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!