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Little Plates with Big Flavor at Cafe Tu Tu Tango

Twenty years ago on one of my first visits to the Mouse and Orlando, my friends and I stumbled upon Cafe Tu Tu Tango. I remember reading the menu at the door thinking, oh I’m going to need to go out to eat after this dinner….little plates?  Seriously?

Well, was I ever wrong. Not only was the food amazingly delicious, the portions were large enough to share and no one left hungry that night.

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Fast forward twenty years and I’ve finally made it back to the restaurant that had achieved legendary status on my list of all-time favorite meals. I had often talked about going back to Cafe Tu Tu Tango, but every time I was in Orlando, for one reason or another it just never happened.   Maybe I had imagined how good dinner was. Would reality be as good as my memories?

As I read the menu I was tempted by every dish I read and I was getting a little giddy from the anticipation of what was to come. I needed a little liquid refreshment to calm my nerves and prepare my stomach for the gastronomical wonderland that was sure to follow. The house-made Award Winning Sangria was just what the doctor ordered, it calmed me enough to pick out a few small plates to get the meal started.

I-Drive , Orlando

It didn’t take long to find out that my memory was intact, and truth be told the little plates at Cafe Tu Tu Tango were better than I  had remembered. Fish Taco’s, Argentinean Chimichurri Steak, Tuscan Meatballs, Mediterranean Flatbread and of course Spiced Alligator Bites……sigh.   Delicious beyond belief would be the phrase on my lips at the end of the evening.

As we got ready for another round, our waiter reminded us about dessert….. We almost forgot.

I-Drive , Cafe Tu Tu Tango, Orlando

Desserts were ordered. Creme brulee for my niece, chocolate dipped cheesecake lollipops for my wife and for me the ultimate dessert on the menu, Chocolate Calzone. This dessert was baked to order, stuffed with white and dark chocolate, served with whipped cream and coffee ice cream.   They had to basically roll me out of the restaurant after dessert……sigh

Was I happy? Most definitely! Sometimes reality is better than memories and you can bet I’ll be back to make more memories, and it won’t take another 20 years.

Cafe Tu Tu Tango is located 8625 International Drive in Orlando. Sunday – Thursday  11:30 am – 11 pm; Friday – Saturday 11:30 am  – 12 pm.  Brunch is served on Sundays from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm;  Tu Tu hour Monday – Friday 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.

Share small plates with your friends from their scratch kitchen, while you enjoy an amazingly artistic atmosphere and live entertainment.

Art in Odd Places Festival Makes Orlando Debut Sept. 17-20

If you haven’t yet done anything of particular interest this summer, this is your chance to take some intriguing selfies and tuck away some conversation pieces for your next dinner party. The opportunity to contemplate the meaning of a red light bulb in a gum ball machine, explore your city’s unique symphonic sound or reach out and touch a “street urchin” does not come around often, so mark your calendars for the Art in Odd Places festival (AiOP). This new-to-Orlando event is an annual international visual and performance public art festival making its O-town debut downtown from September 17-20 along Magnolia Avenue.

The festival’s theme is TONE, so expect interpretations of tone ranging from the notions of sound and color to character and skin tone. Artists will transform Magnolia Avenue into a laboratory of sorts, stretching the boundaries of public communication outside the confines of traditional public spaces through visual and audio installations and performances. “By introducing Orlando to Art in Odd Places, we hope it will locate the cracks in public space policies, and to inspire the popular imagination for new possibilities and engagement with civic space,” said Barbara Hartley, executive director of the Downtown Arts District (DAD).

The inaugural event will feature nearly 50 works of art in a variety of disciplines from artists around the globe, including 27 from Orlando, five from within Florida, 15 from across the United States and two from across the pond (England and Ireland).

On the fence about attending? Be careful — the Pied Piper may lure you into an art experience via his theremin bike… yes, I said, beware the theremin bike!

Pied Pipers Payback, Klimchak

Pied Piper’s Payback, Klimchak

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the low-brow/high-brow/what-brow-is-this nature of an art festival like this, you can always start in the Reading Room, a popup immersive space for reading and learning about the rich history and context of contemporary performance art. I don’t blame you for trying to understand; however, performance art is generally more fun, sometimes enlightening, if you just go with it.

Reading Room, Paul Finch

Reading Room, Paul Finch

AiOP began under director Ed Woodham’s leadership to encourage participation in the Cultural Olympiad of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. In 2005, in New York City, Woodham re-imagined AiOP as a response to the dwindling of public space and personal civil liberties – first in the Lower East Side and East Village and, since 2008, on 14th Street in Manhattan. AiOP has always been a grassroots project fueled by the goodwill and inventiveness of it participants. The festival has traveled the world before landing in Orlando.

“I’m hoping that the festival will engage the diverse cultural communities of Orlando,” said Ed Woodham, AiOP founder and director. “Just a few years ago, we were invited to take the event on the road to explore various themes in other locations around the world. To date, AiOP has spanned from Los Angeles to Russia and from Boston to Australia; and now we couldn’t be happier to bring it to the cultural destination of Orlando.”

What do we love more than a diverse and dynamic cultural event in The City Beautiful? A FREE diverse and dynamic event! You read that correctly — AiOP is free to attend. Exhibit times will vary daily. Here’s an overview of when you can find events going on:

Sept. 17, 6 – 9 p.m.
Sept. 18 & 19, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sept. 20, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

In addition to the festival’s interactive exhibits, these featured events will also take place:

  • AiOP Kickoff: Thursday, September 17 at 6 p.m. in conjunction with the Downtown Arts District’s monthly Third Thursday Gallery Hop, which also features numerous galleries and non-traditional art venues that spotlight the best of established and emerging local and non-local acclaimed artists. The Downtown Orlando Partnership will also be hosting “Taste of Downtown” from 6-9 p.m. in the Orange County Regional History Center’s courtyard, where festival-goers can indulge in some of Orlando’s culinary highlights and experience AiOP; also enjoy complimentary admission into the History Center.
  • Senior Day: Friday, September 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes performance groups, such as the acclaimed Downtowners from Lutheran Towers, along with additional  special programming.
  • Family Day: Saturday, September 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., ArtReach Orlando, an art outreach program that supports creative and collaborative art projects between teachers, organizations and local artists, offers family art activities that invite the public to engage more with the exhibits. The Orange County Regional History Center will offer complimentary admission to festival-goers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Artists Panels: Occur at the Gallery on Avalon Island (upstairs) located at 39 S. Magnolia Ave. on Thursday, September 17 and Saturday, September 20, each at 7 p.m. The first panel will feature “What is AiOP?,” while the second will feature “TONE explored.”

For more information about AiOP’s history and artists’ project descriptions and schedules, visit artinoddplaces.org/orlando.

Learn more about the Downtown Arts District at orlandoslice.com.

Stay tuned for a future post featuring our Top 5 don’t miss Art in Odd Places picks.

 

 

Featured image – top: Drum Machine Circle, GREG LEIBOWITZ

AiOP 2015: TONE/ORLANDO is produced by the Downtown Arts District, Inc. with co-curators, Patrick Greene, and Genevieve Bernard; AiOP Festival Producer Tim Turner; DAD Executive Director, Barbara Hartley; and AiOP founder and director, Ed Woodham.

AiOP 2015: TONE/ORLANDO is sponsored by Aloft Orlando Downtown, City of Orlando, Dr. Phillips Center, Downtown City Beverages, Downtown Development Board, Downtown Orlando Partnership, Orchid Medical, Florida Blue, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Orange County Arts & Cultural Alliance, Orange County Regional History Center, Starling Cadillac and United Arts. Media partners are Clear Channel Outdoor, Orlando Weekly, 98.9 WMMO, WRBW-TV My 65 and Fox 35 Orlando.

 

 

 

Free CFAMily Day at Rollins Cornell Fine Arts Museum Saturday

This Saturday, August 22, 2015 bring your family to Rollins College for a free Family Day at their Cornell Fine Arts Museum.

The event from 1 to 5 p.m. celebrates their Education Gallery. This completely renovated space explores how Art can…

  • Connect us
    • Symbolize ideas
      • Tell a story
        • Alter reality

Children can participate in drawing tours, a scavenger hunt and explore a still life station. Parents will love the art activities the kids can make and take with them.

New also is a doll house that mimics the museum’s galleries. Budding designers will be able to re-envision the space with their own distinctive flair.

The CFAM collection is about conversations… between artists, among students, across generations. Homeschool families, public school students, private school guests are all welcome! Visit this weekend to get the conversation going!

Limited parking is available next to the museum.  You can also park for free in the SunTrust parking garage on Lyman Avenue with museum validation. When a lot of people visit the museum, and there’s a need for new garage door installation york pa, contact the team of shankdoor.com. Questions? Email lbuyo@rollins.edu for more information.

Upcoming in Mount Dora: 2nd Friday Art Stroll

We’re looking forward to attending the 2nd Friday Art Stroll in downtown Mount Dora this Friday night, May 8, 2015. The Mount Dora Center for the Arts produces the monthly event, and this Friday it will premiere a new juried still life exhibit entitled Shape and Shadow. Thirty-one artists from around the country were chosen to be showcased, which features works done in oil, acrylic, pastel, and photography.

The 2nd Friday Art Stroll is a monthly event held on the second Friday of each month (hence the name!) from 6 to 8 p.m., and features many participating art galleries and working studios throughout downtown Mount Dora.  Be sure and drop by the Mount Dora Center for the Arts Gallery, 138 East Fifth Avenue, Mount Dora, Florida 32757, for the opening of the Shape and Shadow exhibit, featuring an artists’ reception.  From what we’ve seen so far, the exhibit promises to be stunning.

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While you’re strolling through downtown Friday night enjoying the art, be sure and stop by the courtyard of the Sunset Building, at 301 E. Baker Street, where local artists will be featuring unique gifts for Mother’s Day, including art, jewelry, and clothing.

Mount Dora Art Stroll Map

 

2nd Friday Schedule for 2015

  • June 12th: Art Stroll 6pm – 8pm
  • July 10th: Art Stroll 6pm – 8pm
  •  August 14th: Art Stroll 6pm – 8pm
  • September 11th: Art Stroll 6pm – 8pm
  • October 9th: Art Stroll 6pm – 8pm
  • November 13th:Art Stroll 6pm – 8pm
    (November is a Holiday Arts and Crafts event!)
  • December 11th: Art Stroll 6pm – 8pm
    (December Holiday Arts and Crafts happens again!)

More information on this and other upcoming events can be found at mountdoracenterforthearts.org and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MountDoraCenter4theArts.

Hope to see you there!

Artegon Marketplace Events: May 2015

Artegon Marketplace Orlando (Orange)

Here’s what’s going on at Artegon Marketplace in the month of MAY!

For a listing of even more events, check out more things to do here.

WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT

SATURDAY, May 2, 1:00pm – 7:00pm

Enjoy a live Jazz Trio all day!

THOMPSON SQUARE LIVE at TOBY KEITH’S

SATURDAY, May 2, 9:00pm – 11:00pm

WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT

SUNDAY, May 3, 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Enjoy a live Jazz Trio all day!

ORLANDO ART & WELLNESS EXPO

SATURDAY, MAY 16, 12:00pm – 7:00pm

Loft 55 Gallery & Boutique has partnered with Artegon Marketplace to present Orlando’s first-ever Art & Wellness Expo featuring over 100 craftspeople, artisans and wellness vendors. This is a FREE event for the public showcasing Central Florida’s cultural arts and natural health community. Highlights include color therapy yoga; workshops in art therapy and breathe-work/meditation; a live body painting competition using a Ivy and Wilde paint by numbers; aura photography; a community mural; guest speakers; raffles and giveaways; artists at work; live performances, DJs and more! Keynote guest speakers include medical expert and plant-based pharmacist Dustin Rudolph, author of the book “The Empty Medicine Cabinet.” More details, including a Call to Artists page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1572537166353888/

This event is sponsored by: Loft 55 Gallery & Boutique; Artegon Marketplace; Defined Enterprises; Get a Board Foundation; Wolfefx Body Makeup; Cafe TuTu Tango


ART AND WINE STROLL

MONTHLY (3rd Saturday), MAY 16, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

The third Saturday of every month features this FREE art, food and wine stroll through the Village at Artegon Marketplace. Mingle with artisans displaying their hand-crafted items and art while enjoying complimentary bite-sized treats, wine from Orlando’s own Quantum Leap Winery, and the jazz jams of a live three-piece band.

CENTRAL FLORIDA DIECAST CLUB

SUNDAY, May 17, 11:00am – 4:00pm

Community Room; Diecast collectors from across Central Florida meet to sell, trade and talk about their diecast collectibles. All are welcome!

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS

MONTHLY (4th Friday), MAY 225:00pm – 9:00pm

Artegon Marketplace’s Food Truck Friday truck rally held on the fourth Friday of every month returns on April 24. Gather on Artegon’s front patio for live music, entertainment and a kaleidoscope of food options, plus savor a unique deal: bring a purchase receipt of at least $10 from The Village at Artegon Marketplace to guest services and redeem for $5 in Food Truck Bucks.

 

ARTEGON SKYTRAIL TEACHER APPRECIATION

Through May 25 (every Monday), 12:00pm – 9:00pm

Free admission with proof of educational profession. Great offers for school groups and non-profit organizations. Call 407-864-3447 for more information.

 

About Artegon Marketplace Orlando:

Artegon Marketplace Orlando is a 1.1 million-square-foot shopping attraction and artisan marketplace that has transformed Orlando shopping into a new kind of experience. Located on the north end of International Drive and catering to local residents and visitors, alike, Artegon Marketplace is the area’s destination for one-of-a-kind stores, shops and foods. Unique to the shopping attraction is The Village at Artegon Marketplace, housing 165 artisanal shops and stores where local craftspeople sell and demonstrate their products and services. Guests can also discover the area’s only Bass Pro Shops, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Sheplers Western Wear and Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, plus climb a ropes course, take in a movie at Cinemark Theaters, and much, much more.  For operating hours, directions and more information, visit Artegon Marketplace Orlando (ArtegonOrlando.com.) Like on Facebook and Follow on Twitter and Instagram #ArtegonMarketplace. The center is owned and operated by Paragon Outlet Partners, LLC, considered one of the most influential and forward-thinking development firms in the nation’s retail real estate industry. Check out this website rescomdesigns.com for more information. Additionally, if you’re looking for a diverse array of homes from simple single story to massive beautiful estates with unique designs, search for www.offerpad.com to see

Leonardo da Vinci Exhibit Producer Takes You Behind the Scenes

Christoph Rahofer, Producer of Orlando’s new Leonardo da Vinci exhibition, “Man – Inventor – Genius” on International Drive took some time out of his busy Grand Opening schedule to talk with us about all things da Vinci!

About the inspiration of the daVinci exhibition itself Christoph says, “It had a lot to do with the daVinci Code. I purchased the book back in 2003 on my summer vacation, which happened to be in Italy. I ran into this very nice family who (had) already been building machines based on da Vinci’s codex for two generations. I thought that was a cool idea so we got together and figured out how to make an exhibition based on da Vinci’s inventions.

Where did it start? “We started off in my hometown in Vienna, Austria with this exhibit,” says Christoph. “That was way back in 2004, and it’s been traveling for ten years to some of the major cities in the world – three continents in fact!”

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So far, the exhibition is scheduled to stay here in Orlando through Summer 2015, after which EMS Entertainment will make a decision to extend its stay or continue on to another state or country. “I hope we can keep it longer here in Orlando. I think it’s also a very interesting, controversial fit to CSI: The Experience, which is right next door. That should be an interesting combination of the two,” he says tongue-in-cheek.

Because of the breadth of inventions and innovations in da Vinci’s repertoire, Christoph and his team came up with four unique classifications to break up the exhibition. “War Machines, Hydraulics, Mechanics and Flight is how we have clustered the different machines that we have on display. Here in the Orlando exhibit, there is about forty two to forty five different machines that you can see,” he says.

They’re built out in three dimensional ways so you can actually see how he meant them to be. We added, at a later stage actually as the original exhibition was just inventions, the other component of da Vinci to really show his genius on the artistic side. We added twenty three of his paintings in original size, re-created.

A large scale reproduction of da Vinci’s The Last Supper, measuring 9 x 5 meters (approximately 29 x 16 feet), is one of the largest art pieces in this exhibition. Here’s where Christoph lets us in on another secret – but you can’t tell anyone, okay? “What you can’t see – I’ll tell you this secret, don’t tell anyone – is you have to have a certain viewpoint,” he confides. “What we detected in doing all the research behind this is that da Vinci, in some kind of hidden formula, suggests a certain distance to the painting that you would have to assume in order to have the right point of view as well as a certain height. What we did here (in Orlando), we lowered the painting and put it on the ground floor in order to not elevate visitors (us!) to watch it from the right perspective.

Christoph went on to teach me something fascinating I had no idea of about Leonardo da Vinci. “We also added the music of da Vinci (to the exhibit). In his time, he was best known as a musician, interestingly. That’s what nobody knows, he was a folk musician! There are no translated scores to be found of his music so we had the University of Vienna Music Department re-create the Renaissance music based on what we know he must have been playing.

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Another cool thing Christoph taught us? da Vinci was a pacifist. ‘So, why did he design all those scary War Machines?’ Just like any other starving artist, they’ve got to eat too! Long before the days of intellectual property and copyright, the only payday Leonardo would see was from that which he successfully created. What his patrons of said machines may not have been aware of was… “da Vinci actually put in some failures into the war machines because, by nature, he was a pacifist. He didn’t like people to get into war but he took the orders, he wanted the money, so he invented some stuff for them but put in failures so they wouldn’t work. ” Clever, right? But, again, don’t tell anyone. We’re sworn to secrecy… right Christoph?
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Leonardo da Vinci: Man-Inventor-Artist-Genius debuts on International Drive in April

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High renaissance artist Leonardo di see Piero da Vinci is probably best known for his artwork. Tableau pieces like The Last Supper, portraiture such as Mona Lisa, even drawings like Vitruvian Man and The Virgin and Child with St. Anne and St. John the Baptist have been spotted on anything from cell phone cases to inspired replica murals made from laundry lint. Even a fairly popular movie series staring Tom Hanks mentions his (last) name! Did you know he was also an inventor? A scientist?!

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A new exhibit from EMS Entertainment called Leonardo da Vinci: Man-Inventor-Artist-Genius, hopes to share all this and more with you (and your family) when it opens on International Drive in April. This internationally traveled exhibition allows visitors a peek into da Vinci’s greatest inventions and features forty models of his most innovative creations. These interactive models, constructed with attention to authenticity and superior craftsmanship, to scale and divided into four themes; Flight, Hydraulics, Mechanics and War Machines.

Also included in this exhibition is a showcase of twenty three replicas of his most famous artwork, so if you’re looking to do a #MonaLisaSelfie, you may be in luck!

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April 15th is Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday, and you’re invited to join in on the celebration! A special Grand Opening event scheduled on Saturday, April 18th (4p – 9p) will include a slew of special guests including; Mark Brisson from Skeletons: Animals Unveiled (also opening soon at I-Drive 360), painting classes from Wine & Canvas, food from our friends at Tin Roof Orlando and a few surprises we can’t tell you about!

Admission for this special event is $20 (which includes admission to CSI: The Experience and Consumed by Art) and a separate meal ticket is only $5.

In addition to all of this, the folks at da Vinci will start a month long food drive on opening weekend, which will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Non-perishable food donations are welcomed and appreciated on Opening Night and all month!

Leonardo da Vinci Orlando Exhibition Details:

  • Hours: 10am – 9pm, Monday through Saturday and 10am – 8pm on Sundays.
  • Prices: $16.99 (Adults), $9.99 (Kids 6-12), 5 years old and under are free
  • Address: 7220 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819
  • Educators: Educational programs are coming!

On the Twitters: @LDaVinciOrlando

On the Facebooks: Leonardo da Vinci Orlando Exhibit

 

About EMS Entertainment

EMS Entertainment, a division of Event Marketing Service GmbH, in Vienna, Austria is the official international booking agent & promoter of CSI: The Experience. Since its founding in 1993 by Christoph Rahofer, EMS Entertainment has led successful promotional and marketing campaigns for such world-class exhibits as National Geographic’s Tutankhamun and the World of the Pharaohs, as well as produced shows such as EMS’s own Leonardo Da Vinci: Man – Inventor – Genius, The Barbie Story and World of Games.  http://www.ems-entertainment.com/

Why You Should Attend the Next Orlando Art Critique Hosted by Parker Sketch

By Kevin Chung

Art by Parker Sketch

Art by Parker Sketch

You may not know it, but there’s a strong art community in Central Florida. There are artists all around us and they are producing some wonderful work. If you want to get involved in Orlando’s art community or you just want to check out some great art, you should go to the Orlando Art Critiques hosted by Parker Sketch. Here are five reasons you should go:

1. It’s a Good Place to Go When You Get Stuck

All artists know the feeling of getting stuck when working on their art. It’s just a part of the creative cycle. The great thing about these art critiques is, you can explain to others what you’ve been having trouble with. Just talking it out with others can get you out of a funk and give you a better direction of where to go with your art.

2.You Get Valuable Feedback From Fellow Artists

If you sign up to have your art critiqued, you will have a few minutes to explain your work. Then the floor is open to questions and comments. Most people who attend these critiques are artists themselves, so it’s a great way to get feedback from other artists. You will get opinions from artists of all kinds. They all have different perspectives that can help shape and better define your work.

3. You Get to Meet Some Extremely Talented Artists

Another great benefit of attending these critiques is getting to see the art of people in the community. Central Florida has a thriving art community and you will get a glimpse into some of the wonderful art that is being created around you. You can see some of the unique styles people have developed and the thought processes they have when creating their work. You also get the added benefit of exposure to many different styles, mediums and ideas.

4. The Open and Friendly Environment

One of the great things about these critiques is the great atmosphere. The floor is open to anyone that wants to make comments, but all the feedback is very helpful and constructive. People aren’t tearing each other down or trying to one up each other. It’s a very informal, laid back, atmosphere without strict rules, and everyone is very welcoming and encouraging. This allows all the artists to be comfortable presenting their work while getting some great feedback. It’s even great for first time presenters! Check out Display My Art for more info.

5. Get New Ideas for Your Artwork

One important part about art that many artists neglect is finding new sources of inspiration. This definitely isn’t a problem if you attend one of these Orlando art critiques. As I mentioned above, there are many different artists who present. They each have their own distinct styles, which you might not encountered before. These reviews can give you an idea for a new art piece or spark your inspiration. You can also talk directly with other artists to get new ideas about where you can take your work or find someone to collaborate with. Meeting other artists is a great way to kickstart a brand new set of ideas and possibilities, and is good for marketing purposes. For more marketing help like automation tools, read the socialpilot review here at sprout24.com. of course you can also market your work, with the right SEO company from Southern California or many other places.

If you are interested in attending the next Orlando Art Critique join the open Facebook group below:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/126833990758780/

Bio
Kevin Chung is the creator of Marketing Your Art the Right Way, a blog dedicated to helping artists market their artwork and build connections with their audiences.

Maker Faire Orlando returns to Orlando Science Center Sep 13-14

by filmMaker @jenvargas

Remember waaaay back in February when we told you Maker Faire Orlando was expanding to TWO days then shared the even bigger news about Maker Faire Orlando dropping the “mini?” Well, that weekend has finally arrived! Triangulate all coordinates to Orlando Science Center because Maker Faire Orlando lands next weekend, September 13-14th!

A jammed packed 2 day schedule features Maker exhibits, workshops, talks for both makers and educators, panel discussions, a new Nerdy Derby, Power Racing, Combat Robotics, a retro arcade and more!

(Register for the Nerdy Derby early, as it is sure to fill up!)

Click HERE for Saturday’s Schedule

Click HERE for Sunday’s Schedule

 

Maker Faire Orlando 2014

 

Some of you may still be asking, “What or who is a ‘Maker,’ and why do they have a ‘faire?’ Is this a True Blood thing?”

Sorry, #Trubies. No vampires here, but the possibility of designing 3D printed fangs, building your own animatronic creature and watching dueling robots are absolutely possible. In fact, anything you can think of is possible at Maker Faire Orlando! And guess what? If you already make stuff, you are already a ‘Maker!’ Congratulations!!

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth – and Orlando 2014 is produced as a partnership between The Maker Effect Foundation and the Orlando Science Center. The Faire part is a community-organized, family-friendly celebration featuring local do-it-yourself science, art, rockets, robots, crafts, technology, music, hands-on-activities, and more. It’s an event where people show what they are making and share what they are learning. Also? Makers LOVE to share what they know, so don’t be afraid to ask a Maker for info or how to do something.

CFAMily Days This Summer

Friday, June 20, 2014 and Friday, August 8, 2014, from 2 to 6 p.m., The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College invites Central Florida families to enjoy “CFAMily Day at the Cornell.” This free event will be filled with fun and educational activities. From gallery tours to hands-on art-making to scavenger hunts and games, there’s something for everyone in the family. The programs designed for children ages 6 and up, but all are welcome.

As the only teaching museum in the greater Orlando area, The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is perfectly suited to provide art education for every member of the family.

Cornell Fine Arts Museum is located on the campus of Rollins College near downtown Winter Park, 1000 Holt Avenue – Building Number 303, Winter Park, Fla. 32789.

For more information, call (407)-646-2526,  or visit cfam.rollins.edu.

OMA’s Miriam’s Garden Breaks Ground

The Orlando Museum of Art entrance is getting an upgrade just in time for the organization’s 90th anniversary.  The entrance plaza now serves as a small sculpture garden.  Recently construction broke ground on a new memorial garden, Miriam’s Garden, that will transform the entrance plaza into a welcoming park setting with a small metal wall, seating areas and a water feature. The new garden, which is technically owned by the city, will also feature shade trees to help cool the entrance area that can often rise in temperature during the summer months.

The brightly colored wire sculptures that have called the entrance plaza home for the past few years have now been taken down and the ground has been readied for the new garden.   A larger metal fountain found in the corner of the entrance plaza will become the central focus of the new memorial garden.

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You can see the large fountain sculpture that will remain in the new memorial garden

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Note the wire sculptures in the background that have been displaced by the new construction site.

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Artists’ Critique & Conversation Coming to The A&H in Maitland Sept 24

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The Art & History Museums – Maitland’s professional development series Artists’ Critique & Conversation returns.  The critiques are led by Maitland based artists Dawn Schreiner, known for her whimsical illustrations and paintings.  Joining her for this special September Critique are two local artists bringing their own unique experiences to the critique.

Cherie Dacko has over 25 years of experience in portrait, commercial, and antique photo restoration, which allowed her to develop award-winning skills for creating images of the human form. Dacko’s work is in collections throughout the United States, Canada, and France, including that of Stephen Colbert, political satirist.

Terrence Hummel is a native Floridian and has works shown globally.  Locally he is best known for his weekly art column in the Orlando Sentinel for the last 10 years.

Hummel has been a vocal arts advocate, having established an artists’ co-op gallery & studios, and has served on many charity/public/museum boards and grant panels. His training and work experience has given him a truly global expertise that comes out in his distinctive works. His “world citizen” and humanitarian ethos is visible in the psycho-social content of his work and most especially in his sophisticated use of color, cultural motifs, metaphor, and widely diverse symbolism. His use of physically layering his works help bring a metaphorically revelation process to the view.

The critique will review the works of up to 9 artists, all medium and skill levels welcomed.  All artist must sign up in advance.  After the critiques a social time is planned which will include a cash bar.