Eleven artists chosen to represent Art from the Heart of Florida

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WINTER PARK, Fla. - Art from the Heart of Florida is inspired by the diversity of talented visual artists who call Central Florida home. The exhibition will explore a “Florida state of mind” that is reflective of the art produced in the center of the state and will highlight the work of 11 artists from the region ranging from coastal Volusia and Brevard to the Tampa Bay, representing diverse interpretations and media, including sculpture, paintings and photography.

The two-location exhibition Art from the Heart of Florida will be held in the Alice & William Jenkins Gallery at Crealdé’s main campus and the Hannibal Square Heritage Center Visiting Exhibition Gallery in downtown Winter Park, from September 20, 2013 to January 11, 2014.

Participating artists are Suzanne Camp Crosby, City of Tampa Laureate and Professor of Art at Hillsborough Community College; Cape Canaveral clay sculptor and 2011 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Show Winner, Charles Hazelaar; Vero Beach rancher, large animal veterinarian and painter Sean Sexton; Kissimmee life-size realist sculptor Rigoberto Torres; African American heritage mixed media artist Charles Eady; Lake Helen photographic collage artist Anna Tomczak; large scale Florida landscape painter Spence Guerin from Melbourne; Mt. Dora painter Spencer Pettit; Orlando urban painter Mark Barrett; Winter Park print maker David Hunter; and Winter Park sculptor and Valencia College Professor and Program Director, Michael Galletta.

Art from the Heart of Florida will feature some of Central Florida’s most accomplished exhibiting artists whose work reflects the story of our area to visitors. Crealdé School of Art curators Peter Schreyer and Henry Sinn have 30 years each of deep connections as exhibiting artists, curators and educators in Florida.

The opening night reception will take place on Friday, September 20, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Jenkins Gallery followed by a musical performance and continued reception at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center from 8:30p.m. to 10 p.m.

Crealdé School of Art is a community based non-profit arts organization established in 1975. It features a year-round curriculum of over 100 visual arts classes for students of all ages, three galleries, the Contemporary Sculpture Garden, and award-winning outreach programs. Crealdé’s second campus, the Hannibal Square Heritage Center, opened in 2007 in partnership with the City of Winter Park, offers innovative programming in the arts and humanities with a focus on local history, cultural preservation, and southern folklore. Through the award-winning Heritage Collection, the center pays tribute to contributions of Winter Park’s historic African American community. A limited number of classes are also held at the Jessie Brock Community Center in Winter Garden.

For more information, call: Crealdé School of Art: (407) 671-1886 |  www.crealde.org; open M-Th. 9-4, Fri. & Sat. 9-1.

Heritage Center: (407) 539-2680 | www.hannibalsquareheritagecenter.org, open Tu.-Th. 12-4, F 12-5, Sat. 10-2.