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.
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.
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.