Orlando is a Destination for Tourists and World-Renowned Artists Alike

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Orlando is not just a destination for international tourists – it’s also an emerging point of interest for world-renowned artists such as Elena Bond and Alfred Gockel. Both artists will make their live appearance at Baterbys Art Gallery.

Orlando is not only known as a theme park haven or as a gateway to some of America’s best beaches. Lately, it is also becoming a popular stop for world-renowned artists. Though there have always been the consistently strong art circuits filtering through the smaller local neighborhoods of Winter Park, Maitland and Altamonte Springs, Orlando has never been associated with the art market. More so, the city does not have much cultural accolades to boast of. Yet, artists such as Elena bond and Alfred Gockel, are starting to uncover the latent demand for art amongst the melting pot of locals.

Many baby boomers from bigger, more art-conscious cities in the US like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco have been migrating in hordes to Florida in the past 10 years. In fact, by 2030, it is projected that 1/4 of all USA residents may have either their home or a second one in the state. Orlando being the most developed “central city” in the state, was ranked the 3rd most visited city in America last year. Aside from the great weather, the locals are becoming much more culturally relevant and open-minded.

One hallmark of this relevancy is the presence of Baterbys Art Gallery along International Drive – the busiest thoroughfare in the tourist district. Baterbys Art Gallery, aside from showcasing an impressive selection of Picasso’s, Dalí’s, Chagall’s and Miró’s (the only gallery in Central Florida that houses such a collection), also boasts of its contemporary collection that includes the works of Elena Bond and Alfred Gockel, both of whom are paying a visit to the gallery in March. “We have a lot of international clients because of our location and internet marketing efforts, but not surprisingly, our local following has been exponentially outgrowing this segment the past few months, “ says Baterbys’ Marketing Manager.

Baterbys Art Gallery is a 6,000 sq. ft. space. It’s spacious enough to hold hundreds of artworks from all over the world and still fit a sizable crowd. It’s one of the reasons these two artists are paying it a visit: it’s the perfect venue to paint live, meet avid collectors, entertain art enthusiasts and then some.

Elena Bond and Alfred Gockel are both from another country, but have become very fond of their American-based collectors. They have clients all over the US, but make most of their live appearances in Florida. On March 9, Elena Bond will grace Baterbys’ “Second Fridays” event where she will sign artworks for collectors and possibly take on some commission work.  Event reception will start at 6pm. Two weeks after, on March 24, Alfred Gockel will make his own public appearance and will paint live during Baterbys’ Spring Auction. The auction preview will start at 4pm so Gockel collectors and fans will have time to meet and greet the artist.

Elena Bond was born in Russia. At the age of 11, she attended her first art school in St.Petersburg, Russia and realized that she could be nothing other than an artist. In her painting, she has tried many styles and techniques: from simple still life and portraits to difficult, philosophical, multi-figured art. She also worked in theatres creating set designs for the State Theatre of Opera and Ballet, and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
The style of Alfred “Alexander” Gockel’s  work is distinctive, bold and easily recognizable. The black lines of his works, though constructed in varying weights and from different angles, simultaneously cuts sharp intersections through distinct shapes and stylized images heavily laden with striking colors.

In 2006 Alfred Gockel was commissioned by the United States Olympic committee to create an official piece of artwork for the Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. From humble beginnings, he continually cuts through fame with his stellar rise. Gockel participated in many art shows in the US, winning his first “Best of Show” in an international art festival in New York back in the early 2000s with Michael Jordan buying out his entire show collection. In his travels, Gockel has had the opportunity to meet Salvador Dali and Antonio Tàpies, and has been influenced by the work of Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso.
If you plan to be in Orlando in March or if you already live in Florida, visit Baterbys on March 9 or 24 (or on both dates!) to meet these two great artists. The art scene in Orlando is about to enter its own renaissance or more than likely, it will begin to take off on a larger scale. As more international tourists flock to the city, it’s only about time that more locals and tourists alike pay attention to its other bright, hidden gems such as Baterbys’ international roster of artists.

Baterbys has been in the art industry for over 25 years. The company’s expertise in art is unparalleled and in turn, they offer their clients something unique in the industry: a lifetime money-back guarantee of authenticity for each work of art it sells, and a lifetime exchange policy for each work of art it sells. This is important to art collectors, since provenance is everything.

In 2011, the National Auctioneers Association and USA TODAY, out of a field of more than 1,000 entrants, chose Baterbys as the best contender in the annual Marketing Competition. Baterbys took home 6 awards in these categories: Multi-color advertising, Catalogs, Postcard, Business Newsletter, E-Newsletter/E-Promotion and Auction Presentations. Locally, Baterbys won the Best of Show for the Florida Auctioneers Association Marketing Awards. Last year, Baterbys was named 2010 Best of Show for Advertising and Public Relations and was also recognized in the sub-categories of Catalogs and Postcards (Collectibles/Specialty), Business Promotion (for Business Newsletter) and Broadcast/Audiovisual (for AV/DVD).

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