It’s the weekend and you’re looking for a little art inspiration, or maybe just a relaxing afternoon looking at beautiful things. As a local to the Winter Park/ Orlando area and an art lover, I have to say, I’ve visited almost all the local art venues. Each and everyone is fantastic, but I’ve narrowed it down to the top five places on my list. These Five selections are perfect for a little dose of that art you’ve been craving, and a taste of inspiration you ever so need. I hope you enjoy!
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum- Located on the historic brick street of downtown, Winter Park. This place is home to the world’s greatest collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The collection includes the artists various mediums such as jewelry, pottery, paintings, art glass, leaded-glass lamps and windows. Perhaps the most astonishing art in the museum are the stain-glass windows. A 45 minute guided tour will give you the bits and pieces of information you need to know about the artist and collection. View The Morse Museum calendar of events here.
Cornell Fine Arts Museum– Nestled amongst the stunning grounds of Rollins College, the Cornell Museum is quaint but impressive. The museum houses over 5,000 works, including the only European Old Masters collection in the Orlando area. Additionally, the museum offers educational gallery talks, lectures, films, and hands-on art activities. Currently on exhibition, Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated). Visit the Cornell Fine Arts Museums website here.
Orlando Museum of Art- Located in the center of downtown Orlando. The museums mission has been to enrich the cultural life of Florida by providing excellence in the visual arts. In order to enrich the community on art, the OMA continuously hosts weekly workshops, film programs, lectures and classes. The OMA’s permanent collection includes world- renowned artists such as Nick Cave, Andy Warhol Childe Hassam and many more. In addition, you will find the walls feature award winning local artist. As a member of the museum you will receive free admission, discounts and access to the OMA’ Orlando Sentinel Library. If you’re a student, a year membership is just $40, well worth it! View OMA Membership Benefits here.
Baterby Art Gallery – Central Florida’s largest private collection of art, housed in a 15,000 sq. ft. facility. The collection of over 1.7 million artworks includes museum masters, contemporary and local artists. Additionally, the collection includes a wide variety of mediums from unique originals to lithographs. There is something for everyone. In addition to their extensive collection, Baterbys offers auctioneer services. When you step foot into the gallery its almost as if you are walking into a Fine Art Museum. Original Pablo Picasso’s, Salvador Dalí, and even Henri Matisse artworks hang on the walls of this space! Learn more about Baterbys here.
Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Garden – If you’re local to the Orlando area, you’ve probably driven by this place at least a dozen times, and always wonder ‘what is behind the lush landscape and endless lawn’ ? The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculptural Garden, is truly a hidden treasure in Winter Park, Florida. In 1961, the Albin Polasek foundation was created and the artists home and gallery was open to the public. Accompanying the sculptors historic home, the lush gardens captivate the eye. When planning a visit to the Albin Polasek Museum, don’t forget to pack a lunch, and enjoy an afternoon sitting on the lawn located on Lake Osceola. View the Albin Polasek classes and event calendar here.
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