Ken Austin, founder of the Central Florida Watercolor Society, will present his exhibit "Big Women," which opens Friday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts, 138 E. Fifth Ave.
Austin's exhibit focuses on a series of painting of monumental nude forms of women in domestic settings.
The Orlando artist also teaches at the Crealdé School of the Art's in Winter Park.
The exhibit runs through Sept. 22.
The event will coincide with the Mount Dora Second Friday Art Stroll. Visitors can take a walking tour of downtown Mount Dora and art while listening to music from 6 to 8 p.m. Dozens of artists will be selling their works at designated venues.
Some of the venues will feature beverages and hors d'oeuvres.
Maps will be available at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts.
This month's featured studio is Earth Diva Jewelry in the Baker Street Artist's Studios at 301 N. Baker St., Suite 211. Sonya Watsons' students work will be on display.
The "Art & Ends on the Edge," Artisans on Fifth's inaugural sale of discounted artwork from photography to paintings to jewelry by its 22 members, will kick off with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the artists' cooperative-gallery shop at 134 E. Fifth Ave. in Mount Dora. Refreshments will be served.
The sale will run through Aug. 31.
All of the events are free.
Details: 352-383-0880 or mountdoracenterforthearts.org or artisansonfifth.com.
Enjoy an evening of fine wine, food and art at the Francis Ford Coppola Director's Cut wine-pairing dinner Friday at the Leesburg Center for the Arts, 429 W. Magnolia St.
The event, which is hosted by Two Old Hags Wine Shoppe in downtown Leesburg, will benefit the center.
A private VIP exhibit reception for artist JT Smalley, who won this year's Leesburg Art Festival's best of show, will be at 6 p.m. The exhibit will include Smalley's digital art series featuring images of historic downtown Leesburg. Guests will sample Sofia Blanc de Blancs, a light sparkling wine with a hint of sweetness named after Coppola's daughter.
A five-course dinner, catered by Chef Victor Donahey, will be served at 7 p.m. with wine pairings.
Oscar-winning writer-director-producer Coppola also is a winery owner in Sonoma County, Calif. The Director's Cut series pays homage to the history of filmmaking with its wraparound label designed after a Zoetrope strip, one of the earliest moving picture devices.
The Director's Cut series includes cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, pinot noir and cinema — a limited-production proprietary blend of zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and petite sirah.
Throughout the evening, patrons can view highlights from some of Coppola's films including "The Godfather," "Apocalypse Now" and "Tucker: The Man and His Dream."
There also will be live and silent auctions.
Tickets are $80, and available by calling the wine shop at 352-435-9107 or visit leesburgcenter4arts.com and click on "upcoming events."
Young adult authors
The Leesburg Public Library is accepting entries for its fourth annual Local Authors' Showcase, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11 at the library, 100 E. Main St.
The expo is open to any local authors of young-adult-fiction books — published or self-published. Young-adult literature is written for a teen audience. The main characters are young adults, who drive the action and whose stories deal with coming-of-age issues and other universal conflicts.
The event's goal is to bring exposure to local talent and nurture the pursuit of the writing arts in Central Florida.
The library will offer incentives for anyone attending the program and visiting the author's tables.
Authors are required to have books available for purchase and signing. The showcase is limited to 20 authors. The deadline is Wednesday or until the roster is filled.
To enter, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 352-728-9790.