New Galleries Sparkle: Mills Art Gallery Debuts In Orlando
New Galleries Sparkle: Mills Art Gallery Debuts In Orlando. Central Florida is awash in new art galleries. Just this past week, I attended the opening of the gorgeous new spaces at SNAP! Downtown (420 E. Church St., Orlando). Others will open this week and next.
Mills Gallery Debut
Art Gallery at Mills Park in Orlando debuts today, showing the work of two prominent local artists: Paul Scarborough and Martha Lent. I’ve been an admirer — and collector — of Lent’s color-rich mixed-media paintings for more than a decade and only recently became aware of Scarborough’s abstract expressionist paintings. Check out the new space (1650 N. Mills Ave., 407-766-7353) and meet the artists at a grand-opening reception today, 6-8 p.m. From what I’ve seen at previous exhibitions at other locations by gallerist Lael DeWahl and curator Boris Douglas Garbe … I expect to see great things at Mills Park.
Henao Contemporary Center
Another new gem in Orlando is the Henao Contemporary Center, which just took down a showing of works by photographer and art expert Josh Garrick to make room for “VIP Access — Harold Garde: Last of the Game Changers,” opening Feb. 5, 6-10 p.m. Starting out with these two multimuseum veterans portends more wonderful things at the center (5601 Edgewater Drive, 407-272-0317). Nonagenarian Garde is still working in his Orlando and Maine studios, producing his signature “Strappo” and abstract expressionist works. He originated the Strappo technique of applying a heavy layer of paint to glass, then pulling the dried paint off in random strips, and finally making a new work by recombining those straps of paint.
The Enterprise Heritage Center and Museum is not brand new, but the fact that it stages art exhibitions is new to me. Enterprise, for those hearing of it for the first time, is a community between DeBary and Deltona in Volusia County. Despite its distance from urban centers, the venue is hosting international artist Maria Del Pilar, who now lives in this area. Her paintings are a study in color and shape, but prominently feature characters from her native Colombia’s aboriginal cultures. Discover this artist new to our region and an almost hidden cultural venue at a reception on Tuesday, 6-8 p.m. The heritage center is at 360 Main St., Enterprise. Details: 386-804-6987.
Winter Garden has a relatively new place to see art, the SoBo Gallery, where the Central Florida Watercolor Society will present a members’ show Thursday-April 2. Meet the artists at a reception Thursday, 5:30-8 p.m. The gallery is at 127 S. Boyd St. Details: 407-347-7996.
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