Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Culture Pop at the Maitland Art Center.

Culture Pop at the Maitland Art Center, (231 W Packwood Ave, Maitland, FL 32751) featured the work of two acclaimed artists, John Petry and Derek Gores, who used Art Under the Stars at Lake Lily as a springboard for their current success.

Mark you Calendar! Art Under the Stars runs from November 11th to November 13th.
Friday Nov. 11              6pm - 10pm
Saturday Nov. 12          10am - 9pm
Sunday Nov 13.            10am - 4pm

Art Under the Slars is a boutique art festival surrounding Lake Lily Park in Maitland with only 135 artists vying for $26,000 in awards.  Art Under the Stars, The 40th Rotary Club of Maitland Art Festival is the only night-time fine art show in Florida.  With subtle live entertainment and sparkling lights the evening hours create magical experiences for artists and patrons alike.

Collage artist Derek Gores is a recycler of everyday ephemera. Magazines, labels, newspapers and digital media combine to reflect his contrasting interest in the abstract aesthetics of figures and objects in space. A black and white collage  looked like Audrey Hepburn' The Eifel tower loomed behind her. The entire image was created from fashion magazine strips of paper. He must n are large bins filled with the colorful strips of paper. The attention might wander, with the preexist, photo coming into focus. Several Orlando based artists use this technique to create their art. Derek wag the first to master this technique and they are his decides.

 Chattanooga artist John Petrey is a sculptor working with metal, rubber, plastic and other industrial and everyday items. Petrey creates iconic dress sculptures that reference stories from history, pop culture and childhood experiences. John used to run his own advertising agency when he lived in Orlando. He feels that his work in advertising helped is pi his life sized dress sculptures. The dress in the foreground featured old 1960s yard sticks. John bought about 7000 of these yard stick's for $100 at an estate sale. The top blouse was of agree copper. Each dress was completely unique u sing unique metals and materials. The furthest dress had a large bell shape skirt that was built from brightly colored past is spoons and forks. From a distance it reminded me of the glass sculptures of Chiuli. John has been building the dress sculptures for the past nine years. His work keeps getting larger and he is now doing large public installation sculptures. I had John sign my sketch.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Closed Major Holidays
Admission: $3 adults; $2 Seniors (55+) and Children (4-18 years); free Children (3 & under) and A&H Members (Memberships start at $30)

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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