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Exhi­bi­tion - Art Leg­ends of Orange County: The Art of Hal McIn­tosh

Part of a Year­long Col­lab­o­ra­tive Cel­e­bra­tion of Orange County Art Leg­ends

Run Dates: Tues­day, August 18 – Sun­day, Novem­ber 29, 2015

The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens hosts a spe­cial ret­ro­spec­tive exhi­bi­tion, “Art Leg­ends of Orange County: The Art of Hal McIn­tosh.” Join us as we kick off this county-wide, year­long col­lab­o­ra­tion as we cel­e­brate Cen­tral Florida’s vibrant visual arts com­mu­nity and honor local artists and patrons who helped shape our vibrant cul­tural land­scape. The Polasek Museum will exhibit first and high­light the works of local-living-legend and painter, Mr. Hal McIntosh.

Step into the world of Hal McIn­tosh, where sooth­ing col­ors and beau­ti­ful scenes bring life to art. Hal is an artist cur­rently resid­ing in Win­ter Park who has influ­enced the local art scene for decades. From events such as the Win­ter Park Side­walk Arts Fes­ti­val and the Win­ter Park Paint Out to exhibit­ing in the many gal­leries of the town, Hal’s suc­cess and promi­nence have allowed him to become one of Win­ter Park’s most promi­nent Art Legends.

Visit the Polasek Museum to see McIntosh’s paint­ings brought together cour­tesy of pri­vate lenders and from other local insti­tu­tions that have col­lected his work. Delve into the lively color and expres­sive lines found in McIntosh’s can­vases. Be inspired by local his­tory and art, and by the extra­or­di­nary indi­vid­u­als who make Cen­tral Florida so much more than theme park, but a place of beauty and sig­nif­i­cance. 

Through­out the 2015 – 2016 sea­son, sites around Orange County will fea­ture the work of 20 artists and patrons who made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to our visual arts com­mu­nity dur­ing the piv­otal time period from 1932 – 1982. In addi­tion to the nine exhi­bi­tions of fea­tured artists, two community-wide pub­lic pan­els will be held to honor the con­tri­bu­tions made by Orange County Art Leg­ends and a spe­cial “Stu­dent Night” program.

Exhibit Pro­gram­ming:

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Keep­ing it Cur­rent in the OC:  LIVE Art Hap­pen­ing, Stu­dent Night, OC Art Leg­ends Exhi­bi­tion, and OC Home­less­ness Advo­cacy!

Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 10, 2015; 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Cover $5.00

Refresh­ments and cash bar– lim­ited on-site parking

Stu­dents are FREE with Valid Stu­dent ID card!

Skip the has­sle of down­town and try some­thing new at the Polasek after-business hours as we cel­e­brate all things cur­rent that are hap­pen­ing in the OC! Join us for our Orange Coun­try aware­ness night on Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 10, 2015 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. where art and com­mu­nity issues com­bine! Check out our Hal McIn­tosh exhibit and learn about an Orange County Art Leg­end. A ret­ro­spec­tive 60 years in the mak­ing, but shock­ingly fresh!

Meet Cal­i­for­nia graf­fiti artist, Skid Robot, whose ground­break­ing work illus­trates the dreams of the home­less of LA’s infa­mous “Skid Row.” His art empow­ers those with­out a voice as he illus­trates their per­sonal sto­ries. Now Skid Robot turns his advo­cacy eye to the home­less pop­u­la­tion of our local OC, FL and will be cre­at­ing a graf­fiti instal­la­tion LIVE through­out the evening. See his cre­ative process unfold in our gor­geous sculp­ture gar­dens, ask this masked-artist your ques­tions, and soak up his pow­er­ful mes­sage.  Skid Robot’s instal­la­tion will be up through the month of Sep­tem­ber at the Polasek.  This will be the first of four pieces of his art ever offered for sale!  All pro­ceeds from the sale of his art will be used for future home­less advocacy!

Then at 6:30 p.m., local home­less advo­cate, Tom Reb­man – known all over the coun­try sim­ply as “The Home­less Teacher,” sheds light on this rel­e­vant social issue; what are the real chal­lenges fac­ing our large home­less pop­u­la­tion in Orange County, what was his expe­ri­ence liv­ing as a home­less per­son, and what can we do to help now? His pre­sen­ta­tion will be staged in our newly opened his­toric Capen House and we will also be screen­ing a short film by Andrae Bai­ley about home­less­ness in Orlando. Check it out! All dona­tions col­lected the evening of will go directly towards help­ing the home­less of Orlando, through the 501©3 non­profit char­ity, Home­less and Hun­gry. 

As part of our Stu­dent Night cel­e­bra­tion we’ll offer com­pli­men­tary art activ­i­ties for all vis­i­tors.  Make and take home a piece of wear­able art inspired by the works of Hal McIn­tosh or Skid Robot, your choice!  Have fun with your friends and cre­ate art while you min­gle.  If you’re a stu­dent, learn about intern­ship oppor­tu­ni­ties at the Polasek with Cura­tor Rachel Frisby.

Liv­ing Artist and Art Leader Panel

Thurs­day, Octo­ber 15; 5:30 p.m.

City of Orlando Coun­cil Chambers

Join us a for a Third Thurs­day event to remem­ber! Var­i­ous Orange County arts orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing the Polasek Museum, col­lab­o­rated to cre­ate an unprece­dented artist panel. Com­prised of hon­ored Orange Coun­try “liv­ing art leg­ends,” we cel­e­brate the artis­tic her­itage that has shaped our com­mu­nity.  Learn from the Leg­ends, and ask them your ques­tions as medi­a­tor, Terry Olsen, con­nects our past to our future in this panel dis­cus­sion. We are for­tu­nate that the Polasek’s exhibit­ing artist, Mr. Hal McIn­tosh, will be among the fea­tured pan­elists. Held off­site at City of Orlando’s Coun­sel Cham­bers located at 400 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32802. Free admission.

Gone But Not For­got­ten – Deceased Artist and Art Leader Panel

Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 15, 2016; 5:30 p.m

Art & His­tory Muse­ums – Mait­land located at 231 E Pack­wood Ave, Mait­land, FL 32751. Free admission.

Addi­tional infor­ma­tion about Hal McIn­tosh and all the hon­ored Art Leg­ends of Orange County and the upcom­ing exhi­bi­tions will be made avail­able at www.ArtLegendsOC.org (esti­mated launch July 2015). Cur­rently, addi­tional infor­ma­tion can be found by vis­it­ing each host site.