Saturday, April 28, 2012


ReFresh was a two-day art sale giving local artists an opportunity to showcase their artwork as well as providing art lovers with affordable, original art. The event took place at the Orange Studio, (1211 N. Mills Avenue) on Saturday April 21st and Sunday April 22nd from 11:00am - 5:00pm. Food trucks, including KBurgers, Fork in the Road, Yum Yum Cupcake Truck, Gastro-Truck, Fro2Go, and The Flattery will be on site during the event.

The Orange Studio is a cavernous one story building which is used for photo shoots. The last time I was there, Voci Dance was performing a Valentines themed show. There were three food trucks in the parking lot behind the building. The back door to the Orange Studio was open so I walked in. All the walls had framed artwork neatly framed and hung. I had expected an informal fair like setting but was pleased to see the work hung gallery style.

There were large three foot photo prints and splashy serigraph prints that depicted the start of a marathon and the Prix de France. Orit Ruben is the one Orlando artist who's work I recognized. She does pastels of the nude figure. There were quite a few very large abstracts, both warm and cool. I was surprised I didn't recognize more of the artists. I didn't linger too long. I wandered back outside and decided that the food trucks were the main attraction at ReFresh. The Gastro Truck seemed to offer cheesy delights. Some people ordered food and never went inside to see the art. No one ever seemed to order anything from the Gourmet Flatbreads truck. The Fro-2 Go Truck did a brisk business. Even the woman taking orders at the Gastro Truck ordered a Fro-Yo. I hope there are more places that will open their doors to artists like this.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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