Saturday, December 15, 2018

Phantasmagoria's Christmas Carol


 Phantasmagoria is proud to present One of the greatest and most enduring Ghost Stories ever told! Victorian Troupe Phantasmagoria returns to the stage with its own unique adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale “A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas”.

This critically acclaimed Victorian Performance Troupe will bring its signature tapestry of movement, dance, puppetry, projections, music and storytelling to the stage as one of the most famous Ghost Stories of all times comes alive! A true tale of the Past, Present and Future – with the glory of redemption!

Dickens’ wonderful tableau will come to life with Phantasmagoria’s own unique aesthetic and performance style in a brand new adaptation of the classic work. Last year’s performances SOLD OUT fast so get your tickets now! A show good for ALL ages!

The dress rehearsal I sketched had all the bravado I have come to expect from a Phantasmagoria performance. Jacob Marley was presented as a skeleton puppet wrapped in chains. A unique head harness linked the skeleton's head movements to the movements of the handler's head. The ghost of Christmas past was a floating blue head with a streamer. The ghost of Christmas yet to come was the largest and most menacing enshrouded in a dark hood. with bony fingers. John DiDonna as Ebeneezer Scrooge brought plenty of energy to the part which he has performed for years. He steps into the crotchety old mans skin with ease.

Only one show date remains, Dec 15, 2018 at 8pm John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center, (812 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL 32803). Ticket prices are...
Student/Senior/Military: $15.00 regular / $40.00 VIP
Adult: $25.00 regular / $30.00 VIP
(VIP includes early entry to pick seating, Christmas beverage (no alcohol), Take home souvenir, and POST show performance including Poetry, Dance, song, Magic and more!


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Friday, December 14, 2018

Weekend Top 6 Picks for December 15 and 16, 2018

Saturday December 15, 2018
7:15pm to 9:15pm  $32-$38 Reindeer Run. Sea World 7007 Sea World Drive Orlando FL 32821. Run or walk through Sea World to the sound of holiday bells and finish in a runner wonderland. 


Noon to 3pm Free. Zinetude, a Workshop and Zine library / Small Press Display at the Orlando Museum of Art 2416 Mills Ave N, Orlando, FL 32803. In collaboration with Orlando Zine Fest, join us for a special program exploring zine making and collecting. Zines are small-circulation, self-published works that merge original or appropriated text and image.
Preview zines included in this year’s Zine Fest, network with local Zinesters (zine makers, collectors, and enthusiasts), peruse private collections of zines, and make your own mini zine!
Some zines may contain mature content, event appropriate for those 13 and up.

5pm to 7pm Free. Orlando Zine Fest 2018. Dirty Laundry Amphitheater by Will's Pub 1042 North Mills Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32803.
with:
44:16
Bjørn Halden Parramoure
Book Arts At Rollins
Bonk!
Boysgiant
broken machine films / Illuminated Paths
Cicadaboy
Divine Feminine
DNL HRS / Is it Over Yet?
Flimsy Premise
Green Children
Gulf Coast Girls
Hawkysh
Head Slam Zine
Holly Dickson
Hurts So Good
Ivan Riascos
Laeluu
Letters to Nowhere
Lemon Press
Living Kills, Love Triangle
Mantras (or how to cope)
Movement Magazine
Native Tongues
One Big Trigger Warning
Psych Cat
Recycled Hearts Records Zines
Rejected!
Sinkhole Fever
Space Grain Press / Jurassic-Jasek
Spooooky Steve
st. nobody
Strawberry Samurai
Suitors Club Presents: Speedway like you’ve never seen him before.
The Sensory Times
Touki Touki
UCF: Free Spirit
Visual Aid
You Really Mean It?
+ more!
Plus:
special handmade stuff from Long Gone co. and food trucks probably.
After OZF with Blestian, Dolce, J.A.S.O.N, The Nightmare, Red Rodeo @ Lou's - December 15, 9 p.m.
Register to Participate:
https://goo.gl/forms/zvdb7orBYIZxcz2p2

Sunday December 16, 2018
 9am to 2pm Free. Mount Dora Village Market. Sunset Park 230 W. Fourth Ave. Mount Dora FL.
Weekly artisans and farmers market.

9am to 10pm $15Yoga in the Park. Central Winds Park 1000 E. State Road 434 Join Debbie Sunday mornings at Central Winds Park for a workout that unites the mind, body, and spirit through the use of meditation and stretching. The outdoor yoga class takes place under the large oak tree at the practice fields. Athletic attire and yoga mat are recommended. 407-327-6593

12:20m to 1pm Free. Orlando Brewery Tours. Weekly brewery tours at Brix Project 5220 South Washington Street Orlando FL. Join us every Sunday and soak up all that beer knowledge! Continues through Dec. 30, 2018.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Animal Kingdom


Because I taught a workshop at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, I was issued two free tickets to the Disney Theme parks as a thank you. Cleaning up around the house, Pam Schwartz and I found the tickets and realized that there was just one week left before the tickets expired. We decided to go the next day which was a Sunday. The Animal Kingdom was our destination which I had only been to once before. We watched the movie Avatar the night before, and made a commitment to go to the new Pandora Land in the Animal Kingdom.

As we drove south toward Disney it started to rain. We wanted to get some breakfast at Panera Bread, but when we got there the restaurant had evacuated the building. We got crummy overpriced breakfast sandwiches at Starbucks instead. I checked the radar and realized that it would be raining all morning. We put a positive spin on this by thinking the park might be empty when we arrived. We were dead wrong. Nothing stops the flow of humanity to the theme parks. Parking was $25. As I had my bag checked by security, a waterfall suddenly poured down on my shoulder from an umbrella that gave way its weight of water.

The first order of business was to get a plastic bag to protect my sketchbook. With that done, we wandered the park towards Pandora - The World of Avatar. The land is impressively designed and landscaped. The floating islands were amazing and I wanted to sketch, but not in the rain. The wait time for Avatar - Flight of Passage was like 190 minutes, How many hours is that? We skipped that ride and decided to find rides with shorter wait times. Every ride we tried was shut down. We also had fast passes to some rides. The fast passes kept getting canceled. As we got turned away from attraction after attraction we both got pretty grumpy. WTF.

Then we decided to get some food to get away from the rain. All the sit down restaurants we approached had insane wait times. Clearly every family in the park had the same idea of using the restaurant as a place to stay dry for a bit. The smaller food carts weren't much better, I couldn't stomach the idea of paying $15 for a hot dog. A majority of the "affordable" quick grab food stands were also closed. We would have to hide under a gutter overhang to try and stay dry as we ate. We finally did split a macaroni and cheese.

My sketch is of Up, a Great Bird Adventure in Asia. We went in simply because the audience had cover from the rain. The stage however was still getting soaked. The announcer wasn't sure the show would go on. The Disney cast did come out and performed at the front of the stage which was barely under the awning. Russel and Doug from the Pixar movie, Up were amongst the cast. A bird flew out and turned on the radio on stage. A green parrot did manage to belt out a tune. But the peacocks were divas and refused to go out on stage in the rain. The show was cut short and everyone was ushered back out into the rain. I kept working on the sketch until the cast practically had to drag me out.

Theme parks are a special kind of hell. Screaming children were having tantrums everywhere. You got to see the worst in parenting. We were on a theme park death march from land to land in the endless rain. My feet were soaked all day. We sought cover in every stage show we could find. In the afternoon the sun finally broke through. We waited for an eternity going through endless switchbacks to get on the back of a Banshee and fly. I have to admit that the all too brief ride was the best thing we did that day. It was a 3D motion simulation ride that really did an amazing job of making it feel like we were flying. I kind of wish there was truly some control so that each ride was unique, but it is what it is. We ended the day at Rivers of Light which was impressive, but could have used a story line to tie together the animal-themed projections. Would I return to Animal Kingdom any time soon? Hell no. Disney would have to pay me (again) to return.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Dammit Jim! I'm a Commedienne, Not a Doctor!


Dammit, Jim! I’m a Comedienne, Not a Doctor! was a one woman show written and performed by Polly Esther at the 2018 Fringe Festival. She wore a short skirt and gold tights that made her look a bit like a Star Fleet Cadette. Her shirt had Spock's live long and prosper, hand gesture printed over her chest.

An innocent suggestion of watching “Star Trek: The Next Generation” for the first time quickly turned into obsession with the entire Star Trek universe. Every series. Every season. Every film. Then came the Las Vegas convention. These are the voyages of Polly Esther, her ongoing mission to explore this strange new world and how this universe has helped her boldly go forward in her journey as a recovering alcoholic.

At one of the Star Trek Conventions she me someone else who was a recovering alcoholic and they decided on a whim to send out an invite for anyone else to come to their hotel room. They were shocked by how many people showed up to that meeting.  It was a heart warming reminder that we are not alone in our troubled path through life. Her fan girl enthusiasm was a joy to watch and her story gave some meaning and significance to the whole Fan Convention phenomenon. Embrace your geek, and share it with the world.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Jorge Estevez DNA Test


Jorge Estevez, a WFTV Channel 9 news anchor, was invited by Pam Schwartz, the Orange County Regional History Center Chief Curator, to take an Ancestry DNA test to learn more about his family history. She also researched the family histories of other well-known Central Floridians, including Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer;  journalist Brendan O’Connor of the Bungalower; Toni Pressley, Orlando Pride soccer team defender; and Geraldine Thompson, state representative and senator and founder of Orlando’s Wells’ Built Museum.

Jorge met Pam at the History Center Research Library where she asked him about what he did know about his family history. To do the DNA test he had to spit into a test tube which was a great photo opportunity for Melissa Procko, History Center Research Librarian, who was documenting the moment with video and still photography.

A line of Jorge's family tree comes from Cuba which turned out to be problematic for online research since Cuban records must be researched from the courthouses and archives on the island. Pam was afraid she might have bit off more than she could chew, but she enlisted the help of a genealogist who specializes in Cuban research. This genealogist also does research for a TV program called Finding Your Roots.

It turns out that Jorge comes from a family line which is renowned for being public servants who notarize documents. Being a notary in those days was a position of high honor. She even found their notary stamps. The family line was researched way back into the 1500s. Jorge joked that he has never had a tattoo, but he is considering getting a tattoo of one of those ancient hand-drawn stamps since it means so much to him.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Monday, December 10, 2018

The Last Door

Ethos Physical Theatre Company of New Jersey presented this press preview of The Last Door. A monkey entered the stage swinging from the ropes with abandon. A large lumbering tortoise entered the stage from the left. Their exchange brings to light that they are stuck inn a zoo enclosure. their keepers were gone for an unknown reason. Perhaps it was an apocalypse. They argued about the one door out and weather it was locked. All the while the tortoise made its way across the stage which is I assume where the door might be located. Then the monkey had a revelation that might lead to their freedom.  But at that moment the play was suddenly over. It couldn't have been more than ten or fifteen minuets. The audience sat dumbfounded for another 10 minutes thinking that there might be more to the story. At least let us know it they made their way out into the world. But the story was over before it began.

The  tortoise was kind of interesting as a puppet requiring two handlers, and the monkey was acrobatic but not quite as entertaining as Cirque du Soleil acrobatics. It was an existential children's fable with no discernible moral. I felt a bit duped to have entered the door to the theater and was thankful when I found it on the way out. Regardless I got a decent sketch.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Hansel and Gretel Dress Rehearsal


Orlando Opera presents Hansel and Gretel at the Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater in the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (445 South Magnolia Avenue Orlando FL). Engelbert Humperdinck’s operatic retelling of the ever-popular Grimm fairy tale features a lush score and charming characters that, on Christmas Day in 1931, became the first complete Metropolitan Opera radio-broadcast performance.

The cast includes mezzo-soprano Sarah Purser as Hansel, soprano Jillian Marini as Gretel, soprano Samantha Barnes Daniel as the mother, baritone Ben Ludwig as the father, and tenor Jess Muñoz as the witch. Opera Orlando’s music and education director Robin Jensen conducts, and creative director Grant Preisser directs. Come and get lost in the woods this holiday season.

Hansel and Gretel shirked their chores and played together with childish abandon. Then their mother arrived and discovered that Hansel had gotten no work done. Gretel had managed to keep sweeping even as she played but they were scolded anyways.

All the trees on stage were on wheels, so the stage shape shifted throughout the production. A banner above the stage was used to project the lyrics which weren't much needed since the production was in English. However the witch at this rehearsal was difficult to hear, which was probably a technical issue that will be worked out. A large gingerbread man doubled as the oven towards the end of the evening.

Wood nymphs and plenty of stage mist created some mystery as the children got lost and fell asleep in the woods. An enthusiastic cast of children helped sell the horror of the fate of Hansel and Gretel. The children were dressed up like gingerbread Gumbys with large flat mittens and featureless faces.

The witch and a wood nymph wandered into the audience several times, breaking the fourth wall and adding some intimacy to the production. Perhaps because this is a familiar story line, the ending seemed anti-climactic. Clearly staged for children, this could be a fun family outing.

Tonight's final performance on Sunday December 9, 2018 at 2pm is unavailable which I assume means sold out. Tickets


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Saturday, December 8, 2018

God Bless Cambodia at the 2018 Fringe


In God Bless Cambodia, Randy Ross is a chronically single man who decides to travel the world through four continents after the loss of a job. He hopes to change his luck with love. Yet as he highlights his many relationships it becomes clear why he is hopelessly single. His world travels world result in more sexual misadventures.

Reading a travel guide book he learns that you can travel cheap if you travel like a backpacker. On a trip to his local camping store he meets a colorful sales person. He asked for a 60 liter backpack with a waterproof cover, and the salesman had him covered. He added "I don't know if your going to Bangkok, but if you are, I highly recommend a massage at a place called tugs." Taken aback, He noted the info and decided to ask for a travel shirt. "In Ko Samui there is a body spa called the curious finger." The salesman sniffed his pinkie to relive the memory. TMI but in the end Randy spent $500, but as he left the shop he decided not to shake the salesman's hand.

Much of the show was laugh out loud funny. I can identify with this middle aged man's desire for travel after the loss of a relationship. It was like Eat, Pray, Love, minus the praying and with high class literary sex instead of love.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Friday, December 7, 2018

Weekend Top 6 Picks for December 8 and 9, 2018

 Saturday December 8, 201810am to 1pm Sold Out. James Richards USK 10 X 10 Workshop. corner of S. Park Avenue and W. New England Avenue, Central Park, Winter Park. GPS ping at 251 S. Park Ave.
On-location Urban Sketcher artist, educator and urban designer, James Richards will bring to the class and into your sketchbook an international inspiration from his journeys and drawings in 45 countries around the world: In this workshop, you will learn the secrets of creating a convincing illusion of 3-dimensional depth on the 2-dimensional paper surface! Creating this illusion is the essence of location drawing, yet is one of the most consistent sources of questions in my workshops and online classes. Abstract concepts will become clear with examples from the worlds of stage and film, followed by demonstrations of how those concepts can be translated to location sketching. You will learn a range of classic, foundational techniques that demystify creating a sense of depth, as well as a number of cool tricks I’ve learned over decades of creating believable worlds on paper. By workshop’s end, you will see city scenes in a different way and will bring a new sense of believability to your urban sketches.
LEARNING GOALS:




  • Seeing the view as 3 distinct planes: foreground, middle ground, and background
  • A toolbox of techniques:
  • Value
  • Line weight
  • Level of detail/texture
  • Diminishing size
  • Overlapping
  • Simple perspective
  • Color 
  • Jim’s tricks for creating a strong foreground “frame”
  • Understanding how set designers and filmmakers have historically created the illusion of depth, and what we can learn from them.
  • Creative use of pens, pencils, and watercolor to achieve depth 

  • 4pm to 6pm Free. Young Voices. JB Callaman Center 102 North Parramore Ave Orlando FL. Teen Open Mic Every second Saturday of the month.

    7:30pm to 9:30pm Free. Black Cow Jumps. Winter Park Public Library, 460 E New England Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789. Banks Helrich. Black Cow Jumps is immersive live theater, uncovering relationships, philosophy and the absurdity of life. This playful performance will conclude with an open talk back. Come enjoy music, performance art and storytelling -- along with complimentary wine, cheese and crackers. Sign up by calling 407-623-3300, ext. 3.

    Sunday December 9, 2018
    Noon to 1pm Free. Yoga. Lake Eola near red gazebo. Bring your own mat.

     1pm to 5:30pm Free.  Family Day on the Second Sunday.  The Mennello Museum of American Art, 900 East Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803. The make-and-take craft table is open from noon-2:30 p.m., and docents are available to give mini-tours of the museum. Then it's open house in the galleries until 4:30 p.m.

    2pm to 4pm $5 Film Slam. Enzian Theater, South Orlando Avenue, Maitland, FL. Experimental Films, Puppet Films, Art Films, Bartenders throwing bottles, Gangsters, a Music Video. Program starts at 1pm sharp. Tickets are still only $5. Q&A with the filmmakers to follow screening.




    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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Thursday, December 6, 2018

    Callbacks

    Callbacks told the story of Mike Rossi (Danny Baynard) and Terry Stein (Jay T. Becker), two aging actors whose careers lead them into the "small world" of theme park acting. They played the parts of Captain Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, the explorers who forged their way through the Louisiana Territory. Over the course of the years performing the same show over and over, they find the value of friendship and learn that life doesn't have to end in a theme park dressing room, if they're lucky. Based on over 11 years of experience as a theme park actor, writer Thom Mesrobian crafted a knowing and hilarious valentine to actors and anyone who's every wondered what goes on behind the castle doors.

    Catie Walsh (Sarah Lockhard) as Sacagawea unwittingly became a love interest when Terry became infatuated with her. She smartly avoided love in the workplace. Filled with heart, humor and romance, "Callbacks" delivers an inside look at the people who make theme parks some of the happiest places on Earth. Mike Rossi was adamant about always going to auditions but Terry Stein grew complacent with his role in the theme park show. When the show was shut down Mike bounced to a new position quickly while Terry found it hard to find a new role. Mike ended up rising up to a managerial position and when he bumped into Terry he took him under his wing.

    I enjoyed the show. It reminded me of working for Disney as an animation artist for 10 years. The studio was started in trailers set up in the theme park parking lot and during the internship I could see cast entering their dressing trailers next door. All day, I could hear guests screaming as they plummeted down in the Tower of Terror.

    The show was directed by Mark Hartfield, former show director at Universal Studios. "Callbacks" featured original incidental music composed by Ben Shepler. Costumes were by Cristina Hartfield and the production Manager was Tonya Mesrobian. Stage manager was Sarah Moening.

    Mark Your Calendars! Thought this show isn't part of the Winter Fringe Mini-Fest, I thought I would remind you that Mini-Fest is coming! It will run from January 10 to 13, 2019. A Winter Mini-Fest button is $3. A pass to 5 shows is $65. A show ticket and button are needed to get into any show. This 5 Pass includes admission to 5 shows during the 2019 Winter Mini-Fest (WMF).  This is a $10 savings over the regular price of 5 WMF tickets.

    Unused allocations are non-transferable and non-refundable.  This pass is valid for the 2019 WMF, January 10th - January 13th. This pre-paid 5 pass does not guarantee entrance to a show.  You will need to redeem your allocations through the box office to receive a ticket to the specific performance you have selected. Quantities are limited, get yours today!


    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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Wednesday, December 5, 2018

    FOX Station

    Pam Schwartz was asked to go into the FOX News Station for an interview about an exhibit at the Orange County Regional History Center. The exhibit was Things come apart which featured photos by Todd McLellan that showed everyday objects like smart phones and lawnmowers blown apart to show all the parts.

    Things Come Apart has ended and has been replace by Genome: Unlocking Life's Code. This is another Smithsonian traveling exhibition but the History Center staff has created a section that uses the Genome to tell something about Central Florida history. Five Central Florida celebrities were asked to give DNA samples and Pam used that information and online resources to research their family trees. Mayor Buddy Dyer found out that is family has ties back to the Revolutionary War making him and his sons eligible for admission into the Sons of the American Revolution. Former Senator Geraldine Thompson found a relative she never knew about. A man had been trying to find his father for many years. When Geraldine's DNA went online it became clear that he and she were related. Her brother was this man's father. Unfortunately her brother has died so this man can never meet his father in person, but he has an aunt he has never met, and they have stories to share.

    The TV cameras had just one operator. For the most part the cameras were fully automated wandering from mark to mark like Roombas. The cameraman didn't seem to have much to do. An hour of waiting, and a quick recording session resulted in just moments on the final cut shown on TV.


    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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Tuesday, December 4, 2018

    Patron's Pick for Murder at Fringe


    Mallory Sabetodos Vance produced Patron's Pick for Murder which was a truly interactive "who done it" at the 2018 Fringe Festival. Patrons met outside the Firehouse Museum behind the Shakes and it was in this pre-show quay that the cast mingled with patrons. The mystery was already a foot. Michelle Papaycik played the part of an actress in a show called "Michelle and Lars go to Mars". This was clearly a spoof of some of the Fringe's worst possible shows. Rabid fringe fans mingled with actresses and self appointed theater critics. A simple 2 by 4 door frame was the entrance to the main staging area up on a slight hill under a huge live oak tree. I focused my attention on the line of patrons as they mingled with the cast.

    Bikini Katie was the guest star for this press preview and she played up the part of being a true diva. A sip from her water bottle resulted in her immediate demise from poison. After this the patrons could interact with the cast asking questions to try and surmise who had killed Katie. Strangely enough you could even ask the corpse for her thoughts, which is a real luxury for a detective to have. As I was sketching, Pam Schwartz was working the crime scene to try and solve the mystery. She is a born detective, but she was not able to solve this crime. The final motive when reveled was quite simple, but I will keep it to myself should you ever have a chance to experience this show for yourself. The show becomes more exciting when you ask the right people the right questions. You would get out of the show what you put into it.


    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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Monday, December 3, 2018

    Winter Garden Farmer's Market


    The Winter Garden Farmers Market (104 S Lakeview Ave, Winter Garden, FL ) is open every Saturday from 9:00am to 2pm in beautiful Historic Winter Garden.  It has quickly grown into a community staple and offers a large selection of vendors from locally grown produce and baked goods, to homemade soaps and fresh flowers. Dogs are welcome. Enjoy live music every Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. There are Holiday Carriage Rides through downtown Winter Garden on December 8, 15 and 22, 2018 from 5pm to 9:30pm  starting at the Winter Garden Downtown Pavilion.

    Other Winter Garden Holiday Events to watch for this season...

    December 7
    A Merry Winter Garden Light
    Show at City Hall, 6 to 9 pm
    Holiday Music - Friday’s on
    the Plaza, 7 to 9 pm
      
    December 8
    A Very Merry Farmers Market
    with Santa, 9 am to 2 pm
    Holiday Music and Horse Drawn
    Carriage Rides, 5 to 9 pm
    A Merry Winter Garden Light
    Show at City Hall, 6 to 9 pm
    Sleigh Ride with Santa! 6 to 9 pm

    December 14
    Holiday Music - Friday’s on the
    Plaza, 7 to 9 pm
    December 15
    A Very Merry Farmers Market
    with Santa, 9 am to 2 pm
    Holiday Music and Horse Drawn
    Carriage Rides, 5 to 9 pm
    Holiday Movie Night
    (Carolers Pre-Show), 6 to 9 pm
    A Merry Winter Garden Light
         Show at City Hall, 6 to 9
     
    December 16
    Holiday golf cart parade, 4 to 7 pm 
    December 21
    Holiday Music - Friday’s on
    the Plaza, 7 to 9 pm 
    December 22
    A Very Merry Farmers Market
    with Santa, 9 am to 2 pm
    Holiday Music and Horse Drawn
    Carriage Rides, 5 to 9 pm
    A Merry Winter Garden Light
    Show at City Hall, 6 to 9 pm
    December 28
    Holiday Music - Friday’s on
    the Plaza, 7 to 9 pm


    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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Sunday, December 2, 2018

    A Christmas Carol at Orlando Shakes


    I have seen A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens many times so I am a bit jaded, however this production far exceeded my expectations. The set felt like an attic and there was a staircase at the front of the stage that heightened that effect. The play began with the sounds of an excited party below the stage, and then the actors walked up from that excitement onto the stage.

    Steven Paterson did an amazing job as the crotchety Scrooge. Paul Bernando got to perform some very angst filled scenes as the chain covered Bob Marley's Ghost. Amazingly he also performed as the kindly ghost of Christmas Present. Many actors got to play up to seven different characters and I didn't even notice. Tiny Tim, played by Sebastian Cranford had the thinnest legs, making him a perfect fit for the part.

    The Shakes really seems to be stepping up their game when it comes to effects in their staged productions. A ghostly door knocker was represented by a framed photo in a spotlight held by an actor from behind. When the ghostly knocker came to life the actor pressed his face into the mesh of the canvas creating a ghostly three dimensional apparition. The ghost of Christmas future was a huge hooded puppet that moved around the stage freely. A four poster bed rose from a trap door and the curtains floated down from above.

    More important than the flash however was the emotional heart of the production. This is a great show to warm even the coldest heart this holiday season. It is nice to see innocence and kindness win over a hard heart.

    Performances of A Christmas Carol continue through December 30, 2018 at the Orlando Shakes (812 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL 32803) in the Margeson Theater.
    Tickets are $30 to $53.


    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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Saturday, December 1, 2018

    Smallest Gallery in Orlando


    Trevor Fraser, an entertainment reporter for the Orlando Sentinel put out a call for artists on Facebook for what he called the Smallest Gallery in Orlando. The gallery consisted of a small strip of wall between two doors. I decided to incorporate my 12th Night Orlando Shakespeare Theater sketch to fill the space and my submission was approved.

    Trevor and his wife Lindsay Fraser decided to host a party where guests could paint in the sketch. I arrived about an hour early and projected my sketch on the wall and then painted in the dark line work. I Did a bit of painting on the central Shakespearean actor and then relaxed along with Pam and watched as people finished the painting. f course everyone had their own style so the disparate areas didn't entirely tie in together but that is part of the charm.

    All the food served was part of a "Beet Off" between he and Lauren Delgato. Everything had beets in it, Beet hummus, beet salad, beet cupcakes. It is amazing the variety of tastes you can get from a humble beet. It was a fun afternoon.

    This little mural wasn't quite finished by the end of the party, so I am not sure if it ever was completed. There was some talk of using this sketch in the Orlando Sentinel for an article about the gallery, but there was no budget so I saved it for this site. The Noor Salman trial was just beginning and unfortunately the Sentinel also didn't buy any of the 70 or so courtroom sketches I did for that trial. Only CNN, Channel 9 and Channel 6 and the Orlando Weekly used some of those sketches. March was a crazy month.


    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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Friday, November 30, 2018

    Weekend Top 6 Picks for December 1 and 2, 2018

    Saturday December 1, 2018
    10am to Noon Free. Orlando Shakes Volunteer Orientation. Orlando Shakes 812 E Rollins St, Orlando, Florida 32803. Please join us for Orlando Shakes' Volunteer Orientation - a perfect way to learn more about volunteering. Returning volunteers will brush-up on the basics and changing policies; new volunteers will learn what they need to know to join the team.
    During this free orientation, all our volunteers will learn how to get involved, take a brief tour of the Theater, receive an overview of benefits and policies, and enjoy some light breakfast food and drinks!
    SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
    Breakfast & Check-In: 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    Orientation: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Questions: 11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

    8pm to 10pm Free. Shuffleboard at Orlando's Beardall Courts.  Orlando's Beardall Courts 800 Delaney Ave Orlando FL. 1st Saturday of every month.

    10:30pm to 12:30am Free but get food and or drink. Son Flamenco. Ceviche Tapas Orlando, 125 W Church St, Orlando, FL.

    Sunday December 2 2018
    10am to Noon. Free. Heartfulness Relaxation and Meditation Class. University, 5200 Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32811. The Method of Heartfulness A simple and practical way to experience the heart’s unlimited resources.

    Noon to 3pm Donation based. Music at the Casa. George Weremchuk and the Hippocrene Saxophone Quartet. Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum, 656 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789. Members of the public are invited to visit the historic home museum, listen to live music and take a tour of our historic home museum and the James Gamble Rogers II Studio by trained docents.

    2pm to 4pm. Museum admission applies. Adults $10,  Seniors (60+) $8, College Students with ID $8, Students (K-12) $3, Members and children 4 and under are free. Meet and Greet Jan Kaláb. Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789. Contemporary Prague artist Jan Kaláb is known internationally for his innovative 3-D graffiti. Born in Czechoslovakia in 1978 at a time when graffiti was a form of protest in Eastern Europe, he made a name for himself in the 1990s as the country was opening itself up to Western influences. Kaláb later became known across Europe as “Cakes” and took his art to New York in 2000, making an impression while painting train cars alongside other well-known graffiti artists. Since 2007 Kaláb has experimented with abstractions on canvas, earning him solo exhibitions in Argentina, Germany, Paris, London, New York, and Miami. The Polasek Museum exhibit will include sculptures, 3-D canvases, select new works, and an original installation.


    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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Thursday, November 29, 2018

    Corsets and Cuties Holiday Kick-off at the Venue

    Pam Schwartz and I went to a dress rehearsal for Corsets and Cuties at The Venue (511 Virginia Dr, Orlando, FL 32803). With all the development in Ivanhoe Village, the Venue's days are numbered. It will soon be demolished to make way for more development. This rehearsal was for a Christmas Holiday Kick-off. This Burlesque Cabaret troupe is not for the faint of heart, but for those with a sense of humor and adventure.

    The Christmas tree was fluffed and decorated with care and the Cuties marquee was hung by the boys. An opening number featured Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer. All the dancers wore red antlers and pranced with innocent charm. Rudolf came with a glowing red nose until it too was stripped and left to the wayside to allow for some flowing gyrations.

    Lady Jaimz explained that they had bought some Disney Costumes at a Lake Howell High School sale, so everyone had matching green holiday garb for the final number. A dancer wasn't at the rehearsal, so We didn't see every act but what ensued was the usual chaos and fun anarchy.

    The December 1st performance promises a chance to start the season with some fun and teasing with Corsets and Cuties.
    Doors and bar open at 9pm.
    Showtime 10pm.
    Special gifts from sponsor Premier Couples Superstore.
    Tickets are $18 by pre-order or at the door. 


    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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Wednesday, November 28, 2018

    Stetson Mansion for the Holidays


    I arranged to sketch the Stetson Mansion (1031 Camphor Lane, DeLand, FL 32720) because they decorate the place for the Christmas Holiday Season. The Stetson Mansion built in 1886 is part of Florida's First Luxury Estate and the grandest home ever built in Florida before the 20th century. Built for famed hat maker and philanthropist John B. Stetson, this winter retreat is Florida’s only richly detailed mansion actually built in the “Gilded Age” which ended in 1899.

    The eclectic and unusual “High Victorian” architectural design not only had the most advanced technology of its day, it also includes a variety of complicated interior carvings, 16 patterns of the nation's most rare and intricate parquet wood floors and 10,000 panes of original leaded glass windows. The understated decorations on the exterior are meant to just allow the architecture to shine. Inside is an entirely different story.

    The 8th Annual Christmas Spectacular has the interior is ornately decorated for the holidays and has to be seen to be believed.  Holiday Home Tours continue through January 15th and need to be reserved online. I only had time for one sketch, so I didn't sketch inside. Being part of tour would mean I wouldn't have time to sketch in any one room anyway.

    I started sketching as the last tour of the day went inside. I was told I had 90 minutes before the tour let out. I worked hard to catch the fading light. After the sun set I discovered that my iPad attracted mosquitoes. They swarmed around my hands as I sketched and tapped against the illuminate glass screen. When they started buzzing in my ears, I lost patience and had to run for the car to escape. A few got inside the car with me and I punched at the windshield to crush them. I am sure I got the last one out as I opened the car window as I was driving and he got sucked outside. That didn't stop me from itching on the entire drive back.


    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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Tuesday, November 27, 2018

    Brian Feldman's William Shakespeare's Macbeth


    It is a tale
    Told by an idiot,
    full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.

    I went to sketch a one man performance of Macbeth at the Walt Disney Amphitheatre at Lake Eola Park (99 N Rosalind Ave, Orlando, Florida 32801). Several smart phones were set up on tripods to live stream the performance. The program came complete with a set of ear plugs which was a mystery at first. Brian Feldman took to the band shell stage covered in protective gear, another mystery. He held a script and was about to perform the play solo acting out every part. Brian made his acting debut in 1991 in Macbeth on the Lake Eola stage as a child actor.

    Actors consider it bad luck to say Macbeth in a theater. Neil Barnes from Essex explained it this way, "Theatrical folklore has it that, as revenge for Shakespeare's inclusion of a number of accurate spells within the play, a coven of witches cursed it for all eternity. Whether or not you believe this rationale is irrelevant, though, because the ill-fortune associated with the play is backed up by numerous examples over its four hundred year history Initially, King James banned the play for five years because he had such a dislike for it, but there are also more bloody examples: there was an unpleasant and lethal riot after one showing in nineteenth century New York and one Lady Macbeth fell off the front of the stage while sleepwalking, dropping nearly twenty feet. Even Olivier wasn't free from the curse, as one of his performances was enlivened by a falling stage weight which landed only inches from him mid-performance. Given the weight of evidence, it's not surprising that actors are given to indulge in a little superstition." Others explained that if tickets for a particular play were not selling well, the theater owners would end the run and replace it with the ever popular Macbeth. Either way, you will never hear an actor utter "Macbeth" inside a theater.

    Granted the Lake Eola Band Shell is outside, but years ago this is where Shakespeare plays were performed before the Shakes moved into the theater in Lock Haven Park. I saw a production here when I first moved to Orlando back in 1994.

    Brian began his performance. The first word he uttered was, "Macbeth" followed by "Macbeth" and then "Macbeth". He held the full script in his hands and read the entire play replacing each word with "Macbeth" and trying to maintain the emotion and relevance of each line. He was tempting fate with each word he uttered. At times Macbeths got tangled together as he trued to say them in quick succession. Now the ear plugs made sense. Hearing this endless litany of Macbeths could drive a person mad. I might have missed a few of the plot twists as I focused on my sketch.

    The play in all runs about 69 minutes and I was chucking to myself the entire time despite the tragedy being acted out on stage. Irene Pynn produced and directed the production. As she said in the program, "The process was more conceptual than straightforward. Less 'Give me a stronger emphasis on the third line' and more, 'How many people will curse us for doing 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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Monday, November 26, 2018

    Pop Up Gallery at Nora’s Sugar Shack


    I went to Nora’s Sugar Shack (636 Virginia Drive Orlando FL) to sketch the opening of a Pop up gallery show for photographer Robert “Kap” Kaplinger. This was the debut of a monthly series of shows at Nora’s. The shows are a collaboration between Nora Booker and Frankie Messina of Apartment E. These pop up exhibits happen every second Tuesday of each month.

    Nora’s Sugar Shack is a quirky little white clapboard bungalow with a red door, although the entrance is actually around back. The place offers wine, beer and cigars. The gallery was in a small room maybe 10 by 15 feet in size. Frankie Messina set up his analog record DJ station at one end of the room and I sat down beside him for my view of the event. The opening was well attended. Nora stood behind the bar.

    The photos were black and white featuring native Florida flora and fauna. The crowd got so dense that they spilled out onto the patio which is where a few puffed on cigars. One guy wore the same hat as Heisenberg in Breaking Bad, so I ended up sketching him several times. Nora’s has the vibe of an antique shop with fun nick knacks and vintage lighting. A small table in the corner had some bottles of wine and some information about the photographer.


    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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Sunday, November 25, 2018

    Spring Pops, The Race for Space


    The City of Winter Park hosted the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra led by conductor Dean Whiteside as they presented Spring Pops in Winter Park’s Central Park main stage. Patrons set up on the grass lawn with blankets and lawn chairs. Some folks came really prepared with wine candles and a full spread. Everyone was ready for a relaxing evening of music under the stars. The sun set behind the stage as I sketched creating a warm glow behind the performers. I squinted as I starred straight into the sunset.

    The evening featured music by composer John Williams along with other space themed music. Guest vocalists for the night were Natalie Cordone and Shawn Kilgore. I was set up and sketching before the performer got on stage. I was fascinated with the cello player that had a wheel on the bottom of his instrument so he could roll it around like a wheel barrel. By the end of the performance the stage s lit by two stage spot lights that had been set up stage left and right.

    It is so nice to enjoy an outdoor concert as the northern states are still experiencing cold temperatures. As I write this I am at my Sister’s home in Port Charlotte Florida. She is looking up photos of the snow covered landscapes in the northern towns where out other brothers and sisters live. There is nothing so rewarding as seeing cold weather while basking in the Florida sun.



    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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Saturday, November 24, 2018

    Fundraiser and Sneak Peek: Female 12th Night

    Roque  Pub  (3076  Curry Ford Road  Orlando,  FL 32806) hosted a fundraiser for the Female 12th Night. The Orlando Shakes presented the show back in February and March.

    A pair of shipwrecked twins set into motion a tale of mistaken identity, eccentricity, and unlikely love. Separated from her brother Sebastian, quick-thinking Viola adopts a male disguise and enters the service of the handsome Duke Orsino - only to find herself in the middle of a love triangle. When Viola’s new boss sends her to win his unrequited love, the Countess Olivia, her disguise proves too effective and the Countess falls for the young girl dressed as a boy instead.

    The show features  endless gender swapping and was presented at first with an all male cast. That show was then followed by several performances by an all female cast. I saw the all male cast and it was laugh out loud funny. I unfortunately never saw the whole female performance of the same show but at this Roque Fundraiser, I got to see several excerpts. I sketched the event organizers as things got started.


    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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Friday, November 23, 2018

    Weekend Top 6 Picks for November 24 and 25, 2018

    Saturday November 24, 2018
    9am to 5pm Free. Coastal Christmas Market. Downtown New Smyrna Beach Canal Street and Sam Avenue . Outdoor Holiday Market.

    Noon to 5pm Free. FusionFest. Seneff Arts Plaza Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. 
    FusionFest is a free two-day celebration in Downtown Orlando that features a kaleidoscopic fusion of aromas, sights, sounds, tastes, textures and fascinating short films that represent the diverse origins and heritages of our community
    Presented by Dr. Phillips Center, FusionFest is a project of the Downtown Arts District with support from Orange County Government, the City of Orlando/Downtown Development Board and a growing grassroots movement.

    4:30pm to 7pm $12. Light Up Mount Dora. Historic Donnelly House 535 N Donnelly Street Mount Dora. Dinner in the Historic home before Mount Dora lights up for the holidays.

    Sunday November 25, 2018
    10am to Noon. Free. Heartfulness Relaxation and Meditation Class. University, 5200 Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32811. The Method of Heartfulness A simple and practical way to experience the heart’s unlimited resources.

    11am to 5pm Free. Holiday Makers Market. Casa Feliz The Pines at Windermere, 3409 Maguire Road Windermere FL.  Meet local artists and purchase their one of a kind creations.

    3pm to 5pm Free. Handles Massiah. Bob Carr Theatre 401 W. Livingston Street  Orlando, Florida. Messia Choral Society celebrating 46 years is Olando's Longest running free cultural arts performance.


    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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Thursday, November 22, 2018

    Cemetaries as Museums


    Pam Schwartz and I went to the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum (4155 W Vine St, Kissimmee, Florida 34741)to listen to guest speaker Kevin Gidusko from the Florida Public Archaeology Network as he spoke about the preservation of historic cemeteries.

    His talk covered, the archaeological process in cemeteries, the use iconography and headstone styles to date sites, and preservation and dating techniques. Cemeteries are a rather recent phenomenon when compared to the entire history of the world.  Cemeteries have had an important place in our culture since the beginning of recorded time. Taking special care to honor our ancestors and have a proper final resting place for them is one of the things that makes us uniquely human.



    Many cemeteries are now being documented online on Find a Grave making finding distant relatives for genealogy increasingly easy. Any cemetery is a  place where we can see the people who helped shape our history. Weathering, vandalism, neglect, and encroachment by development and plant growth threaten the fate of historic cemeteries. Because of this it is important to systematically survey and document these historic sites before they are forever lost.


    The intricate carvings on headstones can tell much about the beliefs of the person buried. Common designs in the 19th and early 20 centuries included urns, Latin crosses, willow trees, doves, lambs, hands bibles, flowers and vines. For instance the symbol of a weeping willow reflected the interest in the United States in ancient Greece. The most obvious meaning is the "Weeping" or mourning for the loss of a loved one. A willow is a fast growing tree that is easy to grow from cuttings and often is the first tree to grow on a disturbed site. Thus the tree is known as healing. In many cultures the willow tree is a symbol for immortality.


    Kevin let us know that there are many opportunities to volunteer should we want to take part in the preservation of cemeteries.

    The event was sponsored in part by Gatorland.


    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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Wednesday, November 21, 2018

    Veterans Day Ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery


    On Veterans Day a small group of Orlando Urban Sketchers went to Evergreen Cemetery in Casselberry. The cemetery dates back to 1890 when 18 acres of land was donated for the establishment of a cemetery for black slaves. At the time blacks and white were not allowed to be buried together. The cemetery was surrounded by forest with oak trees, sand pines, evergreen, camphor and palm trees, along with wild fern growing though out. The first pioneer trustees of the cemetery worked in the fern industry and they went on to build their own grocery store and shotgun homes on the site of the cemetery.

    A shotgun home was a narrow house without halls. If a bullet were to be fired through the front door, it would go right out the back door without hitting a wall. These homes were rent free and known as the Barnett and Casselberry quarters. Five churches helped maintain the cemetery. One common cemetery maintenance practice was to cut the sand pines as Christmas trees. The original name of Evergreen Cemetery was forgotten over the years. It came to be known as Altamonte Colored Cemetery and Fern Park Cemetery. In 2007 Alton Williams found the original name in his research it was restored.

    Alton Willaims was the Master of Ceremonies for this Veteran's Day Ceremony. People crowded under a tent to stay out of the Florida sun. The Seminole County Sheriff Office Honor Guard performed a pre ceremony drill followed by a trumpet player performing taps in the distance. The sad notes resonated through the cemetery. Behind Alton was the framework for a shotgun house being built as a museum on the cemetery grounds. Volunteers are desperately needed to help finish the construction.

    Cora Sneed called the names of all the fallen soldiers who were buried in Greenwood Cemetery. One woman in the audience seemed to know many of the family names being called and she picked up the certificates to be given to each family. Entire families went up to honor their relatives who had given their lives for our freedom. After the ceremony we all were given Bubbalou's BBQ.


    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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    Fusion Fest Open House


    A FusionFest Open House was held at City Beautiful Church, (1220 Alden Rd, Orlando, FL 32803). The primary goal was to gather the interest of volunteers and to share with the community what this new cultural event which is a celebration of diversity.

    Terry Olson explained that Orlando is a melting pot and as a city we have never shied away from celebrating our roots. He said he has been to 62 different cultural events in central Florida. "I know, because I have been to all of them." he explained. An international festival of this scope would have to be large and this meeting was the first step on spreading the word. Signs on each of the tables outlined ways that people can share their heritage.

    100 booths are planned to be set up in Seneff Arts Plaza in front of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (Orange Ave and City Commons downtown). Outside City Hall and in front of the arts Center entrance there will be performance stages.

    Food vendors were encouraged to serve small affordable dishes so that people attending the event can sample food from many different cultures. FusionFest is free, but you can purchase food tokens at the food and drink court. Fusion Fest is scheduled for November 24 and 25,  2018 the week following Thanksgiving. The festivities begin at noon each day.

    Mark your calendar.
    FusionFest
    November 24 and 25, 2018
    Noon to Sunset
    Seneff Arts Plaza 445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
    Free.


    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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Monday, November 19, 2018

    onePULSE Foundation Town Hall Forum – Changing Hate…A Conversation


    The onePULSE Foundation Town Hall Forum - Changing Hate...A Conversation, was held at the Orlando Rep (1001 East Princeton Street Orlando FL). The set was for a production of Elf.

    Hate crimes in our nation’s 10 largest cities increased by 12% in 2017 the highest level in more than a decade. This Town Hall Forum brought national key influencers to Orlando to discuss how they overcame a hateful belief system, are addressing hateful messages and reaching others to dispel the belief that hate is learned.

    I sketched the Morgan Stanley banker who introduced the evening at the podium. Barbara Poma the Pulse night club owner and founder of the one Pulse Foundation also introduced the evening. The panel was moderated by Sally Kohn, author of The Opposite Of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity she is also a  CNN political commentator and columnist.

    Panelist Daryl Davis, author of Klan-destine Relationships: A Black Man’s Odyssey in the Ku Klux Klan spoke about his childhood growing up in Europe where white and black are not an issue. His family returned to America and he joined the boy scouts. His troupe was invited to walk in a parade. He gladly put on his uniform and joined his fellow scouts on the parade. However during the course of the parade several small boys and adults began to throw small rocks. He thought, "They must not like boy scouts." It wasn't until troupe leaders shielded him that he realized that the rocks were only meant for him. At home his parents had to patch his wounds and he asked why people had a problem with him. He had never heard of racism. He couldn't understand how someone could hate him if they didn't know him.

    Thus began a life long mission to speak with members of the KKK who hated him. Many of these conversations resulted in friendships. Daryl collects KKK memorabilia from people he has talked to who gave up their life of hate. Over 200 Klansman have left the KKK after these conversations with Daryl.

    Dylan Marron is a blogger and host of Conversations with People Who Hate Me. He experienced a rush of euphoria as his online persona took flight. However this success also resulted in hate directed towards him online. He become obsessed with finding out who these people were who hated him. He would look up their contact information on social media and call them. These recorded conversations are what he shares online now. He and Daryl bot agreed that giving someone the chance to express their opinions often resulted in them being willing to hear their opinion. Conversation is about acknowledging someones self worth. In the course of each conversation there is usually a moment when someone has a dog rush in the room, of they step on a Lego. The moment they laugh together gives him a glowing moment of hope. All the differences of opinion melt away.

    Sally asked everyone in the audience to think of three issues that they hold dear, be it abortion, gun control etc. Then she asked us all how many of us had researched that issue with government reports, research, or read multiple books on the issue. No one raised a hand. This is how people who have an opposite opinion also came to their conclusions. They only read enough to justify how they feel.

    At the end of the evening, Theresa Jacobs who is stepping down as Orange County's Mayor took to the podium. With one day left in office she seemed to want to clear the slate. She spoke of her childhood fear of black people but in school she befriended a black girl who had given her a pencil. Because she sat at the lunch table with this girl, she was ostracized by white students. She mentioned a gay boy who she dated and then a black boy she performed a trapeze act with. She expressed her support for transvestites but I think she meant to say transgender. This was the wrong forum to make that slip.  It was a strange litany and I stopped believing her sincerity.

    In office she is best known as the woman who did all she could to block gay marriage, saying. "marriage should be reserved for a man and a woman." She confided that this is the issue that conflicted with her Catholic beliefs. At a wedding for her son, she realized how her family was so important to her and how the vows in any wedding mean so much for her families happiness. She broke down and cried and realized she had been wrong. Everyone should have the right to get married and share that happiness.

    Though every panelist agreed that we are living in dark times and that hate speech is rampant, they choose to battle the ignorance and hate one conversation at a time. If you disagree with someone try and avoid expressing your disdain, instead stop and listen and share your thoughts. This Thanksgiving if you have a relative who supports today's atmosphere of intolerance and hate, try talking to them and plant a seed of light in the darkness. Change doesn't happen quickly. But some people can change.


    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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Sunday, November 18, 2018

    Creative Momentum Gathering


    This free Creative Momentum Gathering, hosted by LifeArt Studio founder, Lezlie Laws, and Writers Block Bookstore, was a chance to not only hear Charlene's story, but to hear tips and encouragement for all journalers, memoirists and writers. It was an opportunity to come together as a creative community to reflect on the power of words, and to explore the love, sacrifice and endurance that's needed to create our own unique life art. 

    Charlene Edge read from her book, "Undertow: My Escape from the Fundamentalism and Cult Control of The Way International" in a back room at Cocina (214 151 E Welbourne Ave, Winter Park, Florida 32789). Charlene is a devout person and she loves the academic side of religion which eventually lead to Charlene being promoted to the inner circle of biblical researchers, where she discovered devastating secrets. The organization's founder, Wierwille, twisted texts of Scripture to serve his personal agenda, shamelessly plagiarized the work of others, and misrepresented the purpose of his organization. Worst of all, after Wierwille died in 1985, shocking reports surfaced of his secret sex ring. Undertow is not only a brilliant cautionary tale about misplaced faith but also an exposé of the hazards of fundamentalism and the destructive nature of cults. Through her personal story, Charlene Edge shows how a vulnerable person can be seduced into following an authoritarian leader and how difficult it can be to find a way out.

    Lezlie Laws was conducting a workshop the day Charlene decided to start to tell her story. Writing the book took years to complete but she persevered thanks to a supportive artistic community. There was a warm feeling of love and support in the room for this local author who was sharing her work.


    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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Saturday, November 17, 2018

    VegFest


    This year's VegFest was held at Festival Bay Park. This festival has grown exponentially since I started sketching it back in 2010. Pam Schwartz and I did a full walk about and ordered some vegetarian food for lunch. I ordered a Dosa which was much larger than I expected. A dosa is an Indian version of a pancake but much thinner. Mine was filled with some mashed potatoes and spices. It was tasty, but honestly I couldn't eat the whole thing.

    The food tents were set up on a narrow pathway through the center of the park. This arrangement created a major traffic funnel with line of people blocking traffic in every direction. Had they move the tends back off the pathway then strolling by could have been a more pleasant experience. Pam's  dog, Sprout came out too the festival with us and he and a great time. There were so many scents and things to see. He also got to meet so many other pups.

    There was a cute little pig that people could pet but when I returned to do a possible sketch he was being taken for a walk. I settled instead on this tent full of people meditating. Pam warned me that they would stop meditating once I started sketching and she was right. Regardless I stayed committed and got some semblance of a sketch.

    We walked around some more once my sketch was done. There were a few politicians since Mid Term elections were right around the corner. It seems Florida is the laughing stock of the country again since there is a major recount for three of those mid term election races. In the 2006 election there were hanging chads to contend with but today there seems to be inefficiency and an inability to count quickly. Hopefully every vote will count. We all need to take a moment and breath deeply. Ohmmmmmm........


    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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Friday, November 16, 2018

    Weekend Top 6 Picks for November 17 and 18, 2018

    Saturday November 17, 2018
     8am to 1pm Free. Parramore Farmers Market. The east side of the Orlando City Stadium, across from City View. Purchase quality, fresh and healthy food grown in your own neighborhood by local farmers, including Fleet Farming, Growing Orlando, and other community growers.

    3pm to 8pm Buy food and drink. Lucky 7 Rock the Block Party / Maxine's 7th Anniversary Party. Maxine's on Shine 337 N Shine Ave, Orlando, Florida 32803. WOW... Has Time Flown By. Seven Years, We Says, We Says... Seven Years of Epicurean Cheer. Right Here. Because of You, Doing What You Do..We Have Thrived, And That Ain't No Jive!!! So let's have a massive celebration, an exclamation, a City Beautiful proclamation, of a good ole block partay staycation, where life is good in the neighborhood! FREE SHOW DON"T YOU KNOW! We will wage you will find no better musical sage on any stage, and vaudevillian performers too, round out the performing crew. The Shine Ave band shell will be a rocking with Eugene Snowden and Friends, Katie Burkess Band and Maygen Navarro street side, and Juno Smile does the lyrical mile on the inside. Vaudeville llc, will be flowing creativity. Win a holiday party for 10, while you have an opportunity, to help others in our Community. The restaurant will be open all day for food and tasty beverage purchases of your choosing, everyone's a winner.. no losing. All ages, and well behaved four legged friends welcome. We truly appreciate your embrace, of our sexy, comfortable and delicious space. - Cheers, Kirt and Maxine Earhart "Much Love to All of You"

    5pm to 9pm Free. McRay Holiday Open House. 1000 Arlington St, Orlando, FL 32805. It’s time for Holiday Open House! Meet artists, tour studios, buy unique gifts! Creations by 23 Artists to Be Featured.
    McRae Art Studios will kick off the holidays with their Holiday Open House on Saturday, Nov. 17. The annual event, open to the public, will be in the studio group’s new home in Orlando. Last year, the 23-member artist collective, the largest in Central Florida, returned to the city where it was founded 32 years ago.
    The eagerly awaited annual Holiday Open House at McRae (mcraeartstudios.com) gives art collectors and gift-givers a unique opportunity to browse artist studios, visit with the artists and purchase original art. Hundreds of original art works will be available including paintings, pastels, photographs, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry and ceramics.
    Secure on-site parking is available.
    MCRAE ART STUDIOS, a collective of 23 independent artists founded in 1986, was established to allow member artists to work together and to attract community attention to the area’s outstanding talent. McRae maintains the highest level of artistic accomplishment by bringing artists into the group by a jury process. It has been home to many nationally recognized artists. Twice a year, McRae hosts Open Houses that attract thousands of visitors and collectors.

    Sunday November 18, 2018
    10am to Noon. Free. Heartfulness Relaxation and Meditation Class. University, 5200 Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32811. The Method of Heartfulness A simple and practical way to experience the heart’s unlimited resources.

    Noon to 1pm Free. Yoga. Near Lake Eola red gazebo. Bring your own mat.

    Noon to 3pm Donation based. Music at the Casa. Vocalist Shirley Wang. Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum, 656 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789. Members of the public are invited to visit our historic home museum on a Sunday afternoon to listen to live music and take a tour of our historic home museum and the James Gamble Rogers II Studio by trained docents.


    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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com