2015 Win­ter Park Paint Out Sun­day, April 19– Sat­ur­day, 25, 2015

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.

Shapely Ves­sels: Gourds From Around the World  May 5 — August 9, 2015

Prized for their infi­nite uses and imme­di­ately rec­og­niz­able by their volup­tuous form, gourds are one of mankind’s ear­li­est domes­ti­cated type of plants. Embell­ished and uti­lized by humans for cen­turies, this stag­ger­ing col­lec­tion of gourds from cul­tures through­out the world are truly nature’s works of art. Explore their ancient roots and fas­ci­nat­ing links to early civ­i­liza­tion. What were their uses and how did many of our mod­ern objects tran­si­tion from gourds to house­holds items? Likely one of the ear­li­est domes­ti­cated types of plants, gourds have been dis­cov­ered in archae­o­log­i­cal sites dat­ing from as early as 13,000 BC. Gourds also con­tain deep sym­bol­ism in many cul­tures, par­tic­u­larly in Japan where the “Hyotan” gourd is a sym­bol of good luck. Numer­ous exam­ples of gourds will be exhib­ited, includ­ing art­works and stat­ues fea­tur­ing the gourd, musi­cal instru­ments, teas cups, snuff con­tain­ers, and the iconic Cal­abash gourd pipe used by lit­er­ary char­ac­ter Sher­lock Holmes, as well as gourds from Africa, South Amer­ica, and Asia. This exten­sive col­lec­tion is on loan cour­tesy of Orlando res­i­dent and self-proclaimed “Gourd Guru” or “Cal­abashol­o­gist,” Mr. Ray­mond Konann. In con­junc­tion with this exhibit, the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens is proud to fea­ture gourd spec­i­mens dis­played in our gar­den for vis­i­tors to see these nat­ural won­ders grow­ing. Pro­gram­ming will include a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion by the col­lec­tor, and gar­den and artis­tic work­shops fea­tur­ing the gourds. You’ll never look at a gourd in the same light again! So much more than a food source or a “crop,” be pre­pared to be enchanted by the ten­drils of the sculp­tural and prac­ti­cal gourd!