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26 x August 3 - 16, 2017 x www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com CONTINUED FROM PAGE 25 Art After Dark Representatives of Downtown Orlando’s dynamic cultural community, The Downtown Arts District, have announced that the second annual Art After Dark semiformal soiree for young professionals will take place Aug. 5. Attendees have the opportunity to meet emerging artists and collectors while enjoying interactive art experiences in a creative atmosphere that features photo opportunities and a silent auction. Within the seven contemporary galleries, complimentary craft cocktails and gourmet light bites will be served by Artisan’s Table, Mediterranean Blue, Hunger Street Tacos, Woodford Reserve, Insomnia Cookies and more. Guests will also receive a special gift. Tickets are available online for $35 and at the door for $45. Art After Dark is a limited engagement with entry for 250 attendees. It will be held at CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, from 7-10 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit artafterdark2017.eventbrite.com, and for more information, visit www.orlandoslice.com. New Art Exhibition Officials at Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens announced an exhibit that highlights the new Florida School of Painters. Captured in Paint: Central Florida in Art will run from Sept. 12 through Dec. 3. The works on display come from the private collections of Hal Stringer and Kevin Miller, local art collectors and plein air advocates. The exhibit explores a collection of contemporary landscapes illustrating the Central Florida that residents love — one filled with light, atmosphere, dramatic weather and a myriad of lush ecosystems, from palmetto scrub to sandy beaches — depicted by various plein air artists. Plein air comes from the French word meaning “open air” and is the painting style that the artists featured in the collection embrace. The canvases become more impressive when the viewer considers the challenging factors for the artist who chooses to paint in the field, with shifting natural light and a range of temperatures and weather conditions. Captured in Paint: Central Florida in Art also illustrates and helps to preserve some of Central Florida’s most beloved natural landscapes. “It is our hope that this collection of contemporary Florida landscapes not only captures the beauty of this remarkable, sunshine-drenched state, but will also kindle the spark of conservation within each viewer’s heart,” said Rachel Frisby, Polasek Museum curator. “This exhibit is a celebration of what the Florida landscape is today as we highlight relevant conservation challenges and the triumphs of our next generation of the Florida School painters.” For more information, visit polasek.org. Orlando Museum of Art Orlando Museum of Art welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities. Special programs have been set up specifically to suit the needs of different groups of people. Arts on the Go is for senior adults living in congregate living sites who are unable to travel to the museum. It uses art reproductions and hands-on objects as a way to connect to lifetime experiences, social issues and to stimulate personal memories as part of lifelong learning activities. It creates a positive, communal experience that gives older adults the opportunity to appreciate art and share memories together. Art With Purpose is a partnership with the Zebra Coalition, a local nonprofit organization that provides services for LGBTQ youth ages 13-24. The program offers 8/31/17.

Zebra youth weekly art workshops that relate to topics of identity. Each youth is provided with a visual journal in which he or she creates his or her work. The process of art journaling allows the youth to engage in a progressive internal dialogue whose tone develops each week. At the conclusion of each session, participants are asked to share their work with the group — a conversation that is overseen by a licensed mental health counselor. The objective of the program is to provide engaging art programming that offers opportunities for self-development and self-improvement. Through interactive tours of the museum’s exhibitions, Art’s the Spark gives those living with memory or neurological impairments and their healthy caregivers a fun experience, an expressive outlet and an opportunity for adult discussions. It is based on a similar program at The Museum of Modern Art in New York and is the only one of its kind in Central Florida. It provides a safe environment for members of the community who may have lost their memory but not their imagination and a forum for dialogue through looking at and making art. OMA professional educators lead small group tours in the museum’s galleries during nonpublic hours, offering an experience designed to use fine art as a catalyst for discussion and reminiscing. After the tour, healthy caregivers enjoy social time with other caregivers with coffee and conversation while their loved ones engage in a studio art activity. The museum offers a program that connects visitors of all ages with developmental and learning disabilities and those on the autism spectrum to art and the world around them. In an environment where there are no wrong questions or answers, the Creative Connections program sparks imagination and fosters creative expression. The workshops welcome children and adults with a range of abilities and learning styles together www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com x August 3 - 16, 2017 x 27 with family members. All can enjoy the workshops, which include exploring art galleries and then making their own studio classroom. ArtReach delivers multifaceted arts enrichment programming for children and families living at the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. The program consists of instructor-guided studio art classes and workshops delivered at the Women and Children’s Resource Center at the coalition and the museum, plus five interactive tours of exhibitions at the museum. ArtReach sessions provide participants with a creative outlet and safe environment for the expression of feelings. The art-making activities within the program develop lifelong learning skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving and patience. Successful completion of art projects also builds selfesteem and confidence in youth participants. The museum brings art to ill children through engaging storytelling and hands-on art activities. Hospital ArtReach provides an opportunity for children to spend quality time with their families outside of a sterile hospital room and a creative outlet for expressing their feelings. OMA officials believe the power of art will aid in the healing process to lift spirits, spark imaginations and boost self-esteem. The project currently provides programs to Nemours Children’s Hospital, Florida Hospital for Children, and Orlando Health’s Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital. Outreach Lectures makes art appreciation and lifelong learning accessible to those unable to visit OMA. The museum offers lectures about a variety of artists, art historical trends and current exhibitions at the museum on a regular basis throughout the year to retirement centers, organizations and conferences. Available times and costs for OMA’s programs vary. For more information, call 407-896- 4231 or visit omart.org. ª Se Habla Espanol CALL TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY! 407-857-2502 Ext 1600 OR ONLINE AT www.wcorlando.com The Women’s Center Obstetrics • Gynecology • In-Office Procedures Welcome, New Patients! Dr. Wendy Vasquez is there through every step in Women’s Health. Specializing in: Obstetrics • Gynecology • Pregnancy • Infertility Contraception • Menstrual Problems • Menopause • Annual exams and 3D mammogram during same visit • Convenient in-office minimally invasive procedures • In-network with most commercial insurances and Medicaid plans • Open 6 days a week EXPECTING? Enjoy peace of mind with Sonograms at every visit! – Schedule your appointment today! 7 Locations throughout Central Florida