Friday, February 5, 2016

Weekend Top 6 Picks for February 6th and 7th.

Saturday February 6, 2015 
10am to 6pm $11 Melbourne Renaissance Fair. Wickham Park 2500 Parkway Drive Melbourne FL. All weekend. Prepare to step back in time to a simpler way of life and the festival atmosphere of a charming Olde World Faire day in Renaissance Europe.
From the glories of William the Conqueror through the Golden Age of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and beyond. When armored knights traveled the countryside competing for fortune and fame, these festivals were a time of celebration, revelry and merriment throughout the countryside.
The lush, tree-filled Shire of Wickham will be a re-creation of a late 14th Century European Tournament and Market Faire. Think Canterbury Tales a Knights Tale laden with whimsical characters from lore and legend thrown in for your entertainment pleasure. The age of romance, chivalry and adventure will be recreated among the wonders of nature in this idyllic Brevard County setting. http://brevardrenaissancefair.com/

10am to 5pm Free. Art in the Park- Spring 2016. Mead Gardens 1300 S Denning Dr, Winter Park, Florida. his is the first Art in the Park of the year my friends, Let's us come together in the spirit of creative expression and gather at Mead Gardens. This is the perfect time to unwind in nature, create art, share, and tap into the creative flow together! Bring your friends, or make new ones!
Let's create together at art in the park- Any kind of art/craft/music that makes you feel happy.
This isn't an organization, it's a group of like-minded artists coming together to create, network and inspire one another in this beautiful, public garden.
We will set up on the other side of the picnic pavilion across the street from the greenhouse. When coming into the front entrance of the gardens, it is to the right of the Pavilion. If that location is not available the day of the event, a new location will be posted on this page. This event is totally free and open to anyone who wants to participate! All forms of artwork are encouraged.
Things to bring- art supplies, picnic supplies, chairs, blankets, musical instruments, friends, snacks, drinks, natural bug spray, cameras, business cards, words of encouragement, and positive energy, Since we are spending time at this park, we are NOT allowed to sell any items but we can meet and mingle and promote upcoming events. Bathrooms are available at the gardens. There are no restaurants on the premises, please bring any snacks you wish to consume. Parking is available on a first come, first serve basis. Please carry out what you carry in and take nothing but photos and leave nothing but footprints.
In the event of rain, the event will be rescheduled.
Call 828-974-1105 if you have any questions.

7pm to 10pm Free. HAROLD GARDE: Last of the Game Changers. Henao Contemporary Center 5601 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, Florida. Since America's inception our artists tended to copy what was going on in other countries, and though the 18th and 19th centuries saw the US producing masters like John Singleton Copley, Benjamin West, the Peale painters, Frederic Church, Heade, Kensett, Audubon, and so on, the US was always considered second tier to European artists.
However "A new vanguard emerged in the early 1940s, primarily in New York, where a small group of loosely affiliated artists created a stylistically diverse body of work that introduced radical new directions in art—and shifted the art world's focus... Breaking away from accepted conventions in both technique and subject matter, the artists made monumentally scaled works that stood as reflections of their individual psyches—and in doing so, attempted to tap into universal inner sources. These artists valued spontaneity and improvisation, and they accorded the highest importance to process. Their work resists stylistic categorization, but it can be clustered around two basic inclinations: an emphasis on dynamic, energetic gesture, in contrast to a reflective, cerebral focus on more open fields of color. In either case, the imagery was primarily abstract. Even when depicting images based on visual realities, the Abstract Expressionists favored a highly abstracted mode." (Met Museum, http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/abex/hd_abex.htm)
Harold Garde, immersed in the New York art world just as Abstract Expressionism was gaining world wide attention, is one of the few true artists who are courageous enough to continue to make no concessions to prettiness or fashion, whose singleness of purpose inspires us all to tell more truth, to examine more deeply and honestly our own lives for what is personally and profoundly human. Garde is the real thing, an artist of passion, integrity and commitment, unafraid of failure, unable to compromise his vision. He personifies the artist archetype, believing totally in the personal and social necessity of art. He gives other artists courage. -Robert Shetterly

Sunday February 7, 2016 
1pm to 4pm Donation. Fur, Fun and Folk Art. Jeanine Taylor Folk Art, 211 E. 1st St., Sanford, FL. Have your precious pet captured forever in the charming folk art style by internationally acclaimed folk artist, Theresa Disney. Bring your pet in person or a photo and for a donation, Theresa will paint them on canvas in her inimitable style. Talk about a unique Valentines Day gift for that special someone and a real family treasure.

2pm to 4pm Free. Yoga. Lake Eola Park, 195 N Rosalind Ave, Orlando, FL. Near the Red Pagoda. Every week.

10pm to Midnight Free but get a coffee. Comedy Open Mic. Austin's Coffee, 929 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL. Free comedy show! Come out & laugh, or give it a try yourself.
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All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.

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