A couple of artistic events I wanted to share...
Faith, art mix
First of all, one of the coolest – and under-promoted – artistic endeavors in Central Florida is the Faith Arts Village on Colonial Drive, just east of downtown Orlando.
The “village” is housed in what used to be an eyesore of an abandoned motel. But Park Lake Presbyterian bought the complex and decided to turn it into a place where artists could work and commune.
On the first Friday of every month, the Village holds an open house. About two dozen artists who work in a variety of mediums – acrylics, water colors, photographs, jewelry, clothing and more – display their wares. FAVO also hosts food trucks, music and arts-and-crafts for kids.
My family has swung by two of the recent Fridays – and actually ended up buying this piece, called "Blue Harmony" by a Kissimmee artist, Julio Sanchez and a couple of other, smaller pieces. (More on Sanchez's work here.)
I think FAVO is a wonderfully creative idea for a church to support. (Park Lake Pres says it views art as "an expression of faith.") And their Friday events are simply a nice way to wind down the week. If you’re interested, more info on FAVO and the monthly open houses can be found at http://faithartsvillage.com/
In other artistic news, Central Florida’s arts community – and even a few political figures – are rallying to help a well-known photographer take his show on the road … to Greece.
Specifically, Josh Garrick will become the first American artist in the 124-year history of the National Archaeological Museum in Athens to host an exhibit there. The exhibit – “Seeking the Ancient Kallos” – will run from Sept. 12, 2013 through Jan. 8, 2014.
Garrick has long specialized in ancient Greece art and culture and has developed enough of a local following that folks are rallying together to both send him off and help him raise some of money needed to get his exhibit overseas. Former Orange County Mayor Linda Chapin is helping host an event at the Jai Gallery on Church Street on Thursday, June 27 that will welcome the director of the museum in Greece and allow invitees to buy some of Garrick’s work.
Garrick describe the invitation to show in Greece as proof that an artist’s dreams can come true when he or she follows his passion – “and that passion can eventually make art history.”
For more info on Garrick’s work and his upcoming event, check out http://www.joshgarrick.com/Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun