Save the dates for our 6th Annual Win­ter Park Paint Out!

APRIL 20  —  APRIL 26, 2014

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! Ben­e­fits the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculp­ture Gar­dens


“Behind the Cur­tain: MicheLee Pup­pets and the Art of Pup­petry” 

Tues­day, May 6– Sun­day, August 24, 2014

For­get 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 vivid and cul­tur­ally diverse 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, shadow and rod pup­pets, felted and furry ‘Muppet-like’ cre­ations, to one-of-a-kind char­ac­ters brought to life from the pages of a story book. All of the pup­pets on exhibit are hand-crafted and imbued with the abil­ity to express, artic­u­late, and move. Vis­i­tors will see a wide vari­ety of pup­pets which rep­re­sent a mul­ti­cul­tural per­spec­tive, bring­ing the rich his­tory of pup­petry to cen­ter stage. View exotic pup­pets from Java, Viet­nam, Europe, and Indone­sia as well as the “work­ing col­lec­tion” of MicheLee Pup­pets, the local non­profit orga­ni­za­tion which empow­ers lives through the art of pup­petry.

MicheLee’s whim­si­cal col­lec­tion eas­ily pro­voke smiles with their love­able Muppet-like crea­tures, while oth­ers are decid­edly more pow­er­ful and are used as emo­tional teach­ing tools when tra­di­tional meth­ods fail.  These pup­pets are manip­u­lated by using the tra­di­tional rod sys­tem, which has the smoothest motion of all of the styles, and allows the pup­peteers the great­est inti­macy as they con­nect to their audi­ence. MicheLee Pup­pets blends this 3-Dimensional sculp­tural art form with per­for­mance that moves and inspires the Cen­tral Florida Com­mu­nity. 

There is so much more to this art form than is appar­ent from the audi­ence. This is your oppor­tu­nity to see the imag­i­na­tive process and artis­tic skill that goes into each hand-crafted work of mov­able sculp­ture. From the ini­tial design and con­cep­tu­al­iza­tion of the pup­pet, the selec­tion of mate­ri­als, time-consuming fab­ri­ca­tion efforts, sewing minia­tur­ized cos­tumes, set design, and of course, per­for­mance, MicheLee’s pup­pets are indeed inter­ac­tive sculp­ture. It is through the actor’s or individual’s cre­ativ­ity that these sta­tic works of art take on life; in this spirit we invite you to look deeper. Play, cre­ate, and learn in this hands-on, behind the cur­tain exhi­bi­tion at the Polasek Museum, your source for inspir­ing sculpture.