Friday, April 21, 2017

Weekend Top 6 Picks for April 22 and 23.

Saturday April 22, 2017
1:30pm to 4pm Free. Protest of St. Augustine's Anti-Artist Laws. Plaza de la Constitucion and on St. George Street. PleinAir artists from around the nation will converge on St. Augustine in protest of St. Augustine’s Anti-Artist Laws, and Historic City News local reporters will be there.
Currently PleinAir artists in St. Augustine are subject to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine for “illegally” PleinAir painting or drawing in the City’s downtown parks and sidewalks. PleinAir painting is defined as painting in the open air or painting outdoors.
In support of St. Augustine’s PleinAir artists’ First Amendment rights to Freedom of Expression in public spaces, PleinAir artists will “illegally” paint and/or draw throughout the City’s “prohibited” parks and sidewalks.
In defiance of the City’s Anti-Artist laws, PleinAir artists will set up their easels in the Plaza de la Constitucion and on St. George Street starting at 1:30 p.m., in individual acts of civil disobedience. The “Paint In” will last approximately two-and-a-half hours.
Artists who do not wish to be arrested plan to set up a small easel and a blank canvas, symbolic of their support for the local artists, and in protest of the City’s restrictions on their First Amendment rights to paint and draw in public spaces. The city has laws that ban “painting,” “drawing,” “displaying,” and/or “selling” art in public spaces, but none against setting up an easel with a blank canvas. Laws against “intentionally” blocking or impeding pedestrian traffic still apply.
All of the artists who plan to paint or draw recognize that they are subject to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine if they “illegally” create art in the City’s “prohibited” public spaces, and are making provisions to make bail.
Starting at 1:00 p.m. we will begin meeting with people in the Plaza near the former “Slave Market” to answer any last-minute questions and hand out extra 8.5″x11″ signs.

6pm to 9pm $120 for members, $150 for non-members. Participation Dinner Affair. Art and History Center, Germaine Marvel Building 231 W. Packwood Avenue Maitland, FL 32751. One of Central Florida’s most intriguing fundraising events, Participation is a feast for your senses. Local artists transform dining tables into works of art, and guests enjoy dinner with the artist at these unique creations. The evening includes live performances and demonstrations, a silent art auction, elegant dining and more.
 2017 Artists: Bob Barnett, Victor Bokas, Whitney Broadway, Stephanie Cafcules, Nathalie Chikhi, Anthony Deal, Danielle DeGuglimo, Marla E, Jeri Eisenberg, Lauren Gilmore, Derek Gores, Dan Hess, Matt Larson, Rebecca Sexton Larson, Faren LeJeune, Richard Munster, Suzanne Oberholtzer, Danny Powell, Kelly Maier Rex, Rebecca Rose, Elizabeth St. Hilaire and Trent Tomengo.

8pm to 10pm $5. The First Annual Tribute To Morgan Steele. Will's Pub 1042 N Mills Ave, Orlando, Florida 32803. A Tribute to local artist, writer, eco-activist, and Legend Morgan Steele.
Dirt McCoy and Friends with:
Sabrina Ambra
Erik Grincewicz
And Mick McIuan
Love Destruction
Eugene Snowden
And Jim O'Rourke
Local Artists and Exhibits

Sunday April 23, 2017
10am to noon. Free. Painting Demo Light on water Michelle Held. Lake Lily Drive, Lake Lily Dr, Maitland, FL 32751. Part of the week long Winter Park Paint Out hosted by the Polasek Museum.

1pm to 3pm $40 Yoga Sketching Workshop. The Art of Fitness, 5154 Dr Phillips Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819.
Thomas Thorspecken (Thor) will offer instruction on how to draw the human form by sketching a Yoga Master in action. The class will cover the importance of finding a quick gesture before focusing on detail. Poses will be short to start 1 minute to 2 minutes) and get progressively longer as students loosen up. 10 minutes for the longest pose. We will focus on loose line work that stresses keeping the figure from being vertical or stiff. Get a drawing workout while drawing a yoga workout.
Art Of Fitness is a personal training and yoga studio in Dr. Phillips. The studio features an upscale design focused on inspiring clients to look and feel like a work of art. Golf fitness, meditation, tai chi, nutrition, personal training, yoga and yoga with pet therapy is all part of the atmosphere at this creative studio.
Elite Animation’s mission is to provide the highest quality education with top industry experts in the Art of Animation to students around the world from ages 8 and up (and Adults). We strive to offer a unique, engaging and innovative animation programs, bringing real life experiences to the classroom and providing students with the tools to maximize their marketability and increase their opportunities for college placement and advancement in various industries, not just Entertainment.

9pm to 11:55pm Free but get a coffee. Comedy Open Mic. Austin's Coffee, 929 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL.  Free comedy, or give it a try yourself.

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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