2017 Central Florida Fall Arts and Crafts Events

Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Orlando, FL – The Fall season of art and crafts shows has already begun. Central Florida has some great art shows around. These shows are a great way to met the artist and get to know personally before you buy one or more of his or her works of art. All of these art shows are free to browse with no obligation to buy any of their artwork. Most of the artists make their living selling their works of art. Help support your local fine arts community.

Before going to one of these art shows it is recommended to plan your day right. Start by checking out the website of the art show you’re visiting. They will have important information such as available parking areas, artists, map of event, and vendors.

Once arriving at any numbers of art shows, Saturday’s are one of the best days to buy work of art early because the artist is showcasing their best work on display for the judges. While your looking around, you might spot a judging committee walking around too by visiting all the artists’ booths with their work. These judges have been hand picked by the art show committee. Many of these judges have an art background in education, gallery owners, and art career.

Here are some tips on looking for artwork at any art show. Before buying any artwork you must extremely love the artists work. There are no returns if you don’t like it. Most of the artwork is one of a kind, which is rare to find reproductions at an art show. There are small works of art that are reproductions such as postcards, photos, and prints. Many of the works range from $5.00 and the up thousands of dollars. When purchasing works of art most professional artist take credit cards. Just look for the credit logos hanging around the artist’s cash register.

Here is a list art show with dates and websites:

Artlando 2017 at Loch Haven Park in Orlando, September 30, 2017.

Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, October 14 & 15, 2017.

Winter Springs Artober Fest, October 21 & 22, 2017.

Mount Dora Craft Fair, Downtown Mt. Dora, October 28 & 29, 2017

Fall Fiesta in the Park at Lake Eola, November 4 & 5, 2017

Halifax Art Festival, River Front Park, Daytona, November 4 & 5, 2017

Art Underneath the Stars – Maitland, November 10-12, 2017.

Deland Fall Festival of the Arts, November 18 & 19, 2017

Winter Park Village Thanksgiving Weekend Craft Festival, TBA (Possibly on Thanksgiving Weekend of 2017)

Casselberry Art House Review


Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Casselberry is a small town in Seminole County, which is Northeast of Downtown Orlando. The Art House is owned and managed by the City of Casselberry. What makes the Art House unique is the art exhibits, art classes, lectures, and much more.

The Art House is easy to get to. They are located at 127 Quail Pond right near Casselberry City Hall off of State Highway 17-92. Just look for the colorful art deco style house. There is plenty of free parking nearby. They are open Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm.

There is a lot of history behind the Art House. The city opened the Art House in 2002. With the 2,500 square feet of space, the city wanted to use the space for many functions. The house is nestled in a quiet, park-like setting on Lake Concord, the Casselberry Art House continues to provide a wonderful opportunity for residents, Central Florida businesses and other organizations to enjoy and appreciate art.

Throughout the year the Art House has many different types of art exhibits. Many of the art exhibits are from professionals to amateur artists. These art exhibits are free to view. Some art exhibits have 80 – 100 pieces on the wall along with sculpture works as well.

One can even take an art class for fifty dollars for a six-week class. This is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to be an artist and learning the craft of creating a masterpiece. The Art House offers oil paining, watercolor painting, drawing, and much more. To register for a class go to https://apm.activecommunities.com/casselberryparksandrec/Home

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Featured Photo of the Month – May


Photo taken by Nathan Wertheimer, Photojournalist

This photo was taken at 2017 Florida Music Festival & Conference in Orlando. The guitarist featured in this photo was from the band Chase The Jaguar at Wall Street Plaza. I photograph this individual from the left side of the stage. There was not any luck in taking this photo, but some time and patience when the guitarist moved into the right position.  As it turned out, a gust of wind blew his hair back coming from the front of the stage at the right moment. One will notice the dramatic lights positioned in front and back of the stage hitting the guitarist just right. This is one of my favorite photos from this year’s Florida Music Festival.

2017 St Johns River Festival of the Arts Preview


Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Downtown Sanford, FL – The St Johns River Festival of the Arts is the last Spring time arts festival in Central Florida. Come see top artists from around the United States show off their wonderful masterpieces. One might even find the artist working on a new artwork and much more. This show is being held on May 6 & 7, 2017, on 1st Street in Sanford.

Driving from Orlando to Sanford is an easy drive depending on the route you take. Check your GPS for the best route. There is plenty of free parking in Downtown Sanford. The art festival is right in the middle of Downtown Sanford. Parking is available at River Front Park, Fort Mellon Park, and even some street parking is available.

Come visit historic downtown Sanford, FL. will be transformed into an artist mecca for the sixth annual St. John’s River Festival of the Arts – A Fine Arts & Fine Crafts event! Stroll historic brick streets filled with art work from some of the best artists across the country. See Art-in-Action from live artist demonstrations. Create your own piece of artwork at workshops scheduled during the weekend. Enjoy gourmet tastes at our Culinary Arts Court while you listen to the sounds of acoustic performers. Aligned with our theme of Art-in-Action, we will have talented chalk artists adding more color to the streets of Sanford. Come spend the day in beautiful downtown Sanford and take home a beautiful piece of art to add to your art collection. Visit Sanford Florida, where there is so much to see and do!

Beside the artwork, there are three music stages set-up throughout the art festival. They are located on Myrtle Avenue & 1st Street, Sanford Avenue & 1st Street, and at Magnolia Square. Some of the type of music that will be performed will vary from Classical, Jazz, Folk, Contemporary Bluegrass, Rhythm & Blues, Caribbean, Latin, Easy listening, and Indie. Check art festival website for music listing times. Many of these singers are bands are locals.

Another thing attendees will not want to miss is the sidewalk chalk paintings located on the side on 1st Street & Sanford Avenue. The artists will start on Saturday at 8am and end at 5pm. Come cheer on these artists while they create a masterpiece live and in person. These sidewalk chalk paintings will be judge and awarded at the end of the day on Saturday.

While viewing the many art booths some artists will be conducting art demonstrations. The St. Johns River Festival of the Arts is sure to be a feast for the soul and the senses. Fine Artists and craftsmen in a vast array of disciplines are invited to demonstrate their artistic talents offering visitors a rare opportunity to observe their creative process first hand and a chance to interact with the artist. People are fascinated when artists and craftsmen openly demonstrate their skills and discuss their techniques. Demonstrations are sure to leave our visitors with inspiration and a deeper appreciation of the creative process for each medium. Artist demonstrations inspire creativity and significantly encourage purchases and commissions. This year we will select a total of 12 featured demonstrating artists in such disciplines as Painting, Wood, Glass, Leather, Fiber, Sculpture, Drawing, Digital, Jewelry, Ceramics and Photography.

Sanford is more than just a small town. There are many shops and restaurants will be open for business during this art festival. Even the local bars will be open too. It is worth the drive to Downtown Sanford to check this year’s St. Johns River Festival of the Arts. For more information on this event please visit www.stjohnsriverfestivalofthearts.com . If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great events and places please check us out at www.otownfun.com .

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2017 Apopka Art and Foliage Festival Preview


Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Apopka is known for the largest nurseries that a variety of plants and trees being produced within the city every year. Now is your chance to buy from a whole seller to the general public. This festival is being held on the weekend of April 29 & 30, 2017.

From Orlando to Apopka is a quick drive up State Road 441. Just look for the festival signs that will direct drivers to Kit Land Nelson Park. If you’re looking for close parking to the festival, there is a parking fee to park in the field. Parking fees may range from $5-$10 per vehicle and are subjected to change without notice. Free parking is located in the residential areas in the area around the park.

All 100% of the proceeds from the Apopka Art and Foliage Festival are used to support various needs within the City of Apopka . Each of the following organizations and programs were beneficiaries from the 2017 Apopka Art and Foliage Festival: Anthony House , Apopka Historical Society Apopka Police/Fire/Recreation, Apopka Relay for Life, Avian Reconditioning Center, Cancer Care Resource Center, Canine Companions, Citizens Police Academy, Emergency Disaster GFWC, Future Rebels Fast Pitch, Habitat for Humanity Apopka, Hacienda Ranch, Harbor House, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation, Hope Community Center, Little League, Loaves & Fishes, Miss Apopka Pageant, Shop With A Cop, Special Olympics, Habitat For Humanity,
Pop Warner (AYS), Presidents Project, Quest North, R.O.C.K., Roger Daubach Foundation, 6 Scholarships to local graduating seniors, Special Scholarship to local adult woman returning to education, Seniors First, Other yet-to-be-designated Civic & Community

There will be a large selection of plants and flowers to buy. It is recommended to arrive early when they open to pick the best one’s for the day. At the end of the day, the plants and flowers may not look as pretty as when they are fresh from the morning. Some hard to find plants can be found at this festival. Many nursery vendors are available for any questions one may have. Even the Plant Doctor at this festival too.

Beside the plants and flowers there are many wonderful artisans and craftsmen on hand selling their hand-made works of art. One will find various sizes of fine art paintings, sculptures, photography, mix media art, and much more. Prices on artwork will vary by each artist from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars. Don’t forget to stop by the K-12 grade school children’s juried artwork exhibit.

Don’t leave this festival hungry. There will be plenty of food and drink vendors on hand for some great food. These vendors are cooking up breakfast sandwiches, hot dogs, Fresh squeezed lemonade, chicken tenders, gyro sandwiches, homemade ice cream, kettle corn, and much more. Prices on food will vary depending on vendor.

Throughout the day attendee can enjoy some free entertainment at the gazebo in the middle of the park. See festival website for schedule of entertainment. Here are just a few of the feature acts on stage which are Blake Guyre, Liverpool Live, Andrea Tyler – “Adele” Tribute Show, Polynesian/Samoan Dancers, and much more. They have seat waiting for you. There are a limited number of chairs near the gazebo.

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2017 48th Annual SSC Juried Student Art Exhibit Preview

2017 SSC Student Art Exhibit DSC_6866_MODWritten by Nathan Wertheimer

Sanford, FL — The 2016-2017 season concludes with an exhibit featuring a juried selection of art work executed during the past year by Seminole State College Fine Arts students. This art exhibit is open now thru noon on May 4, 2014, and is located on the main campus in Sanford in the Fine Arts Gallery.

When arriving on Seminole State College property to visit this art exhibit, you will want to park closest to the Performing and Fine Arts Building. Parking is free. The college art gallery is open Monday thru Thursday 10am – 4pm and during intermission theater performances. The art gallery admission is free to visit, but they kindly ask for any kind of monetary donation to keep the college art gallery open and running strong.

On April 6, 2017, the college held their open reception for he gallery. Many people attended this gallery opening to mingle with the Fine Arts students, Fine Arts Professors, and college administration, to horror their creativity in their work throughout this past year. There was an awards ceremony given by the SSC Fine Arts Department and awards were given out to the Fine Arts students. After the awards ceremony had concluded, the artwork winners had their work marked with Best of Show and Merit Awards. Many of these art students are graduating and transferring to other universities to finish out their degrees in Fine Arts. Light refreshments will be served at the open reception after the awards ceremony.

This art exhibit includes photography, painting, printmaking, drawing, mixed-media, ceramics and sculpture. There will be a wide range of subject matter and art styles. Plus, many of these art students have put long hours of hard work into their masterpieces. Most of these college art students attended the opening reception. Visitors will have a chance to see the winning artwork in a few categories.

This year’s Best of Show winner will be giving his or her artwork to college permanent collection and be given a large check for their artwork. Last year’s Best of Show winner was a sculpture piece entitled “A Diver’s Mark” by Thurman Totten. Totten valued his piece at $925. If you walk around the rest of the Fine Arts building and one will notice some of the works of art on display from the college permanent collection.

Come on by and show your support these highly talented college fine artists. For more information on this this gallery exhibit and others please visit http://www.seminolestate.edu . If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great events and places please check us out at www.otownfun.com .

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2017 6th Annual DeLandapalooza Preview

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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

DeLand, FL – What is DeLandapalooza? This event is in the heart of Downtown DeLand which has a 12 hour original Music and Art Festival consisting of; Rock, Folk, Blues, Americana, Jazz, Country, Metal and more. In addition, to over 40 Art Displays and various vendors. The event promoter slogan is “its musical mayhem at its best.” A monumental celebration of the creativity of music and art! This event is being held on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 12pm – 12am. Admission is $10.75 plus service charges when you purchase on-line and $15 at the gate. This event is produced by Songwriters Showcases of America.

Traveling from Orlando to DeLand is roughly a forty-five minute drive depending on traffic. Check your GPS for the best route to this event. Once arriving in DeLand there are some various public parking lots and garages. Look for the public parking signs. There are nine total parking lots available for event attendees. Please visit event website for these parking locations.

Here is a list of music acts performing around town. There are over 170 acts at 30 stages around the town.

Trae Pierce & the T-Stone- FL,  Hard-edged funk and hip-hop mixed with rock and blues http://www.traepierceandthetstones.com/
Brent Byrd & The Suitcase Gypsies- Rock, Jam, Americana, Jacksonville www.brentbyrdmusic.com
Gin Mill Romeo-Rock, Deltona,
GREYE- Progressive Indie, Daytona Beach
Coyotes and Towndogs-Americana, DeLand
The Getbye-Rock, Orlando
Apollo Electric- Rock, Mount Dora
Jupiter Groove- Improgrooveinstrumetal, Orlando
Tom Bennett Band- pop progressive, jacksonville
Grindstone Sinners- Rock, DeBary
Propaganjah- Reggae, Ocala
Bad Blood- Rock, Tampa
Emma Moseley Band- Rock, St Augustine
Petey & The Ravens- Blues, Orlando
JetBlues Revue- Blues based Boogie, Minneola JetBlues Revue  Facebook
Beartoe- Americana, deland
Everlost- Alternative Rock, Orlando
Under the Blacktop- rock, orlando
Matt Fowler and the Warehouse Band- Americana, St. Augustine
J. Klein- Singer Songwriter, Clearwater, FL=
The Beacon River Dogs, Rock Hudson Valley, NY The Beacon River Dogs
Big Kettle Drum- Americana Blues/ Soul, Cocoa FL
Azzitizz- Rock, blues rock, progressive
Fort Defiance- Americana, Nashville
Whiskey Sharts- Southern Rock Comedy, Shartsville
Mama Gina- singer/songwriter, Tampa
Mikey Cunningham & The Aftermath- Progressive Rock metal, Indiantown
True Gain- Christian Rock, Orlando
The Wallvines- Rock, Ormond Beach
Boys’ Entrance- Rock St. Petersburg
AnnA- Indie,Jazz, Folk, Orlando
Rip Junior- Alternative Rock, Jacksonville
Big Picture- Alternative Folk-Rock, Tampa
Glenn Coleman & Co.- Rock, Ormond Beach
The Ned- Rugrat Punk, Palm Coast
Pluto’s Diary- Rock, Orlando
SEVENTH SERVANT- Metal, Knoxville, TN
Mai Tatro- indie/alt solo acoustic, port orange
Futuristic Diner- Electronic funk rock, Deland
WD-HAN- Rock, Clearwater
Southern Fried Genocide- Rock, Melbourne Florida
KJP Experance- Experimental, Tampa Bay
Bill Metts- Americana, Cape Coral
Cardinal Slinky- punch rock, Jacksonville
Rust Bucket Revival- Rock/country, Orlando
WEEP- Rock, Cocoa, FL
Kings Canvas- Indie Rock,  palm coast
Bethany Brandt- Christian Rock, North Port
The Wait- Indie 80’s style, Orlando
Bill DeTucci- Hard Rock and Smooth Funk, Boston
Karegan Pop / Country, Deland
Seventh Stone- Rock, Orlando
The Bonazzoli Band- Rock/Country, Ormond Beach
Eve Alman- Folk-Rock,  Clearwater
Just a Few Frogs- Christian Rock, Orlando
Phantom Phunk- Indie Rock, Alternative Rock, Tampa
*Wreckless Wrendition- Blues based Americana, Clearwater
Roughhour- Rock, Orlando
Tim Serdynski- Singer/Songwriter, Lakeland
Melissa Crispo- Pop/rock, Orlando
Bill-E Band- Rock, Stuart
Whatever Yo- Rock, Jacksonville
Rich Allen From Facility- Americana, Tampa
*Raspberry Pie- Funk, Orlando
TAPPING CANES- Rock N Roll, Blues, Garage, Ocoee
Sick Side Down- Metal, Lakeland (website N/A)
Spayed Koolie- classic rock/country, Clermont
Myakka Skunk Apes- americana/jamband, Tampa
PEREGO LIVE- Live art/painting, Daytona Beach
Wet Kneez- original rock, Ponte Vedra
jOhnmiChaeL- Indie Rock, Deland jOhnmiChaeL
Edward Portillo- Alternative/Singer-Songwriter, Orlando
*Muddy Puddle- Eclectic, Sanford
David Charles Pfeffer- Acoustic Rock, Dunnellon FL
Dark Premises- Groove Metal- Pompano Beach
Rick de Yampert- East-West fusion sitar, Palm Coast
The States-Alternative Rock, Ocala
PLATE- hard rock, metal, clermont
String Shine- folk rock, deland
Nicholas Alderman- Electronica, Tampa
Coagulate- Hard Rock/Metal/Punk, DeLand
Jesse Daniel Band- Folk Rock, Daytona Beach
Sunover- Alt Rock, Post-Punk, West Palm Beach, FL
*Robin and Eddy & the Secrets- Rock Melbourne
Tie-Dye Road- indie & blues Flagler Beach
Tonnesen- Rock, Tampa
Randy E. Bishop- Singer-Songwriter/Indie Pop/Rock/Blues, Eustis
Divided Hearts- Acoustic Rock and a little Country, Panama City Beach
The Innovators Music Group- Hip Hop Miami, FL, Baltimore, MD, and  Belle Glade, FL
Bill Surf- Surf Rock, Cocoa Beach, FL
Austin Palmer- Blues-Folk, Orlando
CRSTN- Folk-alt.,  Apopka
Takers & Leavers- Alternative Rock, Ft. Lauderdale
Aural Eyes- alternativefunkypartypopheavyrock, Gainesville
Calli Kim- singer/songwriter, McLeansville, NC
Aceskuly- Rock, Miami
Brendan Morris- Pop, Orlando
The Catalystix- Pop, Rock, Alternative, Orlando
*Sean Moran- Blues rock, Tallahassee (website N/A)
Antonio Escobar, Jr.- Folk / Alternative Rock Fort Meade, FLAntonio Escobar

*We Fought With Fire- Rock / Pop, Orlando
Lefty Hathaway- Rock/Roots/Jazz/Blues, Port Saint Lucie
The Barry Myers Band- Rock, Orlando
*Superstarr Loveshakk- rock
That I Am- Pop Rock, Orlando
Dov Brenner- Deland
Rich Brown Blues- Blues,  Melbourne
Dara Sweatt- Folk, Palm Coast
Ascending Radius- Rock, Wesley chapel
Residential Aliens- Hard Rock, St. Cloud www.facebook.com/likeresidentialaliens
Chuck Henderson- Motown Daytona
Gayla James- Urban Christian, Fort Myers
Shifty Gears- Acoustic Rock/Americana, Jacksonville; FL
EFFIT- Post Apocalyptic Anti Punk, Orlando
G.W. Souther- Reggae/Rock/R&B, Orlando
Jonnie Morgan- Singer-songwriter,  Orlando
New Jerusalem- Acoustic original rock, Satellite beach  
Circle Band- pop, country, folk, New Smyrna Beach
Paul Burdick- folk rock, indie, Port Orange
*Robin & Eddy. The Secrets- Original  Americana Rock, Melbourne
St. Valley
– indie folk, Orlando www.gatlinmusic.com
Classic Shock Band- rock, Satellite Beach
Britney Doyal- Acoustic Indie, Key West
Tom Swanick- Country, Folk, Americana, Indie Fort Lauderdale
Eddie Fingerhut- Blues rock, St. Petersburg, FL
Martini Live- Jacksonville (website N/A)
Jordan Foley- acoustic, folk, indie/Americana, DeLand
Trouble In The Garden- Americana/Rock, Pompano Beach
Deborah- Metal, Orlando (website N/A)
Sudeep Maiti- Indie, Deland
Epiphysis- Krautrock, Progressive, Daytona (website N/A)
Wes Nyle- hard rock, Orlando https://wesnyleband.bandcamp.com/
James Pippin- Folk Rock, Celebration
*This Earth Is Ours- Post-Rock, Jacksonville, FL http://www.soundcloud.com/thisearthisours
*John O’Brien- Popular Rock, St Augustine
Rickey Dickens, Rickey Dickens Trio- Americana, DeLand
Lori Garrote- Pop Rock, Miami
Olde Cheney Bend- eclectic Americana, rock, folk, Orlando
Gods of Avalon- Floydian sound with a darker edge, Orlando
Brett Vanderbrink- acoustic, Orlando
*THAT I AM- Pop Rock, Orlando(website N/A)
Ruth Spiegel- Folk, Tampa
Old Man Crunchy- Folk, Colorado Springs
The Pinecone Shake- Alternative Folk,  Nassau Co
-*just- Pop,  Palm Bay
*Soldiers of Worship- Christian Rock n roll Orlando
Mark Steven Band- Christian Rock, Palm Bay
Gravity Aware- Christian Alternative/Blues, Dundee, FL
Mike Rydock- folk Middletown, PA
David Martin Cassese- Christian Rock, Cassese, Orlando
Everything New- Christian Hard Rock, Lakeland
Dunlawton- Post punk, Ormond (website N/A)
R4D Requiem For Delinquency- Electronic, Orlando
Alyssa Marie Coon- Pop and country, West Palm Beach
Over Flow- Christian Rock Palm Coast
David Dowd-Piano/Instrumental, Daytona
DJ Hercules, All genres, Orlando
Joe Gibran- Roots&Original, Deltona  (website N/A)
Rob Lindsey (DJ/Event Host) Edm/dubstep/trap, St. Augustine
Fylo Zoet- Alt,folk rock Daytona www.fylozoet.org 

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