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ALICE & WILLIAMS JENKINS GALLERY:

Recognizing Established Artists from Florida , the Nation, and Beyond


Formally opened in 1980, the Jenkins Gallery mission is to exhibit the work of noted and established Florida artists, as well as to introduce national and international artists to the Central Florida region. Each of the four to six annual exhibitions are professionally curated by a member of the Crealdé Gallery Committee or a guest curator.

2014 JENKINS GALLERY EXHIBITIONS

January 17 – March 29, 2014 Grady Kimsey: The Mind’s Eye

This one-person exhibition of paintings and sculptures will celebrate the work of one of Central Florida’s most accomplished artists and most popular art educators. Grady Kimsey retired after a 25 year career as a professor of art at Seminole Community College, where he has literally inspired thousands of students, including some of Central Florida’s most recognized young artists. His national exhibition record spans nearly six decades and his work is in the collection of some of Florida’s top art museums, as well as the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington D.C.

Henry Sinn, Crealdé’s Director of Painting & Drawing, will curate this exhibition. Henry, who was a student of Kimsey’s, reflects, “Grady Kimsey is an amazing artist. And an amazing teacher—he has taught me a lot over the years in a very subtle way, as he has taught so many students during his career. His interest in all of us was genuine, caring and intuitive.  I met Grady in 1975 at Seminole Community College. I had only dabbled with art in high school.  Grady was my first “real” art teacher.  His biggest gift was to try and teach us about ourselves and how we looked at things through our own viewfinder and to trust what we saw… to embrace our deep down self and make art from our own deep place.  Not someone else’s place, but our own place, outside of trends or fads.”

Come meet the artist at our opening reception at Crealdé’s Alice & William Jenkins Gallery, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, January 17.

April 4 – June 29, 2014 One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia

Paul Kwilecki was born in Bainbridge, Georgia and died there in 2009. In between he raised a family, ran the family’s hardware store, and taught himself to use a camera. During his decades of working on his opus—in his home terrain, Paul used different words to describe it –“my project,” a “photographic journal” and, perhaps most often, “a document.” “None of these rather simplistic words and descriptions communicate the nuance of his work; I know of no single body of work with a reach and resonance of what Paul accomplished in Decatur County,” says Tom Rankin, curator and director of the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. “While Paul ranks among the most important documentary photographers of the 20th century, he is also one of the least well known. In his own words, Paul Kwilecki says, “I don’t make pictures to decorate walls; I make them to shed light in dark corners.”

This exhibition of 48 framed silver prints spanning the artist’s career is on loan from the CDS. Crealdé will display the collection in two locations, at the Alice & William Jenkins Gallery at Crealdé’s main campus and at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center Visiting Exhibition Gallery in downtown Winter Park.

Opening night reception and gallery talk with Tom Rankin, Friday April 4, 2014, from 7 to 8:30 at the Jenkins Gallery followed by a blues performance and continued reception at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center from 8:30 to 10:00 p.m.

July 11– October 25, 2014: 34th Annual Juried Student Exhibition

The exhibition features some of the year’s best student work in painting, drawing, photography, ceramics and sculpture; juried and curated by Crealdé’s department directors Rick Lang, Henry Sinn and Vincent Sansone and Executive Director Peter Schreyer. Opening reception coincides with the Annual Membership Meeting. Awards ceremony, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. followed by a reception till 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2014.

November 7, 2014 – January 31, 2015: Visionary Bill Jenkins: Crealdé Founder, Artist and Philanthropist

As a kickoff to Crealdé’s 40th Anniversary year, our organization remembers the vision and the artwork of our late founder William Sterling Jenkins (1910 to 1996) in a two gallery presentation. Trained as an artist in Europe and Mexico in the 1930’s, he produced a beautiful body of landscape and portrait paintings of the places he travelled to as a young man, as well as the changing cultural landscape of his native American South. After serving in active duty during World War II, he worked for the Veteran’s Hospital in Florida where he was inspired to create a rehabilitative art program for veterans. After moving to Winter Park, Florida in the late 1940’s he founded Jenkins Construction and built many of the city’s residential communities and shopping centers. In the midst of his business successes, he never lost sight of his dream to establish a community-based art school where individuals of all ages and background could come and study in a nurturing and inclusive environment with professional artists. In 1975 he fulfilled this vision and established Crealdé School of Art at its current location.

Opening reception, Friday, November 7, beginning with a panel discussion on the legacy of Crealdé’s founder, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Jenkins Gallery followed by a continued reception with live music at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center from 8:30 to 10:00 p.m.

2013 JENKINS GALLERY EXHIBITIONS

January 11 – March 9
Micro/Macro: An Installation of Sculpture by Joshua Almond
The assistant professor of art at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, creates free standing and wall mounted sculptures that make references to both microscopic biological structures and geologic formations. Electron micrographs of cell walls, Golgi bodies and nuclei often have the appearance of exotic, landscape topographies. Almond’s work exploits the unexpected interconnection between these macroscopic and microscopic worlds. His intricate wood sculptures with their pristinely carved forms convey an impression of scientific objectivity, while their large scale creates a contradictory sense of intimacy and wonder. Almond’s work has been featured in numerous national exhibitions and juried shows including Utopia in Los Angeles, California and Illumini Native in Tempe, Arizona. Curated by Dennis Schmalstig, Crealdé Painting & Drawing faculty and Gallery Committee member.
Gallery talk and opening reception, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, January 11.

March 15 – May 25
13th Southeastern Photography Invitational: A Sense of Place
For over two decades Crealdé has used the invitational exhibitions to introduce Central Floridians to new trends in contemporary photography and to recognize the work of accomplished regional artists. Photography Department Director Rick Lang will select a group of Southeastern photographers whose work utilizes the power of the photographic medium to transport the viewer to a different time or place. Gallery talk and opening reception, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday, March 15.

June 14 – September 7, 2013
33rd Annual Juried Student Exhibition
Juried by guest jurors, the exhibition features some of the year’s best student work in painting, drawing, photography, ceramics and sculpture; curated by Crealdé’s department directors: Rick Lang, Henry Sinn and Vincent Sansone. The opening reception coincides with the Annual Membership Meeting. Awards ceremony, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. followed by a reception till 9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 14.

September 20 – January 11, 2014
Art from the Heart of Florida
The two-location exhibition will be held in the Alice & William Jenkins Gallery at Crealdé’s main campus and the Hannibal Square Heritage Center Visiting Exhibition Gallery in downtown Winter Park.

The exhibition is inspired by the diversity of talented visual artists who call Central Florida home. There is a certain “Florida state of mind” that is reflective of the art produced in the center of the state. The skies are brighter here and there is a potent mix of identities that contrasts and combines old Florida with the bright sprawl that also forms a basis for our day to day life in the tourist corridor. The focus of the show is to highlight the work of local artists representing diverse interpretations and media, including sculpture, paintings and photography.

Positioned between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Central Florida is a meeting place of many contrasts: vast amusement parks and suburban sprawl contrasted against communities with rich, historic architecture and numerous unique ecosystems. It is a bridge between the sultry international mix and bright landscape that is South Florida and the more restrained, forested, small-town feel of the Northern part of the state. Curated by Executive Director Peter Schreyer and Director of Painting & Drawing Henry Sinn.
Opening night reception, Friday, September 20, from 7:00 to 8:30 at the Jenkins Gallery followed by a musical performance and continued reception at the Heritage Center from 8:30 to 10:00 p.m.

2012 JENKINS GALLERY EXHIBITIONS

 

January 13 – March 10 Beyond the Vessel – Figures and Urns by Helaine Schneider Helaine Schneider will present a solo exhibition of ceramics, figures and urns. The Orlando-based artist has an extensive background in figurative work which has become increasingly narrative in scope. Figures ranging in height from two to four feet assume poses conveying attitudes that the artist wants to explore. These pieces will be accompanied by urns which provide a vehicle for examining her feelings about loss and mortality, and the tenuous relationship between the tangible and the intangible.  

March 16 – May 26 Natural Rhythms/Interlacing Forms: Florida Landscapes by Mollie Doctrow and Lee Dunkel Doctrow’s monochrome woodcuts and Dunkel’s black and white silver print photographs reveal the subtle rhythms of vegetation and topography in the Florida landscape. Images of trees, grasses and palmettos create intricate patterns that capture the richness and density of our subtropical environs. (Below from left to right: Afterburn II by Mollie Doctrow, and photograph by Lee Dunkel)

June 8– August 31
32nd Annual Juried Student Exhibition
Juried by guest jurors, the exhibition features some of the year’s best student work in painting, drawing, photography, ceramics and sculpture; curated by Crealdé’s department directors: Rick Lang, Henry Sinn and Vincent Sansone. Opening reception coincides with the Annual Membership Meeting. Awards ceremony, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. followed by a reception till 9:30 p.m. Friday, June 8.

September 14 – December 29  
Keeping Haiti in Our Hearts
An exploration of Haitian art, culture and history will be presented through paintings, sculptures and folk art from the collections of the University of Central Florida in Orlando and the collection of Butler H. Smith, Jr. and Betty Ford-Smith in Sebring, Florida. The two-venue exhibition will be held at the Jenkins and Community Galleries at Crealdé’s main campus and the Heritage Center Visiting Exhibition Gallery. The exhibition will also include Crealdé’s newest segment of Storytellers XV Documentary Photography program which features the work of teen photographers from the local Haitian community in Orlando’s historic Parramore neighborhood; in partnership with the New Image Youth Center. Curators Natalia DeSilva, Haitian Creole fellow with the U.S. Department of Education, and Crealdé Painting & Drawing Director Henry Sinn will be aided by an advisory committee which includes Haitian native cultural experts, anthropologist Dr. Gerald Murray and folklorist Dr. Kristin Congdon. Opening night, Friday, September 14, includes a panel discussion from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., reception at the Jenkins Gallery from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. and a reception and Haitian music performance at the Heritage Center from 8:30 to 10:00 p.m.

SHOWALTER HUGHES COMMUNITY GALLERY:
Celebrating the art of Crealdé’s community

 

Established in 2000, The Showalter Hughes Community Gallery highlights four to five exhibitions annually, featuring work by students, faculty and emerging artists and outreach programs. For artists’ lectures there is seating for 80.

2014 SHOWALTER HUGHES COMMUNITY GALLERY EXHIBITIONS

January 11 – March 29, 2014
Director’s Choice IV

This exhibition features the recent work of artists from Crealdé’s diverse faculty, including artists long associated with the school as well as new additions to the faculty.
In conjunction with the Night of Fire,Crealdé’s winteropen house, there will be an opening reception on Saturday, January 11 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. for Director’s Choice IV. The exhibition features the recent work of nine artists who teach at Crealdé’s satellite location in Winter Garden. The exhibiting faculty include: Beatrice Athanas, Patricia Byron, Prayong Deeying, Belinda Glennon, Cathy Hempel, Mark Lepow, Trish O’Donnell, Peter Schreyer, and Michael van Gelder.

In 2010 Crealdé School of Art entered a partnership with the City of Winter Garden, offering a series of classes for adults and children including ceramics, sculpture, photography, painting and drawing, at the Jessie Brock Community Center at 310 N. Dillard Street, located in the historic downtown area. The success of this program prompted the focus of this year’s Director’s Choice IV, which will be open through March 29, 2014.

The work in this exhibition was selected by the executive director and the school’s artistic directors representing photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, and sculpture. For nearly four decades the Crealdé faculty of over 50 working artists have represented some of Central Florida’s most influential arts educators and accomplished artists.

April 4 – May 31, 2014
The Road to Memphis: Documentary Photography by Rick Lang

The last body of work produced by the late Rick Lang, Photography Department Director and longtime senior faculty member, will feature black and white images from his photographic exploration of western Tennessee and the Mississippi area around the city of Memphis. This documentary series of social landscapes, illustrating contemporary culture through everyday scenes of businesses and roadside signs, represents his 12th photographic exploration of the American South. Rick said of his approach, “I like to go down the road and describe though photographs what a town is about; to show many of those things we take for granted, before they slip away into extinction.” This project is supported by a Professional Development Grant from United Arts of Central Florida. Opening reception will be held in conjunction with One Place in the adjoining Jenkins Gallery, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 4.

June 6 – August 9, 2014
Crealdé Studio Artist Exhibition

Established in 1996, the Studio Artist Program is designed for advanced students, former Crealdé fellows and emerging artists from the community whose goal is to pursue a professional career in the arts. Studio artists receive mentorship from Crealdé’s professional art faculty, are encouraged to further their artistic vision, deepen their technical skills and produce a body of work, preparing for a career as an exhibiting artist. 2011-2013 recipients of this emerging artist program include color landscape photographers Marsee Perkins and Sherri Bunye, figurative pastel artist Orit Rueben, mixed media painter Anita Cohen and urban landscape painter Robert Ross. Opening reception from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 6.

August 16 – 30, 2014
32nd Summer ArtCamp Student Exhibition

Since 1982, Crealdé has presented an annual exhibition featuring one work of art from each of the 300 Summer ArtCamp participants, ages four to 17. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and photography. Curated by Crealdé’s Summer ArtCamp faculty.
Opening reception, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, August 16.

September 5 – December 20, 2014 
The Art of Fellowship in Photography, Ceramics & Sculpture

Emerging artists from the Photography and Ceramics & Sculpture Departments show a diverse palette of artwork. Since 1978, the Crealdé Fellowship Program has mentored hundreds of students through this work-study exchange, with many becoming professional exhibiting artists. Curated by Vincent Sansone, Ceramics & Sculpture Department Director and Peter Schreyer, acting Photography Department Director. Opening reception, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 5.

2013 SHOWALTER HUGHES COMMUNITY GALLERY EXHIBITIONS

January 5 – March 30, 2013  
Director’s Choice III
This exhibition features the recent work of eight artists from Crealdé’s diverse faculty, including artists long associated with the school as well as new additions to the faculty. The work is selected by the executive director and the school’s three artistic directors representing photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, and sculpture. For nearly four decades the artists who make up the Crealdé faculty of over 50 working artists have represented some of Central Florida’s most influential arts educators and accomplished artists. Opening reception on Saturday, January 5 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., in conjunction with A Night of Fire, Crealdé’s winteropen house.

April 5 – June 1, 2013 
Sherri Bunye, Interstate 4: The Exits Less Travelled
An interstate highway is rarely thought of in artful visions, but this Crealdé Studio Artist has used I-4 in Central Florida as the jumping off point for a colorful series of images she is calling FloridaScapes. Every photograph in this continuing project is captured less than a mile away from the interstate. Bunye is attracted to dramatic skies and intensely saturated colors. Parking lots and buildings that seem dingy to speeding commuters become impressionistic vistas through her lens. Opening reception 7:00-9:00 p.m. April 5.

June 14 – August 10, 2013 
Storytellers XVI: Geneva, Florida
Storytellers is an outreach program which Crealdé School of Art created to bring dignity to marginalized communities though the artistic expression of teens. During the program, teens learn the process of documentary photography from perception to documentation to exhibition. Storytellers XVI will feature the work of teens from the rural Seminole County community of Geneva, in partnership with the Rural Heritage Center. Opening reception details TBA.

August 9 & 10, 2013
Cup-A-Thon XXIX and A Starry August Night Open House
A fun, Ceramics & Sculpture Department fund raiser where visitors can shop and select from hundreds of ceramic cups and bowls created by Crealdé artists, students and friends. The Cup-A-Thon will be held in conjunction with the Fall open house, A Starry August Night, which will include campus tours of the sculpture garden, live music, food and refreshments and discounted registration on Fall courses. Cup-A-Thon Friday, 7:00-10:00 p.m. and Saturday, 4:00-9:00 p.m. and Open House Saturday 5:00-8:00 p.m.

August 17 – August 31, 2013 
31st Summer ArtCamp Student Exhibition
Since 1982, Crealdé has presented an annual exhibition featuring one work of art from each of the 300 Summer ArtCamp participants, ages four to 17. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and photography. Curated by Crealdé’s Summer ArtCamp faculty. Opening reception, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, August 17.

September 6 – January 11, 2014 
The Art of Fellowship in Painting & Drawing
Emerging artists from the Painting and Drawing department show a diverse palette of artwork. Since 1978, the Crealdé Fellowship Program has mentored hundreds of students through this work-study exchange; many former Fellows have become professional exhibiting artists. Curated by Vincent Sansone, Ceramics & Sculpture Department Director and Rick Lang, Photography Department Director. Opening reception, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday,
September 6.

 

2012 Exhibitions:

 

January 13 – April 28, 2012
Director’s Choice II
This exhibition features the recent work of eight artists from Crealdé’s diverse faculty, including artists long associated with the school as well as new additions to the faculty. The work is selected by the executive director and the school’s three artistic directors representing photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, and sculpture. For nearly four decades the artists who make up the Crealdé faculty of over 50 working artists have represented some of Central Florida’s most influential arts educators and accomplished artists. Opening reception on Friday, January 13 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

 

May 4 – August 11
The Art of Fellowship in Ceramics, Sculpture and Photography
Emerging artists from the Painting and Drawing department show a diverse palette of artwork. Since 1978, the Crealdé Fellowship Program has mentored hundreds of students through this work-study exchange; many former Fellows have become professional exhibiting artists. Curated by Vincent Sansone, Ceramics & Sculpture Department Director and Rick Lang, Photography Department Director.Opening reception, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4.

 

August 18 – September 8
Summer ArtCamp Student Exhibition
Since 1982, Crealdé has presented an annual exhibition featuring one work of art from each of the 300 Summer ArtCamp participants, ages four to 17. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and photography. Curated by Crealdé’s Summer ArtCamp faculty. Opening reception, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sat. Aug. 18.

 

September 14 – December 29  
Storytellers XV: Parramore - Our Home
Storytellers is an outreach program which Crealdé School of Art created to bring dignity to and raise awareness about marginalized communities though their teens’ artistic expression. During the program, teens learn the process of documentary photography from perception to documentation to exhibition. Storytellers XV will feature the work of photographers from the local Haitian community in Orlando’s historic Parramore neighborhood; in partnership with the New Image Youth Center. This exhibition will coincide with Holding Haiti in Our Minds (working title) held at Crealdé’s main campus and the Hannibal Square Heritage Center. A tentative addition to this exhibition is the inclusion of work by teens living in rural Haiti, in partnership with St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Winter Park and its Haitian sister parish, St. Michaels.

 

 

HERITAGE CENTER VISITING EXHIBITION GALLERY:

Exploring heritage and folklore through the visual arts and humanities

Established in 2007, the Heritage Center Visiting Exhibition Gallery at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center campus hosts three to four annual exhibitions that explore local history, cultural preservation, the African American experience and southern folklore, through educational and visual arts mediums including documentary photography, painting, and textiles.
 
January 18 – April 13
Sewn Together: Photographic Quilts Reflecting the Historic Family Ties of Eatonville, Maitland and Winter Park
As a tribute to the 125th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Eatonville, the oldest African American municipality in the United States, Crealdé’s Hannibal Square Heritage Center will create an exhibition that explores the strong family ties between the three neighboring communities. The Heritage Center Quilting Guild, inspired by quilting artist Lauren Austin’s 2009 residency and exhibition, will host an intergenerational workshop in the fall of 2012. Seven selected families will complete a 35” x 35” quilt that tells the story of their connection to one or all of the three cities. Additionally, three 24” x 24” collaborative quilts will weave together stories depicting the relationships in the African American communities of the three cities. Opening reception Friday January 18, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Heritage Center Chief Historian Fairolyn Livingston will provide historic research for the project; west Winter Park resident and Heritage Center Docent Mary Daniels will be the quilting project leader, assisted by Crealdé’s Painting & Drawing Department Director Henry Sinn as the artistic curator.
          
         

April 19 – September 7, 2013
Preaching to the Trees and the Animals: The Folk Art of O.L. Samuels’

As the opening event for this year’s Folk Art and Craft Festival, the Heritage Center will feature one of America’s most noted folk artists in a one-person exhibition. The Tallahassee artist will show his private collection of elaborately carved wood sculptures that represent his love for the natural world.

Samuel left his Georgia home when he was eight for a life of both struggle and adventure that included travels around the world as well as a life as a professional boxer in New York. Eventually he made his way to Florida where he worked as a tree surgeon. A severe accident on the job 30 years ago paralyzed him for three years, during which time he rekindled his love for God, who he credits for opening a path of light that led him to further develop his talent as an artist. 

Pastor O.L. Samuels’ sculptures of birds, dogs, camels and other animals have been exhibited and collected in over 30 countries, throughout Europe, China, Africa and the Middle East. His work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s Folk Art Museum and the White House in Washington D.C.

In addition to work from O.L. Samuels’ private collection, the exhibition will feature two large carved animal sculptures from the collection of the Mennello Museum of American Art.

Opening event lecture with artist from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, followed by a reception with live Blues music from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Friday, April 19 at the Heritage Center.

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Images from past years of the Hannibal Square Folk Art Festival.

April 20
4th Annual Hannibal Square Heritage Center Folk Art and Craft Festival
The Festival will feature work for sale by Florida folk and traditional craft artists, including the original Florida Highwaymen painters, and Crealdé ceramicists, as well as live folk music, local soul food, displays by vendors and a free, storytelling, and a hands-on “Kid Folk” workshop entitled “The Aztec Encounter and Musical Parade,” led by Crealdé artist, Lilly Carrasquillo and Mexican folk artist, David Penaflor for ages 5 and up. Saturday, April 20, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

September 20, 2013– January 11, 2014
Art from the Heart of Florida

The two-location exhibition will be held in the Alice & William Jenkins Gallery at Crealdé’s main campus and the Hannibal Square Heritage Center Visiting Exhibition Gallery in downtown Winter Park. The exhibition is inspired by the diversity of talented visual artists who call Central Florida home. There is a certain “Florida state of mind” that is reflective of the art produced in the center of the state. The skies are brighter here and there is a potent mix of identities that contrasts and combines old Florida with the bright sprawl that also forms a basis for our day to day life in the tourist corridor. The focus of the show is to highlight the work of local artists representing diverse interpretations and media, including sculpture, paintings and photography.

Positioned between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Central Florida is a meeting place of many contrasts: vast amusement parks and suburban sprawl contrasted against communities with rich, historic architecture and numerous unique ecosystems. It is a bridge between the sultry international mix and bright landscape that is South Florida and the more restrained, forested, small-town feel of the Northern part of the state. Curated by Executive Director Peter Schreyer and Director of Painting & Drawing Henry Sinn.
Opening night reception, Friday, September 20, from 7:00 to 8:30 at the Jenkins Gallery followed by a musical performance and continued reception at the Heritage Center from 8:30 to 10:00 p.m

2012 HERITAGE CENTER VISITING EXHIBITIONS

Description: Mary Proctor at the 2011 Folk Art Festival

January 20 – April 21
The Art of Missionary Mary Proctor
Prior to becoming an artist, Mary ran a junk and odds and ends store in rural north Florida. Told by God thatthe door is the way,” she began to paint on an old door lying in her yard, and thereafter her focus turned to art making. Using found objects from her junkyard, (now her American Folk Art Museum & Gallery), Missionary Mary crafts three dimensional assembled works from buttons, mirrors, jewelry and other trinkets. Some works are inspired by bible scripture and others by memories of her grandmother or her childhood and most include written messages of spiritual truths or life lessons.

Mary has exhibited her work nationally through galleries, festivals and in visiting and permanent collections in museums including the Museum of African American Art in Tampa, the Mennello Museum of American Art in Orlando, the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee, the AmericanVisionaryArt Museum in Baltimore, and at the House of Blues in Orlando, Chicago and New Orleans. She has won numerous Best in Show awards, and has been featured in the New York Times, and the Smithsonian Magazine, Raw Vision Magazine, and Modern Maturity Magazine.

 

April 21
3rd Annual Hannibal Square Heritage Center Folk Art and Craft Festival
The Festival features work for sale by Florida folk and traditional craft artists, including the original Florida Highwaymen painters, and Crealdé ceramicists, as well as live folk music, local soul food, displays by vendors and a free, hands-on “Kid Folk” Storybook Workshop that combines art and poetry for ages 5 and up. (See photos below.) Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on April 21.

 

May 11, 2012 – January 31, 2013
The Sage Project: Hannibal Square Elders Tell Their Stories
A photographic documentation of Winter Park’s historic yet marginalized African-American community and the corresponding exhibition “The Sage Project: Hannibal Square Elders Tell Their Stories.” Established in 1882 and incorporated in 1887, west Winter Park, also known as Hannibal Square, will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2012. Through the art of documentary photography by Heritage Center founder Peter Schreyer, and oral histories collected by Center historian Fairolyn Livingston, the memories and stories of elders from one of the nation’s oldest African-American townships will become an exhibition at Crealdé’s Hannibal Square Heritage Center. It will also be added to the permanent collection of the Center, reaching local residents and visitors of all ages and backgrounds.

 

September 14 – December 29  
Keeping Haiti in Our Hearts
An exploration of Haitian art, culture and history will be presented through paintings, photography, sculptures and folk art from the University of Central Florida in Orlando and the collection of Butler H. Smith, Jr. and Betty Ford-Smith in Sebring, Florida.
Curators Natalia da Silva and Henry Sinn will be aided by Haitian native cultural experts, anthropologist Dr. Gerald Murray and folklorist Dr. Kristin Congdon.
A two-location opening reception is scheduled to start from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, September 14, at the Alice & William Jenkins Gallery located at 600 St. Andrews Blvd., and will be followed by a reception from 8:30 to 10 p.m. at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center, featuring a live Haitian musical performance and located at 642 W. New England Avenue in Winter Park. All events are free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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