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Arts & Museums
The National Vietnam War Museum is a non-profit museum built as an ode to those who lost their lives in the Vietnam War. Educating the people about the strategies involved and the brutality that follows through various mementos and memorabilia remains the primary objective of the museum. Built in 2000, the museum aims to keep the memories of the most brutal post-World War battles fresh in the minds of one and all while sending a strong underlined message of peace. Due to current renovations, museum hours vary. Hence, calling before scheduling a visit is strongly advised. Entry is free.
Landscape lovers are sure to find Creative Spirit worth every bit of their time. With 13 regular artists and many other visiting artists accompanying them in the timely art events held, variety is never an issue. Each providing unique insights into Fine Art, it is easy to encompass an Anthropological influence in a fair few. Watercolors, acrylic and mixed media are common tools used to provide life to the canvases. Whether a dismisser of art or one born with a silver brush, Creative Spirit hopes to provide epiphanies on art to one and all.
This sculpture collection is housed in a Mediterranean-style building that served as home to the renowned Czechoslovakian sculptor from 1949 until his death in 1961. Prior to his Florida retirement, Polasek had served more than 35 years as chair of the Chicago Art Institute's sculpture department. Visitors can stroll through three galleries and a three-acre sculpture garden, gazing on the master's paintings and his classical sculptures. The latter are heroic in style, chiseled with an attention to muscle and sinew reminiscent of Michelangelo's works.
Cornell Fine Arts Museum, located north of Orlando in the friendly town of Winter Park on the grounds of Rollins College, ranks as one of the country's best college art museums. The American Association of Museums has accredited the museum, and the museum includes more than 6000 artifacts and works of art ranging from Antiquity up to the 21st Century. Cornell Fine Arts Museum features permanent collections as well as various temporary traveling exhibitions that rotate throughout the year. Other features of the museum include workshops, films, lectures and interpretive sessions.
Specializing in art of the American West and in general nature scenes, this gallery gives visitors and residents the opportunity to express their appreciation for the great outdoors. You'll find original artwork by nationally renowned artists such as John Seery-Lester, Richard Sloan and Carl Brenders, along with creations by a variety of Florida painters. Whether or not these names ring a bell, a visit to the gallery is always fun, thanks in large part to the animal motifs. View huge dolphin sculptures and paintings of native Florida wildlife.
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art is a large institution that houses the world's most comprehensive collections of works by both Charles Morse and Louis Comfort Tiffany. The museum also features collections of graphic and decorative art, and several painting galleries. Visit during Christmas time to experience the renowned Christmas in the Park, or stop by on a Friday night for free admission. The museum also has a shop that sells decorative items, books, glass works, and other gifts.
The Tiffany Chapel is designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. It was created and was first installed in 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. A century later it got installed at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Florida. The chapel was created in a Art Nouveau style of architecture and had carved and ornate arches.
The Robert Bruce Barbour House is beautiful farmhouse located in the lap of Winter Park. Also known as Casa Feliz, it was built 1932 by the renowned architect James Gamble Rogers II. The property which was previously used as a residence by Mr.Barbour, has now been converted into a museum. The interiors as well as the exteriors are reminiscent of Spanish style and the exhibits include the beautiful work of James Gamble Rogers II. This spectacular historic property is also available as a rental space for private events like weddings and meetings.
This lovely 50-acre botanical garden situated on Lake Rowena offers visitors a chance to escape into Old Florida. Wander miles of paved paths through forests of giant camphors, oaks and palms. The formal Rose Garden is the largest in the South, but don't pass up the opportunity to visit the herb, butterfly, palm and bamboo gardens as well. Towering over all this natural wonder is the Leu House. Built in 1888, it now serves as a decorative-arts museum.
A quiet, charming village, Winter Park is popular with artists, whose work is displayed in a number of tucked away galleries. Jeanine Taylor Folk Art is a particularly interesting gallery which has a loyal crowd of fans attracted by the colors, character and simplicity of the artwork. Here you'll find some fine examples of the work of self-taught artists from Florida and other Southeastern states, including such notables as Kurt Zimmerman, Ruby C. Williams, Sarah Rakes and Woodie Long. A gift gallery offering other kinds of artwork, including stationery and sculpture, adds to the allure.
Hannibal Square Heritage Center is a veritable haven for those interested in exploring the history of the African-Americans of the area. Brought into being in 2007 by the Crealdé School of art, this unique museum boasts of a rich culture and heritage, best viewed through a series of permanent and temporary exhibits. Take a look at the community's history down the ages or check out fascinating art work that line up the walls during special exhibits. Special events, workshops, art lessons, and tours will further enhance your knowledge on the subject. The center has an associated library that you can explore at leisure. Call for more details.
According to Newsweek, this piece of 1950s architecture serves as one of the best art museums in the South. Founded in 1924, the museum now consists of three permanent exhibits - the American Collection, housing nearly 900 paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures from the 19th century onward; the Art of Ancient Americans Collection, boasting 500 artifacts of jade, gold and clay from Mexican, Costa Rican and Peruvian cultures; and an African collection of more than 70 artifacts, including masks, from various West African countries. OMA also hosts rotating exhibits. Residents of Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola counties receive free admission.