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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The Review of Robert T. Reedy Art Exhibit at SSC

Review written by Nathan Wertheimer

Sanford, FL – This year Robert T. Reedy was selected from the many artists to have has his or her works of art on display at Seminole State College Art Gallery. This exhibit runs from September 29 – October 27, 2016. Reedy is a well-known local Orlando artist and professor at University of Central Florida (UCF).

This is a brief background information of Artist Reedy exhibit featuring his work with mixed-media sculptures, paintings, and ceramics.  He obtained his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from University of Mississippi and he currently teaches at University of Central Florida.  His work is included in collections including The American Crafts Museum, in New York, the Museum of American Art in Washington D.C. and the American Museum of Ceramic Art, in Paloma, C.A. to name a few.

If you have not been to down to visit the Seminole State College Center for the Performing and Fine Arts Art gallery one is in for a treat. This college art gallery is in our backyard in Seminole County. Throughout the year there is a wide variety of art exhibits by local and national artists. One has a chance to get up close and personal with these masterpieces. You might even meet the actual artist at the opening reception for the art gallery exhibit.

When you walk into the SSC Art Gallery one will find twenty-one pieces in and around this art gallery. There is an assortment of paintings, ceramics, and guitar pieces. Most of the art pieces are eye appealing. Feel free and walk around and view these great works of art at your leisure.

The opening art gallery brought out many of Reedy’s friends, family, and former students. Plus, there were many Seminole State Students on hand to view this exhibit too. Reedy gave an inspiring gallery talk about his life, his career, and about his work. Growing up as a child, he loved to draw and got kicked out of class just to have time to draw. His dad was a mechanical engineer working on military aircrafts. Besides being an artist he is also a musician too. He loves to play the guitar. Reedy said he once played in front of a packed house at the Cheyenne Saloon in Orlando.

Throughout the gallery talk Reedy gave many quotes. He brought up on how college education is not as good as it used to be. He said, “Students are like bunch of lap dogs.” Referring to students asking questions what they need to be doing or being directed to do so. Another great quote he said, “All Artists make mistakes. You just don’t see it.” He recalled making many mistakes in his artwork and learning from it.

Reedy creates his artwork in his own studio space. He said, “studio first, then your home.” If doesn’t matter where you have a studio as long as your producing artwork. During the rest of the gallery talk he mention about the business side of being artist. Being an artist requires handling the accounting, your own website, and selling your work. Reedy explained that he appointed some professional to handle some of these tasks so he can concentrate on producing more of his artwork. Another comment he made was “can’t sell artwork in Orlando.” This is in true. The art culture around Orlando is charging. Most of his work is in art galleries in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, and many more places. His work is not for sale in the Orlando market because of the subject and style matter.

The painting printed on the art gallery poster is entitled P51 which is a large canvas acrylic painting depicting a collage of images. The artist describes this painting as a “crazy quilt.” Some of the multi images include a P51 Mustang with a Rolls Royce Engine, Green Lantern Super hero, tornadoes with fire, stenciled human bodies and homes, hangman with parachutes, a single cone, and a weird looking face. There are various colors, but over all has a cool color scheme feel. Many viewers will be intrigue with this art piece. Reedy is selling this painting for $4,000.00.

Another unique art piece on display is a guitar entitled Green Martian Strat. Reedy calls his guitar a Frankenstein guitar because of the various odds and end pieces to put this guitar together. I found a label on the guitar that reads “Seymour Ducan” on the hot rails strat. Reedy applied mix media on the front and back of this guitar. The only thing not painted was the neck and knobs of the guitar. One will find some interesting imagery on the guitar. Some of the images on this guitar are stenciled faces, peach lily flowers, wheat, and a single red star. The artist is selling this guitar for $800.00.

Reedy has always loved ceramics. He created this piece entitled Teapot #4 made out of earthenware. This piece is not an ordinary teapot. The color scheme of this work has multi colors with a slight glaze texture. There is a wire decorative hand attached to the Teapot. This teapot is not a functional work of art.

Finally, stop by and see Reedy’s wonderful works of art for yourself. At a later date Reedy will be giving another art gallery lecture to current Seminole State College Students. He will be talking about the business side of being an artist.

Note: Some sources of information were taken from Seminole State College Art Gallery