The Winter Park Paint Out continued on today. Those Artists are much less predictable when it’s LUVly weather.Yesterday it was overcast, rain constantly threatened and at times there was a deluge. In such conditions, they make like bees hovering around the hive. The “hive” in this case is base camp, the Albin Polasek Sculpture Museum and Grounds on Osceola Avenue. (If you don’t know . . . this is where Fairbanks morphs into something else before they both become Aloma. At least I think that’s right. That street changes names more often than the artist formerly known as Prince!)
But today . . . ah, today, birds were chirping and flowers were blooming and it was all happening beneath a gorgeous blue sky and a bright sun. In such conditions, when asked to produce ART, ye olde Artistes scatter like marbles . . . . every bee flying on to find a new flower. I found two sticking around the hive, and I’m pretty sure one of those was antsy to be elsewhere, but she’d tackled a rather large tree yesterday with quite a large canvas and she was busy finishing said tree and adding in gorgeous blue sky, a new feature.As I caught more and more of them, working in their own way to capture the layers of life and experience before them, it was easy to become entranced in that process. Charles Dickinson, whom I’d met last year and I vaguely remember being similarly amazed then, was across from Peterbrooke Chocolatier on Park Avenue. The lines of the building were in, as a foundation the builders of that space surely laid more than a century ago. It was loose, but there, you would have easily identified the scene because he’d been busy filling in the windows. There was a neon light in the window even before the shelves were stocked with chocolate behind. It was beautiful, fragmented, still raw but evolving. It was a dream you remembered a little more as you closed your eyes.
I came across Ken DeWaard, from Wisconsin, whom I’d met only yesterday at the Polasek, in Central Park painting the Memorial Fountain. I’d been by earlier and wondered why no one was there! Artists can be tricky that way, showing up and moving around when you least expect it. Once I’d parked and was over to Ken I saw that he’d only sketched out a rough view of the site before him. We spoke of the less than desirable weather. When someone comes to Winter Park from Wisconsin, you want to make sure they leave with the commensurate “oohh”s and “aahh”s. Yesterday Ken joked he brought the bad weather with him. Today neither of us joked, just appreciated the change, the beautiful change. As I hurried on to one of my usual haunts on Park Avenue, The New Bistro in the Hidden Garden, I was amazed to see Debbie Komanski, the museum’s Executive Director, had already posted a new shot of a nearly completed work from Ken. They paint fast in Wisconsin, or at least they do when they’re in Florida.
So many wonderful works in such a short period of time. This truly is an amazing event. I can’t think of anything you’d want in a Local event — or at least I’d want in a Local event — that it’s missing. It’s all about art, celebrates the beauty of our community, often includes scenes of and from our Local small businesses, parks, lakes, trees. Anything and everything Local truly is fair game; it simply needs to catch an artist’s eye. Pretty amazing, really, pretty wonderfully amazing.
I’m sort of making myself anxious for the next few days! It is truly a treat. If you catch one of these artists out creating, say ‘Hi’! They carry cards which tell about the event, feature their own work. They’re friendly and oh so talented!
One quick recap tonight of Dinner on the Avenue . . .The City of Winter Park sent out press releases today containing all winners from this past weekend. They were all so dang GREAT, I have to share!
So, here they are . . . . an AMAZINGLY creative group!
Fran Haynes table
Mary Lane table
Ann Higbie table
Stacey Votey table
“Fire and Ice”
Susan Woodburn table
Jan Massey table
BEST TV/MOVIE THEME
Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens table
Virginia Heights table
Sunny Wilmot table
“Winter Park Pizza Kitchen”
Redmon Design table
“Red Solo Cup”
Til tomorrow . . . holy bricks & Spanish moss, I LUV Winter Park!