Mills Gallery Artists Survived Hurricane Ian

Mills Gallery Artists Survived Hurricane Ian


There has been so much taken from us and washed away from hurricane Ian. Even including us! But just like Mills Gallery Artist, Harold Garde, Floridians found a way to get through the waist high waters flooding into our life’s.


Harold Garde, a 99-year-old artist and podcaster, survived the heavy floods of hurricane Ian. With Waters up to his waist, he was able to get out of the situation safely and continued, as an artist does, working on his most prized paintings.



Everyone at Mills Gallery is grateful to have survived from Hurricane Ian and thanks everyone out there for their kind love and support for our local Central Florida Community. Cleaning up after nature strikes is not an easy task. Follow us on social media to stay up to date on future exhibitions from Orlando’s oldest working artist and podcastor, Harold Gard.


“We at Mills Gallery are so happy that Harold garde survived the hurricane, I am looking forward to artists using their craft to help our communities heal together” –  Mills gallery, Gallerist, Boris Garbe




About Harold


Abstract expressionist art mixed with surrealist and figurative elements defined Garde’s early work. In the early 1980s, his subjects transitioned from rounded human figures to structural shapes, segueing to series of objects, such as chairs, vases, and kimonos. Some of his paintings focus on a sequence of letters or numbers.


Garde’s work in Maine incorporates colors far more vibrant than those from his earlier years in New York. He has attributed this transformation to Maine’s natural light and wanting his paintings to be brighter and fresher in his advanced age. Some mediums include acrylics on canvases of various size, ceramic, and clay sculptures, and Strappo prints.



Garde had his first solo exhibition in 1970 in Huntington, New York. Over 40 years later, the Museum of Florida Art added his 8×24-foot, 16-panel mural Iconoclass (1970s) to its permanent collection. Original pieces are displayed inside, with a reproduction installed on the building’s exterior façade since the 2012 acquisition. His Rendered Kimonos series (1995-2005) conveys a variety of sizes and forms.


In 2001, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rock land, Maine, showcased the Japanese garb-inspired kimono paintings in a solo exhibition. Garde’s work is on display as part of the permanent collections of the Portland Museum of Art, Farnsworth Art Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Museum of Florida Art and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, among others.



More Local Art Organizations Open Back Up After Hurricane Ian!


Multiple cultural organizations across Central Florida have reported damage from Hurricane Ian with the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Garden in Winter Park saying it is “closed until further notice” as staff cleans up after the storm.


At Orlando Repertory Theatre in Loch Haven Park on Friday afternoon, “most of our staff is cleaning,” wrote executive director Chris Brown in an email. And nearby Orlando Museum of Art was “surrounded by water,” spokeswoman Emilia Boumas-Fry wrote.


The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts experienced minor roof leaks, spokeswoman Jacklyne Ramos said, and crews were cleaning up outdoor areas on Friday. Essential staff returned to work Friday to prepare for weekend shows, and full operations were expected to resume Saturday.


The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra opens its season Saturday night with a performance of Holst’s “The Planets.” On Sunday, the touring Broadway musical “Six” begins rehearsals at the arts center. Learning how to protect your artwork from damage is an essential part of building an art collection. Fortunately, there are some relatively easy precautions you can take to make sure that your art will look pristine for generations to come.



About Mills Gallery


Mills Gallery serves as a center of visual art, education, and culture. a fast-growing online art gallery, We are connecting people with art and artists they love. The gallery offers a beautiful selection of paintings, drawings, sculpture, design, and photography in various price ranges. Overall, we provide artists from around the world with an expertly curated environment in which to exhibit and sell their work.


Are you looking to exhibit your art for the world to see? Contact Mills Gallery today or follow us on social media.

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