the entire week of the event.
Down­load an appli­ca­tion at www.winterparkpaintout.org fol­low­ing the “Appli­ca­tion” link. Please com­plete the fol­low­ing appli­ca­tion and return via email to ThePolasek@winterparkpaintout.org.
You will be required to sub­mit:
Three paint­ing images (Plein Air works only!) in JPEG For­mat and attach to your email
An Artis­tic State­ment Short Bio
Include an active link to your web­site
Please Note: Appli­ca­tions must be emailed and received no later than Fri­day, Octo­ber 18, 2013 by 5:00pm. No late entries or other for­mats will be con­sid­ered. Let­ters or mate­ri­als sent via US Mail or hand deliv­ered will not be accepted.

(WINTER PARK, FL July 12, 2013) The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens, in part­ner­ship with the Friends of Casa Feliz and the Win­ter Park His­tor­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion, along with a lead­er­ship com­mit­tee com­prised of preservation-minded cit­i­zens, announce the offi­cial launch of a fundrais­ing cam­paign to pre­serve the his­toric Capen House of Win­ter Park.
The offi­cial kick-off event for the fundrais­ing cam­paign has ten­ta­tively been slated for Thurs­day, August 8, at the Polasek Museum at 12 noon.
The Capen House was built in 1885 by one of Win­ter Park’s found­ing fathers, James Sey­mour Capen. The plan is to trans­port the home from its cur­rent loca­tion on Inter­lachen Avenue to a large lake­front lot on the Polasek Museum prop­erty. The cur­rent own­ers, who delayed the demo­li­tion of the house at the request of com­mu­nity mem­bers, have accepted a let­ter of intent and will receive the final fundrais­ing cam­paign pro­posal in the com­ing weeks.
“Relo­cat­ing the Capen House to the Museum prop­erty is a mutu­ally ben­e­fi­cial solu­tion for the cur­rent own­ers, Win­ter Park res­i­dents, and the greater Cen­tral Florida com­mu­nity,” says Deb­bie Koman­ski, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of The Polasek. The Polasek Museum prop­erty, with a sweep­ing lawn to the water, can eas­ily accom­mo­date the 6,000 sq. ft. house which will be used for pub­lic events and edu­ca­tion offices for the Museum. Mov­ing the home by barge, not an unusual event in Florida sim­pli­fies the relo­ca­tion effort and sig­nif­i­cantly reduces project costs.
Museum offi­cials recently dis­cov­ered that the Capen House and the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens are linked by friend­ship and fam­ily ties. Mem­bers of J.S. Capen’s fam­ily and Albin Polasek were close friends. The Museum owns sculp­tures of Capen descen­dants cre­ated by Polasek dur­ing his career in Chicago begin­ning in 1916.
Accord­ing to Koman­ski, a rapidly grow­ing con­tin­gent of com­mu­nity lead­ers and cit­i­zens are join­ing The Polasek, Friends of Casa Feliz, and the Win­ter Park His­tor­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion for the cam­paign. Sav­ing the his­toric home has attracted inter­est through­out the U.S., with sto­ries appear­ing in major news­pa­pers and on preser­va­tion blogs. This is Win­ter Park’s most ambi­tious preser­va­tion project since the mov­ing of another his­toric home, Casa Feliz, in 2001, to its cur­rent loca­tion on Park Avenue.
The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens is a 501 C 3 orga­ni­za­tion. If you are inter­ested in donat­ing to the APF/Capen House Cam­paign, visit www.polasek.org, call 407 647‑6294, or mail your check to 633 Osce­ola Avenue, Win­ter Park, FL 32789.

(WINTER PARK, FL June 28, 2013) We are pleased to offer a six week expe­ri­ence in The Polasek Gar­dens of Tai Chi. Instruc­tor Bill Bur­nette will lead Tai Chi enthu­si­asts in the prac­tice of Tai Chi in the serene and scenic Polasek sculp­ture gar­dens. Begin­ners and advanced lev­els wel­come! Each week will build upon the pre­vi­ous week’s lessons. Learn and expe­ri­ence the health ben­e­fits of per­form­ing Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong:
• Enhance flex­i­bil­ity and body aware­ness
• Improve bal­ance and coor­di­na­tion
• Increase your abil­ity to de-stress and relax
• Enhance your vital­ity and well being
Sat­ur­days, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., Sep­tem­ber 7, 14, 21, 28 and Octo­ber 5 and 12. All classes will be held rain or shine. Wear com­fort­able cloth­ing.
Gen­eral Pub­lic: $60 for the entire 6-week course
Museum Mem­bers: $55
Must Pre Reg­is­ter at www.polasek.org or by phone 407 – 6476294

(WINTER PARK, FL, June 17, 2013) The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens offers three unique year-round expe­ri­ences for vis­i­tors with its out­door sculp­ture gar­dens, chang­ing exhi­bi­tion gallery and tour of the his­toric Polasek home and chapel.
Gar­dens and Out­door Sculp­ture Three acres of gar­dens on the shore of Lake Osce­ola pro­vide a col­or­ful back­drop for numer­ous out­door sculp­tures includ­ing free­stand­ing and archi­tec­tural sculp­tures by Albin Polasek, as well as works by other 20th Cen­tury sculp­tors.
Chang­ing Exhi­bi­tion Gallery Works in a vari­ety of media by local, national and inter­na­tional artists are fea­tured in exhi­bi­tions in our museum gallery that change through­out the year.
His­toric Polasek House and Chapel Vis­i­tors can step back in time and into the life of an artist by tak­ing a docent-led tour through the his­toric Albin Polasek home fea­tur­ing his own sculp­tures, paint­ings and sculpt­ing tools, as well as his fas­ci­nat­ing per­sonal col­lec­tion of works by other artists, fur­ni­ture and antiq­ui­ties. Polasek’s per­sonal chapel is an inti­mate, sacred space and a high­light of the tour.
From Start to Fin­ish: The Florida Sculp­tors Guild Annual Exhi­bi­tion May 7 — July 21, 2013 Build­ing upon the legacy of Florida sculp­tor, Albin Polasek, the Museum presents From Start to Fin­ish: Florida Sculp­tors Guild Exhibit. Pro­vid­ing an insight­ful behind-the-scenes expe­ri­ence, the Start to Fin­ish exhi­bi­tion will high­light the processes used to cre­ate each sculp­ture. Through pho­tographs, sketches, and mod­els, vis­i­tors will see how sculp­ture devel­ops from start to fin­ish: the for­ma­tion of an orig­i­nal con­cept, the meth­ods and mate­ri­als used, the stages and mod­i­fi­ca­tions involved, and the ful­filled vision. Each piece of sculp­ture will be as unique as the Guild’s diverse mem­ber­ship and will range from tra­di­tional to con­tem­po­rary. The exhi­bi­tion is a tes­ta­ment to the beauty of the process and the high cal­iber of art com­ing from sculp­tural vision­ar­ies in Cen­tral Florida.
A Spe­cial Demon­stra­tion: Sculpt­ing a Clas­si­cal Por­trait July 13th, 2013, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cost: Demon­stra­tion is included with reg­u­lar Museum admis­sion. Vis­i­tors to the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens will notice many “clas­si­cal por­trait busts” on dis­play in the his­toric home. A “bust” is the upper shoul­ders and head of a per­son, rep­re­sent­ing the actual fea­tures of that indi­vid­ual. But what does it take to actu­ally sculpt one of these works of art?  Find out for your­self, with this once-in-a-lifetime oppor­tu­nity!  If you’re a sculp­tor, art enthu­si­ast, stu­dent, or just plain curi­ous, you need to stop in to the Museum and watch the magic unfold before your eyes! This spe­cial expe­ri­ence is part of the Polasek’s cur­rent exhibit, and will be fea­tur­ing the exquis­ite tal­ents of one of the exhibit­ing sculp­tors, Peter Forester.  An awarded pro­fes­sional sculp­tor, Forester, has received numer­ous com­mis­sions for his real­is­tic por­trai­ture. Stop in early at the Museum to see the art of the por­trait bust cre­ated with a live model. Dur­ing this six-hour demon­stra­tion, you will learn about the clas­si­cal approach to real­is­tic por­trait mod­el­ing from arma­ture con­struc­tion, to block­ing in the shapes, to mod­el­ing the fea­tures. Museum guests may attend this event for the full six hours or come and go as they please, with proof of reg­u­lar museum admis­sion. Ask ques­tions, get up close, sketch, learn, and be amazed! 
Awak­en­ing: The Art of Ursula Schwartz July 30 — Octo­ber 27, 2013 Bold, mys­te­ri­ous, and thought pro­vok­ing… let your inner-self awake and be stirred by art and poetry. This intro­spec­tive exhibit fea­tures a sam­pling of large-scale oil paint­ings cre­ated by con­tem­po­rary artist Ursula Schwartz. She expresses her unique South African per­spec­tive through bold col­ors, ener­getic brush strokes, inti­mate por­traits, metaphoric abstrac­tions, and fig­u­ra­tive work. Poetry writ­ten by the artist’s young son will accom­pany each paint­ing. Vis­i­tors will be encour­aged to tap into their own emo­tions and tal­ents as they try their hand at writ­ing poetry in the gallery’s “Poetry Cor­ner.” Try it out and reflect upon the emo­tion con­tained in her paint­ings — you just may sur­prise your­self at what you dis­cover!  Born in Nel­spruit, South Africa, her paint­ings reflect the com­plex nature of mod­ern fem­i­nin­ity, an ele­gant jux­ta­po­si­tion of power and vul­ner­a­bil­ity. Schwartz’s work has been exhib­ited, sold, and col­lected in South Africa, Europe, and the USA. 
Min­gle at the Museum Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 12, 2013, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. $5.00 Cover Come and explore the best kept secret in Win­ter Park for an evening of net­work­ing, poetry, sculp­ture, and cock­tails.  Bring your busi­ness cards, gar­den friendly shoes and be ready to get your min­gle on!  Enjoy com­pli­men­tary appe­tiz­ers and live poetry read­ings through­out the night as you peruse the Polasek’s newest gallery exhibit.  Then grab a cock­tail and head out into the mag­nif­i­cent sculp­ture gar­dens for a sun­set stroll over­look­ing Lake Osce­ola.  Bring your friends and col­leagues to net­work with other young pro­fes­sion­als from the cen­tral Florida area and let the Polasek sur­prise you!  Cash bar and valet park­ing pro­vided, with pro­ceeds ben­e­fit­ing the not-for-profit museum.
Museum Day Sep­tem­ber 28, 2013, 10 a.m. — 4 p.m. A cel­e­bra­tion of cul­ture, learn­ing, and the dis­sem­i­na­tion of knowl­edge, Smith­son­ian Magazine’s “Museum Day” reflects the spirit of the mag­a­zine with free admis­sion to par­tic­i­pat­ing insti­tu­tions. Last year over 100,000 peo­ple vis­ited muse­ums on this day in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Visit www.smithsonianmag.com for more infor­ma­tion. There will be a hands-on art activ­ity for all ages, fam­i­lies are encour­aged to par­tic­i­pate, and sculpture-related art demon­stra­tions on site. 
Czech Inde­pen­dence Day Octo­ber 27, 2013, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. In recog­ni­tion of the cre­ation of a free and inde­pen­dent Czecho­slo­va­kia in 1918, all vis­i­tors to the Museum will be admit­ted free of charge. Revisit WWI his­tory and learn about America’s role piv­otal in form­ing the nation of Czecho­slo­va­kia.  A col­lec­tion of Czecho­slo­va­kian objects will be on dis­play, as well as Polasek’s bust of US Pres­i­dent Woodrow Wil­son, which was nearly destroyed by the Nazis and Com­mu­nist regimes. Learn about Czecho­slo­va­kian his­tory and cul­ture and embrace your own ethic roots as we honor an Amer­i­can immi­grant suc­cess story, Mr. Albin Polasek.  A hands-on art activ­ity and light refresh­ments pro­vided. 
The Holy Art of Impe­r­ial Rus­sia: Icons from the 17th C. –Early 20th C. Novem­ber 5, 2013– April 13, 2014 The sacred images on view in this exhi­bi­tion are of a kind once read­ily found in even the hum­blest homes of Rus­sia, as well as its churches and pub­lic shrines. Centuries-old artis­tic con­ven­tions are jux­ta­posed with new, West­ern­ized for­mal ele­ments and ver­nac­u­lar inter­pre­ta­tions of these new forms. For Ortho­dox Rus­sians, icons served as more than just reli­gious paint­ings; they were relic-like objects directly linked to the holy fig­ures they depicted.  They were seen as com­forters and pow­er­ful guardians. Icons were the direct line from the real world to the spir­i­tual and appeared every­where in pre-Soviet Rus­sia.  The exhi­bi­tion will be on loan from Hollingsworth Fine Art.
Ayako Yone­tani at the Polasek: Exclu­sive Cham­ber Con­cert Series
Sun­day, Novem­ber 10, 2013, 2:00 p.m. Guest artist:  Dr. Mauri­cio Ces­pedes, Viola, Viola Prin­ci­pal of the Orlando Phil­har­monic, and Mr. Scott Kluks­dahl, cello, USF’s Theodore and Ven­nette Askounes-Ashford Dis­tin­guished Scholar.
Sun­day, Jan­u­ary 19, 2014, 2:00 p.m. Guest artist: Mr. Lyman Brodie, Vice Provost of UCF, and also prin­ci­pal trum­pet of the Orlando Phil­har­monic.
Sun­day, March 23, 2014, 2:00 p.m. Guest artists TBA
Dr. Ayako Yone­tani, a world renowned vio­lin­ist, began play­ing at the age of five and made her solo debut at the age of ten.  Later, she made her United States debut as a con­cert­mas­ter with the New York String Orches­tra at Carnegie Hall. Dr. Yone­tani received her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doc­toral degrees from the Juil­liard School.  Cur­rently, she is a Pro­fes­sor of Violin/Viola at the Uni­ver­sity of Cen­tral Florida and trav­els the world as a guest soloist.  She is a mem­ber of Japan’s pre­mier cham­ber ensem­ble in Tokyo. The Museum’s 9th annual three-concert music series fea­tures inter­na­tion­ally acclaimed violin/viola player Ayako Yone­tani and a vari­ety of guest instru­men­tal­ists. Held in the ele­gant salon of the Polasek res­i­dence, concert-goers expe­ri­ence acoustic per­fec­tion in an inti­mate set­ting. Lim­ited to 50 seats, the per­for­mance is fol­lowed by a pri­vate recep­tion. Cost: Museum Mem­bers $80 for three con­cert series or $30 per con­cert. Non Mem­bers $90 for three con­cert series or $35 per con­cert.
Win­ter Park Hol­i­day Boat Parade Decem­ber 14, 2013, 5 p.m. –Sun­down In con­junc­tion with the Rotary Club of Win­ter Park , the Polasek hosts the 10th annual Win­ter Park Boat Parade viewed from the lush Museum grounds on the shore of Lake Osce­ola.  The Win­ter Park Boat Parade and Fes­ti­val of Lights is a fun, community-wide water parade with holiday-themed and lighted boats along the lakes’ shore­lines. The Polasek Museum is the loca­tion of the offi­cial view­ing sta­tion and judg­ing stand for the Win­ter Park Hol­i­day Boat Parade, where the fes­tiv­i­ties con­tinue with live music, face paint­ing, a sculp­ture Christ­mas tree unveil­ing, and Santa, bring­ing the hol­i­day spirit of the sea­son to life.  Boats will be judges at approx­i­mately 6:30 p.m.  Admis­sion to the Polasek Gar­dens for the Parade is FREE.  Lim­ited onsite park­ing.  CALL FOR BOATS:  Orga­niz­ers of the event are seek­ing res­i­dent and busi­ness boat entries.  For res­i­dent boats, there is no entry fee, and all local licensed area boat own­ers are invited to par­tic­i­pate.  Boat reg­is­tra­tion is required with appli­ca­tions avail­able by con­tact­ing wpboatparade.com or call 407 – 647-6294.
Valentine’s Day Feb­ru­ary 14, 2014 Valentine’s Day is for art lovers! Bring some­one you love to the Polasek Museum and cel­e­brate the spe­cial day in a unique way. With free admis­sion in honor of Albin Polasek’s birth­day, Feb­ru­ary 14, 1879, treat your sweetie or just treat your­self. Bring your own pic­nic and enjoy the gar­dens, or have your pic­ture taken by a truly roman­tic sculp­ture, Polasek’s “Eter­nal Moment,” depict­ing a kiss­ing cou­ple.  Happy 135th birth­day Albin!  
Good Fri­day April 18, 2014, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. In obser­vance of Good Fri­day the Polasek Museum will be open free to the pub­lic.  Vis­i­tors are encour­aged to come and view the many litur­gi­cal works cre­ated by Albin Polasek includ­ing “The Vic­to­ri­ous Christ” and “The Sta­tions of the Cross.” Vis­i­tors will also have the oppor­tu­nity to find 20 hid­den tra­di­tional Ukrain­ian Easter eggs, or pysanky, in the his­toric home.
2014 Win­ter Park Paint Out Sun­day, April 20 – Sat­ur­day, 26, 2014 For this week-long cel­e­bra­tion, a selected group of the finest plein air artists will cap­ture the land­scapes and land­marks of Win­ter Park and Orlando with oils, water­col­ors and pas­tels painted out­doors with the sub­ject directly in view, rather than in a stu­dio. A por­tion of the pro­ceeds from the sale of the works gen­er­ated dur­ing this week ben­e­fit the Albin Polasek Museum. The Polasek’s wet-room gallery and gar­dens will be open free for vis­i­tors Sun­day through Fri­day the week of the Paint Out. There will be spe­cial events through­out the week, and free paint­ing demon­stra­tions Mon­day through Fri­day. The Gar­den Party will be held on Sat­ur­day and is a spe­cial tick­eted event. Please visit www.winterparkpaintout.org for more infor­ma­tion. 
Behind the Cur­tain: MicheLee Pup­pets and the Art of Pup­petry May 1– August 24, 2014 For­get about what you think you know about pup­pets and allow The Polasek Museum and MicheLee Pup­pets to sur­prise you in this col­lab­o­ra­tive exhi­bi­tion. Truly sculp­tural in form and intri­cacy, explore the rich and mul­ti­cul­tural his­tory behind the art of pup­petry.  With ori­gins dat­ing back to sev­eral ancient cul­tures, humans have used pup­pets as a means to con­vey the essence of emo­tion. From tra­di­tional folk to con­tem­po­rary styles of pup­petry, see exam­ples rang­ing from mar­i­onettes, hand pup­pets, shadow pup­pets, ‘Muppet-like,’ to mod­ern one-of-a-kind pieces, all hand-crafted and imbued with the abil­ity to express, artic­u­late, and move.  View his­tor­i­cal objects as well as the “work­ing col­lec­tion” of MicheLee Pup­pets, the local non­profit orga­ni­za­tion that empow­ers lives through the art of pup­petry.  All vis­i­tors will all have the oppor­tu­nity to see the imag­i­na­tive process and artis­tic skill that goes into each hand-crafted work of mov­able sculp­ture. Play, cre­ate, and learn in this hands-on, behind-the-curtain exhi­bi­tion! 
Mother’s Day May 11, 2014, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. After bunch, bring Mom over to the beau­ti­ful Polasek Museum for some much needed “rest and relax­ation” with free admis­sion for Mom!  Let her stop and smell the roses, lit­er­ally, while she takes in the sculp­ture gar­dens.  The entire fam­ily will be delighted by the newest gallery exhibit and she’ll love all the antiques in the his­toric home.  Try some­thing spe­cial this year and make fam­ily mem­o­ries together. We bet Mom will be impressed with your good idea!
Father’s Day June 15, 2014, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. In honor of fathers every­where, we invite you to bring your dad to the Polasek Museum for free admis­sion for Dad. Find out why Mr. Polasek called his sculp­tures “his chil­dren.” Dad will love the his­tory, art, and the gar­dens, and we sus­pect you will too! You don’t have to spend a lot of money this Father’s Day to show you care; why not spend some time with him at the Museum instead! 
Nature by Design: The Art of Redenta Soprano and Car­olyn Cohen Sep­tem­ber 2– Novem­ber 23, 2014 The Polasek Museum is pleased to present a joint exhi­bi­tion by botan­i­cal artists, Car­olyn Cohen and Redenta Soprano. Early sci­en­tific illus­tra­tors strove to real­is­ti­cally doc­u­ment plant species. Draw­ing from this tra­di­tion and a life­time of field obser­va­tion, Cohen and Soprano’s art is based upon those prin­ci­ples, each with a sin­gu­larly con­tem­po­rary approach. Car­olyn Cohen’s etch­ings and water­col­ors are influ­enced by the art found in illu­mi­nated man­u­scripts, cal­lig­ra­phy and clas­sic botan­i­cal illus­tra­tion. The result is an exquis­itely ren­dered “por­trait” of each of her leafy sub­jects. Redenta Soprano mas­ter­fully paints the six pat­terns that are recur­rent in nat­ural forms.  From the spi­ral curves and Fibonacci sequence in growth pat­terns to the branch­ing designs con­tained in trees as well as in our own bod­ies, Soprano cap­tures the refresh­ing truth and order hid­den in nature. From the works of both artists in this exhibit, you too will observe your sur­round­ings with new eyes and begin to see pat­terns and sym­me­tries emerg­ing from the seem­ingly chaotic nat­ural world. Pro­gram­ming will include lec­tures and work­shops taught by the artists.

(WINTER PARK, FL, June 5, 2013) Vis­i­tors to the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens will notice many “clas­si­cal por­trait busts” on dis­play in the his­toric home. A “bust” is the upper shoul­ders and head of a per­son, rep­re­sent­ing the actual fea­tures of that indi­vid­ual.  But what does it take to actu­ally sculpt one of these works of art?  Find out for your­self with this once-in-a-lifetime oppor­tu­nity!  If you’re a sculp­tor, art enthu­si­ast, stu­dent, or just plain curi­ous you need to stop in to the Museum and watch the magic unfold before your eyes! This spe­cial expe­ri­ence is part of the Polasek’s cur­rent exhibit, and will be fea­tur­ing the exquis­ite tal­ents of one of the exhibit­ing sculp­tors, Peter Forester.  An awarded pro­fes­sional sculp­tor, Forester, has received numer­ous com­mis­sions for his real­is­tic por­trai­ture.  Stop in early at the Museum to see the art of the por­trait bust cre­ated with a live model. Dur­ing this six-hour demon­stra­tion, you will learn about the clas­si­cal approach to real­is­tic por­trait mod­el­ing from arma­ture con­struc­tion to block­ing in the shapes to mod­el­ing the fea­tures.  Museum guests may attend this event for the full six hours or come and go as they please, with proof of reg­u­lar museum admis­sion.  Ask ques­tions, get up close, sketch, learn, and be amazed!
Points of inter­est include: Fix­ing clay to an arma­ture, proper light­ing, tools and tech­niques; achiev­ing a like­ness in clay — the pro­file method; com­po­si­tion for the por­trait sculp­tor; (Edges — a sculpture’s visual poetry; lost and found edges are cre­ated through soft­en­ing and hard­en­ing edges. Move­ment & Grav­ity — chang­ing equi­lib­rium between vol­umes. Sur­faces — mod­el­ing light. Bravura — allow­ing the clay to speak.)

(WINTER PARK, FL, June 4, 2013) Awak­en­ing: The Art of Ursula Schwartz Bold, mys­te­ri­ous, and thought pro­vok­ing .… let your inner self awake and be stirred by the art­work and poetry of Ursula Schwartz.  This intro­spec­tive exhibit fea­tures a sam­pling of large-scale oil paint­ings cre­ated by con­tem­po­rary artist Ursula Schwartz.  She expresses her unique South African per­spec­tive through bold col­ors, ener­getic brush strokes, inti­mate por­traits, metaphoric abstrac­tions, and fig­u­ra­tive work. Poetry writ­ten by the artist and her young son will accom­pany selected paint­ings. Vis­i­tors will be encour­aged to tap into their own emo­tions and tal­ents as they try their hand at writ­ing poetry in the gallery’s “Poetry Cor­ner.”  Try it out and reflect upon the emo­tion con­tained in her paint­ings — you just may sur­prise your­self at what you dis­cover!  Born in Nel­spruit, South Africa, Schwartz reflects in her paint­ings the com­plex nature of mod­ern fem­i­nin­ity, an ele­gant jux­ta­po­si­tion of power and vul­ner­a­bil­ity. Schwartz’s work has been exhib­ited, sold, and col­lected in South Africa, Europe, and the USA.
Inspired by Schwartz’s poetic col­lec­tion, join us for the first ever Min­gle at the Museum, Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 12th, From 6:00 – 9:00 PM.$5.00 Cover. Explore the best kept secret in Win­ter Park for an evening of net­work­ing, poetry, sculp­ture, and cock­tails.  Bring your busi­ness cards, garden-friendly shoes and be ready to get your min­gle on!  Enjoy com­pli­men­tary appe­tiz­ers and live poetry read­ings through­out the night as you peruse the Polasek’s newest gallery exhibit.  Then grab a cock­tail and head out into the mag­nif­i­cent sculp­ture gar­dens for a sun­set stroll over­look­ing Lake Osce­ola.  Bring your friends and col­leagues to net­work with other young pro­fes­sion­als from the cen­tral Florida area and let the Polasek sur­prise you!  Cash bar and valet park­ing pro­vided, with pro­ceeds ben­e­fit­ing the not-for-profit museum.

(WINTER PARK, FL April 15, 2013) Pro­vid­ing an insight­ful behind-the-scenes expe­ri­ence, the Start to Fin­ish exhi­bi­tion will high­light the processes used to cre­ate each sculp­ture. Through pho­tographs, sketches, and mod­els, vis­i­tors will see how sculp­ture devel­ops from start to fin­ish: the for­ma­tion of an orig­i­nal con­cept, the meth­ods and mate­ri­als used, the stages and mod­i­fi­ca­tions involved, and the ful­filled vision. Each piece of sculp­ture will be as unique as the Guild’s diverse mem­ber­ship and will range from tra­di­tional to con­tem­po­rary. The exhi­bi­tion is a tes­ta­ment to the beauty of the process and the high cal­iber of art com­ing from sculp­tural vision­ar­ies in Cen­tral Florida.
This exhi­bi­tion serves as a chan­nel through which each of the unique com­po­nents involved in cre­at­ing sculp­ture is cel­e­brated and shared with the pub­lic. We seek to expose the var­i­ous ele­ments of sculpture-making as sig­nif­i­cant con­trib­u­tors that con­tinue to ensure the vibrant cul­tural iden­tity of our com­mu­nity. The Florida Sculp­tors Guild is a unique, one-of-a-kind orga­ni­za­tion in Florida. It is a cul­tur­ally diverse net­work of pro­fes­sional sculp­tors and sup­port­ers of the visual arts who are com­mit­ted to enrich­ing, engag­ing, and edu­cat­ing our com­mu­nity on the sculp­tural arts. The Guild pro­vides emerg­ing and estab­lished sculp­tors the space, edu­ca­tion, expo­sure, and con­nec­tions they need for artis­tic, cre­ative, and pro­fes­sional advance­ment.
Selected Artists: Amy Wieck, Anthony Deal, Bill Oat­way, Brian Owens, Car­olyn Chace, Cheryl Bog­danow­itsch, Daryl Golden, David L. Cumbie, Dean S. War­ren, Geof­fry Sprague, Henry Sinn, Iwona Lys– Dobradin, Jack Hill, James M. Bojarzuk, Jene Omens, Linda Brant, Lynn Brenner-Katz, Mike Mof­fitt, Mindy Colton, Peter Forster, Sue Adabody, Susan Carter, Woody Igou, Dawn Rosendahl, Marla E, Roneld Lores, Denisse Berlin­geri, Byron Walker, and Richard Mun­ster.
The Florida Sculp­tors Guild is com­prised of all dif­fer­ent types of three-dimensional artists in Cen­tral Florida. With the shared vision of advanc­ing the sculp­tural arts in our com­mu­nity, The Polasek and the Florida Sculp­tors Guild are proud to share with the pub­lic the sub­tle and com­plex intri­ca­cies of this “mon­u­men­tal” art form.

(WINTER PARK, FL March 22, 2013) Come and explore the best kept secret in Win­ter Park for an evening of net­work­ing, poetry, sculp­ture, and cock­tails. Bring your busi­ness cards, gar­den friendly shoes and be ready to get your min­gle on! Enjoy com­pli­men­tary appe­tiz­ers and live poetry read­ings through­out the night as you peruse the Polasek’s newest gallery exhibit. Then grab a cock­tail and head out into the mag­nif­i­cent sculp­ture gar­dens for a sun­set stroll over­look­ing Lake Osce­ola. Bring your friends and col­leagues to net­work with other young pro­fes­sion­als from the cen­tral Florida area and let the Polasek sur­prise you! Cash bar pro­vided. Lim­ited onsite park­ing is avail­able. Pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit the not-for-profit museum. Visit www.polasek.org for details.

(WINTER PARK, FL, March 21, 2013) Join us in The Polasek Gar­dens for Med­i­ta­tion & Stretch­ing. Mon­days — May 6, 13, 20, 2013; 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Expe­ri­ence the con­nec­tion between your body and your spirit in these 60-minute guided med­i­ta­tion & stretch­ing ses­sions led by men­tal health coun­selor and fit­ness instruc­tor, Teri Reuter. Cost: Museum Mem­bers: $8 per ses­sion; Non Mem­bers: $10 per ses­sion. Reg­is­ter online www.polasek.org or call 407 – 647-6294. For more about Teri visit www.terireuter.com.

(WINTER PARK, FL Feb­ru­ary 28, 2013) The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens hosts the Fifth Annual Win­ter Park Paint Out dur­ing the last week of April 2013. Twenty-five of the finest “plein air” artists will be paint­ing through­out Win­ter Park and Orlando cap­tur­ing lush land­scapes, urban cityscapes, and trea­sured local land­marks with oils, acrylics, water­col­ors, and pas­tels.
The pub­lic is invited to stop by the Museum, gallery, and gar­dens all week long from April 21st through April 27th dur­ing our oper­at­ing hours to see recently com­pleted works, watch artists paint­ing in the gar­dens, and attend free paint­ing demon­stra­tions. The his­toric Polasek res­i­dence will also be open free for view­ing. Art­work pro­duced dur­ing the Paint Out will be for sale in the gallery “wet room” with a por­tion of the pro­ceeds going to sup­port the preser­va­tion, main­te­nance, and oper­a­tion of the Museum and gar­dens.
Plein air, a French term mean­ing “in the open air,” describes art­works painted out­doors with the sub­ject directly in view, rather than being cre­ated in a stu­dio. Plein air artists cap­ture the spirit and essence of a land­scape or sub­ject by incor­po­rat­ing nat­ural light, color, and move­ment into their works.
The Paint Out con­cludes with a spe­cial tick­eted evening event – The Paint Out Gar­den Party – which takes place Sat­ur­day April 27, 6-9p.m. All artists will be present, and guests are able to dis­cuss and pur­chase their works. Tick­ets for The Paint Out Gar­den Party are $50 in advance and $75 at the door, avail­able through The Polasek Museum. For addi­tional infor­ma­tion call the Museum at (407) 647‑6294 or visit the Paint Out web site at www.winterparkpaintout.org.
2013 Sched­ule of Events
Gallery and Gar­dens Open Daily FREE to the Pub­lic All Week!
April 20th 10 AM-4 PM
April 21st 1 PM-4 PM
April 22nd-26th 10 AM-6 PM
April 27th: 10 AM-12 PM
April 28th: 1 PM-4 PM
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! All art­work may also be viewed vir­tu­ally in “real time” as they are cre­ated online at www.winterparkpaintout.org. Polasek Res­i­dence open for view­ing.
Free Paint­ing Demon­stra­tions
Sat­ur­day, April 20: 1 to 4 PM. The week kicks off with a splash of Florida His­tory in this spe­cial pro­gram and demon­stra­tion by acclaimed High­way­man, Kelvin Hair. It is dou­bly fit­ting that the High­way­men were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2004, the very same year in which Albin Polasek was inducted. Hair was selected by Gov. Rick Scott as the 2012 Black His­tory Month Artist.
Mon­day, April 22: 10 AM to 12 Noon. Pas­tel Demon­stra­tion with Gary Rupp Intro­duc­tion to Plein Air Pas­tels – Gary Rupp will dis­cuss the plea­sure of paint­ing with pas­tels en plein air dur­ing this two-hour demon­stra­tion. He’ll pro­vide point­ers on the type of equip­ment and sup­plies required to work in pas­tels out of doors and show how they are used to cap­ture a beau­ti­ful land­scape image.
Tues­day, April 23: 10 AM to 12 Noon. Oil Paint­ing Demon­stra­tion with Jane Chapin Fig­ures in the Land­scape — You’ve just set up to paint your favorite cor­ner cafe or park when peo­ple start enter­ing the pic­ture. They don’t sit still, they walk out of the scene – what do you do? Some­times you have only sec­onds to record peo­ple in your paint­ing. In this demon­stra­tion, Jane Chapin will talk about how to han­dle mov­ing sub­jects and how to suc­cess­fully add fig­ures to your scene.
Wednes­day, April 24: 10 AM to 12 Noon. Oil Paint­ing Demon­stra­tion with Ken DeWaard Essence and Design – In the out­doors, we see the essence of the land­scape – it’s intrin­sic, fun­da­men­tal, and true nature. The work of the artist is to cap­ture that essence and inter­pret it with a spe­cific pur­pose, inten­tion, or design in mind. Ken DeWaard will show how to uti­lize and build on what nature gives us through design and inter­pre­ta­tion, with­out being slaves to the scene in view.
Thurs­day, April 25: 10 AM to 12 Noon. Acrylic/Oil Paint­ing Demon­stra­tion with Irina Kov­nacka Ashcraft Paint­ing on Col­or­ful Back­grounds — Get over the fear of a white can­vas by “mess­ing it up” with color before start­ing your paint­ing. Irina Kov­nacka Ashcraft takes the tra­di­tional toned can­vas up a notch by using reds, greens, and blues as her under­ly­ing col­ors. This unique approach results in paint­ings with a vibrant color palette typ­i­cal of the artist’s work.
Fri­day, April 26: 10 AM to 12 Noon. Oil Paint­ing Demon­stra­tion with Mor­gan Samuel Price From Start to Fin­ish – Mor­gan Samuel Price shows the over­all process of cre­at­ing a beau­ti­ful land­scape paint­ing. Her demon­stra­tion starts with a quick com­po­si­tional sketch that devel­ops through the block-in of shapes and the refine­ment of details, all while explain­ing her pro­ce­dures and answer­ing ques­tions. The artist will also describe her mate­ri­als, her Impres­sion­ist paint­ing tech­niques, and ways in which she cap­tures the light, color, and beauty of the nat­ural world.
2013 Win­ter Park Paint Out Par­tic­i­pat­ing Artists
Please visit our online artists’ direc­tory at www.winterparkpaintout.org for more infor­ma­tion about the artists, includ­ing pho­tographs and sam­ples of work.
Steve Andrews – Tal­la­has­see, FL www.steveandrewsart.com; Linda Apriletti – Miami Springs, FL www.lindaapriletti.com; Irina Kov­nacka Ashcraft – Win­ter Springs, FL www.artworkbyirina.com; Stephen Bach – Orlando, FL www.stephenbach.com; Stacy Barter – Win­ter Park, FL www.stacybarter.com; Christophe Car­dot – Edge­wa­ter, FL www.christopheart.com; Jane Chapin – St. Peters­burg, FL www.janechapin.com; Hiu Lai Chong – Rockville, MD www.hiulaichong.com ; Priscilla Coote – Naples, FL www.pcoote.com; Matthew Cor­nell – Orlando, FL www.matthewcornell.com; Ken DeWaard – Viro­qua, WI www.kendewaard.com; Charles Dick­in­son – St. Augus­tine, FL www.charlesdickinson.net; Cyn­thia Edmonds – Win­ter Park, FL www.cynthiaedmonds.com; Bill Farnsworth – Venice, FL www.billfarnsworth.com; Elis­a­beth Fer­ber – Orlando, FL www.elisabeth-ferber.com; Stew­art Jones – Orlando, FL www.stewartjonesart.com; Terry Mason – Sara­sota, FL www.terrymasonpaintings.com; Berto Ortega – Orlando, FL www.Bertoortega.fineartamerica.com; Joe Palme­rio – Sara­sota, FL www.palmerioart.com; Bob­bie Put­trich – Arling­ton Heights, IL www.bobbieputtrich.com; Gary Rupp – Orlando, FL www.garyrupp.com; Mor­gan Samuel Price – Alta­monte Springs, FL www.morgansamuelprice.com; Don Sondag – Win­ter Park, FL www.mcraeartstudios.com/artists/sondag.html; Sheila Thorn­ton – Venice, FL www.sheilathornton.com; Trish Vev­era – Ormond Beach, FL www.pleinairflorida.com/ vevera.ht
Other Spe­cial Events
Paint Out Wel­come Recep­tion (Artists, Hosts, Patrons, Spon­sors) Mon­day April 22 — 5:30 PM– 8 PM. Help us wel­come this year’s artists dur­ing a pri­vate, catered event at the Polasek Museum. This is a great oppor­tu­nity to meet and talk to artists about their work and their plans for the upcom­ing event. Please con­tact the Polasek Museum at (407) 6476294 for more infor­ma­tion about becom­ing a Paint Out Patron or Spon­sor.
Sun­set “Paint In” Wednes­day April 24 — 6 PM-9 PM. The pub­lic is invited to come by as Paint Out Artists gather on the shore of Lake Kil­lar­ney at Hill­stone Restau­rant (for­merly Houston’s). 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. Hill­stone is located at 215 S. Orlando Avenue in Win­ter Park. Call (407) 7404005 to reserve a table for this spe­cial night.
Artists and Patrons Pri­vate Recep­tion Thurs­day April 25 — 6 PM– 11 PM. The Polasek Board of Trustees hosts an inti­mate and fun evening meal for spon­sors, patrons, hosts, and artists. Join us at the Win­ter Park’s Uni­ver­sity Club for this mid-week repast and a unique oppor­tu­nity to talk to our artists about their work. Please con­tact the Polasek Museum at (407) 6476294 for more infor­ma­tion about becom­ing a Paint Out Patron or Spon­sor. The Uni­ver­sity Club is located at 841 N Park Ave Win­ter Park, FL 32789.
Paint Out Gar­den Party Sat­ur­day April 27: 6 PM– 9 PM. Join us for a spe­cial night “en plein air” at The Polasek Museum and the enchant­ing gar­dens at twi­light. We’ll be cel­e­brat­ing the mas­ter­ful works of our paint out artists as we bring the 2013 Win­ter Park Paint Out to a close. Meet the artists from this year’s event and see the entire exhi­bi­tion of over 400 works of art, while enjoy­ing great food and com­pany. The Mt. Dora Trol­ley Shut­tle will usher guests from the com­pli­men­tary event park­ing at Sun­Trust Park­ing Garage, East Lyman Avenue, to the Museum (no on-site park­ing for gen­eral admis­sion tick­ets.) Tick­ets are $50 in advance and $75 if avail­able at the door. VIP Recep­tion exclu­sive pre­view begins at 5PM for Spon­sors and Patrons. Tick­ets are avail­able online www.polasek.org or call the Museum at (407) 647‑6294.

(WINTER PARK, FL Feb­ru­ary 12, 2013) If you haven’t had enough moto-stimulation dur­ing the win­ter, you might want to see “LIFE IN THE FAST LANE: The Art of David DeLong” at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens in Win­ter Park, Florida, through April 14, 2013. DeLong was one of the first Amer­i­can road rac­ers, start­ing on a pre-war BMW he bought while on duty in Europe. An artist by trade, he was able to com­bine his love of rac­ing with his tal­ent. A tech­ni­cally skilled drafts­man, painter and print­maker, the works on dis­play offer an insider’s view of rac­ing from the 1950’s until 2001 when DeLong passed away.
One can get a real feel­ing of the period in his works and there is a famil­iar mood, not to men­tion famil­iar fig­ures at rid­ers’ meet­ings, in the pits, and on the track. Maybe the sun ris­ing over the Day­tona speed­way is mean­ing­ful to you; DeLong cap­tures it. Per­haps a still life or por­trait is not what would nor­mally inter­est you, but Delong’s are full of every­day things asso­ci­ated with rac­ing and motor­cy­cles, like, cylin­der heads and oil cans. He has spent as much time devel­op­ing these cre­ations as he did work­ing on his other pas­sion: race bikes. And there is a parade of bikes: Manxes, Ducatis, and TS 750’s, all of which he raced. He was still rac­ing an RS125 (included in the show) at age 71 years, the age at which he died.
Do your­self a favor and try some­thing that is a per­haps a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. Spend some time look­ing at an artist’s view of rac­ing, or maybe a racer’s view of art.

(WINTER PARK, FL, Feb­ru­ary 8, 2013) Gar­den Vol­un­teer, Janet Mer­cer, is hep­ped up on Hyper­t­ufa, a man­made rock cre­ated from var­i­ous mate­ri­als bonded together with Port­land cement. Pop­u­lar for mak­ing gar­den orna­ments, pots, and lanterns, it is lighter than con­crete and ter­ra­cotta and that much eas­ier to move around. Orig­i­nally invented for Alpine gar­dens, it can with­stand tem­per­a­tures to –22 degrees Fahren­heit! If you have admired antique troughs in your trav­els through Euro­pean gar­dens, now is your chance to learn how to make your own! Janet will teach Hyper­t­ufa Tech­niques on Sat­ur­day, March 30, 2013 from 10 am — 2 pm. We will pro­vide all the nec­es­sary mate­ri­als and you will take your fin­ished prod­ucts home with you. Bring a snack and water. If you have a small con­tainer you would like to use for a mold, bring it. Other molds will be pro­vided.
What to wear: some­thing you will not be sad about not wear­ing again should it get soiled.
Tuition: $55 Museum mem­bers, $60 non-members
Act Now! Enroll­ment is lim­ited to 15 peo­ple. Reg­is­ter online www.polasek.org or by call­ing Claire at 407 – 647-6294. Pre-registration and pre-payment required for all classes, must be com­pleted by 5:00 pm the last week day before the class.

(WINTER PARK, FL, Jan­u­ary 25, 2013) The 2013 Win­ter Park Paint Out kicks off with a splash of Florida His­tory in this spe­cial demon­stra­tion and lec­ture by awarded Florida High­way­men, Kelvin Hair.  Before this year’s 25 plein air artists fill up the Polasek’s Muse­ums wet-room gallery with their lively art­work (April 22 – 27), we hope to intro­duce vis­i­tors to the roots of Plein Air paint­ing in Florida. Admit­tance to the museum, gar­dens, and demon­stra­tion will be FREE!  We encour­age guests to bring their own lawn chairs or blan­kets, sit back and relax with a glass of sweet tea while you learn, and watch the magic unfold on Kelvin Hair’s can­vas. Lim­ited out­door seat­ing is avail­able, so get your seat early for the best view! Refresh­ments will be avail­able for sale on site-please no out­side food or bev­er­age on grounds. The demon­stra­tion and lec­ture begins at 1:00 pm and the museum will be open until 4:00 pm. Mr. Hair’s art­work will be avail­able for pur­chase the day of.  Here’s your chance to speak to and learn from the artist selected by Gov­er­nor Rick Scott as the 2012 Black His­tory Month artist! 
The Albin Polasek Museum acknowl­edges and cel­e­brates not only the Euro­pean begin­nings of “plein air” paint­ing, a French term mean­ing “in open air” or sim­ply out­door paint­ing, but also of the con­tem­po­rary legacy of the High­way­men and artists such as Kelvin Hair.  It is dou­bly fit­ting that the High­way­men were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2004, the very same year Albin Polasek was also inducted.
The Florida High­way­men were a group of 26 African-Americans; Kelvin Hair’s father, Alfred Hair, among the orig­i­nal founders and orga­niz­ers group broke racial and artis­tic con­ven­tions of the 1950’s to paint Florida’s land­scapes. Their deter­mi­na­tion and cre­ativ­ity out­shone an era marked by racism and poverty. The name “high­way­men” stuck because their work was orig­i­nally shunned by local gal­leries, forc­ing these entre­pre­neurs to sell their art from car trunks along the East­ern coastal roads and door-to-door.  Much like Albin Polasek, whose sig­na­ture piece of sculp­ture is enti­tled “Man Carv­ing His Own Des­tiny,” the Highwaymen’s art­work has also become a sym­bol of over­com­ing insur­mount­able bar­ri­ers and the belief in power of inspi­ra­tional and beau­ti­ful art. Today the Highwaymen’s art­work is highly prized, and the artists are con­sid­ered a cor­ner­stone in both Florida’s his­tor­i­cal and con­tem­po­rary cul­tural scene.
The Polasek Museum is delighted to host Kelvin Hair as our spe­cial guest artist for the 2013 Win­ter Park Paint Out.  Kelvin Hair was born in Vero Beach, Florida, and is the son of Mat­tie Thorn­ton and Alfred Hair. Kelvin’s father first intro­duced him to art when he was a tod­dler. Very much in keep­ing with the tra­di­tions of the orig­i­nal High­way­men, who were self-taught and shared their craft among one another, Kelvin Hair was men­tored by the leg­endary A.E. Backus, who is widely known to be the art teacher of the High­way­men founder, Alfred Hair.  To learn more about the artist Kelvin Hair, please visit his offi­cial web­site:
http://khairart.com/.  Do not miss this oppor­tu­nity to watch plein air his­tory cre­ated live!!
This project is funded in part by Orange County Gov­ern­ment through the Arts & Cul­tural Affairs
Pro­gram.

WINTER PARK, FL Jan­u­ary 11, 2013) Have you ever won­dered how a sculp­ture replica is made? Do you want to learn more about the cast­ing process? Here’s your chance! From Jan­u­ary 17– 23, 2013, Sculp­ture House Cast­ing, Inc. of New York will be cast­ing one of Albin Polasek’s most pow­er­ful and iconic works of art, “Man Carv­ing His Own Des­tiny” right here in Win­ter Park! Cast­ing a larger-than-life-sized sculp­ture, such as this piece, is a com­plex and inten­sive under­tak­ing. Drop in to The Museum and see how the process unfolds. Cura­tor Rachel Frisby, along with skilled arti­sans from Sculp­ture House, will be on site to answer your ques­tions and to enlighten you on the “Man Carv­ing Project” as it devel­ops. Through­out the (roughly) week-long process, you will see the crew build a plat­form around the exist­ing sculp­ture, coat the sculp­ture with a thin a layer of wax, and make sil­i­cone rub­ber and plas­ter molds (the shell or plas­ter pos­i­tives of the orig­i­nal).  The mold will be made in sec­tions and when com­plete will be shipped to New York City, where the foundry will pour the sculp­ture. So, if you’re a stu­dent, a sculp­ture enthu­si­ast, buyer, or per­haps just curi­ous, visit the Polasek Museum &Sculp­ture Gar­dens and wit­ness the mold­ing of “Man Carv­ing His Own Des­tiny” for your­self!

(WINTER PARK, FL:  Novem­ber 30, 2012)  The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­den is excited to share our newest acqui­si­tion with our guests, a bust of Woodrow Wil­son, cre­ated by Albin Polasek him­self that was tar­geted for destruc­tion by the Nazis. This extra­or­di­nary piece of Amer­i­can his­tory, thought to have been destroyed in World War II, is now on dis­play at the Win­ter Park museum.
The orig­i­nal larger– than-life mon­u­ment to the 28th pres­i­dent of the United States was cre­ated by Polasek in 1928 and proudly ded­i­cated by Tomas Masaryk, the first pres­i­dent of Czecho­slo­va­kia, and Wilson’s widow, Edith. The bronze mon­u­ment  bore the Wil­son quote “The world must be made safe for democ­racy.”  After the US declared war on Nazi Ger­many, the orig­i­nal mon­u­ment was destroyed on the night of Decem­ber 10, 1941, by order of Rein­hard Hey­drich, the dia­bol­i­cal “Reich Pro­tec­tor” of Nazi-occupied Bohemia and Moravia. After the war ended, the Sovi­ets ordered all the molds and plas­ter mod­els of the Wil­son mon­u­ment destroyed. How­ever, one orig­i­nal plas­ter cast­ing of Wilson’s bust sur­vived and was secreted in a ware­house on the out­skirts of Prague, where it was dis­cov­ered in Jan­u­ary 2008.  The col­lab­o­ra­tive efforts of three artists and patrons of the arts, includ­ing The Amer­i­can Friends of the Czech Repub­lic, Czech offi­cials and the team at the Polasek Museum, worked together to bring the sculp­ture back to life using the mold. On dis­play now at the Polasek, guest will learn about the cast­ing process for this sculp­ture and the more about the intrigu­ing story sur­round­ing it.
“Open­ing the crate from Europe was an elec­tric moment,” said museum cura­tor Rachel Frisby. “This sculp­ture is polit­i­cally charged and of such world sig­nif­i­cance that it was com­mis­sioned, sup­pos­edly destroyed, hid­den away for its pro­tec­tion, and recre­ated. It’s mon­u­men­tal that the bust cre­ated from Polasek’s orig­i­nal mold returns to Amer­ica, and Win­ter Park in par­tic­u­lar, where the largest col­lec­tion of Albin Polasek’s works reside.” 
Vis­i­tors to the Museum will be able to view the Wil­son bust as part of the docent-led tour of the his­toric home; a do-not-miss oppor­tu­nity to be inspired and to be swept up in the col­lec­tive power of Democ­racy. Help us enthu­si­as­ti­cally wel­come this price­less addi­tion to our col­lec­tion – a com­pelling reminder of Albin Polasek’s com­mit­ment to free­dom.

(WINTER PARK, FL Octo­ber 8, 2012) Start your New Year off with a pledge to do some­thing that will ben­e­fit your entire well-being! Local Busi­ness Owner, Engi­neer, Meta­physi­cian, Spir­i­tual Coun­selor and Author of the Global Heal­ing Tril­ogy Vipin Mehta, chal­lenges us to “Change the Mind­set, Change Heal­ing.” Learn about these prin­ci­ples directly from the inter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized author him­self in this infor­ma­tive sem­i­nar series to be held at the beau­ti­ful Polasek Museum. This is a sin­gu­lar expe­ri­ence that will allow for greater under­stand­ing of com­plex and per­haps new con­cepts of heal­ing. Par­tic­i­pants should bring an “open mind” for the shar­ing of ideas, cul­ture and per­sonal growth. The under­ly­ing prin­ci­ples are Per­sonal Heal­ing, Think­ing Out­side the Box and Empow­er­ing Your­self. Each three-hour dis­course will focus on a par­tic­u­lar theme and will include a pre­sen­ta­tion, Q & A peri­ods, breaks, refresh­ments and med­i­ta­tion. Be inspired by beau­ti­ful art­work as you con­tem­plate your own life’s jour­ney. Lim­ited seat­ing is avail­able, Must pre-register for classes online at www.polasek.org/events or call: 407.647.6294. Indi­vid­ual ses­sions are $30.00 for non-museum mem­bers and $25.00 for mem­bers. Reserve the entire series for the dis­counted price of $110.00 for non-members and $90.00 for mem­bers. All pro­ceeds will go to fur­ther sup­port the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens.
Dis­course 1: Sun­day Jan­u­ary 6th 2013 (9:30a-12:30p)”Conscious Heal­ing Mantra & Life is a Pil­grim­age”
Join us as we explore Life Energy & Forces, Com­pelling Forces of Needs, Pro­pelling Forces of Desire, Dri­ving Forces of Know­ing and be opened up to the New Dimen­sion of Life.
Dis­course 2: Sun­day Jan­u­ary 13th 2013 (9:30a-12:30p) “Nature of Health Body, Mind, Soul & Spirit Inte­gra­tive Rela­tion­ship” & Part I – “Types of Ill­nesses”
Good Health is the entirety of Body, Mind, Soul, Spirit rela­tion­ship; this dis­course will show you how to inte­grate those com­po­nents through­out your life and help you to begin the heal­ing process by rec­og­niz­ing, iden­ti­fy­ing and cat­e­go­riz­ing ill­nesses.
Dis­course 3:  Sun­day Jan­u­ary 27th 3013 (9:30a-12:30p) Part I –“Explor­ing & Dis­cov­er­ing the Power of Heal­ing & Spir­i­tual Anatomy of the Human Being”
This dis­course is of explo­ration and dis­cov­ery of the Power of Heal­ing and Empow­er­ing Your­self. We will dis­cuss the Spir­i­tual Anatomy of the human being, the con­nec­tion and inte­gra­tion of the five lay­ers of the human being, and how to dis­cover where the Power of your Per­sonal Heal­ing lies.
Dis­course 4: Sun­day Feb­ru­ary 3rd 2013 (9:30a-12:30p)”Modalities of Heal­ing” & “Intro­duc­tion to Meta­physics”
Open your­self up to the var­i­ous Modal­i­ties of Heal­ing and decide which is appro­pri­ate for your dis-ease. Dis­cover Meta­phys­i­cal Heal­ing and the Power that lies within you. Dis­cus­sion top­ics will include “The Artistry of Love, Faces of Love, Pro­gres­sion of Love” and “Cre­at­ing the Magic of Love in Life.” This sem­i­nar is highly rec­om­mended for cou­ples.

(WINTER PARK, Sep­tem­ber 14, 2012) The Rotary Club of Win­ter Park presents the 9th annual Win­ter Park Boat Parade and Ski Show which will take place Decem­ber 8th on Lakes Vir­ginia and Osce­ola.  The Win­ter Park Boat Parade and Fes­ti­val of Lights is a fun, community-wide water parade with holiday-themed and lighted boats along the lakes’ shore­lines.
Event Sched­ule:
3:30 pm: 
Water ski show will be on Lake Vir­ginia with view­ing on the Rollins Col­lege cam­pus by the Jump Ramp in front of the Cam­pus Stu­dent Center/Swimming Pool. The area’s lead­ing water skiers will be per­form­ing a one-hour ski show to music.  Over two dozen pro­fes­sional skiers will be pulled by South­east Mas­ter­Craft boats per­form­ing rou­tines fea­tur­ing jumps, mul­ti­ple skiers’ acts, bare­foot, wake boards, and high-performance equip­ment.
5:00 pm: The Polasek Museum hosts the offi­cial view­ing sta­tion and judg­ing stand for the Win­ter Park Hol­i­day Boat Parade, where the fes­tiv­i­ties kick off with live music and Santa, bring­ing the hol­i­day spirit of the sea­son to life.  The Rotary Club of Win­ter Park will host a fundraiser to ben­e­fit local non-profits, with food, wine and beer avail­able for pur­chase.  Admis­sion to the Polasek Gar­dens for the Parade is FREE.  Lim­ited onsite park­ing will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Polasek Gar­dens for a $5 dona­tion.  Bring your lawn chairs, blan­kets, friends and fam­ily to The Polasek to enjoy a Win­ter Park hol­i­day tra­di­tion.
Addi­tional pub­lic view­ing of the boat parade at Dinky Dock (off Fair­banks Avenue) begin­ning at sun­down.  Bring lawn chairs or blan­kets.
Sun­down: The parade will begin on the east shore of Lake Vir­ginia (near Dinky Dock) in front of Wind­song and pro­ceed clock­wise around the shores of Lake Vir­ginia, then pro­ceed through the Palm Canal to Lake Osce­ola.
About 6:30 pm: Boat parade passes in front of judges at The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens and tours around Lake Osce­ola.
CALL FOR BOATS:  Orga­niz­ers of the event are seek­ing res­i­dent and busi­ness boat entries.  For res­i­dent boats, there is no entry fee, and all local licensed area boat own­ers are invited to par­tic­i­pate.  Boat reg­is­tra­tion is required with appli­ca­tions avail­able by con­tact­ing wpboatparade.com or call 407 – 647-6492.
Key Spon­sors:  South­east Mas­ter­Craft, The Mayflower, Pan­era Bread,  Scenic Boat Tours of Win­ter Park, Win­ter Park Memo­r­ial Hos­pi­tal, Fan­nie Hill­man & Asso­ciates, The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens, City of Win­ter Park Lakes and Water­ways Depart­ment, and the Rotary Club of Win­ter Park.
Note to Media:
Images are avail­able to media.
Please con­tact Deb­bie Koman­ski, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, 407 – 647-6294, DKomanski@polasek.org.

(WINTER PARK, FL August 30, 2012) The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculp­ture Gar­dens in Win­ter Park, Florida is look­ing for vol­un­teers and is begin­ning a new vol­un­teer and docent train­ing pro­gram.
Polasek vol­un­teers and docents pro­vide an invalu­able ser­vice by help­ing vis­i­tors of all ages; engage with works of art through the museum’s guided tour pro­gram, assist with keep­ing the gar­dens look­ing beau­ti­ful and aid guests with ques­tions and gift shop pur­chases. While no expe­ri­ence is required, vol­un­teers must be com­fort­able talk­ing to the pub­lic. An appli­ca­tion is required.
“Being a museum docent is unlike other vol­un­teer expe­ri­ence,” says Trudy Furno, docent trainer and research spe­cial­ist at the museum.” Docents become well acquainted with Polasek’s life story and art and have many oppor­tu­ni­ties to inter­act with Museum visitors.It can truly be a reward­ing expe­ri­ence to make a con­nec­tion with a group of guests and get them excited about what we have to offer here.“  The museum has needs in all areas includ­ing Docents, Museum Gallery and Gift Shop Atten­dants and Gar­den­ing enthu­si­ast.
About the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculp­ture Gar­dens: Founded in 1961, the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens holds an art col­lec­tion focus­ing pri­mar­ily on Amer­i­can rep­re­sen­ta­tional sculp­ture, with over 200 works by Czech-born Amer­i­can sculp­tor Albin Polasek. The museum offers guided tours of the his­toric Polasek res­i­dence and chapel, an out­door sculp­ture gar­den and a gift shop. The museum is the retire­ment home of 2004 Florida Artists Hall of Fame inductee Albin Polasek, is listed on the National Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places and is one of only 30 mem­bers of the National Trust’s His­toric Artists’ Homes and Stu­dios.
Mis­sion: To pro­mote the legacy of inter­na­tion­ally known sculp­tor, Albin Polasek N.A., and to encour­age study, appre­ci­a­tion and the fur­ther­ance of rep­re­sen­ta­tional art.
His­tory: Born in the province of Moravia (now Czech Repub­lic), Albin Polasek immi­grated to this coun­try as a young wood­carver in 1901. He later attended the Penn­syl­va­nia Acad­emy of the Fine Arts in Philadel­phia and the Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Art in Rome. Dur­ing his influ­en­tial artis­tic and edu­ca­tional career, Polasek won many awards for his works and was com­mis­sioned to cre­ate numer­ous pub­lic sculp­tures now found through­out Europe and Amer­ica. Polasek ded­i­cated his life to encour­ag­ing the study, appre­ci­a­tion and fur­ther­ance of rep­re­sen­ta­tional art.
Col­lec­tions: The Polasek is a liv­ing museum, with out­door gar­dens dat­ing to 1949. The three-acre gar­den is a pas­toral oasis within the City of Win­ter Park. It is also a his­toric land­scape on Lake Osce­ola with many of the plant­i­ngs orig­i­nally placed by Mr. Polasek and his fam­ily. It pro­vides a col­or­ful back­drop for fifty out­door sculp­tures includ­ing free­stand­ing and archi­tec­tural sculp­tures by Albin Polasek, as well as works by other 20th cen­tury sculp­tors.
Hours:  Gal­leries, His­toric Res­i­dence & Chapel: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Sun­day 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Con­tact Infor­ma­tion: 633 Osce­ola Avenue Win­ter Park, Fl 32789
Phone:  407 – 647-6294  Web­site:  www.polasek.org  Email: volunteer@polasek.org

(WINTER PARK, FL August 27, 2012) On Sat­ur­day Sep­tem­ber 29, 2012, the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens will open its doors free of charge along with over 1,400 other par­tic­i­pat­ing venues for the eighth annual Museum Day Live! This immensely suc­cess­ful pro­gram, in which the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens will emu­late the free admis­sion pol­icy of the Smith­son­ian Institution’s Wash­ing­ton, D.C. based facil­i­ties, encour­ages learn­ing and the spread of knowl­edge nation­wide. We will be open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Enjoy com­pli­men­tary art activ­i­ties in the Museum’s Gal­ley. Cre­ate gar­den inspired art­work out of recy­cled mate­ri­als in a hands-on, eco-friendly project the entire fam­ily will love.  Amy Wieck, the Pres­i­dent of The Florida Sculp­tors Guild, will also be demon­strat­ing the process of “Life cast­ing” and mould mak­ing.  Vis­i­tors will learn about this ancient tech­nique and be encour­aged to participate. Inclusive by design, Museum Day Live! ful­fills Smith­son­ian Media’s mis­sion to make cul­tural edu­ca­tion acces­si­ble to every­one. For one day only, the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens will grant free access to vis­i­tors who down­load a Museum Day Live! ticket at Smithsonian.com.  Last year’s event drew over 350,000 museum-goers, and this year’s Museum Day Live! is expected to attract close to 400,000 par­tic­i­pants. The Museum Day Live! Ticket will be avail­able to down­load at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/

(WINTER PARK, FL August 22, 2012)  The Polasek Museum’s 8th annual 3-concert music series fea­tures the world-renowned vio­lin­ist Ayako Yone­tani with com­puter accom­pa­ni­ment by Dr. Kimi­nobu Sug­aya and a vari­ety of guest instru­men­tal­ists per­form­ing works by Mendelssohn, Vivaldi, Mozart, and Bach among other com­posers. Held in the ele­gant salon of the Polasek res­i­dence, concert-goers expe­ri­ence acoustic per­fec­tion in an inti­mate set­ting. Lim­ited to 50 seats, the per­for­mance is fol­lowed by a pri­vate recep­tion. Cost: $80 for three con­cert series or $30 per con­cert. Tick­ets avail­able at www.polasek.org or 407 – 647-6294. 
Dr. Ayako Yone­tani, an inter­na­tion­ally acclaimed violin/viola player won First Prize in the Japan­ese National Com­pe­ti­tion at age nine and made her United States debut as a con­cert­mas­ter with the New York String Orches­tra at Carnegie Hall.  Dr. Yone­tani received her bach­e­lor, mas­ters, and doc­toral degrees from the Jul­liard School of Music. Cur­rently, she is a Pro­fes­sor of Violin/Viola at the Uni­ver­sity of Cen­tral Florida and trav­els the world as a guest soloist.  She is a mem­ber of Japan’s pre­mier cham­ber ensem­ble in Tokyo.
Dr. Kimi­nobu Sug­aya is Chair of the Neu­ro­science Con­sor­tium and also with the Uni­ver­sity of Cen­tral Florida Col­lege of Med­i­cine.  Dr. Sug­aya is an inter­na­tion­ally award-winning adult stem cell sci­en­tist. Along­side Dr. Yone­tani, he has been con­duct­ing research on the impact of music on the brain.  Using the lat­est in tech­nol­ogy Dr. Sug­uya pro­vides inno­v­a­tive musi­cal accom­pa­ni­ment for every con­cert.
Sun­day, Novem­ber 11, 2012, 2:00 p.m.
Mozart Vio­lin Sonata, Bach Con­certo for Oboe and Vio­lin
Guest:  Jamie Stre­feler, oboe, OPO prin­ci­pal oboist, UCF oboe pro­fes­sor, and Dr. Kimi­nobu Sug­aya accom­pa­ni­ment
Jamie Stre­feler received her master’s degree in oboe per­for­mance from the Uni­ver­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia and is cur­rently prin­ci­pal oboe of the Orlando Phil­har­monic Orches­tra. She has held prin­ci­pal oboe posi­tions with the Amer­i­can Youth Orches­tra, the Debut Orches­tra and the Helena Sym­phony as well as a sec­ond oboe and Eng­lish horn posi­tion with the Tri-Cities Opera Com­pany. Jamie has been a fea­tured soloist with the Great Falls Sym­phony and the Amer­i­can Youth Orches­tra.
Sun­day, Jan­u­ary 20, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
Corelli Sonata Op. 5 #1, Lennox Berleley: Trio for horn, vio­lin and piano
Guests: Mark Fis­cher, French horn, and Dr. Kimi­nobu Sug­aya accom­pa­ni­ment
Mark Fis­cher has per­formed as Prin­ci­pal and Solo Horn for the Orlando Phil­har­monic Orches­tra since 1996 and can be found on more than two dozen CDs pro­duced by Madacy Records. He has also per­formed with var­i­ous other pro­fes­sional orches­tras, includ­ing the Florida Sym­phony Orches­tra, the Min­nesota Orches­tra, Grand Teton Fes­ti­val Orches­tra, St. Paul Cham­ber Orches­tra, Jack­sonville Sym­phony, and Naples Phil­har­monic. Mr. Fis­cher is a found­ing mem­ber of the Board of Direc­tors of the Orlando Phil­har­monic and cur­rently serves as its Gen­eral Man­ager.
Sun­day, March 24, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
Mendelssohn Vio­lin Sonata, Vivaldi Con­certo for four Vio­lins, fea­tur­ing  “Prodigy and Young Peo­ple”
Guests: Tris­tan Rhode­side, Vic­to­ria Senko, and Julia Hos­sain, vio­lins, and Dr. Kimi­nobu Sug­aya accompaniment

(WINTER PARK, FL June 21, 2012) The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens offers three unique year-round expe­ri­ences for vis­i­tors with its out­door sculp­ture gar­dens, chang­ing exhi­bi­tion gallery and tour of the his­toric Polasek home and chapel.
Gar­dens and Out­door Sculp­ture: Three acres of gar­dens on the shore of Lake Osce­ola pro­vide a col­or­ful back­drop for numer­ous out­door sculp­tures includ­ing free­stand­ing and archi­tec­tural sculp­tures by Albin Polasek, as well as works by other 20th cen­tury sculp­tors.
Chang­ing Exhi­bi­tion Gallery: Works in a vari­ety of media by local, national and inter­na­tional artists are fea­tured in exhi­bi­tions in our museum gallery that change through­out the year.
His­toric Polasek House and Chapel. Vis­i­tors can step back in time and into the life of an artist by tak­ing a docent-led tour through the his­toric Albin Polasek home fea­tur­ing his own sculp­tures, paint­ings and sculpt­ing tools, as well as his fas­ci­nat­ing per­sonal col­lec­tion of works by other artists, fur­ni­ture and antiq­ui­ties. Polasek’s per­sonal chapel is an inti­mate, sacred space and a high­light of the tour.

Museum Day Sep­tem­ber 29, 2012; 10 a.m. — 4 p.m. A cel­e­bra­tion of cul­ture, learn­ing, and the dis­sem­i­na­tion of knowl­edge, Smith­son­ian Magazine’s “Museum Day” reflects the spirit of the mag­a­zine with free admis­sion to par­tic­i­pat­ing insti­tu­tions. Last year over 100,000 peo­ple vis­ited muse­ums on this day in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Visit www.smithsonianmag.com for more infor­ma­tion. There will be a hands-on art activ­ity in which to par­tic­i­pate and sculpture-related art demonstrations.

Czech Inde­pen­dence Day Octo­ber 28, 2012; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. In recog­ni­tion of the cre­ation of a free and inde­pen­dent Czecho­slo­va­kia in 1918, all vis­i­tors to the Museum will be admit­ted free of charge. Reg­u­larly sched­uled docent tours will focus on Albin Polasek’s Czech-influenced works.

Life in the Fast Lane: The Art of David Delong Octo­ber 2, 2012 – April 14, 2013 Over the course of five decades Amer­i­can Real­ist David Delong (1930 – 2001) pro­duced a body of work remark­able for its breadth, vari­ety and dex­ter­ity. An avid motor­cy­cle racer, Delong con­sid­ered these machines to be the per­fect metaphor for life and art, explain­ing that each requires a high level of con­trol and dis­ci­pline. The orig­i­nal works on dis­play will focus on the cul­ture of motor­cy­cle rac­ing and include oil paint­ings, pen and ink draw­ings, and etch­ings from the late 1950s to 2001. The col­lec­tion will be on loan from David Delong’s widow Har­ri­ett Delong.

Ayako Yone­tani at the Polasek: Exclu­sive Cham­ber Con­cert Series Dr. Ayako Yone­tani, a world renowned vio­lin­ist, began play­ing at the age of five and made her solo debut at the age of ten.  Later, she made her United States debut as a con­cert­mas­ter with the New York String Orches­tra at Carnegie Hall.  Dr. Yone­tani received her Bach­e­lor, Mas­ters, and Doc­toral degrees from the Juil­liard School.  Cur­rently, she is a Pro­fes­sor of Violin/Viola at the Uni­ver­sity of Cen­tral Florida and trav­els the world as a guest soloist.  She is a mem­ber of Japan’s pre­mier cham­ber ensem­ble in Tokyo. The Museum’s 7th annual three-concert music series fea­tures inter­na­tion­ally acclaimed violin/viola player Ayako Yone­tani and a vari­ety of guest instru­men­tal­ists. Held in the ele­gant salon of the Polasek res­i­dence, concert-goers expe­ri­ence acoustic per­fec­tion in an inti­mate set­ting. Lim­ited to 50 seats, the per­for­mance is fol­lowed by a pri­vate recep­tion. Cost: $80 for three con­cert series or $30 per con­cert.
Sun­day, Novem­ber 11, 2012, 2:00 p.m. Mozart Vio­lin Sonata, Bach Con­certo for Oboe and Vio­lin. Guest performer: Jamie Stre­feler, oboe, OPO prin­ci­pal oboist, UCF oboe pro­fes­sor.
Sun­day, Jan­u­ary 20, 2013, 2:00 p.m. Corelli Sonata Op. 5 #1, Lennox Berleley: Trio for horn, vio­lin and piano.  Guest per­former: Mark Fis­cher, French horn.
Sun­day, March 24, 2013, 2:00 p.m. Mendelssohn Vio­lin Sonata, Vivaldi Con­certo for four Violins. “Prodigy and Young Peo­ple” Guests:  Tris­tan Rhode­side, Vic­to­ria Senko, and Julia Hos­sain, violins

Good Fri­day March 29, 2013; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. In obser­vance of Good Fri­day the Polasek Museum will be open free to the pub­lic.  Vis­i­tors are encour­aged to come and view the many litur­gi­cal works cre­ated by Albin Polasek includ­ing “The Vic­to­ri­ous Christ” and “The Sta­tions of the Cross.” Vis­i­tors will also have the oppor­tu­nity to find 20 hid­den tra­di­tional Ukrain­ian Easter eggs, or pysanky, in the his­toric home.

2013 Win­ter Park Paint Out Mon­day, April 22 – Sun­day, 28, 2013 For this spe­cial local event, a selected group of the finest plein air artists will cap­ture the land­scapes and land­marks of Win­ter Park with oils, water­col­ors and pas­tels painted out­doors with the sub­ject directly in view, rather than in a stu­dio. A por­tion of the pro­ceeds from the sale of the works gen­er­ated dur­ing this week ben­e­fit the Albin Polasek Museum.  The Polasek gallery and gar­dens will be open free for vis­i­tors Mon­day through Fri­day, and Sun­day dur­ing the week of the Paint Out. The Gar­den Party will be held on Sat­ur­day and is a spe­cial tick­eted event. Please visit www.winterparkpaintout.org for more information.

From Start to Fin­ish: The Florida Sculp­tors Guild Annual Exhi­bi­tion May 7 — July 21, 2013 Build­ing upon the legacy of Florid­ian sculp­tor, Albin Polasek, the Museum presents From Start to Fin­ish: Florida Sculp­tors Guild Annual Exhi­bi­tion. Pro­vid­ing an insight­ful behind-the-scene glimpse, the exhi­bi­tion will high­light the processes used to cre­ate each sculp­ture. Through pho­tographs, sketches, and mod­els, vis­i­tors will see how the art devel­oped from the orig­i­nal con­cept, the meth­ods and mate­ri­als used, the stages and mod­i­fi­ca­tions involved, and the ful­filled vision— from start to fin­ish. Each piece of con­tem­po­rary sculp­ture will be as unique as the Guild’s diverse mem­ber­ship, rang­ing from tal­ented emerg­ing artists to estab­lished pro­fes­sional sculp­tors. The exhi­bi­tion is a tes­ta­ment to the high cal­iber of art com­ing from Cen­tral Florida and a tes­ta­ment to the beauty in process. 

Awak­en­ing: The Art of Ursula Schwartz July 30 — Octo­ber 27, 2013 This intro­spec­tive exhibit fea­tures a sam­pling of large-scale oil paint­ings cre­ated by con­tem­po­rary artist Ursula Schwartz. Born in Nel­spruit, South Africa, she expresses her unique South African per­spec­tive through bold col­ors, enteric brush strokes, and inti­mate por­traits and fig­u­ra­tive work. Poetry writ­ten by the artist and her young son will accom­pany each paint­ing. Schwartz’s paint­ings reflect the com­plex nature of mod­ern fem­i­nin­ity, and por­tray an ele­gant jux­ta­po­si­tion of power and vul­ner­a­bil­ity. Her work has been exhib­ited, sold, and col­lected in South Africa, Europe, and the USA.

The Holy Art of Impe­r­ial Rus­sia: Icons from the 17th C. –Early 20th C. Novem­ber 5, 2013– April 13, 2014 The sacred images on view in this exhi­bi­tion are of a kind once read­ily found in even the hum­blest homes of Rus­sia, as well as its churches and pub­lic shrines. Centuries-old artis­tic con­ven­tions are jux­ta­posed with new, West­ern­ized for­mal ele­ments and ver­nac­u­lar inter­pre­ta­tions of these new forms. For Ortho­dox Rus­sians, icons served as more than just reli­gious paint­ings; they were relic-like objects directly linked to the holy fig­ures they depicted.  They were seen as com­forters and pow­er­ful guardians. Icons were the direct line from the real world to the spir­i­tual and appeared every­where in pre-Soviet Rus­sia.  The exhi­bi­tion will be on loan from Hollingsworth Fine Art.

WINTER PARK, FL March 9, 2012 Sun­day, April 29th Free Open House  The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens hosts the Fourth Annual Win­ter Park Paint Out dur­ing the last week of April 2012.  Twenty-six of the finest “plein air” artists will be paint­ing through­out Win­ter Park cap­tur­ing local land­scapes and land­marks with oils, water­col­ors and pas­tels. The pub­lic is invited to stop by the museum and gar­dens all week long to see recently com­pleted works, watch artists paint­ing in the gar­dens, and to attend free paint­ing demon­stra­tions.  Art­work pro­duced dur­ing the Paint Out will be for sale with a por­tion of the pro­ceeds going to sup­port the preser­va­tion, main­te­nance and oper­a­tion of the museum and gar­dens. Plein air, a French term mean­ing “in the open air,” describes art­works painted out­doors with the sub­ject directly in view, rather than being cre­ated in a stu­dio. Plein air artists cap­ture the spirit and essence of a land­scape or sub­ject by incor­po­rat­ing nat­ural light, color and move­ment into their works.The 2012 Win­ter Park Paint Out con­cludes on Sun­day, April 29th with an Open House of the art­work cre­ated through­out the week-long event. The “Florida Plein Air Mas­ters” exhibit fea­tures paint­ings by over two dozen, selected juried plein air painters. This is your LAST CHANCE to view the orig­i­nal art­work in the museum gallery and or to make a pur­chase.  The Polasek Museum, gallery, and gar­dens will be open to the pub­lic free of charge.  Visit www.WinterParkPaintOut.org

WINTER PARK, FL Feb­ru­ary 1, 2012 Fourth Annual Win­ter Park Paint Out This Spring
The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens hosts the Fourth Annual Win­ter Park Paint Out dur­ing the last week of April 2012.  Twenty-six of the finest “plein air” artists will be paint­ing through­out Win­ter Park cap­tur­ing local land­scapes and land­marks with oils, water­col­ors and pas­tels. The pub­lic is invited to stop by the museum and gar­dens all week long to see recently com­pleted works, watch artists paint­ing in the gar­dens, and to attend free paint­ing demon­stra­tions.  Art­work pro­duced dur­ing the Paint Out will be for sale with a por­tion of the pro­ceeds going to sup­port the preser­va­tion, main­te­nance and oper­a­tion of the museum and gar­dens. Plein air, a French term mean­ing “in the open air,” describes art­works painted out­doors with the sub­ject directly in view, rather than being cre­ated in a stu­dio. Plein air artists cap­ture the spirit and essence of a land­scape or sub­ject by incor­po­rat­ing nat­ural light, color and move­ment into their works. The Paint Out con­cludes with a spe­cial tick­eted evening event — The Paint Out Gar­den Party, which takes place Sat­ur­day April 28, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. All artists will be present and patrons are able to dis­cuss and pur­chase their works. Tick­ets for The Paint Out Gar­den Party are avail­able through the Polasek Museum. They are priced $45 in advance, $60 at the door. Be sure to pur­chase your tick­ets soon. Space is lim­ited and the event has reached capac­ity each year. Call the museum at (407) 647‑6294 for addi­tional infor­ma­tion or visit the paint out web site at www.winterparkpaintout.org for a com­plete sched­ule of events. The event has a reward­ing pro­gram for patrons and spon­sors. Please visit the web­site for more infor­ma­tion on how to par­tic­i­pate as well as for details on how to fol­low the event on Face­book and Twitter.

2012 Sched­ule of Events
Gallery and Gar­dens Open Daily
Open House — Free to the Pub­lic All Week
Sun­day April 22 through Sun­day April 29
Sun­day April 22 — 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM
Mon­day April 23 to Fri­day April 27 — 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM
Sat­ur­day April 28 — 10:00 AM until 12:00 noon
Sun­day April 29 — 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM
Artists paint in the Polasek’s sculp­ture gar­dens and at other loca­tions through­out Win­ter Park. 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!
Free Paint­ing Demon­stra­tions
Mon­day, April 23
10:00 to 12:00 Noon 
Mor­gan Samuel Price, Oil Paint­ing Demon­stra­tion
Nat­ural Light in Plein Air Paint­ing – Mor­gan dis­cusses the impor­tance of light in plein air paint­ing and demon­strates tech­niques for cap­tur­ing var­i­ous light­ing effects on can­vas.
Tues­day, April 24
10:00 to 12:00 Noon 
Tim Malles, Oil Paint­ing Demon­stra­tion
Paint­ing the Noc­turne — Tim shares his meth­ods for paint­ing a night scene in the broad day­light. Learn how to con­vert day­light to moon­light and cre­ate a suc­cess­ful noc­turne. You will also learn insights into astron­omy and observ­ing and work­ing on a land­scape under a dark sky.
Wednes­day, April 25
10:00 to 12:00 Noon 
Stew­art Jones, Water­color Demon­stra­tion
Water­color En Plein Air — Stew­art shows how to cap­ture nature in all of its three-dimensional glory in water­col­ors. He will show you how to see nature and focus on the essen­tial ele­ments and elim­i­nate the unnec­es­sary obstruc­tions. This will be a direct approach paint­ing en plein air with water­col­ors.
Thurs­day, April 26
10:00 to 12:00 Noon 
Bill Farnsworth, Oil Paint­ing Demon­stra­tion
Inte­grat­ing Fig­ures into the Land­scape — Bill shares his knowl­edge about fig­u­ra­tive paint­ing using a model in a nat­ural set­ting.
Fri­day, April 27
10:00 to 12:00 Noon 
Harold Frontz, Oil Paint­ing Demon­stra­tion
Paint­ing En Plein Air Overview — Harold shares tips with the audi­ence on how to ana­lyze and resolve the chal­lenges encoun­tered when paint­ing out­doors. Ques­tions are encour­aged.
 Other Spe­cial Events:
Wednes­day April 25 — 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Sun­set Paint­ing
The pub­lic is invited to come by as Paint Out Artists gather on the shore of Lake Kil­lar­ney at Hill­stone Restau­rant (for­merly Houston’s).  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.  Hill­stone is located at 215 S. Orlando Avenue in Win­ter Park.  Call (407) 740 4005 to reserve a table for this spe­cial night.

Sat­ur­day April 28 — 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Paint Out Gar­den Party:  A Plein Air Cel­e­bra­tion!
Join us for a spe­cial night “en plein air” at the Polasek Museum. We’ll be cel­e­brat­ing the mas­ter­ful works of Florida’s finest artists as we bring the 2012 Win­ter Park Paint Out to a close. Meet the artists from this year’s event and see the entire exhi­bi­tion. Tick­ets are $45.00 in advance, and $60.00 at the door. Park­ing is lim­ited. This event has SOLD OUT the last three years, do not miss! For ticket infor­ma­tion, please con­tact the Polasek Museum at (407) 647 6294.

Sun­day, April 29 — 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Open House: The Sun­day after­noon Open House marks the final day of the 2012 Win­ter Park Paint Out. This is your LAST CHANCE to view the paint­ings on dis­play and to make a pur­chase.  The Polasek Museum will be open to the pub­lic free of charge. Hurry in and pick out your favorite! 

2012 Win­ter Park Paint Out Par­tic­i­pat­ing Artists
Please visit our online artist direc­tory at www.winterparkpaintout.org. for more infor­ma­tion about artists, includ­ing pho­tographs and sam­ples of work.
Stephen Bach– Orlando, FL; Jane Chapin– St. Peters­burg, FL; Kathy Chenet– Long­wood, FL; Hiu Lai Chong– Mary­land; Jessie Cook– Palm Coast, FL; Priscilla Coote– Naples, FL; Matthew Cor­nell– Orlando, FL; Katie Dob­son Cun­diff– Braden­ton, FL ; Charles Dick­in­son– St. Augus­tine, FL ; Bill Farnsworth– Venice, FL; Elis­a­beth Fer­ber– Orlando, FL; Harold Fronz– Lex­ing­ton, NC; Elaine Hahn– Hol­i­day, FL; Brenda Hofre­iter– Win­ter Park, FL; Stew­art Jones– Orlando, FL; Tim Malles– Gainesville, FL; Niko­lay Mikushkin– Syra­cuse, NY; Larry Moore– Win­ter Park, FL; Bar­bara Per­rotti– Ormond Beach, FL; Robert Ross– Alta­monte Springs, FL; Gary Rupp– Orlando, FL; Tom Sadler– Win­ter Park, FL; Mor­gan Samuel Price– Orlando, FL; Don Sondag– Mait­land, FL; Mary Jane Volk­mann– Gainesville, FL ; Lynn Whip­ple– Win­ter Park, FL.

WINTER PARK, FL Octo­ber 26, 2011 — The 8th annual Win­ter Park Hol­i­day Boat Parade — Rain or shine, the 2011 parade will take place Decem­ber 10th on Lakes Vir­ginia and Osce­ola. The Win­ter Park Boat Parade and Fes­ti­val of Lights is a fun, community-wide water parade with holiday-themed and lighted boats along the lakes’ shore­lines. The Rotary Club of Win­ter Park will host this fundraiser to ben­e­fit local non-profits, with food, wine and beer avail­able for pur­chase.  Admis­sion to The Polasek Gar­dens for the Parade is FREE. Lim­ited onsite park­ing will begin at 4:30 p.m. in The Polasek Gar­dens for a $5 dona­tion. 
Event Sched­ule Decem­ber 10th:
3:30 – 4:30 pm: Water ski show will be on Lake Vir­ginia with view­ing on the Rollins Col­lege cam­pus by the Jump Ramp in front of the Cam­pus Stu­dent Center/Swimming Pool. The area’s lead­ing water skiers will be per­form­ing a one-hour ski show to music. Over two dozen pro­fes­sional skiers will be pulled by South­east Mas­ter­Craft boats per­form­ing rou­tines fea­tur­ing jumps, mul­ti­ple skiers’ acts, bare­foot, wake boards, and high-performance equip­ment.
5 pm: Fes­tiv­i­ties will kick off at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens. Food, wine and beer, hol­i­day music and a visit from Santa will bring the hol­i­day spirit of the sea­son to life. Bring your lawn chairs, blan­kets, friends and fam­ily to the Polasek to enjoy a Win­ter Park hol­i­day tra­di­tion.  Dinky Dock (off Fair­banks Avenue) is another pub­lic view­ing area for the parade begin­ning at sun­down.
Sun­down 5:45 pm: The parade will begin on east shore of Lake Vir­ginia in front of Wind­song and pro­ceed clock­wise around the shores of Lake Vir­ginia, then pro­ceed through the Palm Canal to Lake Osce­ola. Boat parade passes in front of judges at Albin Polasek Museum & Gar­dens and tours around Lake Osce­ola.
Orga­niz­ers of the event are seek­ing res­i­dent and busi­ness boat entries.  For res­i­dent boats, there is no entry fee, and all local licensed area boat own­ers are invited to par­tic­i­pate. Boat reg­is­tra­tion is required with appli­ca­tions avail­able at www.wpboatparade.com or call 407 – 647-6492.
Key Spon­sors: South­east Mas­ter­Craft, Fan­nie Hill­man & Asso­ciates, The Rotary Club of Win­ter Park, Scenic Boat Tours of Win­ter Park, The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens, Win­ter Park Memo­r­ial Hos­pi­tal, City of Win­ter Park Lakes and Water­ways Depart­ment.
Note To Media:
Images are avail­able to media.
Please con­tact Bena Greene winterparkboatparade@polasek.org or call 407 – 647-6294.

WINTER PARK, FL Sep­tem­ber 16, 2011 — The tra­di­tional day of Czech Inde­pen­dence will be cel­e­brated with free admis­sion to the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens on Fri­day, Octo­ber 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum founder Albin Polasek was born and raised in the province of Moravia, in what is now the Czech Repub­lic.
The his­toric Polasek res­i­dence and chapel will be open as well as the gallery cur­rently exhibit­ing Darker Shades of Red: Soviet Pro­pa­ganda from the Cold War. This spe­cial exhibit runs through Jan­u­ary 8, 2012. Darker Shades of Red pro­vides a rare oppor­tu­nity to revisit the Cold War period through the explo­ration of the Soviet Union’s offi­cial imagery. The col­lec­tion reveals the eco­nomic, social and polit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy of the Soviet Union from the mid 1940s to 1990 through strik­ing poster graph­ics and Soviet ephemera.
Hand-crafted jew­elry made in the Czech Repub­lic by “Zivot” and fine Czech gifts by “Heart of Europe” will be avail­able in the museum gift shop.
The Repub­lic of Czecho­slo­va­kia was formed in 1918 after cen­turies of rule under the Haps­burg dynasty. Czech pro­fes­sor Thomas Masaryk, Slo­vak sci­en­tist Milan Ste­fanik and Czech soci­ol­o­gist Edward Benes pro­claimed inde­pen­dence for Czecho­slo­va­kia on Octo­ber 18, 1918 while in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Ten days later, Octo­ber 28, 1918, the Sov­er­eign Repub­lic of Czecho­slo­va­kia was founded in Prague and Masaryk was elected pres­i­dent.
In July 1992, Slo­va­kia declared its sov­er­eignty and on Jan­u­ary 1, 1993 Czecho­slo­va­kia offi­cially split into the Czech Repub­lic and Slo­va­kia. The tra­di­tional date of Czecho­slo­va­kian inde­pen­dence, Octo­ber 28, is still acknowl­edged in both coun­tries.
Note To Media: Images are avail­able to media. Please con­tact Deb­bie Koman­ski, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, 407 – 647-6294, DKomanski@polasek.org.

WINTER PARK, Sep­tem­ber 14, 2011 –The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens is pleased to announce that David McLeod has accepted the posi­tion of Co-Chair for the Fourth Annual Win­ter Park Paint Out event that will be held the last week of April 2012.  Mr. McLeod will share the chair posi­tion with Mr. Hal Stringer, found­ing Co-Chair of the Win­ter Park Paint Out Event. 

Mr. McLeod, a Win­ter Park res­i­dent, has exten­sive expe­ri­ence in the Cen­tral Florida Art Com­mu­nity. Mr. McLeod served as the Trea­surer and Board Chair for Cre­alde School of Art over a con­sec­u­tive 8 year period. He also sat on the gallery com­mit­tee for Cre­alde School of Art for 7 years.

The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens is also pleased to announce the Artist Selec­tion Panel Mem­bers for the Fourth Annual Win­ter Park Paint Out event which will be held April 22 – 28, 2012. The Artist Selec­tion Panel Mem­bers are:
Terry Olson, Chair, Arts & Cul­tural Direc­tor for Orange County for the past 10 years and founder of many area arts groups and events.
Arthur Blu­men­thal, Inter­na­tional museum con­sul­tant, Renais­sance scholar and direc­tor emer­i­tus of the Cor­nell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins Col­lege in Win­ter Park.
Clau­dio Men­z­er­tolo, Owner of Nitesol, a stu­dio– based com­pany that spe­cial­izes in the design, fab­ri­ca­tion, and instal­la­tion of large-format prints and sig­nage.
Dou­glas Nes­bitt, Inter­na­tion­ally acclaimed com­mer­cial and fine art pho­tog­ra­pher who serves on the Board of Trustees, and Chairs the Exhi­bi­tion Com­mit­tee, for the Albin Polasek Museum.
Francine New­berg, Art col­lec­tor, Co-Chair of the Win­ter Park Pub­lic Art Advi­sory Board and Project Devel­op­ment for Albert­son Art Con­sul­tants.
Carla Poindex­ter, Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Art (Paint­ing, Draw­ing and Design) at the Uni­ver­sity of Cen­tral Florida and an active fine artist work­ing in mul­ti­ple disciplines.

Note to Media: Images are avail­able to media. Please con­tact Deb­bie Koman­ski
Con­tacts: Deb­bie Koman­ski, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, 407 – 647-6294, DKomanski@polasek.org.
 
The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens receives $90,000 grant from The Edyth Bush Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion to develop the organization’s fundrais­ing capac­ity
WINTER PARK, FL Sep­tem­ber 9, 2011 – The board of direc­tors of the Edyth Bush Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion awarded a grant of up to $90,000 to the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens so the museum can hire its first full-time direc­tor of devel­op­ment. The two-year grant cov­ers 100% of a devel­op­ment director’s salary for the first year and 50 per­cent for the sec­ond. As part of the grant award the museum’s board of trustees was issued a chal­lenge. In order to receive the sec­ond year’s award, the trustees must raise the equiv­a­lent of $30,000. “A grant of this size is a tremen­dous honor,” said Jere Daniels, Jr., Chair­man of the museum’s board of trustees. “It also comes with tremen­dous respon­si­bil­ity and I’m con­fi­dent our trustees are pre­pared to meet that chal­lenge.” Both the grant award and the chal­lenge to raise match­ing funds are con­sis­tent with the Edyth Bush Char­i­ta­ble Foundation’s mis­sion to “cre­ate inno­v­a­tive civic solu­tions help­ing peo­ple help them­selves.” Rather than sim­ply mak­ing an award and wait­ing for a progress report, the Edyth Bush Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion prefers to take a more inno­v­a­tive approach. Grants rou­tinely include chal­lenges to stim­u­late board mem­bers into improv­ing their fundrais­ing skill. The Foun­da­tion under­stands that when board mem­bers become bet­ter at acquir­ing and cul­ti­vat­ing donors, it gen­er­ates the finan­cial resources nec­es­sary to accom­plish strate­gic goals. When an orga­ni­za­tion rou­tinely accom­plishes its goals, it becomes sus­tain­able. For the Polasek Museum, sus­tain­abil­ity means being around another 100 years to inspire an entirely new gen­er­a­tion through Polasek’s mas­ter­pieces.
“The Polasek Museum rep­re­sents a great sculp­tor who hon­ored his Czech her­itage while embrac­ing the Amer­i­can dream and becom­ing a US cit­i­zen,” said David Oda­howski, pres­i­dent and chief exec­u­tive offi­cer of the Edyth Bush Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion. “His pur­suit of beauty can be seen in his work and in the loca­tion he chose to build his retire­ment home. The res­i­dents of Win­ter Park and Cen­tral Florida are for­tu­nate to have such a valu­able cul­tural insti­tu­tion in their midst and the foun­da­tion is pleased to be con­tribut­ing to its long-term sus­tain­abil­ity.”
Deb­bie Koman­ski, the Polasek’s exec­u­tive direc­tor said hir­ing the first pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment direc­tor is a vital step in the growth of the museum. A full-time employee work­ing tire­lessly to cul­ti­vate indi­vid­u­als, cor­po­ra­tions and foun­da­tions increases dra­mat­i­cally the like­li­hood the museum will achieve its vision for the future. With the Polasek board hav­ing launched its match­ing grant cam­paign to raise $30,000 and the exec­u­tive direc­tor actively accept­ing resumes to locate the right per­son to become the first devel­op­ment direc­tor, it is fair to say that the grant is already hav­ing the desired out­come by help­ing the Polasek to help itself.

About the Edyth Bush Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion www.edythbush.org 
The Edyth Bush Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion was cre­ated in 1973. Since then, it has been enriched by the Richard J. Con­lee Fund and the H. Clif­ford Lee Fund. To date, the Foun­da­tion has issued nearly 3,000 grants to more than 400 orga­ni­za­tions through­out the state, but pri­mar­ily in Cen­tral Florida, total­ing more than $95 mil­lion. Though it does not actively solicit out­side dona­tions, the Foun­da­tion will work with phil­an­thropists to achieve their char­i­ta­ble goals. Board mem­bers are Ger­ald F. Hilbrich, Chair­man; Her­bert W. Holm, Vice Chair­man; Matthew W. Certo; Deb­o­rah C. Ger­man, M.D.; David A. Oda­howski and Richard J. Walsh.

Hal Stringer Receives “The Sower Award”
WINTER PARK, FL July 29, 2011 – On July 21, 2011 Hal Stringer received the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens’ first “The Sower Award.” The Board of Trustees has pre­sented Hal Stringer, found­ing chair­man of the Win­ter Park Paint Out, with The Sower Award for his excep­tional ser­vice to The Polasek.  The Sower Award, based upon Albin Polasek’s 1911 sculp­ture of the same name, is a prime exam­ple of Polasek’s mas­tery of the human form. The dra­mat­i­cally mod­eled fig­ure of the Sower has a clas­si­cally inspired face and a strong, mus­cu­lar body. Using as his inspi­ra­tion the para­ble of Jesus about the sower  –  “a sower went forth to sow”  –  Polasek’s inter­pre­ta­tion shows a man scat­ter­ing the seed of good through­out the world. The Sower won an Hon­or­able Men­tion in the spring 1913 Paris Salon. Hal Stringer estab­lished the Island Fine Art Cres­cent Beach Paint Out and has orga­nized and man­aged it since 2005. In 2008 Stringer was named the found­ing co-chair of the Win­ter Park Paint Out by The Polasek.  The annual event fea­tures over two dozen of Florida’s finest plein air artists, who roam across our fair city cap­tur­ing many of your favorite land­scapes and land¬marks with oils, water­col­ors and pas­tels. Plein Air  —  a French term mean­ing “in the open air”  —  describes art works painted out­doors with the sub­ject directly in view rather than in a stu­dio. Plein air artists cap­ture the spirit and essence of a land­scape or sub­ject by incor­po­rat­ing nat­ural light, color and move­ment into their works. Mr. Stringer is a grad­u­ate of the Uni­ver­sity of Florida with a degree in Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion and earned his Master’s in Com­puter Sci­ence from the Uni­ver­sity of Cen­tral Florida in 2007. Stringer cur­rently works as the IT Direc­tor for Tech­nolo­gies Man­age­ment, Inc., a telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions reg­u­la­tory con­sult­ing firm in Mait­land, FL.

Soviet Pro­pa­ganda will invade The Polasek Museum
Sep­tem­ber 27, 2011– Jan­u­ary 8, 2012

WINTER PARK, FL July 20, 2011 – Darker Shades of Red pro­vides a rare oppor­tu­nity to revisit the Cold War era through the explo­ration of the Soviet Union’s offi­cial imagery. Strik­ingly graphic in its social­ist imagery, the col­lec­tion of posters and assorted ephemera reveals the eco­nomic, social and polit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy of the Soviet Union from the 1940s to 1991. Darker Shades of Red: Soviet Pro­pa­ganda from the Cold War will open on Sep­tem­ber 27th at the Albin Polasek Museum. When the Russ­ian Rev­o­lu­tion first began to take shape at the end of the 19th cen­tury, reli­gious icons were already a well-established part of daily life. Since Russia’s con­ver­sion to Chris­tian­ity in 988 AD, icons were believed by both the rich and poor alike to pro­vide access to God, like “win­dows into heaven.” The com­mu­nist lead­ers rec­og­nized these images as a pow­er­ful tool; so, they adapted them to cre­ate “gods” and heroes for the new world they envi­sioned them­selves build­ing. After World War I, the Rev­o­lu­tion and the fol­low­ing civil war had crip­pled Rus­sia, lead­ers real­ized that it would be nec­es­sary to enlist the strong sup­port of the peo­ple to achieve rebuild­ing efforts and the restruc­tur­ing of soci­ety. How­ever, since reli­gion and reli­gious images were deemed incom­pat­i­ble with rev­o­lu­tion­ary think­ing they were quickly elim­i­nated and replaced with the new iconog­ra­phy– that of the Com­mu­nist Party. From the time of the Bol­she­vik Rev­o­lu­tion and after, the poster was used a per­sua­sive source of Soviet ide­ol­ogy. Lead­ers placed a high pri­or­ity on com­mu­ni­cat­ing the ideas of rev­o­lu­tion, social­ism and social respon­si­bil­ity to its cit­i­zenry. Posters were used to shape and direct mass con­scious­ness in accor­dance with Com­mu­nist Party objec­tives. Sym­bolic images of Soviet lead­ers, sol­diers, work­ers, and peas­ants were com­mon heroic motifs. Images of machin­ery sym­bol­ized pro­duc­tiv­ity in indus­try and farm­ing while loco­mo­tives, sput­niks and rock­ets sug­gested progress and achieve­ment. This patri­otic infor­ma­tion was com­mu­ni­cated to the pub­lic through dynamic com­po­si­tions that com­bined fig­ures with text (often poetry) and geo­met­ric blocks of color. Post World War II ten­sions between the Soviet Union and the West led to the begin­ning of the Cold War era. Fear of nuclear pro­lif­er­a­tion and anti-west sen­ti­ments were often reflected in Soviet posters dur­ing the decades that fol­lowed. Civil defense posters illus­trated how to pre­pare for a nuclear attack. Car­i­ca­tures of Amer­i­can and British lead­ers depicted the West and its polit­i­cal struc­ture as the enemy of the Soviet peo­ple.
Pro­pa­ganda images also fil­tered down into the homes and daily lives of peo­ple. All schools, shops, fac­to­ries, apart­ment build­ings and pub­lic spaces were splashed with Soviet images. In this closed soci­ety, there were no com­pet­ing images; peo­ple were exposed only to what was seen as ful­fill­ing the goals of the Party. Com­mon objects such as post­cards and even children’s books had to rein­force Com­mu­nist objec­tives. By look­ing at these offi­cial images, we are given an insider’s per­spec­tive into life in a total­i­tar­ian soci­ety.
The pieces on exhibit are drawn from the pri­vate col­lec­tion of Gary Hollingsworth, an Orlando-based art restorer who trav­eled exten­sively in the for­mer Soviet Union.

Cel­e­brat­ing Sculp­ture dur­ing the 50th Anniver­sary Year of the Albin Polasek Museum
WINTER PARK, FL May 18, 2011- The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens is cel­e­brat­ing sculp­ture dur­ing its 50th anniver­sary year. To bet­ter serve the com­mu­nity, the Museum will now be open dur­ing the sum­mer to pro­vide year-round enjoy­ment for the first time in the Museum’s fifty year his­tory. In honor of Albin Polasek, two sculp­ture exhi­bi­tions by con­tem­po­rary artists will be held to high­light Florida sculp­tors and their cre­ative tal­ents in this medium. “Two Gen­er­a­tions: Two Visions” and “Fig­ure and Form: A Show­case of Florida Sculp­tors” (con­cur­rently with “The Red Chair Vis­its Orange County Pub­lic Art”) will run back to back begin­ning in May through September.

First Juried Sculp­ture Exhi­bi­tion at the Polasek Museum
Exhibit to take place in sum­mer of 2011

WINTER PARK, FL May 4, 2011 – The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens will hold its much antic­i­pated sculp­ture exhi­bi­tion, Fig­ure and Form: A Show­case of Florida Sculp­tors from July 19, 2011 through Sep­tem­ber 18, 2011. This exhi­bi­tion is also being held to com­mem­o­rate the Museum’s 50th anniver­sary year and in honor of the legacy of the inter­na­tion­ally renowned sculp­tor Albin Polasek. This is the first juried sculp­ture exhi­bi­tion show­cas­ing high-quality works by Florida sculp­tors to be shown at the Polasek Museum in sup­port of its mis­sion to pro­mote rep­re­sen­ta­tional art. A juried selec­tion com­mit­tee chose twenty works by the fol­low­ing sev­en­teen artists to be fea­tured in Fig­ure and Form: Cheryl Bog­danow­itsch, Shawn McCurdy, Doug Bringle, Vic­to­ria Nanos, Louise Buhrmann, Nan Reink­ing, Mindy Colton, Kirk Vaughn-Robinson, David Cumbie, Henry Sinn, Mar­sha DeBroske, Katty Smith, Peter Forster, Dean Stu­art War­ren, Daryl Golden, Amy Wieck, Patri­cia Lancaster.

“Two Gen­er­a­tions: Two Visions,” a father and son exhi­bi­tion
WINTER PARK,FL March 28, 2011- Artists Arthur and Samuel Jones (a father and son respec­tively) share the same blood­line, the same his­tory and the same artis­tic spirit. Their approaches to art, which are dis­tinctly dif­fer­ent, are high­lighted in their first-ever dual exhibit fea­tur­ing Arthur Jones’ wood sculp­tures and Samuel Jones’ paint­ings and mixed media works.  In addi­tion to their respec­tive approaches to art, a few of the works by each artist will echo in some impor­tant way its coun­ter­part in the other’s work. The exhi­bi­tion will be on dis­play at the Albin Polasek Museum from May 17 through July 10, 2011. It is the museum’s first sum­mer exhi­bi­tion since open­ing year-round to vis­i­tors begin­ning this year, the 50th anniver­sary of the museum. Arthur has been exhibit­ing his works in muse­ums and gal­leries through­out the United States includ­ing the cities of Chicago, Los Ange­les, Wash­ing­ton D.C. and New York since 1997. Jones’ sculp­tures are in the per­ma­nent col­lec­tions of The Detroit Insti­tute of Art, Mobile Museum of Art, Mait­land Art Cen­ter, and the City of Orlando. His sculp­tures have been fea­tured in wood­work­ing mag­a­zines such as Amer­i­can Wood­turner, Turn­ing Points, Craft Arts Inter­na­tional and Wood­work. Images and com­men­tary on his work appear in sev­eral books that exam­ine the emerg­ing sig­nif­i­cance of wood as a medium for artis­tic expres­sion. When describ­ing his art, Arthur reflects, “Much of my sculp­tural wood­work is an expres­sion of per­sonal inter­ests, espe­cially in sea life, cos­mol­ogy, and fos­sil mate­r­ial; a spe­cific design strat­egy; and sto­ries that emerge early in the cre­ation of a piece which tell me what I need to do. The body of work that emerges from this process reflects an aes­thetic that val­ues light­ness and fragility; the appear­ance of move­ment in a sta­tic object; a lyri­cal and sen­su­ous tone; and an expressed energy in the sculp­ture.” Samuel Jones, Arthur’s son, is a mixed media artist cur­rently liv­ing in Hous­ton, Texas. Accord­ing to Samuel, “My work reflects a life­long pas­sion for explo­ration and dis­cov­ery.  From a very early age I enjoyed the excite­ment of the search, and was the eter­nal opti­mist, always sure the next hand­ful of dirt would have inside an arrow­head or a gold nugget.” “Now I am drawn towards tak­ing a more cathar­tic approach in my explo­rations.  Using a vari­ety of media, my art­work still reflects that same love of search­ing. How­ever, it also explores the arti­facts of the human con­di­tion, and rec­og­nizes that there can be magic in the mun­dane and excite­ment in an oth­er­wise ordi­nary and rou­tine life … in addi­tion to the magic in the next hand­ful of dirt.”

“The Red Chair Vis­its Orange County Pub­lic Art” Exhi­bi­tion at the Polasek Museum
WINTER PARK,FL Feb­ru­ary 7, 2011- Pho­tographs by twenty-eight local artists are fea­tured in “The Red Chair Vis­its Orange County Pub­lic Art” on dis­play from July 19 to Sep­tem­ber 18, 2011. In June 2010, Orange County Arts & Cul­tural Affairs Direc­tor, Terry Olson issued an invi­ta­tion to area pho­tog­ra­phers to choose a piece of Orange County pub­lic art to incor­po­rate into a pho­to­graph of their own artis­tic inter­pre­ta­tion. The pho­to­graph also had to include a small red chair within the com­po­si­tion.  The chair is not only sym­bolic of arts audi­ences but is also rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Red Chair Project, the area’s cul­tural infor­ma­tion por­tal (www.redchairproject.com).
The Red Chair Project is a pub­lic ser­vice designed to increase par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Orlando/Central Florida arts and cul­tural com­mu­nity by build­ing aware­ness. It is a non­profit orga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides meth­ods to increase ticket sales, increase arts edu­ca­tion oppor­tu­ni­ties and pro­mote arts and cul­tural phil­an­thropy in Cen­tral Florida. This exhi­bi­tion was made pos­si­ble through the Orange County Pub­lic Art Review Board, whose mem­bers per­son­ally donated the nec­es­sary funds to pur­chase the entire col­lec­tion of pho­tographs for Orange County. The col­lec­tion is avail­able on loan to local venues and has been exhib­ited at the Orange County Admin­is­tra­tion Cen­ter and Orlando City Hall. With mul­ti­ple local exhi­bi­tions, it is the hope of Orange County Arts & Cul­tural Affairs to bring aware­ness to as many Orange County res­i­dents as pos­si­ble of the artis­tic trea­sures in our area. The fol­low­ing pho­tog­ra­phers are fea­tured: Doug Blood­worth, Cherie Boyce, Nancy Jo Brown, Andrea Canny, Chris Casler, Pam Daum, Mark Englert, Car­olyn Hutchins, Gil Ihrig, Meg King, Tammy Kriv­inek, Shelly Lake, Rick Lang, Joanelle Mul­rain, Dou­glas Nes­bitt, Terry Olson, Rob Phillips, Carla Poindex­ter, Todd Ruopp, Deb San­didge, Peter Schreyer, Ran­dall Smith, Bon­nie Sprung, Ash­land Thomas, Gus­tavo Var­gas, Steve Vaughn, David Weg­man, Chip Weston. The pho­tographs are view­able at www.ocfl.net/redchairpublicart

WINTER PARK, FL Jan­u­ary 17, 2011 — The Albin Polasek Foun­da­tion, Inc. announces the appoint­ment of three trustees. Paula Zahn, Exec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent, First National Bank of Cen­tral Florida Paula Zahn is a vet­eran banker of Cen­tral Florida and a ded­i­cated com­mu­nity leader. Ms. Zahn’s com­mu­nity lead­er­ship posi­tions include past Pres­i­dent of the Cler­mont Kiwa­nis and past Pres­i­dent of the South Lake Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict Board of Trustees.  She is cur­rently a mem­ber of the Win­der­mere Rotary Club and the Lead­er­ship Win­ter Park Alumni Coun­cil. Ms. Zahn was rec­og­nized as the 1999 Vol­un­teer of the Year by the Metro Orlando Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Coun­cil. 
Regis A. Simasek, Pres­i­dent, Prin­ci­pal, Owner of R. A. Simasek, P.A. Mr. Simasek, a licensed CPA, served in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 – 1967 where he reached the rank of Cap­tain.  In 1967 he joined the national account­ing firm of Ernst & Ernst (now Ernst & Young) where for eight years he served as Super­vi­sor. In 1975, Mr. Simasek formed Amort & Simasek, P.A. and in 2002 he formed R.A. Simasek, P.A. Over the years he has vol­un­teered with var­i­ous not-for-profit orga­ni­za­tions and he is cur­rently serv­ing as Trea­surer of the Cen­tral Florida Kid­ney Cen­ters.
Dou­glas Nes­bitt, Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­pher Cross­ing all pho­to­graphic bound­aries, Mr. Nesbitt’s images are found in adver­tis­ing, archi­tec­ture, por­trai­ture, fine art and photo jour­nal­ism. A photography/journalism major at Los Ange­les City Col­lege, he began his pro­fes­sional career as a pro­duc­tion still pho­tog­ra­pher for Nor­man Lear Pro­duc­tions and Trump Films. In 1982 Nes­bitt was com­mis­sioned by Warner Broth­ers to doc­u­ment the orig­i­nal set-designs for Rid­ley Scott’s sci-fi epic “Blade Run­ner.” Over his 30– year career, Nes­bitt has pho­tographed such nota­bles as George Car­lin, Joan Rivers, Helen Hays, Evan­der Holy­field, Henry Miller, Kim Alexis, Bev­erly John­son and music leg­end Bo Did­dley. Nes­bitt was also the cam­paign pho­tog­ra­pher for Jesse Jackson’s pres­i­den­tial campaign.

(Win­ter Park, FL) Novem­ber 8, 2010-  “Turn on the Light: Plein Air Paint­ings by Mor­gan Samuel Price” will open on Novem­ber 23rd at the Albin Polasek Museum with much antic­i­pa­tion from Win­ter Park Paint Out fans in the Cen­tral Florida area. Price has par­tic­i­pated in the past two Paint Out events held at the Polasek Museum and her work will now be fea­tured in an exhi­bi­tion high­light­ing her works held in pri­vate col­lec­tions and muse­ums.  Over 30 works in oil dat­ing from the 1980s to the present are being loaned from col­lec­tors through­out Florida and the United States and depict scenes inspired by Price’s trav­els. Accord­ing to the artist, “Paint­ing is a mis­sion dri­ven by fas­ci­na­tion. As the dis­cov­er­ies reveal them­selves, I con­tinue to explore other paths of adven­ture. It is true that the artist needs two excep­tional fea­tures: one is def­i­nitely tenac­ity and the other is audac­ity.”
Plein Air- a French term mean­ing “in the open air”- describes art­work painted out­doors with the sub­ject directly in view rather than being painted in a stu­dio or from a pho­to­graph. Plein air artists such as Price depict the spirit of a land­scape or sub­ject by incor­po­rat­ing nat­ural light, color and move­ment into their works. Price’s mas­ter­ful tech­nique and love of paint allow her to cap­ture the fleet­ing moments of light and shadow cast by the mov­ing sun. Whether it is depict­ing friends strolling down a shady avenue or the sparkle of light from a river’s edge, there is a simul­ta­ne­ous sub­tlety and bold­ness in her work. Accord­ing to Price, “The most inter­est­ing dis­cov­ery to any artist is the real­iza­tion that what is sim­ple is not obvi­ous; find­ing the sim­plest state­ment to con­vey a mes­sage requires hours of obser­va­tion in nature and thought.” Since the 1970s Price has con­sis­tently been an award-winning artist and has par­tic­i­pated in numer­ous national exhi­bi­tions through­out her artis­tic career includ­ing the Salma­gundi Club, Allied Artists, Pas­tel Soci­ety, Amer­i­can Artist Pro­fes­sional League in New York City, Knicker­bocker Artists New York and the Cop­ley Soci­ety in Boston. An artist as well as an edu­ca­tor, Price has cre­ated edu­ca­tional DVDs and writ­ten books to instruct stu­dents in under­stand­ing color, value, light and design. Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of her first book Oil Paint­ing with a Basic Palette (North­light Books, 1999) Price pub­lished a sec­ond book in 2008 about her tech­nique titled Turn on the Light: A Touch­stone to Plein Air Paint­ing. Price is rep­re­sented by gal­leries through­out the United States and trav­els exten­sively through­out the year to pro­vide art work­shops to stu­dents of plein air paint­ing. “Turn on the Light” will run through Jan­u­ary 23, 2011. For more infor­ma­tion about Price please visit her web­site at www.MorganSamuelPrice.com.

WINTER PARK, Octo­ber 13, 2010 — The tra­di­tional day of Czech Inde­pen­dence will be cel­e­brated with free admis­sion to the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens on Thurs­day, Octo­ber 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum founder Albin Polasek was born and raised in the province of Moravia, in what is now the Czech Repub­lic.
The his­toric Polasek res­i­dence and chapel will be open as well as the gallery cur­rently exhibit­ing “A Mas­ter of Mod­ernism: Wood­cuts and Prints by Charles Turzak.” Turzak was the son of Czech immi­grants and the exhi­bi­tion fea­tures scenes of Czecho­slo­va­kia from 1929.
Hand-crafted jew­elry made in the Czech Repub­lic by “Zivot” and fine Czech crys­tal and glass­ware by “Heart of Europe” will be avail­able in the museum gift shop.
The Repub­lic of Czecho­slo­va­kia was formed in 1918 after cen­turies of rule under the Haps­burg dynasty. Czech pro­fes­sor Thomas Masaryk, Slo­vak sci­en­tist Milan Ste­fanik and Czech soci­ol­o­gist Edward Benes pro­claimed inde­pen­dence for Czecho­slo­va­kia on Octo­ber 18, 1918 while in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Ten days later, Octo­ber 28, 1918, the Sov­er­eign Repub­lic of Czecho­slo­va­kia was founded in Prague and Masaryk was elected pres­i­dent.
In July 1992, Slo­va­kia declared its sov­er­eignty and on Jan­u­ary 1, 1993 Czecho­slo­va­kia offi­cially split into the Czech Repub­lic and Slo­va­kia. The tra­di­tional date of Czecho­slo­va­kian inde­pen­dence, Octo­ber 28, is still acknowl­edged in both countries.

WINTER PARK, August 11, 2010 – Yone­tani at the Polasek: Cham­ber Con­cert Series 2010 – 2011 Sea­son
The Polasek Museum’s 6th annual three-concert music series fea­tures inter­na­tion­ally acclaimed violin/viola vir­tu­oso Ayako Yone­tani accom­pa­nied by Dr. Kimi­nobu Sug­aya and guest instru­men­tal­ists.  Inti­mate per­for­mances are held in the ele­gant salon of the Polasek res­i­dence on Sun­day after­noons from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Seat­ing is lim­ited, and tick­ets are $30 per per­son con­cert or $80 per per­son for the sea­son. 
Decem­ber 5, 2010 – Guest per­for­mance by Scott Kluks­dahl
Jan­u­ary 16, 2011 – Guest per­for­mance by Dr. Johnny Pherigo
March 20, 2011 – Guest per­for­mance by Niko­lay Blagov
Dr. Ayako Yone­tani, a world renowned vio­lin­ist, began play­ing at the age of five, and made her solo debut at the age of ten.  Later, she made her United States debut as a con­cert­mas­ter with the New York String Orches­tra at Carnegie Hall.  Dr. Yone­tani received her bach­e­lor, mas­ters, and doc­toral degrees from the Jul­liard School.  She has pre­vi­ously assisted the great Dorothy DeLay and held the posi­tion of Jul­liard Isaac Stern con­cert­mas­ter chair of the Acad­emy Orches­tra at the Aspen Music Fes­ti­val & School.  Cur­rently, Dr. Yone­tani is a Pro­fes­sor of Violin/Viola at the Uni­ver­sity of Cen­tral Florida and trav­els the world as a guest soloist.  She is a mem­ber of Japan’s pre­mier cham­ber ensem­ble in Tokyo.  Recently, she was selected as an offi­cial artist of the Florida Arts & Cul­ture State Tour­ing Pro­gram.
Dr. Kimi­nobu Sug­aya is Chair of the Neu­ro­science Con­sor­tium and also with the Uni­ver­sity of Cen­tral Florida Col­lege of Med­i­cine.  Along­side Dr. Yone­tani, he has been con­duct­ing research on the impact of music on the brain.
Scott Kluks­dahl is a Pro­fes­sor of Vio­lin­cello at the Uni­ver­sity of South Florida School of Music and has per­formed inter­na­tion­ally as an orches­tral soloist, recital­ist and cham­ber musi­cian.  He holds a Bach­e­lor of Arts in Eng­lish and Amer­i­can Lit­er­a­ture from Har­vard Uni­ver­sity and a Mas­ters in Music from the Jul­liard School.
Dr. Johnny Pherigo is a Pro­fes­sor of Music at the Uni­ver­sity of Cen­tral Florida, where he teaches horn, a musician’s health and well­ness class, and online music appre­ci­a­tion and coaches brass cham­ber music.  He received a Bach­e­lor of Music degree from Texas Tech Uni­ver­sity, a Mas­ter of Music degree from Catholic Uni­ver­sity, and a Doc­tor of Musi­cal Arts degree from the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois.
Niko­lay Blagov is the prin­ci­pal clar­inet in the Orlando Phil­har­monic.  He stud­ied the clar­inet first with Ron Samuels at the Duquesne Uni­ver­sity School of Music, and later with Michael Rusinek at Carnegie Mel­lon Uni­ver­sity School of Music.

WINTER PARK, August 11, 2010 – The Albin Polasek Museum presents A Mas­ter of Mod­ernism, a ret­ro­spec­tive exhibit of wood­cuts and paint­ings by the Amer­i­can Mod­ernist Charles Turzak (1899 – 1986). Turzak enjoyed a long and pro­lific career as a mas­ter wood­block print­maker, painter, WPA mural­ist, com­mer­cial illus­tra­tor and a beloved art teacher. His crit­i­cally acclaimed graph­ics of the expand­ing urban sky­line in his home­town of Chicago and work­ing class heroes epit­o­mized the Mod­ern Art move­ment in Amer­ica in the 1930s. Dynamic lines and pul­sat­ing move­ment are the trade­marks of his style.
The works on dis­play, dat­ing from the 1930s to 1960s, reflect Turzak’s artis­tic devel­op­ment from Mod­ernism to Abstrac­tion and include views of Chicago, his­tor­i­cal Amer­i­can fig­ures, Czecho­slo­va­kian land­scapes and impres­sions of Orlando, Florida– the home of his retire­ment. Exam­ples of his orig­i­nal carved maple and bass wood­blocks, linoleum blocks and print­mak­ing tools are also on dis­play.
Turzak began show­ing a tal­ent for art and wood carv­ing at a young age. He honed his self-taught artis­tic skill by carv­ing mon­keys out of peach seeds to sell for pen­nies and cre­at­ing draw­ings for his school’s year­book.  While in ele­men­tary school he had an appren­tice­ship mak­ing vio­lins and by the time he grad­u­ated high school, he had won a national car­toon con­test spon­sored by The Purina Com­pany. Tak­ing the advice of one of the con­test judges, Turzak used the prize money to fund his entrance into the Art Insti­tute of Chicago.
In 1929, Turzak trav­eled to Europe in search of artis­tic inspi­ra­tion and to visit his family’s home­land of Czecho­slo­va­kia (present day Czech Repub­lic). Vibrant color prints and del­i­cate water­color paint­ings of the charm­ing Bohemian coun­try­side and Euro­pean life show the breadth of Turzak’s artis­tic abil­ity and are fea­tured in this exhi­bi­tion.
As a long-time admirer of Amer­i­can his­tor­i­cal fig­ures, Turzak began a pic­to­r­ial biog­ra­phy of Abra­ham Lin­coln after his return from Europe. He carved the thirty-six wood­block illus­tra­tions for the book while in pub­lic view at the Cen­tury of Progress at the World’s Fair held in Chicago in 1933. A sec­ond biog­ra­phy fol­lowed with eighty wood­cuts of the life of Ben­jamin Franklin.
Turzak’s mas­ter­ful Mod­ernist style dur­ing the 1930s can be seen in his views of Chicago land­marks and his socially con­scious depic­tions of the masses, includ­ing fac­tory work­ers, the home­less, immi­grants and orga­nized crim­i­nals. Turzak, an artist of the peo­ple, often sketched on Chicago street cor­ners, in Grant Park and along the lake­front to cap­ture the essence of the city and its peo­ple dur­ing the Depres­sion Era.
As the aes­thet­ics of art evolved from Mod­ernism to Abstrac­tion by the 1950s, so did Turzak’s style. In 1958 he and his fam­ily moved to Orlando, Florida, an area that promised a milder cli­mate and the com­pany of fel­low artists and friends includ­ing renowned sculp­tor Albin Polasek. Polasek and Turzak had been friends since their days at the Art Insti­tute of Chicago in the early 1920s, where Polasek was the head of the AIC sculp­ture depart­ment. For Turzak, liv­ing in Orlando was “like a taste of eter­nity, with­out sea­sonal changes, time seemed non-existent” and it pro­vided much artis­tic inspi­ra­tion. Works from Turzak’s years in Florida are on dis­play includ­ing prints of Lake Eola and blos­som­ing hibis­cus flow­ers. This exhi­bi­tion has been gen­er­ously loaned to the Albin Polasek Museum by Joan Turzak Van Hees, Charles Turzak’s daughter.

WINTER PARK, April 15, 2010 – The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens will end its 2009 – 2010 sea­son with con­cur­rent exhibits in the museum’s gal­leries, both run­ning
May 25 through June 30, 2010.
An Attrac­tion to Abstrac­tion: The Fluid Life of Bruce Gre­gory focuses on works painted pri­mar­ily in 1950s New York and Paris by Amer­i­can artist Bruce Gre­gory. Gregory’s goal in pro­duc­ing art­work was to lib­er­ate col­ors into broad areas, achiev­ing a dimen­sional con­trast of shape, color and form. An artist of national renown, Gre­gory (1917 – 2002) is best known as the artist who painted Fer­nand Léger’s two abstract murals in the Gen­eral Assem­bly Hall of the United Nations.
The Hip­pie House Revis­ited takes a look at the final years of 667 Osce­ola Avenue, the tract of land adja­cent to the museum’s orig­i­nal east prop­erty line. Dat­ing back to 1873, the site has been owned by some of the city’s best known his­tor­i­cal res­i­dents; later the site was pop­u­larly known as the hip­pie house.  This exhibit shows paint­ings and pho­tographs from the final years of the hip­pie house, prior to the lot being pur­chased by the museum in 2000.
 
WINTER PARK, March 16, 2010 – The scenic back­drop of Win­ter Park will host the sec­ond Win­ter Park Paint Out, an event where the pub­lic can watch 26 pro­fes­sional artists paint­ing out­doors (en plein air) at var­i­ous Win­ter Park loca­tions and then pur­chase these unique land­scapes through­out the week and at a tick­eted recep­tion at the Polasek Museum.
The Paint Out will take place April 24 — May 1 and will be fol­lowed by a tick­eted evening recep­tion, Paint Out Gar­den Party, from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 1, where all of the artists will be present, and patrons will be able to pur­chase their works. Call 407 – 647-6294 for addi­tional infor­ma­tion; advance pur­chase tick­ets are $25. www.WinterParkPaintOut.org 
All par­tic­i­pat­ing artists were invited to sub­mit a paint­ing to be cho­sen as the Paint Out’s poster image, which is the defin­ing image for this year’s Paint Out. On Feb. 1, 2010 Kath­leen Chenet’s paint­ing titled For­est Idyl won the poster con­test. Chenet received $1000 and her orig­i­nal paint­ing is now part of the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of the Polasek Museum.
The Paint Out begins on April 24 when artists arrive at the museum with blank can­vases. The can­vases will be date stamped and the artists will then fan out through pub­lic loca­tions in Win­ter Park, paint­ing and bring­ing their com­pleted, stamped can­vases back to the museum at the end of each day. It is antic­i­pated that most artists will pro­duce five to seven new works dur­ing the Paint Out.
The museum’s gallery, which has part­nered with the artists for this event, will be open for free between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day dur­ing the Paint Out to allow the pub­lic to view and to pur­chase paint­ings. Entrance fees will apply for guided tours of the his­toric Polasek res­i­dence and chapel dur­ing the Paint Out.
Free artist lec­tures and demon­stra­tions will take place from April 25 through April 30, 2010. These lec­tures and demon­stra­tions will be pro­vided by five emi­nent Florida painters: Linda Blondheim, Cyn­thia Edmonds, Sally Evans, Stew­art Jones and Mitch Kolbe. No reser­va­tions are required.
Stew­art Jones, “Water­color Demon­stra­tion,” Sun­day, April 25, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Water­color can be a dif­fi­cult medium when paint­ing en plein air.  Stew­art Jones shows how to work from light to dark in order to cap­ture a scene.  His tech­nique uses abstract lay­ers of light val­ues and darker pat­terns to pro­duce a unique water­color paint­ing.
Cyn­thia Edmonds, “Oil Paint­ing Demon­stra­tion,” Tues­day, April 27, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
This ses­sion cov­ers many of the basics of plein air oil paint­ing includ­ing mate­ri­als, medi­ums and com­po­si­tion.  Cyn­thia Edmonds demon­strates the direct paint­ing tech­nique — paint is applied opaquely to the can­vas, with each brush stroke cap­tur­ing a spe­cific ele­ment in the scene.
Sally Evans, “Pas­tel Demon­stra­tion,” Wednes­day, April 28, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Pas­tels are an unusual paint­ing medium requir­ing the artist to mix and blend col­ors on the paper, rather than on a palette.  Sally Evans shows how to com­bine both draw­ing skill and color aware­ness to cre­ate a unique pas­tel paint­ing.  Included is infor­ma­tion about the mate­ri­als and types of pas­tels avail­able to pas­tel artists.
Linda Blondheim, “Acrylic Demon­stra­tion,” Thurs­day, April 29, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Com­pared to oils, acrylic paints are a rel­a­tively new medium.  In this ses­sion, Linda Blondheim shows how acrylics can be used effec­tively in plein air paint­ing.  Sev­eral tech­niques are taught which allow the artist to achieve oil-like results using this quick dry­ing paint.
Mitch Kolbe, “Oil Demon­stra­tion,” Fri­day, April 30, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Mitch Kolbe gives a talk on color har­mony and its use in plein air paint­ing.  Start­ing with the basics, Mitch pro­gresses from “Color 101″ to more advanced tech­niques and appli­ca­tions for the work­ing pro­fes­sional.  Color con­cepts are the focus of this oil paint­ing demonstration.

Jan Clan­ton, “Chang­ing Land­scapes, Chang­ing Visions Lec­ture,” April 30, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
This lec­ture focuses on how the tra­di­tion of the land­scape in Amer­i­can art has been promi­nent for over 200 years.  Ini­tially, the land­scape was a sym­bol of unlim­ited poten­tial and spir­i­tu­al­ity.  Over the years, this national sym­bol has evolved to depict indus­tri­al­iza­tion, derange­ment in soci­ety and even envi­ron­men­tal con­cerns.  Join us to exam­ine this uniquely Amer­i­can tra­di­tion in all its per­mu­ta­tions.
The Paint Out con­cludes with a free Open House on May 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. fea­tur­ing the spe­cial exhibit Florida Plein Air Mas­ters. This exhibit will high­light works from the Paint Out and will run until May 16.
Addi­tional infor­ma­tion about the Paint Out, includ­ing artist and instruc­tor bios and ticket info, can be found at WinterParkPaintOut.org
All pro­ceeds from the Win­ter Park Paint Out’s paint­ing sales and ticket sales for Paint Out Gar­den Party will directly ben­e­fit the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens and artists.
 

WINTER PARK, March 13, 2010 — The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens is pleased to announce that renowned illus­tra­tor Michael Whe­lan will be speak­ing at the Win­ter Park Pub­lic Library on Sat­ur­day, April 17 at 11:00 a.m., offer­ing a visual pre­sen­ta­tion fol­lowed by a ques­tion and answer ses­sion. Whelan’s illus­tra­tions, “Where the Evil Dwells”, 1982, acrylic on illus­tra­tion board and “The Mas­ter Mind of Mars“, 1979, acrylic on illus­tra­tion board are cur­rently on dis­play at the museum, part of the spe­cial exhi­bi­tion “Maid­ens and Mon­sters: the Art of Sci­ence Fic­tion, Adven­ture and Fan­tasy.”
Whe­lan will also be the hon­ored guest at the Polasek Museum on Sun­day, April 18 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. dur­ing the clos­ing recep­tion for “Maid­ens and Mon­sters: The Art of Sci­ence Fic­tion, Adven­ture and Fan­tasy.” Whe­lan will not offer a for­mal pro­gram at the museum; he will be avail­able for infor­mal dis­cus­sions and to sign books.
Since 1980, Michael Whe­lan has been one of the world’s pre­mier fan­tasy and sci­ence fic­tion artists. He is cur­rently work­ing full time on his fine art paint­ings, but in the past three decades he has cre­ated more than 350 book and album cov­ers for authors and artists like Isaac Asi­mov, Anne McCaf­frey, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen King, the Jack­sons, Sepul­tura, and Meat­Loaf. His clients have included every major U.S. book pub­lisher in addi­tion to such diverse com­pa­nies as National Geo­graphic, Road­run­ner Records and The Franklin Mint.
A grad­u­ate of San Jose State Uni­ver­sity with a BA in Paint­ing and a President’s Scholar, Michael Whe­lan went on to attend the pres­ti­gious Art Cen­ter Col­lege of Design also in Cal­i­for­nia, but he dropped out to accept his first book cover assign­ment. The most hon­ored artist in his field, Whe­lan has won an unprece­dented 15 Hugo Awards (Sci­ence Fiction’s Oscar), 3 World Fan­tasy Awards, and the Super­Hugo as the Best Artist of the last 50 years. He is a mem­ber of the Sci­ence Fic­tion Hall of Fame which includes such lumi­nar­ies as H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Ray Brad­bury, Steven Spiel­berg, Rod Ser­ling, and Ursula K. Le Guin. The read­ers of LOCUS mag­a­zine (for SF insid­ers) have named him Best Pro­fes­sional Artist 27 times in their annual poll, includ­ing 2009. In addi­tion to count­less Best of Show and Best Artist Awards from SF and Fan­tasy con­ven­tions and regional art shows, Michael was named a Grand Mas­ter by the Spec­trum Annual of the Best in Con­tem­po­rary Fan­tas­tic Art. His other awards include a Gold Medal from the Soci­ety of Illus­tra­tors, a Var­gas Award, and a Grum­bacher Gold Medal.

WINTER PARK, March 13, 2010 — The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculp­ture Gar­dens con­tin­ues its annual tra­di­tion of offer­ing free admis­sion on Good Fri­day, April 2, 2010 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Reg­u­larly sched­uled tours of the his­toric Polasek res­i­dence and chapel will take place at 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:20 p.m.
Among his vast port­fo­lio, Albin Polasek sculpted hun­dreds of litur­gi­cal works for churches, cathe­drals and pri­vate col­lec­tions. Lenten/Easter works on dis­play in the gar­dens include Sta­tions of the Cross, Vic­to­ri­ous Christ and Risen Christ.
The four­teen Sta­tions of the Cross, sketches in the chapel and bronze medal­lions in the gar­dens depict Jesus Christ’s Good Fri­day walk through Jerusalem — from his trial to his entomb­ment. Two Vic­to­ri­ous Christ sculp­tures, one in the Polasek res­i­dence and one in the gar­dens, show Christ on the cross; Risen Christ in the gar­dens is an Easter image of the res­ur­rected Christ.

WINTER PARK, Feb­ru­ary 24, 2010 – In con­junc­tion with the sec­ond Win­ter Park Paint Out, the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculp­ture Gar­dens will present five days of free artist lec­tures and demon­stra­tions from April 25 through April 30, 2010. These lec­tures and demon­stra­tions will be pro­vided by five emi­nent Florida painters: Linda Blondheim, Cyn­thia Edmonds, Sally Evans, Stew­art Jones and Mitch Kolbe. No reser­va­tions are required.
Stew­art Jones, “Water­color Demon­stra­tion,” Sun­day, April 25, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Water­color can be a dif­fi­cult medium when paint­ing en plein air.  Stew­art Jones shows how to work from light to dark in order to cap­ture a scene.  His tech­nique uses abstract lay­ers of light val­ues and darker pat­terns to pro­duce a unique water­color paint­ing.
Cyn­thia Edmonds, “Oil Paint­ing Demon­stra­tion,” Tues­day, April 27, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
This ses­sion cov­ers many of the basics of plein air oil paint­ing includ­ing mate­ri­als, medi­ums and com­po­si­tion.  Cyn­thia Edmonds demon­strates the direct paint­ing tech­nique — paint is applied opaquely to the can­vas, with each brush stroke cap­tur­ing a spe­cific ele­ment in the scene.
Sally Evans, “Pas­tel Demon­stra­tion,” Wednes­day, April 28, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
Pas­tels are an unusual paint­ing medium requir­ing the artist to mixed and blend col­ors on the paper rather than on a palette.  Sally Evans shows how to com­bine both draw­ing skill and color aware­ness to cre­ate a unique pas­tel paint­ing.  Included is infor­ma­tion about the mate­ri­als and types of pas­tels avail­able to pas­tel artists.  
Linda Blondheim, “Acrylic Demon­stra­tion,” Thurs­day, April 29, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
Com­pared to oils, acrylic paints are a rel­a­tively new medium.  In this ses­sion, Linda Blondheim shows how acrylics can be used effec­tively in plein air paint­ing.  Sev­eral tech­niques are taught which allow the artist to achieve oil-like results using this quick dry­ing paint.
Mitch Kolbe, “Oil Demon­stra­tion,” Fri­day, April 30, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
Mitch Kolbe gives a talk on color har­mony and its use in plein air paint­ing.  Start­ing with the basics, Mitch pro­gresses from “Color 101″ to more advanced tech­niques and appli­ca­tions for the work­ing pro­fes­sional.  Color con­cepts are the focus of this oil paint­ing demon­stra­tion.
Jan Clan­ton, “Chang­ing Land­scapes, Chang­ing Visions Lec­ture,” April 30, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
This lec­ture focuses on how the tra­di­tion of the land­scape in Amer­i­can art has been promi­nent for over 200 years.  Ini­tially, the land­scape was a sym­bol of unlim­ited poten­tial and spir­i­tu­al­ity.  Over the years, this national sym­bol has evolved to depict indus­tri­al­iza­tion, derange­ment in soci­ety and even envi­ron­men­tal con­cerns.  Join us to exam­ine this uniquely Amer­i­can tra­di­tion in all its per­mu­ta­tions.
 
WINTER PARK, Feb­ru­ary 1, 2010 – The scenic back­drop of Win­ter Park will host the sec­ond Win­ter Park Paint Out, an event where the pub­lic can watch 26 pro­fes­sional artists paint­ing out­doors (en plein air) at var­i­ous Win­ter Park loca­tions and then pur­chase these unique land­scapes through­out the week and at a tick­eted recep­tion at the Polasek Museum.
The Paint Out will take place April 24 — May 1 and will be fol­lowed by a tick­eted evening recep­tion, Plein Air Cel­e­bra­tion, from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 1, where all of the artists will be present, and patrons will be able to pur­chase their works. Call 407 – 647-6294 for addi­tional infor­ma­tion.
All par­tic­i­pat­ing artists were invited to sub­mit a paint­ing to be cho­sen for the Paint Out’s poster con­test. On Feb. 1, 2010 Kath­leen Chenet’s paint­ing titled For­est Idyl won the poster con­test to deter­mine the defin­ing image for the exhibit. Chenet received $1000 and her orig­i­nal paint­ing is now part of the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of the Polasek Museum.
The Paint Out begins on April 24 when artists arrive at the museum with blank can­vases. The can­vases will be date stamped and the artists will then fan out through pub­lic loca­tions in Win­ter Park, paint­ing and bring­ing their com­pleted, stamped can­vases back to the museum at the end of each day. It is antic­i­pated that most artists will pro­duce six to 10 new works dur­ing the Paint Out.
The museum’s gallery, which has part­nered with the artists for this event, will be open for free between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day dur­ing the Paint Out to allow the pub­lic to view and to pur­chase paint­ings. Entrance fees will apply for guided tours of the his­toric Polasek res­i­dence and chapel dur­ing the Paint Out.
The Paint Out con­cludes with a free Open House fea­tur­ing the spe­cial exhibit Florida Plein Air Mas­ters on May 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. This exhibit will high­light works from the Paint Out and will run until May 16.
Addi­tional infor­ma­tion about the Paint Out, includ­ing artist bios and ticket info, can be found at http://polasek.org/?page_id=31
All pro­ceeds from the Win­ter Park Paint Out’s paint­ing sales and ticket sales for Plein Air Cel­e­bra­tion will directly ben­e­fit the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens.
Note To Media: Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Deb­bie Koman­ski, Paint Out Co-chair Hal Stringer, as well as Paint Out artists will be avail­able for inter­views the open­ing day of the Paint Out at 10 a.m on April 24 at the Polasek Museum.

WINTER PARK, Jan­u­ary 21, 2010 –In con­junc­tion with United Arts of Cen­tral Florida’s Arts­Fest, the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculp­ture Gar­dens will be offer­ing free admis­sion on Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 14 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Three art gal­leries, the his­toric Polasek res­i­dence, a chapel and pic­turesque sculp­ture gar­dens on Lake Osce­ola offer vis­i­tors mul­ti­ple oppor­tu­ni­ties to view Albin Polasek’s sculp­tures and pieces from his per­sonal art col­lec­tion, along with the museum’s spe­cial exhi­bi­tion “Maid­ens and Mon­sters – The Art of Sci­ence Fic­tion, Adven­ture and Fan­tasy.” This exhi­bi­tion presents a fresh and sur­pris­ing view of Amer­i­can illus­tra­tion, high­light­ing some of the exotic adven­tures, fan­tas­tic fables and roman­tic encoun­ters told in mag­a­zines and books pub­lished between 1914 and 1995.
Sat­ur­day Events:
Docent-led tours of the his­toric Polasek res­i­dence will take place at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Free children’s art activ­i­ties will be on-going in the museum’s out­door breeze­way class­room.
There will be a 12:00 p.m. collector’s tour in the museum gal­leries show­cas­ing “Maid­ens and Mon­sters – The Art of Sci­ence Fic­tion, Adven­ture and Fan­tasy,” led by the co-owner of the col­lec­tion, Stephen D. Kor­shak. The exhi­bi­tion includes 50 orig­i­nal works by 22 pio­neer­ing illus­tra­tors. The collector’s tour will be fol­lowed by a book sign­ing, fea­tur­ing Korshak’s books “Grand Mas­ter of Fan­tasy: The Paint­ings of J. Allen St. John” (Van­guard, 2008) and “From the Pen of Paul: The Fan­tas­tic Images of Frank R. Paul” (Shasta-Phoenix, 2009). Stephen D. Kor­shak is a grad­u­ate of the Uni­ver­sity of Chicago and a prac­tic­ing attor­ney for the past 30 years. He resides in Orlando with his wife and four chil­dren.
Fol­low­ing the book sign­ing there will be a 2:00 pm panel dis­cus­sion: “The Rel­e­vance Today of Clas­sic Sci­ence Fic­tion Illus­tra­tion” with pan­elists includ­ing area illus­tra­tors, writ­ers and sci-fi fans. The focus of the dis­cus­sion will touch on whether younger fans still are influ­enced by older sci­ence fic­tion images and their accom­pa­ny­ing sto­ries. Is there such a thing as “time­less” sci­ence fic­tion?
Sun­day Events:
Docent-led tours of the his­toric Polasek res­i­dence will take place at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Free children’s art activ­i­ties will be on-going in the museum’s out­door breeze­way class­room.
Tra­di­tional Czech kolache (fruit-filled bread rolls), apple strudel and Vien­nese cof­fee will be served free to vis­i­tors through­out the day in honor of the birth of the museum’s founder Albin Polasek. Polasek was born in 1879 in Moravia (now the Czech Repub­lic).
 

WINTER PARK, Octo­ber 30, 2009 — Orange TV cov­ers the Nes­bitt exhibit open­ing at The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gardens

WINTER PARK, Sep­tem­ber 18, 2009 — The tra­di­tional day of Czech Inde­pen­dence will be cel­e­brated with free admis­sion to the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculp­ture Gar­dens on Wednes­day, Octo­ber 28 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Museum founder Albin Polasek was born and raised in the province of Moravia, in what is now the Czech Repub­lic. Tours of the his­toric Polasek res­i­dence and chapel will be offered by museum docents hourly, from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Tra­di­tional Czech kolache (fruit-filled bread rolls), apple strudel and Vien­nese cof­fee will be served free to vis­i­tors while sup­plies last, begin­ning at 11:00 a.m.
The Repub­lic of Czecho­slo­va­kia was formed in 1918 after cen­turies of rule under the Haps­burg dynasty. Czech pro­fes­sor Thomas Masaryk, Slo­vak sci­en­tist Milan Ste­fanik and Czech soci­ol­o­gist Edward Benes pro­claimed inde­pen­dence for Czecho­slo­va­kia on Octo­ber 18, 1918 while in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Ten days later, Octo­ber 28, 1918, the Sov­er­eign Repub­lic of Czecho­slo­va­kia was founded in Prague and Masaryk was elected pres­i­dent. In July 1992, Slo­va­kia declared its sov­er­eignty and on Jan­u­ary 1, 1993 Czecho­slo­va­kia offi­cially split into the Czech Repub­lic and Slo­va­kia. The tra­di­tional date of Czecho­slo­va­kian inde­pen­dence, Octo­ber 28, is still acknowl­edged in both countries.

WINTER PARK, Sep­tem­ber 4, 2009–The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens presents presents the spe­cial exhi­bi­tion “My Cam­era Speaks for Me” run­ning from Oct 13 — Nov 15, 2009. This ret­ro­spec­tive exhi­bi­tion of 30 pho­tographs rep­re­sents the most potent images of pho­tog­ra­pher Dou­glas Nes­bitt. He cap­tures the human con­di­tion and the world around us in this thought-provoking one-man-show fea­tur­ing works cho­sen by the artist. A pho­tog­ra­pher with­out a spe­cialty, Nes­bitt con­sid­ers him­self to be a “jour­ney­man with a cam­era.” Cross­ing all pho­to­graphic bound­aries, his images are found in adver­tis­ing, archi­tec­ture, por­trai­ture, fine art and photo jour­nal­ism. Dou­glas Nesbitt’s pho­tographs are pow­er­ful com­po­si­tions that speak to the viewer because every ele­ment – pat­terns in the back­ground, signs in the cor­ner, the angle of a face – add some­thing to the nar­ra­tive of the photograph.

WINTER PARK, Sep­tem­ber 4, 2009 – The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens will open its fifth sea­son of cham­ber music con­certs with “Yone­tani at the Polasek,” on Sun­day, Novem­ber 22, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. The extra­or­di­nary atmos­phere of the Polasek salon pro­vides an incred­i­bly warm and inti­mate acoustic expe­ri­ence. Fea­tured will be inter­na­tion­ally acclaimed violin/viola soloist Ayako Yone­tani. Works by GF Han­del, Georges Bizet, Franz Schu­bert, Fritz Kreisler and Beethoven will be per­formed.  Bari­tone Thomas Pot­ter will join Yone­tani dur­ing the concert.

WINTER PARK, Sep­tem­ber 2, 2009 – “The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens,” writ­ten by Deb­bie Koman­ski and Karen Louden, a pho­to­graphic cof­fee table book, was hon­ored on August 8, 2009 at the 22nd Annual Florida Print Awards (Print­ing Asso­ci­a­tion of Florida) as the Best of Cat­e­gory in the Book divi­sion. The eye-catching design was cre­ated by Terry/Kane Orlando, Inc. (TKO) and printed by Sun Dance Graph­ics.
The book con­tains pho­tographs and nar­ra­tive recount­ing the engag­ing life and works of Czech-born Amer­i­can sculp­tor Albin Polasek. Dur­ing his life­time, Polasek (1879 – 1965) cre­ated over 400 works of art. The book fea­tures a strik­ing com­bi­na­tion of archival pho­tographs and con­tem­po­rary shots along with com­pelling text. The book is high­lighted by its attrac­tive and var­ied lay­out and a visu­ally strong impact is made by the har­mo­nious col­ors cho­sen by the design team. Fund­ing for the project was pro­vided by the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of Cen­tral Florida, Terry/Kane Orlando (TKO) donated all of their design time and Sun Dance Graph­ics donated fifty per­cent of the cost of print­ing and bindery and pro­duced addi­tional copies of the book for the museum. The book is avail­able for pur­chase at the museum store.

WINTER PARK, August 14, 2009 – On Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 26, 2009, the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens will par­tic­i­pate in the fifth annual Museum Day, pre­sented by Smith­son­ian mag­a­zine.  A cel­e­bra­tion of cul­ture, learn­ing and the dis­sem­i­na­tion of knowl­edge, Smithsonian’s Museum Day reflects the spirit of the mag­a­zine and emu­lates the free-admission pol­icy of the Smith­son­ian Institution’s Wash­ing­ton, DC-based prop­er­ties.  Doors will be open free of charge to Smith­son­ian mag­a­zine read­ers and Smithsonian.com vis­i­tors at muse­ums and cul­tural insti­tu­tions nationwide.

WINTER PARK, July 29, 2009 – You don’t have to be an expert on art, his­tory or gar­den­ing to become a val­ued vol­un­teer at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens. The Polasek relies on the ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment of over 100 vol­un­teers to help sus­tain the museum in a mul­ti­tude of ways. If you want to con­tribute your time, energy and skills, the Polasek offers a range of vol­un­teer oppor­tu­ni­ties for which we will train you.

 WINTER PARK, July 21, 2009 - Mixed media artist Don Howard’s bold, col­or­ful, cre­ative and extremely three dimen­sional hand-crafted sun gods and ances­tral art is fea­tured in the museum’s first exhibit of the 2009 – 2010 sea­son, “Mod­ern Prim­i­tives: Sculp­tural Images of Don Howard” run­ning from Sept. 1 through Octo­ber 11, 2009. Howard’s wall-mounted relief sculp­tures evoke the look of Aztec and Incan deities, while other pieces draw upon African imagery, with angu­lar mask-like faces and tribal coloring.