Maury Hurt, a local painter and art instructor, died in March at the age of 78. As a celebration of his life, talent and influence, the Mennello Museum of American Art in Orlando will host a retrospective show and sale of his work this week. More than 60 paintings and drawings will be sold to benefit the museum's acquisition fund. You'll have two chances to purchase one of Hurt's originals: at Friday's reception, 6-8 p.m.; and Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission is $25 on Friday, $5 on Saturday. The Mennello is at 900 E. Princeton St., Orlando. Details: 407-246-4278.
Sanford Art Walk
Dine, stroll, listen to music, sip some wine and visit the eight galleries at downtown Sanford's monthly Art Walk on Friday, 6-9 p.m. A couple of "must sees":
•Gallery on First/Jeanine Taylor Folk Art (211 E. First St.) will have some special original art and handmade gifts for the holidays, along with work by 11 studio artists.
•Boxelder (278 S. Palmetto Ave.) will feature a collection of new Florida landscapes by the phenomenal Martha Lent. The gallery will also have a selection of "Made in America" gifts.
Central Florida produces some great artists, and several are making us proud in other places.
•Vincent Sansone, the director of ceramics and sculpture at Crealde School of Art in Winter Park, is the featured artist at Platform Art's annual fundraiser in Lakeland on Tuesday, 5:30-8:30 p.m. There will be live performances, music, food and the unveiling of tiles created by Sansone for an installation at the Orange Street Bridge, near the corner of Orange Street and New York Avenue. For tickets, call 863-397-5810.
•David Suarez, a former student at the University of Central Florida, recently won a One Show award in New York City for excellence in creativity in advertising. There will be a special Orlando showing of his work and that of other winners on Tuesday, 5:30-9 p.m., at The Orange Studio (1121 N. Mills Ave.). Admission is $20 and benefits the local branch of The One Club, a group of advertising professionals.
•Collage artist extraordinaire Derek Gores, whose work can be seen in Orlando's Amway Center, was just asked to create the cover art for "20," the new album by TLC. The release coincides with a new biopic on VH1 of this iconic '90s female group.