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.
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.