Monday, August 26, 2019

Shady Park

I went to Shady Park in Winter Park for what was supposed to be a community market. It was overcast and there was no one in the park when I arrived. It started to rain and I took cover under a gazebo and started to draw this dog made of balls. When the rain let up, a little girl climbed up on the sculpture to ride the dog while her mom shot some photos.

This area was recently gentrified converting this formerly black neighborhood into a posh area of restaurants bars and this park. This problem originated 100 years ago with the practice of geographically segregating populations by race. In recent years black residents have been pushed out of their historic and family homes due to the rising cost of living, increased property values, and the pressures of opportunist builders. The rich continue to march west displacing families who have lived there for generations.

Shady Park, (721 W New England Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789) is centrally located in historical Hannibal Square next to the community center. It features park benches and a tranquil sidewalk pathway. It is perfect for reading a book or hosting a special community event. It also includes a “spray play” water feature.

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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