Monday, September 30, 2019

Sette Italian

By Pam Schwartz

Tom and I love to cook at home, but there are some nights I can't handle the thought of having to stop for groceries for something fun and then cook and clean up. By 9:30 PM all we have accomplished is to have dinner, albeit delicious.

This random weekday night I was feeling something hearty and just made the executive decision we should go out. Its never too hard to convince Tom, so we settled on Sette (1407 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32804) having heard good things about it. We both love Italian food but rarely eat it out because we often feel we can do it better at home.

With Sette this was NOT the case. It was *I think* the first time stateside I've ever felt I COULDN'T make something on the same par (at least not on my first try!) The place has a nice vibe with an open kitchen layout. I beat Tom there and so we had to do-si-do seats once he arrived so he could have his preferred view on things for this sketch.

Tom and I are rarely food compatible. For goodness sakes, the man's favorite food is hot dogs. I eat most of what he eats but he rarely likes to get too adventurous, though he's gotten much better. I relented from my wish list appetizer and let Tom get us the Italian sausage and grapes. I couldn't quite get behind the idea of hot grapes and was concerned about the general levels of fennel involved. The excellent waiter assured me that if I got a bit of each ingredient in every bite, I'd be pleased, and I was. Surprisingly so.

For our entrees Tom ordered the Clam Linguini (forgetting he's not a huge fan of anything lemony) but he still really liked it, and I had the Amatriciana Paccheri, the rigatoni gigante was so perfectly al dente, exquisite, and the dish seasoned so I could only shake my head to keep myself from crying into the beautiful bowl of noodles.  Meanwhile, we had waiters, hostesses, and the owner of the restaurant swing by our table multiple times to check on us and have small chat. Something I always appreciate, I like getting to know folks and enjoy the conversation while Tom sketches. 

Trina Gregory-Propst, one of the owners, and I chatted about making ice cream and flavor profiles, given my recent obsession with it. Tom gets homemade vanilla chocolate chip (it is all he ever wants), which she laughed about, while I experiment with honey lavender, coffee, or sweet corn profiles.

Perhaps not surprisingly, she managed to talk us into dessert. I, the lemon cake of which I'd heard rumors as to its greatness and Tom the special chocolate hazelnut creation. They were both really excellent desserts and enormous in portion.

It is safe to say that Tom and I will definitely be repeat visitors to Sette, there are more scrumptious sounding items for us to sample. Definitely the type of place to take your friends and family to for a nice night out when they are in town.


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, September 29, 2019

"Breakfast in Baghdad"


Vet Voices was launched in 2017 by Scott A. Cook for military veterans, giving them a chance to tell their stories in a theater setting. It is part of the highly successful community outreach program called TheatreCares. Scott stumbled across the idea when he Googles Arts + Military and he found out that arts and health for veterans is a growing national movement. The program was launched when they got a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. What followed was an astounding experience as 10 veterans who knew nothing about creative writing began  developing a play based entirely of their experiences in the military. Over the course of 10 months the vets grew as a team building their self confidence as they uncovered and relayed the stories that were  once only distant and hidden memories.

This sketch was done at their first performance back  in 2018. This production entirely written and performed buy the vets was called Breakfast in Bagdad directed by Mark S. Graham. The theater was a safe space for healing and the raw emotions bubbled to the surface mixed with humor and humanity. A simple American flag acted as the backdrop for the performers. A military doctor was overwhelmed by the carnage he faced when he was dropped into battle. An injured vet recounted with humor his decision to talk to a military recruiter. A woman relived the danger of being in a mans army. Every vet also had the common experience of trying to adjust to life after war and hoping to achieve some degree of normalcy. Bob Skillman spoke about the importance of the 4th of July for him and his family.

The 2019-20 sessions will now focus on music and theatre, whether it be singing, song writing, playing an instrument or just being behind the scenes to produce the Final Presentation in June of 2020. TheatreWorks Florida announced that the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs has approved an NEA Partnership Grant in the amount of $10,000 to continue the company's highly acclaimed community outreach branch. Recruitment for the Vet Voices 2019-20 program is already in progress until Oct 10, 2019. The program does have a participant cutoff so sign up early. For more information and to register for the program, please visit TheatreWorks Florida's website at TheatreWorksFL.org or contact Abel Gonzales, TWF Company Manager, at: vetvoices@theatreworksfl.org | 407.340.0473.


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, September 28, 2019

VIP Opening of Accidental Historian


The evening of September 21, 2019 was the VIP reception for Accidental Historian at the Orange County Regional History Center (65 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801). This is the first exhibit to feature sketches from the Orlando Urban Sketchers group. 

The premise of the exhibit is that artists, bloggers, urban sketchers, photographers, and more could be historians without even realizing it. In this exhibition, created patrons, learn how individuals who are absorbed in documenting the world of today accidentally become some of Central Florida’s finest historians for the future. You can catch a glimpse into some of the museum's favorite collections that were created capturing the moments more than 100 years ago.

The Accidental Historian features both historic and contemporary work and collections, including drawings by the renowned artist and teacher Ralph Bagley, Urban Sketchers Orlando, poetry by Orlando’s inaugural poet laureate Susan Lilley, audiovisual work by food blogger Ricky Ly, historic images by photographer T.P. Robinson, and more.

A pillar of my sketchbooks from eight years of my daily sketching are in a glass case in the center of the room. The corner of the room is designed to look like an open spiral bound sketchbook and reproductions of sketches done by members of Orlando Urban Sketchers are scattered across the spread along with biographies and information about the artists.

I knew going into the reception that I wanted to sketch the huge transparencies that had been printed of a shuttle launch. They were framed in light boxes which made them glow as bright as an actual launch. A wall was dedicated to the people of central Florida over the years and a sketch I did of a flea market blues performer fit in snugly.

This exhibit is on display through January 19, 2020. Be sure to stop by the History Center and check it out.


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, September 27, 2019

Weekend Top 6 Picks for September 28 and 29, 2019

Saturday September 28, 2019 
10am to 5pm. Adults $8. Accidental Historian. Orange County Regional History Center 65 E. Central Blvd. Orlando, Florida 32801. You might be a historian without even realizing it! That’s certainly true of many bloggers, urban sketchers, photographers, and more. In this engaging exhibition, created at the History Center, learn how individuals who are absorbed in documenting the world of today accidentally become some of Central Florida’s finest historians for the future. Catch a glimpse into some of our favorite collections that were created for the now – more than 100 years ago.
The Accidental Historian features both historic and contemporary work and collections, including drawings by the renowned artist and teacher Ralph Bagley and Urban Sketchers Orlando, poetry by Orlando’s inaugural poet laureate Susan Lilley, audiovisual work by food blogger Ricky Ly, historic images by photographer T.P. Robinson, and more. Also on display is a tower of my sketchbooks from documenting Orlando Arts and Culture over the last 8 years.


7pm to 9pm  Free. Brewery Tour. Orlando Brewing, 1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, FL.

10:30pm to Midnight. Free but get food and or drink. Son Flamenco. Ceviche Tapas Orlando, 125 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32801. 

Sunday September 29, 2019
11am to Noon. $5 Yoga. Lake Eola near red gazebo. 

Noon to 2pm Free. Bobby Koelble Presents Jazz in the Garden. 1300 S Denning Dr, Winter Park, FL 32789.  Join us as we enjoy an afternoon of electric Jazz music, tasty food, craft cocktails, and shopping in a beautiful, serene setting all while helping to benefit Mead Botanical Garden.
Bobby Koelble Presents Jazz in the garden, is a series of Jazz concerts that will be hosted by Mead Botanical Garden. The shows, that will fall on the last Sunday of the month from September thru November, will consist of world class musicians performing a collection of your favorite Jazz standards with a twist. 
There will be food and beverages available for purchase, a shopping area curated by Suzette's One Of A Kind Finds, as well as a limited number of VIP passes which will include a brunch buffet catered by Bites and Bubbles, beer or cocktail and a VIP viewing area.

7:30pm to 9:30pm $10-$20 suggested donation. Please also bring food or wine to share.  CF2's 7th Annual Composer DIY Salon Concert.  Timucua 2000 S Summerlin Ave, Orlando, Florida 32806. For seven years, Central Florida Composers Forum (CF2) has been offering its members a first-come, first-on, get-er-done yerself opportunity to present work to the Orlando/Central Florida public. The composers themselves perform or arrange for the performers. That always means a wider variety of sonic possibilities than a more typical, curated CF2 concert featuring a unified instrumentation.
This program features Rebekah Todia’s Crossing The Bar, for piano and voice; Melody Cook’s For Two Voices, No. 2, for clarinet and piano; Holly Cordero’s Personified Bliss, for string quartet, Bob Jr.’s Conjure the Storm, for piano, guitar, bass, and drums; Paul Austin Sanders’ electronic compositions Danze Africanne, Spirit of the East, and Bop Latinesque; and premieres of Alex Burtzos’ X Codes, for violin, clarinet, and piano, and also his Perforation, for solo piano.
All ears are welcome.


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, September 26, 2019

Everyone Can Code at Full Sail


This free workshop at Full Sail University was based on the premise that coding is an essential skill for helping students thrive in a technology-driven future. Learning to code unlocks creativity, develops problem-solving skills, and opens career paths.

Everyone Can Code, is a free comprehensive curriculum that makes it easy to teach coding to students from kindergarten to college. With teacher guides and lessons, you can introduce coding concepts visually on iPad in elementary school, move to writing code with the Swift Playgrounds app in middle school, and support students in building iOS apps on Mac with Xcode in high school and beyond.

Whether your students are first-time coders or aspiring app developers, youʼll have all the tools you need to teach coding in your classroom. In the workshop, we learned why Swift is the best language for teaching and learning coding, as well as for developing powerful apps. Swift Playgrounds, is a revolutionary app for iPad that makes getting started with coding fun and interactive. Hear about App Development with Swift, a high school and college curriculum for Mac that shows students how to create apps from start to finish. I seemed a bit like the odd duck in the room since I didn't have an open laptop in front of me.

After the seminar I returned to my studio and played the Swift Playgrounds game and actually found I was  learning coding skills fast. After several weeks of coding to solve puzzles I hit a road block that I could not solve. The coding was put on the back burner as I focused on my main passion which is creating art. Perhaps there is a middle ground and I may start playing with code again. Even in the workshop they said that learning code on your own is a real challenge. But after this workshop I realized I could get young students started on learning code. I would be a fun course to teach if I stayed ahead of the learning curve of the students.


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, September 25, 2019

Accidental Launch


The Accidental Historian will be on exhibit at the Orange County Regional History Center (65 Central Boulevard Orlando FL) from September 21, 2019 to January 19, 2020. I accidentally did this sketch because it made no sense to drive all  the way home just to drive back downtown to meet a friend for a drink. Rather than burn gas, I decided to sketch as this huge transparency was framed and installed. A custom frame had to be made which was also a light box. Sliding everything into place was a team effort.

When the framed piece was plugged in the rocket laugh glowed blindingly bright. The framing was inspected and a few spots were found where wires touched the transparency creating awkward puckering effects. Everything had to be taken apart again to resolve the issue. Two people held the frame while a third pulled out the plexiglass. I thought I had found a spot where I was out of the way but the plexiglass had to pulled out in my direction and I got up to  get out of the way. Once it was dismantled I sat back down.

The space launch photos going on display are by Red Huber and Klaus Wilkins. Besides these bold images there will also be pitch place panels on the wall with holes punched in it which will look like stars when illuminated from behind. It is going to be an impressive display and I can't wait to see it all in place. There is an amazing amount of work that goes into the install of a temporary exhibit like this an the small staff at the History Center are all flexing new muscles to go the extra mile to create such an amazing display. Just as in theater there is much chaos in the rush to open the show.There is excitement and uncertainty in the creative chaos. I am happy I got to be a witness if only for a moment.

Accidental Historian Events
Stay tuned for details
  • Accidental Historian Youth and Family Days
    September 21, 2019 and November 16, 2019
  • Cuisine Corner: Cross Creek Cookery
    September 28, 2019 (At the Orlando Public Library)
  • Accidental Historian Panel Discussion
    October 20, 2019
  • Urban Sketchers Workshops exact times and more details to come.
    Workshop 1: Saturday, October 12, 2019 - Instructors; Gay Geiger and Art Esteban will have artists sketch the brutalist architecture of the public library using Chinese ink and twigs.
    Workshop 2: Sunday, November 10, 2019 - Instructor; Thomas Thorspecken. Sunday in the Park with Thor. At this workshop we will sketch the historic Sperry Fountain at Lake Eola which is actually the second fountain on site. Students will have a historic 1920s photo by T.P. Robinson for inspiration.
    Workshop 3: Saturday, December 14, 2019 Instructor; Greg Bryla
  • Historically Poetic
    November 7, 2019
  • Coffee with a Curator
    November 17, 2019
First Friday Lunch and Learn Series
History Center staff offer a behind-the-scenes look at the museum and share their research.


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, September 24, 2019

Crooked Can

The Orlando Urban Sketchers went to Crooked Can (426 W Plant St, Winter Garden, FL 34787). On this sunny mid morning, people were gathering in the grass covered play area to do yoga. Our group of sketchers ordered drinks and bites and started sketching.

Crooked can is in the Plant Street Market which is a local community market located in historic downtown Winter Garden, with 20 vendors featuring natural, organic food and handmade products all inside of one building.
The Market is open 7 days a week, and they are a community of quality and diverse farm fresh products, artisan specialties and local products. There is often Live Entertainment and the patio is pet friendly.

As an added bonus, Eddie Pittman, an amazing artist from my former Disney Feature Animation  days joined  us to document the occasion. Greg Bryla pulled together an interesting composite sketch that takes different elements from various times and locations to build a story in one sketch. What is so great about Urban Sketching is that every artist has their own style and no two sketches ever look the same. In this digital age where many are trying to showcase their life as a glamorous but homogenized selfie, getting to see life through spontaneous sketches can be a breath of fresh air.

If you would like to meet the Orlando Urban Sketchers, stop out on September 28, 2019 for the free Accidental Historian Exhibit Tour and Sketch Walk. Artists will meet at the Orange County Regional History Center (65 E Central Blvd, Orlando, Florida 32801) at 10am and the event runs through 1pm. Join us as we tour the Accidental Historian Exhibition, featuring the Orlando Urban Sketchers' art. Group Sketch walk will follow the tour.

The Orlando Urban Sketchers is proud to be included in the exhibition; The Accidental Historian, at the Orange County Regional History Center in Downtown Orlando. You can tour the exhibit, sketch inside the History Center, and join this unique group of artists for a Short Sketch-Walk on Saturday, September 28th 10am-1pm. - Registration is required - Entry to the History Center is free to urban sketchers participating in the Sept. 28th event.

SCHEDULE:

MEET UP:
10:00 am - at the Orange County Regional History Center main entrance (65 E. Central Blvd, Orlando, FL)

EXHIBIT TOUR:
(optional sketch-in the-museum): 10:00 am to 11:00 am

SKETCH WALK: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm - Sketch walk begins at the History Center front garden and continues down Magnolia Ave towards CityArts building(10 min walk from the History Center)

SKETCHBOOKS THROW-DOWN:
1:00 PM We will gather for our traditional Sketchbook-throw down (Show and Tell) and lunch at Harp and Celt Irish Pub at 25 S. Magnolia (next to City Arts)
All drawing levels and skills are welcome. Bring your sketchbook and sketching supplies of your choice, drinking water, a hat and appropriate clothes for the weather.
The event is FREE

PARKING:
Parking is available in the garage located across from the public library at 112 E Central Blvd. Also, the Lymmo bus service provides free public transportation from many spots in downtown Orlando. The History Center is handicapped accessible with elevators on every floor. Two handicapped parking spaces are available on the north side of the building on E. Washington Street.
Contact us: uskorlando@gmail.com

What is The Accidental Historian exhibit?
You might be a historian without even realizing it! That’s certainly true of many bloggers, urban sketchers, photographers, and more. In this engaging exhibition, created at the History Center, learn how individuals who are absorbed in documenting the world of today accidentally become some of Central Florida’s finest historians for the future. Catch a glimpse into some of our favorite collections that were created for the now – more than 100 years ago.

The Accidental Historian features both historic and contemporary work and collections, including drawings by the renowned artist and teacher Ralph Bagley and Urban Sketchers Orlando, poetry by Orlando’s inaugural poet laureate Susan Lilley, audiovisual work by food blogger Ricky Ly, historic images by photographer T.P. Robinson, and more.

Visitors to the exhibit can create 19th-century “tweets” and step into a larger-than-life,
Instagrammable photo station, along with other fun features. The exhibit is fully bilingual, presented in both English and Spanish. Related programs range from preservation workshops to poetry readings and a historical food-based demonstration.

Thank you to the Oranges County Regional History Center for including the Orlando Urban Sketchers in the amazing exhibition.


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, September 23, 2019

Escaping the confines of the artist studio


On Sundays I teach an Urban Sketching class at Crealde School of Art (600 Saint Andrews Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32792). I have some very talented students in this class and my goal is to just loosen them up so that they can capture a scene quickly and then focus on a few details to help sell the story behind the sketch. The temperatures have finally dropped to a reasonable degree so that we can sketch outside sometimes without baking while trying to finish the sketch.

One student showed me an absolutely gorgeous pencil rendering of some shells. It was photo real and highly detailed. The trouble with sketching on location is that a sketch must be done in the time allowed. I tend to judge when a sketch is complete based on how much by butt hurts. Perhaps that isn't a great measure of good art but it is practical.

So many of my lessons are about how to put multiple  people into a sketch. I usually dash off a quick sketch like this to demonstrate the principle while also circulating around and doing individualized sketched that show how "the bones" of a composition might be strengthened. By the end of the course I hope that each student will learn how to manage their time so that a watercolor sketch is completed in the time we have. My tips and techniques are mostly about how to speed up the process and focus only on the details that tell a story.

Each of my students are unsatisfied with what they can capture n a sketch right now and I have to point out that that feeling never goes away if you really want to produce great art. As Michelangelo said, “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”


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, September 22, 2019

Panera and Urban Sketching


On Sundays for the next 6 weeks I am teaching an Urban Sketching class at Crealde School of Art. One of the first venues we explore with or sketchbooks is Panera Bread (2516 Aloma Ave, Winter Park, FL.) Each class begins with about an hour of instruction in the classroom along with some sketching exercises to apply the new principle taught. Then we head out to sketch on location. Paneras on a Sunday morning starts off rather slow and by the time the lunch hour approaches the place becomes packed.

This allows for a relaxed first hour to sketch the interior setting without worrying about the human element. Then as people file in we sketch people at the tables that were established in pencil. I teach the students to pay attention to how much food was ordered and how full peoples glasses are, to get a sense of how long the person might be at the table to be sketched. People come and go while the sketch is in progress and the goal is to make it seem like a moment in time had been captured. Catching fellow sketchers in the sketch is an advantage because they are on the same time table, lingering rather than rushing to finish eating and get out.

I don't always take the time to do a sketch myself since I circulate and give each student notes that might help them with the composition or gestures that can be caught. I  have a very talented crew of students for the next six weeks and I am excited to share my thoughts on how to capture life in a sketch. One of my students showed me a fordable devise with magnets that can be used to hod a palette and water jar. It is a smart design and I might incorporate something similar into my work flow. By teaching I often find that I learn things  as well.


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, September 21, 2019

Seasons: The Musical


Seasons with music by Elaine Pechacek and lyrics by Katie Hammond was first presented at Fringe back in 2014 and I had a chance to sketch that production back then. I remember saying back then that this production deserved to grow and find its way into a much bigger venue. It is now being presented at the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801.)

Helen (Megan Valle) was young and vibrant and a night on the town ends in a one night stand with Peter (Peter Heid.) Peter is enamored with her, head over heals in love. She has plans to go to medical school but those plans are dashed when she realizes that she is pregnant. Peter like a true gentleman proposes marriage on one knee. She agrees reluctantly to marry.

Hope (Gabriella Hockensmith) since a beautiful balled about fulfilling her dream of becoming a bride. Her mother Mrs. Jones (Rebecca Fisher) discovers around the same time that she has breast cancer. As she is struggling through chemo she sees a blue bird and takes it as a sign  that thing might be alright.

Helen had doubts about her new role as a mom and the newly wed struggled to make their new roles work. I have been researching ancestors lately and often wondered what difficulties they might have had to overcome. Helen and Peters struggles were very real. The play culminates in an overpowering lullaby sing at the beginning and end off life. It is at these extremes that love is pure and absolute. I doubt there was a dry eye in the house. It is impossible to experience this play and not be touched. The song performed by Rebecca Fisher about living each moment and seizing the day was stellar.

The final performance of Seasons: The Musical is tonight,  September 21, 2019. If you have a chance to go you should not miss it.
Tickets range from $15 to $20. 


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, September 20, 2019

Weekend Top 6 Picks for September 21 and 22, 2019

Saturday September 21, 2019
10am to Noon. Free. A special tour for interested artists. Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge 450 E. South St., Orlando, Florida, 32801. Orange County, Florida Public Art is looking for artists for a $31,500 commission available for Public Art Project Exterior or Interior Art for New Facilities at the refuge.
Eligibility: International
State: Florida
Entry Deadline: 10/30/19
Days remaining to deadline: 75
REQUIREMENTS:
Media
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 10
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 1
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 1
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 12
View Site Details

Project: 
Back To Nature Wildlife Refuge & Education Center 10525 Clapp Simms Duda Road Orlando, Florida, 32832 
www.btnwildlife.org 
www.facebook.com/BTNwildlife
Project Description

The Orange County Public Art Review Board seeks an artist or artist team(s) to develop artwork for the new Back to Nature (BTN) Wildlife Refuge Center located at Eagles Roost, an Orange County Green PLACE property managed by the Environmental Protection Division (EPD). The Green PLACE program is an Orange County public land acquisition and land management program. This project includes five (5) new buildings that will replace existing portables. The values of nature, history, community and nonurban lifestyle should inform the art.
Background
Orange County, Florida is a rapidly growing metropolitan area of more than one million residents that contains the city of Orlando and a dozen other municipalities. Back To Nature (BTN) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public wildlife rehabilitation facility serving the Central Florida Region. Since its incorporation in June 1989, BTN has been rescuing, raising, rehabilitating and releasing injured or orphaned Florida-native species and educating Orange County visitors about respecting and preserving the environment. The organization hosts an education center, where citizens can view and learn about wildlife.
Site
Back To Nature is located at 10525 Clapp Simms Duda Road on 20 acres of the 232 acres at Eagles Roost conservation land. This project will add a new Education Center that will provide a space for community meetings. A new Visitor Center also will be constructed.
Building and Site
Numerous possible locations are available for placing or integrating art. These are the primary spaces with possibilities for art installation or integration.
· An interior wall (Visitor’s Center)
· Exterior walls (Visitor’s Center and Education Center)
· Front porch of the Education Center and Visitor Center
· Entry sign
· (Common Areas) Walkway
· Approach to the site along the driveway 
Grounds layout, floor plans and elevations are included in the "View Site" feature.
Budget
$31,500 has been approved for artwork.
Artwork
The Public Artist Selection Panel seeks creative solutions for possible locations mentioned above or other locations suggested by the artist. The artwork should be permanent and durable with little maintenance needed in the location to which it will be sited. 
Artwork should reflect the mission of the Back to Nature facility that serves as a rehabilitation center for injured native animals and an educational center for children and adults to learn about nature with help from the resident animal ambassadors (animals unable to be returned to the wild). Many people with impairments find empathy and connection with animals living with impairment.
Eligibility
This opportunity is open to professional artists working in any media. Student artists may apply, if they can secure an experienced public artist to serve as a mentor to oversee their work.
Selection Process
A selection panel consisting of the project manager, arts professionals and BTN staff will review artist qualifications and images of past work. Several artists will be selected to provide proposals and will be paid a stipend of $500 each for their site-specific proposal. Final artist(s) selection will take place after review of the proposals. The director of Arts & Cultural Affairs serves as the nonvoting chair of the Selection Panel. 
The Public Artist Selection Panel and Orange County reserve the right to reject any or all applications, proposals, applicants or projects, and to modify or terminate the application process or the selection process for any reason and without prior notice.
Selection Criteria
Artists will be evaluated on artistic excellence, as evidenced by submitted materials, professional experience and compatibility with the architectural design, park environment and values of the center.
Submittal Requirements
· Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs uses the CaFÉ online service for its public art selection process. There is no charge for artists to register with CaFÉ or submit an application.
· Experience with public art projects with a similar budget is not required but helpful.
· Professional resume (teams must submit resumes for each member).
· Letter of interest, outlining interest in the project and a preliminary statement of approach.
· A minimum of one (1) image is required, and the maximum is 12. Images of finished works or conceptual drawings can be submitted. Provide additional information to assure the Selection Panel of what the finished work will look like and that it will be completed and installed as designed.
Timeline

· Release of call to artists: Monday, August 12
· Artist Site Visit at BTN: Saturday, September 21, 10 a.m.-noon
· Submittals due: Wednesday, October 30, midnight MST
· Panel review: Tuesday, November 5, 1-3 p.m. 
· Selected finalists notified: Wednesday, November 6
· Final Proposals Due: Monday, February 3, 2020
· Artwork installation: Winter 2020/Spring 2021

7pm to 9pm Free. Smelly Cat: The All That 90’s Show. Boxi Park Lake Nona, 6877 Tavistock Lakes Blvd, Orlando, FL 32827. Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat, what are they feeding you?
The members of Subliminal Doubt are STOKED to bring you an all-new show featuring A VARIETY of hits from the years 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and even... 1999!


8pm to 10pm $15-$20. Seasons the Musical. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. 445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801. Seasons the Musical spans the course of one year, and is a story about love. This original musical delves into the lives of two couples. Helen and Peter – classmates who reconnect at a high school reunion, and struggle with an unexpected pregnancy. And, Hope and Mrs. Jones - a mother and daughter with a close bond celebrating a recent engagement and grappling with an unwelcome diagnosis. Poignant and touching, this story explores these characters with humor and realism, and will leave the audience wanting more.
Lyrics by Katie Hammond Music by Elaine Pechacek


Sunday September 22, 2019
9:30am to 12:20pm $275 Urban Sketching Class. Crealde School of Art, 600 St Andrews Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32792. Learn to sketch from subject to the environment. Classroom sessions will focus on sketching clothed models and progress towards sketching the model and classroom environment. Learn how to incorporate storytelling into your sketches in our location sessions. These trips to local venues will challenge you to use your sketchbook the way a photojournalist uses a camera. The six-week goal is to produce finished sketches using pencil, pen, and watercolor within two hours. Skill level: Intermediate. 

11am to Noon. $5 Yoga. Lake Eola Park near red gazebo. 

Noon to 3pm Donation based. Music at the Casa. Jorge Mendoza. 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

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Accidental Historian Install


The Accidental Historian Exhibit will be on display the the Orange County Regional History Center (65 East Central Boulevard Orlando FL) from September 21, 2019 to January 21, 2020. I went in to sketch during the install of the exhibit. I was  intrigued with the fact the eight years of my sketchbooks were stacked like the Tower of Terror inside a glass museum case. The staff tried to just stack the books but it swayed uncontrollably and they had to come up with a plan B. A clear plastic spine was created that supports the high column of books but even with that solution, the tower slumps forward just a bit like an old man reaching for a cane. On top of the tower one sketchbook is open to a sketch of a giant inflatable alligator that was once in front of the History Center thanks to Heather Henson. A laser level stood sentry like a War of the Worlds armored attack vehicle. It stood on spindly legs staring at the sketchbook tower perhaps judging how fragile it looked.

In this exhibition, created at the History Center, you get to learn how individuals who are absorbed in documenting the world of today accidentally become some of Central Florida’s finest historians for the future. You can also catch a glimpse into some of the museums collections that were created for the now – more than 100 years ago.

The Accidental Historian features both historic and contemporary work and collections, including drawings by the renowned artist and teacher Ralph Bagley and Orlando Urban Sketchers , poetry by Orlando’s inaugural poet laureate Susan Lilley, audiovisual work by food blogger Ricky Ly, historic images by photographer T.P. Robinson, and of course a some Orlando sketches by myself.

Visitors to the exhibit can create 19th-century “tweets” and step into a larger-than-life, Instagrammable photo station, along with other fun features. The exhibit is fully bilingual, presented in both English and Spanish. Related programs range from preservation workshops to poetry readings and a historical food-based demonstration.

In my sketch, I focused on the huge open sketchbook in the corner of the room where Orlando Urban Sketchers work was displayed. I am proud that these artists who work together to explore Central Florida with their sketchbooks are now seeing their work exhibited in a museum. Their vision is unique in a time when people tend to shoot homogenized selfies with thoughtless abandon. These artists take the time to truly see the world around them.


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, September 18, 2019

Orlando Arts Collecive


The Orlando Arts Collective is a diverse group of artists who enjoy supporting, sharing, communicating, and collaborating with other fellow artists. OAC members are painters, sculptors, photographers, and mixed-media artists.

Members conduct workshops, run critique seminars, curate art shows, participate in other community shows and events, and go on art related field trips together. The group encourages members to participate in art activities, shows and other groups throughout the community, and to share their experiences. Having adventures is one of the hallmarks of the OAC.

They are an IRS-501(c) 3 not-for-profit group, which allows them to conduct classes and work with charities. This also means they have a Board of Directors and annual dues. Even though they have a board they are not a board-centered group. All decisions are determined by a majority of their members. The annual membership is $30.00, which helps to pay for group shows, classes, and guest speakers. Extra fees may be required for participation in gallery shows. The members have shown and participated in various art venues in and around Orlando, such as City Arts Orlando, Mega Con, Third Thursdays, Dandelion Cafe, Pom Poms, and FAVO. The Orlando Art Collective meets on the second Thursday of each month between 6:30-8:30 pm.

I stopped in to a meeting and sketched while members were learning new techniques in a printing workshop. Everything was provided and there were some unique results.  At the end of the table one artist apologized because he had evicted me from a painting workshop at the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens one year because I was sketching as I listened. I laughed and said there were no hard feelings.

Also on the table were ceramic tile hearts which were for a mural that is now up on the side of Lamp Shade Fair which is a 65-year-old business on 1336 N. Mills Avenue, Orlando, Fl. The ceramic hearts were created by artists from around the world and will be arranged into a rainbow coming from the open hand of a Banksy-inspired silhouette of a young girl blowing a kiss.


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, September 17, 2019

Robin Maynard - Harris


In 2005 Robin Maynard-Harris's mom, Libby, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Both of Robin's grand parents were also diagnosed with breast cancer. They had mastectomies, chemo and then lived really long lives. So they thought, "OK Lets do this." Her mom had a mastectomy, chemo and then eight months later as they were finishing up treatments,the doctors saw a small spot that they were concerned about and they wanted to do a 4 month checkup. When they returned they said it looked like the spot had grown on her lungs.

Robin took her mom to Moffit Cancer Center for a second opinion. She paid more attention to what the doctor was doing rather than what he was saying. He said, "Do the things you want to do." Robin said, "Can we talk about this for a second? What kind of time frame are we talking about here? " Her mom wasn't concerned as much about a time frame. Robin insisted, "Well I am, so you can leave the room or do you want us to leave?" The doctor said to her mom, "On average a woman in your condition can live a long time." Robin said, "A long time for an oncologist and a long time for a daughter are probably vastly different." He said, "3 to 5 years." Her mom joked, "Well good, there is nothing average about me." Robin was devastated by the 3 to 5 years.

On the drive back from the doctors Robin asked her mom what she wanted to do with the time she had. Libby wanted to go on a cruise to Alaska. Her mom lost her job at the American Cancer Society  do to "Inabilities to fulfill her duties due to cancer treatments." That is a harsh and angering irony. Robin was justifiably angry about the American Cancer Society. Her mom said to her, "I taught you how to live and now I am going to teach you how to die. You can't be so angry.  You need to do something positive." Libby died just 6 weeks after the 4 month check up. She never got to take that trip to Alaska. Right before she passed, she insisted that Robin get a mammogram. They found an early stage of cancer and she had a lumpectomy the same year. Her mom had saved her life.

Robin founded Libby's Legacy right away. The goal of the organization was to send stage 4 cancer patients on that trip to Alaska and to advocate for them when they lost their jobs which would mean no insurance. In 1983 when they moved to Florida, Robin got in a mini bike accident, and almost lost her leg. Her mom said she could no longer ride. Before Libby passed, Robin said, "You know mom, life is short." Libby relented and said "You can get your scooter or motorcycle." So, Robin got 2 Vespas and a Harley Davidson. To raise money for Libby's Legacy she started an event called Scooters for Hooters which raises money for Libby's Legacy which has started giving mammograms as well. In 2008 about 53 services were given away along with 1 cruise. In 2009 125 services were given and they diagnosed their first patient. Her name was Zenaida.

Zenaida worked for Orange County as a temp and she made too much for medicaid and not enough for insurance. Robin took her all over and couldn't get her help. She was blown away. She had 19 pages of notes. She called the American Cancer Society and they did nothing. She went to the hospital and they said, "You know we can't." She called  all over and couldn't get help. After 3 months of not succeeding, she was sitting at her desk at the sheriffs office and realized that this was a sign that she needed to do more to bring about change. She resigned, handing in her two months notice. Her last day was the day Zenaida had her double mastectomy. Now 9 years later Zenaida is a regular volunteer for Libby's Legacy.

The Women's Center of Radiology is just a block from Pulse. They have given away over 7000 breast health services where 141 women and 1 man were diagnosed. 189 children have a mom because she doesn't have hers. !0 cruises have been booked to Alaska. Scooter for Hooters has raised almost a million dollars in 10 years. They are starting a new event called Treasure Your Chest which will be a scavenger hunt on Wall Street. Another event will be called Florida Squeeze Um. They do fun things that involve drinking and fun along the way. The 10th Scooters for Hooters fundraiser had to be canceled in the wake of Pulse. After the shooting the Women's Center had to close down for 10 days because Orange Avenue was shut down for all the FBI vehicles as they  processed the scene.

Pulse used to do fundraisers for Libby's Legacy. They did a poker tournament there. Robin danced there. Had the shooting happened 10 or even 5 years earlier, it could have been her or her friends or anybody she knows. The beauty of Pulse was that everyone was welcome. One of Robin's best friends and all her sorority sisters who are straight as can be, were there the Friday night before the shooting. Woman can dance and there is no one hitting on you. It was an open club for everyone. It was such an open and loving club, not just for men, or women or Latins. It was all inclusive.


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, September 16, 2019

California Gwen a Tribute to Katie Perry and No Doubt

Pam and I decided to take Sprout out to a hot concert at Waterford Lakes Town Center (413 N Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32828) The stage was in front of Wahlburgers in the shopping center parking lot. Monica Leamy is the lead singer of Subliminal Doubt, a full band tribute to No Doubt and Gwen Stefani. Also featuring our alternate persona,  Katy Parody and the Teenage Dreams: A Tribute to Katy Perry.

Storm clouds were looming on the western horizon but the rain held off as the Subliminal Doubt gave an energetic performance. Monica even recruited some back up dancers to give a stadium worthy performance. Attendance was unfortunately spotty. A bounce house was set up in the far corner of the parking lot and a little girl stood directly in front of the stage dancing and clapping.

Actually since this sketch was done Monica and her lead guitarist Jonathan Leamy got married. AS they say, the family that plays together stays together. I have bumped into this tribute band multiple times, even when I least expect it, as I search out sketch opportunities. They are a fixture of the Orlando scene. Sprout never stopped wagging his tail. That is a great review coming from an excited old pup.

This band will be performing Smelly Cat: The All That 90’s Show at Boxi Lake in Lake Nona on September 21, 2019. The show is from 7-10pm. Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat, what are they feeding you?
The members of Subliminal Doubt are STOKED to bring you an all-new show featuring A variety of hits from the years 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and even... 1999! Expect a fun time.


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, September 15, 2019

Blog Con 2019


I stopped by Full Sail University to see the opening of this year's Blog Con. Ford sponsored the event and several vehicles were parked outside the entrance. In the parking lot a woman had her arm stretched out in front of her holding her phone which she was  talking to. She was clearly recording a video of herself reporting about Blog Con. I have tried to sketch at Blog Con every year since 2009. It is a chance to see what is happening in this relatively new field of digital communication. This year's theme was "Tell Your Story." The Full Sail Live auditorium was packed. Blog Con had sold out.

Rachelle Lucas a Freelance Spokesperson, Writer, and Videographer was giving the key note talk. I sketched her as she waited to go on stage. She spoke about getting a trip to Dubai and being nervous about going to the Middle East. With world tensions so high she feared that she and the people with her might be dragged out into that desert to be shot. The trip however was lovely. She showed an Instagram photo of herself in a bathrobe sipping a cup of champagne. It looked like the ideal relaxing vacation. However the reality behind that image was something else. She had welts all over her arms and legs from mosquito bites. That was why she was in the bathrobe. 

Rachelle talked about walking through the lobby of the hotel with several gentleman carrying the campaign. Two older gentlemen seated in the lobby, I imagine them looking like the two guys in the balcony of the Muppets show, winked and nodded their heads. Had they seen the cameras set up in the hotel suite their imaginations would have gone wild.

Rachelle's primary point was that social media like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are platforms to help drive traffic to the place where the WHOLE story can be  told which is her blog. It was rewarding to hear that for once I might be doing something right since I use those media in the same way. 

She pointed out that telling stories is as important in society as the basics of survival. Stories have been passed down through the generations, filling history books, offering insights into our culture. They are central to humans communicate. We engage with others through stories, and storytelling is a lot more than just a recitation of facts and events. As human beings, we are automatically drawn to stories because we see ourselves reflected in them. We inevitably interpret the meaning in stories and understand ourselves better. It was helpful to be reminded that the simple act of sharing ideas every day has meaning and value.

After her Key Note, the  crowd was divided up into different groups. Someone would hold up a sign saying something like, Foodies and all the foodies would gather around the sign. I always feel like the odd duck out since what I do does not fit neatly into any of those categories. I'm not a mommy blogger, a foodie or a lifestyle blogger. Though I am starting to use digital sketch tablets, I'm not a tech blogger. I feel too old school to fit into the modern digital categories. I have so much to learn and Blog Con was a fire hose of information. Someday I hope to master the business of telling stories.


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, September 14, 2019

6 of VIII at Casa Feliz


As I approached Casa Feliz there was plenty of activity. A photographer as shooting photos of a wedding couple on the back  patio so I walked around the front of the building. Several ladders and a trampoline were set up in front of the entrance. I still don't know what the trampoline is for, but I suspect it might play a part in a production of a pre-show presentation of On the Balcony, a mash-up of  Gounod's Romeo et Juliette and West Side Story Gabriel Preisser the Orlando opera executive and artistic director welcomed me.

In the living room of Casa Feliz, Opera Orlando will remount the 2019 Critics Choice for Best Musical 6 OF VIII this weekend at the beautiful Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum. There will be  food, wine, and an evening of stellar theater featuring The Helena Collective. it would make for a  perfect date night.

 There were 5 minutes before a full run through of the show, so I started sketching the set quickly in pencil waiting for the actresses to take to the stage. The room grew dark and the women in long white robes came down the aisle ringing bells and carrying candles. As they glided down the aisle, a large bang echoed through the empty historic home. There was nervous laughter from the cast. It was a foreboding start to he show.

This original work about the 6 wives of Henry VIII expands the song cycle Try Me, Good King by Libby Larsen, with original monologues, madrigals, and other music to give voice to Henry’s dead wives. The result is an atmospheric snapshot into the unique lives of history’s most famous wives.

One opera singer, Sarah Purser Bojorquez, I have met before. She sang about how women risk their own lives willingly to bring new life into the world. Sarah has just given birth to a baby in her own life so the song seemed quite prescient. Each woman was a former bride of Henry the VIII who is best known for beheading his brides when they displeased him. Each woman's story was unique. Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. 

I was particularly take by the story of a young 16 year old girl who was in love with another man but was used like a pawn by her father to wed a man much much older than herself. She regretted not marrying the boy she loved and died a the tender age of 17, beheaded by the king.

The room in Casa Feliz where this show is being staged is quite small so the audience is right on top of the action. Seated in the front row I feared I might trip up an actress, but they adjusted to the tight stage. The show is mysterious and somber. There are few happy endings for the women who knew King Henry VIII.


 6 OF VIII
Tickets are $77.25
The show is sung in English so you will not have to read subtitles.
Adaptation created by Sara Catherine Barnes
Special pre-show presentation “On the Balcony” featuring selections from Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette and Bernstein’s West Side Story along with pop-up performances by the ConVivo Madrigal Singers.
ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 1 Hours
SHOW TIMES:
Friday September 13 at 7:30pm
Saturday September 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday September 15 at 2:00 p.m.*
*This performance is currently sold out, to be placed on the wait list please email office@operaorlando.org or call 407-512-1900



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, September 13, 2019

Wekend Top 6 Picks for September 14 and 15, 2019

Saturday September 14, 2019
10pm to 5pm Free. 331Sullivan Street Fair, Punta Gorda. Punta Gorda Craft Festival. Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival will highlight the talents of many unique crafters, providing the area with one of its most enjoyable winter traditions. Come meet and visit with some of the nation’s best crafters while enjoying the charming streets of Punta Gorda. It features a display of products like ceramic, jewelry, digital, photo, fiber, metalwork, sculptures, glass, mixed media, wood, graphics, painting and much more.

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

8pm to 10pm $5 Second Saturdays in Sanford. 202 S Sanford Ave, Sanford, FL. Live music event featuring 2 stages, drink specials and more.

Sunday September 15, 2019
9:30am to 12:30pm  $275 for 6 classes. Urban Sketching Tips and Techniques. Taught by Thor. Crealde School of Art. Learn to sketch from subject to the environment. Classroom sessions will focus on sketching clothed models and progress towards sketching the model and classroom environment. Learn how to incorporate storytelling into your sketches in our location sessions. These trips to local venues will challenge you to use your sketchbook the way a photojournalist uses a camera. The six-week goal is to produce finished sketches using pencil, pen, and watercolor within two hours. Skill level: Intermediate

2pm to 3pm  $77.25 6 of VIII Casa Feliz 656 N Park Avenue Winter Park, FL 32789.
Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. Revel in the bliss and misery of marriage as the six ill-fated queens of the second Tudor king share their experiences of matrimony and acrimony. 
This original work about the 6 wives of Henry VIII expands the song cycle Try Me, Good King by Libby Larsen, with original monologues, madrigals, and other music to give voice to Henry’s dead wives. The result is an atmospheric snapshot into the unique lives of history’s most famous wives. The Critic’s Choice winner for Best Musical at the 2019 Orlando International Fringe Festival, 6 of VIII features The Helena Collective. Presented at the Historic Casa Feliz Mansion in Winter Park, these special encore performances include appetizers, desserts, and wine.
Sung in English.
Adaptation created by Sara Catherine Barnes
Special pre-show presentation “On the Balcony” featuring selections from Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette and Bernstein’s West Side Story along with pop-up performances by the ConVivo Madrigal Singers.

10pm to Midnight. Free but get a coffee. Comedy Open Mic. Austin's Coffee, 929 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL. Free comedy show! Come out and laugh, 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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Before Pixels


Third Thursdays, now marketed as, Art, Tech Biz is an opportunity for visitors to converge downtown and celebrate art, food, technology, and business. Along the way, people partake in an evening of sights, sounds, food, shopping, and cosmopolitan living. At the time of this sketch, I had two sketches on display at City Arts Factory, but in order to get a sketch done, I walked two blocks over to The Gallery at Avalon Island (now City Arts) to sketch the musicians performing for the evening.

The monthly Third Thursdays event includes, the Gallery Hop, hosted by the Downtown Arts District featuring numerous galleries and non-traditional art venues that spotlight the best of established and emerging Orlando-based artists, in tandem with nationally and internationally acclaimed artists.

The 3rd Thu Biz Networking events are hosted by the Downtown Orlando Partnership and allow attendees to experience some of downtown’s fine establishments while making great local business connections.

The Orlando Tech Meetup offers tech enthusiasts and entrepreneurs the chance to socialize and hear five different technology groups present live product demos.


This sketch done at The Gallery at Avalon Island was of the musicians for the night, Before Pixels.  Much has happened since this sketch was done, the historic Rogers Kiene Building (39 Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL) that was home to the Gallery at Avalon Island was donated to the city. Thus Avalon Island Art Gallery was shuttered. City Arts Factory moved from its location on Orange Avenue two blocks away to the Rogers Kiene Building and is now called CityArts Orlando. The end result is of course much less exhibition space as the visual arts scene shrinks in Orlando.


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, September 11, 2019

Annual Harvest Grape Stomp


The harvest season has arrived and it's time for grape stomping competitions at Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards, (19239 US-27, Clermont, FL 34715). This event is perfect for a family outing. Listen to continuous live music the entire weekend by superb local musicians. Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks, and a variety of food is available for purchase, along with complimentary winery tours and tasting.

The long line for stomping wound back and forth under the shade of the event tent. Anticipation built as we made our way to the front of the line. Grapes were loaded into each of the barrels and a spigot would empty the resulting juices into a plastic cup. Pam Schwartz is very competitive, but I have bigger feet. The stomping began with all the excitement of a Kentucky Derby horse race. Though stomping vigorously, I wasn't getting much juice run off. Of the 8 or 9 competitors, Pam had the largest run off collected by far. The latter explained that the most important thing to do is to sweep away all the solid grape guts from the siphon inside the barrel. Every few stomps she would sweep the siphon clean allowing the juices to flow. My take was pitiful in comparison. The judge took a photo of us holding our juices in mugs. At home the next week I photo shopped a much bigger mug in my hand overflowing with juice. Pam wasn't impressed with my handy work.

We took a wine tasting tour and relaxed for the afternoon listening to music on the main stage. The couple next to us gave travel advice. Food available was comparable to fairground vendors.

Catch this year's stomp on:
August 15, 2018 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
August 16, 2018 11:00 am - 05:00 pm

Admission Fee:
Adult Admission -  $10
Children 12 and under - FREE
Grape Stomping all ages - Included with entry fee.
A portion of the proceeds go to support the Alzheimer's Family Organization


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, September 10, 2019

Kings Landing


Pam Schwartz and I took a trip up to Kings Landing (5722 Baptist Camp Rd, Apopka, FL 32712) to kayak and explore the Emerald Cut. There was a huge line of cars to get into Kelly Park, a swimming hole and springs right before the kayak launch site. Pam cut into the dirt side roads and avoided 3/4 of the line. Rick Kilby had loaned us his kayak which I used for the day.

Once at Kings Landing it was easy enough to drop off the kayaks and them Pam parked the truck on the roadside. She went inside to make arrangements and get a wrist band while I guarded the kayaks. I then went in and quickly got my wrist band. There were lots of folks renting kayaks and the launch was crowded. A narrow cut led to the river and since there were so many inexperienced people getting started we had to bide our time until we could navigate around them.

At the end of the entry to the river was a rope swing hanging from a tree with a crowd gathered to swing into the water. The first half of the day's trip was all up stream working our muscles, but once we reached the turn around point it was all down stream on the way back. We saw lots of turtles sunning themselves on logs with their hind legs spread out, webbed toes spread to catch the sun. There were also some sizable alligators patrolling the shores.

We stopped once in a shady spot so I could get a quick sketch as another couple passed us on the river. There were a few humble homes on the shores, but for the most part it felt like old Florida as it was over 100 years ago. There were spots where trees had been cut because they blocked the river, probably after falling during a hurricane. Hurricane Dorian swept past Orlando without making landfall. We were spared what could have been a devastating storm.

The four hour kayak trip ended at Wekiva Island where a huge crowd was swimming and sunning themselves. A bus and trailer brought us back to the launch point. If you are an experienced kayaker this is a fantastic weekend day trip. Once you get away from the crowds at the launch you can experience as much time as you want on the river. I highly recommend this if you want to experience Florida as it was long before theme parks.

Kayak/Canoe rentals are $30 for the day. Using your own kayak is $20, if you choose to have them pick you up at Wekiva Island and shuttle you back. During summer months, get there early (before 11), as they typically sell out. We considered driving up with two cars to avoid the shuttle but decided against it, paying a bit more for convenience. The shuttle bus isn't air conditioned so if you want luxury, think twice. Also bring or wear swimming trunks. I was scolded for only wearing shorts and my butt got quite wet.


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, September 9, 2019

Evita at the Shakes


Evita is a musical based on the book and lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It charts the young and ambitious Eva Duarte’s meteoric rise to sainthood. The play opened with an audience trying to watch a film, which is interrupted by the news flash that Eva Perón had died.The blood curdling screams made it clear that a great and beloved soul had been lost.

The set by scenic designer Jim Hunter made the rise to the iconic balcony scene accessible via a spiral staircase. Pam had a good laugh because I was blocking in the set in my sketch, when all of the pieces of staging on casters were rolled to new locations up stage.

Evita (Yael Reich) had a passion for life and she went through a revolving door of lovers, each of which brought her rising fame. She was a humble actress who wanted to rise above her middle class upbringing.



Juan Perón (Rodrigo Ignacio Cruz) was also rising in power through the ranks of the military. Generals played a game of musical rocking chairs to see who lasted on the way to the top. When he and Eva met they were the perfect fit. Eva marched into his home and kicked out his young mistress.

Since she was from the streets, the people loved her but the elite snubbed her. Despite not being accepted into the ruling class, she initiated reforms that would help the people of Argentina.

Che (Dan Domenech) was a true revolutionary who saw her reforms as ways to win the love of the public instead of truly offering the people the power of democracy.  Evita's passionate life was lived as a candle burning from both ends. Under her bold impassioned pleas there was a delicate frame. For one song she stood beside me in the aisle and belted out her song. I was amazed at the purity and strength of her voice in such a small frame.

Evita runs through October 6, 2019 

PRICING

Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and every Sunday and select Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. – starting at $35

Preview Performances and Senior Matinees – starting at $25



DISCOUNTS (May not be combined with any other offers)

Group Sales: 20% off groups of 10+

Student Rush: $25 - 30 minutes prior to show w/ valid student ID

Student and Active/Retired Military: $10 off single ticket prices w/ valid ID (Only available in Price Levels A and B)

$25 Under 35: Patrons under 35 years old can purchase $25 tickets for evening and weekend matinee performances during September 18-22. Call the Box Office at (407) 447-1700 ext. 1 or purchase online with code word: 25UNDER35 (Only available in Price Levels B and C.)


Senior Matinees: September 18, & 25 and October 2 at 2:00 p.m.

Talk Back Performance: September 29 at 2:00 p.m.


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