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Monday, May 2, 2011
Event Title: Art in the Chambers
Monday, May 2, 2011
Art in the Chambers
Featuring the works of J. Andre Smith
Exhibtion Dates: Jan 17 - May 20, 2011
Reception:Thursday, January 20 at 5:30pm
Orange County Adminstration Building
201 S. Rosalind Ave, Room 105
Orlando, FL 32801

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Where: ORANGE COUNTY REGIONAL HISTORY CENTER
Monday, May 2, 2011
THE WORKING WHITE HOUSE: 200 YEARS OF TRADITION AND MEMORIES
Workers Provide Intimate Portrait of the Country's Most Famous Household in Smithsonian Exhibition at the Orange County Regional History Center
March 19-May 29, 2011
They were maids, cooks, butlers, doormen, electricians, and all the people who kept the country's most famous household at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. running efficiently. Covering 200 years of White House service, their narratives provide a rare and intimate perspective on the ceremonies, elegant state dinners, national celebrations, and heartbreaking tragedies that shape and make United States history.
The workers and their unique stories are the subject of the The Working White House: 200 Years of Tradition and Memories, an exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The exhibition, which opens at the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando, Fla., on March 19, 2011, is developed with and supported by the White House Historical Association (WHHA), with assistance from the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
The Working White House showcases souvenirs, housekeeping implements, clothing, letters, menus, photographs, and other objects to help illustrate the full story of the residence. New interviews with past workers conducted by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and WHHA staffers provide eyewitness accounts of White House work culture and will be included in an audio tour and exhibition video.
"Behind the scenes, the workers of the White House welcomed and helped guide new administrations and got to know the American presidents as few could," said Anna R. Cohn, director of SITES. "While Americans don't know them, it's clear that the presidents, first ladies and their children did and came to deeply honor their service."
Firsthand Accounts
"The Working White House gives exhibition visitors a rare view of the inner workings of America's most renowned residence through the experiences, firsthand accounts, and one-of-a-kind artifacts of the largely unrecognized people crucial to the everyday lives of our first families," said Neil W. Horstman, president of WHHA. "For two centuries, workers at the White House have witnessed history in the making and, in the process, they have created their own. We are pleased to share that proud history with the nation."
Veteran doorman Preston Bruce shared a particularly painful White House memory from 1963. "It was sad, very sad," said Preston of the hours following President John F. Kennedy's funeral ceremony. "When we came back from Arlington, Robert [Kennedy] pulled off his gloves and said to me, 'Keep these gloves and remember always that I wore them to my brother's funeral.'" Robert F. Kennedy's gray gloves, featured in the exhibition, bear the memory of that difficult time for a family and the nation.
"I had to produce glossy, smooth confections on an almost daily basis at the White House," said former Executive Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier. He developed his own signature chocolate-tempering techniques and used them to delight White House guests for more than 25 years. Mesnier's plastic chocolate mold from the 1990s, designed to yield nine candies embossed with the presidential seal, can be seen in the exhibition.
Oral histories from White House workers also include: Lillian Rogers Parks, a maid and seamstress for more than 30 years; Alonzo Fields, chief butler and maitre'd for 21 years; and Eugene Allen, who rose through the ranks from pantryman to chief butler while serving 34 years.
In conjunction with The Working White House, the History Center will host these special events:
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Artists & Authors Series: All the Presidents' Pastries with Chef Roland Mesnier
Enjoy an elegant dinner as Roland Mesnier shares stories from his 26-year tenure as White House pastry chef. Working for the administrations of Jimmy Carter through George W. Bush, Chef Mesnier created countless perfect desserts for the first families and their distinguished guests. Reception with Chef Mesnier at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and program at 7 p.m., followed by a book signing. $50 Members; $65 non-members. Table pricing available. Call (407) 836-7010 to reserve your seat by March 25.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
White House Egg Roll in Heritage Square
Celebrating a historic White House tradition. Enjoy an egg roll in the park and an egg hunt in the museum, plus other fun activities including a visit from the Easter Bunny. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Included in general admission; up to four children free with paid adult admission. Call (407) 836-7035 for details.
The White House Historical Association, established in 1961, is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to enhance the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the White House. All proceeds from the association's trusts, publications, and other items are used to fund acquisitions of historic furnishings and artwork for the permanent collection, to assist in the preservation of public rooms, and further its educational mission.
SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for more than 50 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science, and history, which are shown wherever people live, work, and play.
The Orange County Regional History Center, housed in a restored historic five-story 1927 courthouse in downtown Orlando, showcases the vast collection of the Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc. The museum features three floors of permanent exhibitions and also presents nationally important limited-run exhibitions. The museum, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate, is accredited by the American Association of Museums.
Special Hours of Operation, March 19-May 29, 2011:
During The Working White House, the Orange County Regional History Center will be open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Regular hours of operation Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m.)
Special General Admission Prices, March 19-May 29, 2011:
$12 adults; $9 seniors (60+), military and students with valid I.D.; $7 children ages 5-12; and children 4 and under are free. (Regular admission prices $9 adults; $7 seniors (60+), military and students with valid I.D.; $6 children ages 5-12.)
The Orange County Regional History Center is located at 65 E. Central Blvd., in downtown Orlando. Covered parking is available at the Orlando Public Library garage on Central Boulevard adjacent to the museum.
Dates, times, prices subject to change. For more information, visit www.thehistorycenter.org or call (407) 836-8500.


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Where: Maitland Historical Museum
Monday, May 2, 2011
Maitland History Illustrated: Works by Dawn Schreiner
April 21 - November 1, 2011
We Make History Community Gallery
In this exhibition, artist Dawn Schreiner creates her own interpretations from the history of Maitland, drawn and painted from source material at the Maitland Historical Museum.


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Where: Anita S. Wooten Gallery on Valencia Community College's East Campus
Monday, May 2, 2011
Juried Student Graphic and Fine Art Exhibition Opens April 14
The annual Juried Student Graphic and Fine Art Exhibition is scheduled to open Friday, April 15, at the Anita S. Wooten Gallery on Valencia Community College's East Campus.
The exhibition is free and open to the public.
An opening reception is set for 6:30 p.m. on April 15. An awards ceremony is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The gallery is at 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando.
Gallery hours are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The exhibit runs through May 20.
For information, call 407-582-2298 or 407-582-2268 or visit <http://www.valenciacc.edu/artsandentertainment/gallery/>


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Where: Sanford/Lake Mary Campus Fine Arts Gallery (building G)
Monday, May 2, 2011
Seminole State holds 42nd annual Juried Student Art Exhibit
Seminole State College of Florida concludes its 2010-11 season by showcasing the talents of its art students during the 42nd annual Juried Student Art Exhibit in the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus Fine Arts Gallery (building G), starting with an opening reception on Thursday, April 7, at 5 p.m.
The exhibit, which runs through noon on May 19, is a group show, featuring a juried selection of work executed over the past year by Seminole State Fine Arts students. Mediums include photography, painting, printmaking, drawing, mixed-media, ceramics and sculpture.
The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and also during music and theater performances. All gallery exhibits are free and open to the public.
For more information on cultural events at Seminole State, please visit www.seminolestate.edu/arts, or call 407.708.2040.


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Where: Orange County Regional History Center
Monday, May 2, 2011
Florida in the Civil War
February 5-June 12, 2011
An Orange County Regional History Center Special History Center 10th Anniversary Exhibit
Although often overlooked in history books, Florida played an important role in the Civil War. Not only did the state send the largest percentage of troops to fight, but also contributed necessary commodities to soldiers and their families throughout the South. The exhibit, Florida in the Civil War, reveals how Florida overcame adversity to ship salt and beef to the Confederacy and how the state's citizens survived the Union blockade of its coastline. Find out which Lincoln assassination conspirator has ties to Central Florida and is buried here. Hear music of the era, listen to letters exchanged between a soldier and his wife during the war, and children can try on clothing of the era. Included in general admission.*

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Event Title: Paint Out Exhibit
Where: Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
Monday, May 2, 2011
Paint Out Exhibit
May 1 - 8, 2011
This special gallery exhibition presents three rooms of paintings created by 26 artists during the museum's annual "Winter Park Paint Out."

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Where: Crealde School of Art
Monday, May 2, 2011
Urban spaces and boundaries explored in Jenny Brillhart's work
Lot Lines: The Paintings of Jenny Brillhart opens March 25 and continues through May 28, 2011 at the Alice & William Jenkins Gallery.
Jenny Brillhart's austere paintings are constructed from flat urban architectural elements, as well as contemporary interior spaces. Fragments of buildings are often isolated to the extent that the paintings appear to be almost entirely abstract. Yet there is a strong concern with the materiality of the building surfaces, and the influence of light upon them. Impeccably designed with a minimalist sensibility, it is as if a Mondrian were to assume three dimensional qualities along with a naturalistic palette.
In Brillhart's more recent works on paper, street scenes are broken up sequentially, interrupted by spaces which represent streets. We are simultaneously looking at buildings both from an aerial view and on the ground. Here, street corners are painted in their entirety, so that we have the context of sky, ground, and buildings. No longer are they cropped to the point of reading as abstract images.
While working from observed reality, Brillhart's work is fundamentally conceptual. The designs we choose, as well as the materials that we use to build and fabricate with today, speak of the values and economy of a place. We initially respond to the formal qualities in Brillhart's work, but it is upon further reflection that we consider the implications of this understated and quiet depiction of the world around us.
Represented by Kuckei+Kuckei Gallery in Berlin, Brillhart, who is Miami based, has received international recognition. Her work has been included in the prestigious Scope NY, Miami and London Art Festival, as well as Art Forum Berlin. She is also carried by Thiebaud Gallery in San Francisco.
-Rima Jabbur, curator
On Friday, March 25, Jenny Brillhart will give a lecture at 7:00 p.m. followed by an Opening Reception till 9:30 p.m. at the Alice & William Jenkins Gallery on Crealdé's main campus, 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park, FL 32792.


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Where: Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
Monday, May 2, 2011
2011 Winter Park Paint Out - A Plein Air Invitational

Saturday, April 23- Saturday, April 30, 2011
(Florida Plein Air Masters exhibit runs from May 1-8, 2011)

Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens

Third Annual Winter Park Paint Out This Spring

The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens hosts the Third Annual Winter Park Paint Out during the last week of April 2011. Twenty-eight of Florida's finest "plein air" artists will be painting throughout Winter Park capturing local landscapes and landmarks with oils, watercolors and pastels.

The public is invited to stop by the museum and gardens all week long to see recently completed works, watch artists painting in the gardens, and to attend free painting demonstrations. Artwork produced during the paint out will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to supthe presermainand operof the museum and gardens.

Plein air, a French term meaning "in the open air," describes artworks painted outdoors with the subject directly in view, rather than being created in a studio. Plein air artists capture the spirit and essence of a landscape or subject by incorporating natural light, color and movement into their works.

The paint out concludes with a special ticketed evening event - The Paint Out Garden Party, which takes place from 6pm-9pm on Saturday, April 30. All artists will be present and patrons are able to discuss and purchase their works. Tickets for The Paint Out Garden Party are available through the Polasek Museum and are priced at $35 in advance, $50 at the door.

Call the museum at (407) 647-6294 for additional information or visit the paint out web site at www.winterparkpaintout.org.

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Event Title: Masters at the Brock: Crealdé Faculty Artists in Winter Garden
Where: Winter Garden City Hall.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Masters at the Brock: Crealdé Faculty Artists in Winter Garden,
through May 31 at Winter Garden City Hall. All are welcome.


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