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

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