Start your art-appreciation tour and support local artists on Saturday at the third annual Orlando Pottery Festival at the Loch Haven Neighborhood Center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. I've attended both previous years and never left empty-handed. This year the fest will host 50 artists featuring all things clay, from mugs to abstract sculpture. There also will be food, music and free parking at the center, 610 N. Lake Formosa Drive, a block south of the Orlando Science Center.
From there head east to the Oviedo Potters Holiday Sale and Studio Tour, with venues centered around Barbara Bailey's clay haven at 356 N. Central Ave., Oviedo. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Details: 407-365-7404; oviedopotters.org.
Then go north to Lake County for the Off The Beaten Path Florida Arts Tour, noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There are at least 20 stops with more than 50 artists participating. Locations among the self-driving tour include artist studios, community arts centers and a museum, and the art for sale spans painting to pottery to jewelry/metals. Details and maps: http://floridaartstour.com.
While up that way, hop on State Road 44 and go east to New Smyrna Beach for the monthly art day. December features the annual "Small Things Considered" show, with all original works no larger than 12 inches by 12 inches and priced for giving. The reception is 4-7 p.m. Saturday at Arts on Douglas (123 Douglas St.; 386-428-1133). Ask there about other nearby venues.