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Orlando Weekly Fall Guide

VISUAL ARTS: Museums and galleries alike bloom in the fall with new exhibitions and related programming including films, lectures and art walks

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No matter the season, art in Orlando thrives — but fall’s cooler temperatures mean crowds can stroll comfortably through the outdoor art festivals this region is known for. Even better, though, this year’s fall arts preview shows proof that our galleries are beginning to show works that aren’t mere merchandise – conceptual, challenging, perhaps even (gasp) not something you can hang over the sofa. Our museums are in a moment of regrouping, with new directors at OMA and CFAM, but we expect even bigger things to come from them. The ascendance of digital techniques is apparent in Titusville’s Art & Algorithms Festival and in the photo-installations of Roberto Bocci; the handmade is still treasured and celebrated in Jessica Earley’s confessional/political paper, fiber and ink works and Diana Beltran Herrera’s anatomically accurate paper birds; the modern art collection on display at the new Alfond Inn at Rollins College is whetting local appetites for provocative contemporary work. There’s something good to look at almost every day of the calendar – keep reading.

OPENINGS/EVENTS

Sept. 25

Films Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month Screening Latin Rhythm From Mambo to Hip-Hop and From Mambo to Hip-Hop: A South Bronx Tale. 4 pm Wednesday; Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-646-2526; rollins.edu/cfam.

Sept. 26

Works by Ming Zhou Opening Reception View a collection of paintings and drawings by the artist. 5-7 pm Thursday; Seminole State College Fine Arts Gallery, 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford; free; 407-708-2040; seminolestate.edu/arts.

Sept. 27

An Artist Affair Artist Christophe Cardot showcases works in oils, pastels and acrylics using the pointillist technique. 6:30-8:30 pm Friday; The Carousel Emporium, 2000 Alden Road; free.

Immediate Adoption: Bad Kitty 1 Night Only Art Show Works by City Commissioner Patty Sheehan; proceeds benefit the SPCA. 6 pm Friday; The Falcon, 819 E. Washington St.; free; 407-423-3060; thefalconbar.com.

La Maschera Goes Mardi Gras Carnival-themed party with live music by the Buzzcats, heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, and desserts; proceeds benefit the Downtown Arts District. 7 pm Friday; The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive; $50; 407-648-7060; lamaschera.eventbrite.com.

New Work by Kevin Abbott Opening Reception Abstract paintings and sculpture works by the New York-based artist; through Oct. 24. 6-9 pm Friday; Gallery on First, 211 E. First St., Sanford; free; 407-323-2774; galleryonfirst.com.

The Mississippi Delta Artist’s Talk and Reception Photography show by Magdalena Sole depicts the Delta communities in the Deep South. 6-8 pm Friday; Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona State College, Daytona Beach; free; 386-506-4475; smponline.org.

Fall Guide 2013
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