HalMcIntosh Exhibit Poster 6-19-15

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.

Hal’s art is heav­ily inspired by the style of the Ori­ent where bold scenes and intrigu­ing col­ors draw view­ers in and leave them want­ing more. Vari­ety is incred­i­bly impor­tant; Abstracts, por­trai­ture, flo­rals, and land­scapes ener­gize Hal and keeps his cre­ative energy flow­ing. Tran­quil­ity and calm are key in form­ing the over­all mes­sage of the pieces and allow­ing a con­nec­tion to be formed between the artist and his audi­ence. After 35 one man shows through­out Florida and Cape Cod, Hal once again is able to daz­zle and exhibit old and new pieces side by side.

Pre­pare to expe­ri­ence the beauty of seren­ity and the legacy found in each of Hal’s paint­ings against the back­drop of the Polasek’s inti­mate setting.

Born in 1927, Hal McIntosh’s art career started in early child­hood with stud­ies at the Detroit Art Insti­tute and the Toledo Museum.  He became the youngest per­son ever invited to set up his easel at the Research Stu­dio (now the Mait­land Art Cen­ter) founded and run by the famed artist and archi­tect Andre Smith. His for­mal stud­ies were at the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan with a Grad­u­ate Degree fol­lowed by a teach­ing posi­tion in sculp­ture and design.  Fol­low­ing school he worked as a pro­lific por­trait painter with Jerry Farnsworth and his wife Helen Sawyer.  Mr. McIn­tosh is one of the rare painters who have always made his liv­ing as an artist.  Also an expe­ri­enced edu­ca­tor, he taught as the Direc­tor of the Lynch­burg Vir­ginia Fine Art Cen­ter for 5 years, for 30 years at his own school in Win­ter Park Florida, and at Loch Haven School now the Orlando Museum.  Dur­ing these years he has had 36 one-man-shows at gal­leries from Win­ter Park and Naples, Florida to venues in Cape Cod, MA.  He is a found­ing mem­ber of the Win­ter Park Art Fes­ti­val, where he exhib­ited 17 times, and is a for­mer Artis­tic Direc­tor for The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens in Win­ter Park, FL. Hal main­tains stu­dios in Win­ter Park and on Cape Cod, fol­low­ing the sea­sons while con­tin­u­ing to paint his favorite subjects.

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:

Stu­dent Art Min­gle

Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 10, 2015; 6 – 8 p.m.

Wel­come backs stu­dents! Join us for a spe­cial night at the Polasek Museum for stu­dents to expe­ri­ence and be inspired by an Orange Coun­try Art Legend’s art­work up-close! Stu­dents can min­gle while enjoy­ing our cur­rent exhibit, Art Leg­ends of Orange County: The Art of Hal McIn­tosh.” Free admis­sion for any col­lege stu­dent with a valid ID card, or $5 gen­eral admis­sion.  We encour­age all stu­dents to come dis­cover the Polasek Museum — where clas­si­cal meets current!


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.