College ends partnership with Florida school over ‘David’ issue
A Michigan college will no longer partner with a Florida charter school after the school's principal resigned due to complaints sixth graders were exposed to pornography during a Renaissance art lesson that included Michelangelo’s David sculpture.
Best of Central Florida: Summer activities the whole family can do
School is out in Florida and you need something to keep the kids away from spending hours behind the TV. Well, look no further, because Best of Central Florida has three great summer activities that are great or the whole family.
Iconic tapestry of Picasso’s `Guernica’ is back at the UN
The iconic tapestry of Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica,” which is considered by numerous art critics as perhaps the most powerful anti-war painting in history, has returned to its place of honor at the United Nations after a year-long absence that angered and dismayed many U.N. diplomats and staff.
Immersive Van Gogh Orlando exhibit location announced, delayed until November
What had become somewhat of an art venue mystery was solved Monday when ticketholders of the “Immersive Van Gogh exhibit” originally scheduled to open Oct. 7 were advised the presentation will be located at the Orange County Convention Center’s West Concourse with the debut now rescheduled for Nov. 26.
Churchill painting owned by Angelina Jolie sells for $11.5M
The Moroccan landscape painted by Winston Churchill and owned by Angelina Jolie sold at auction on Monday March 1, 2021, for more than $11.5 million, smashing the previous record for a work by Britains World War II leader. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)LONDON – A Moroccan landscape painted by Winston Churchill and owned by Angelina Jolie sold at auction on Monday for more than $11.5 million, smashing the previous record for a work by Britain’s World War II leader. The pre-sale estimate was 1.5 million pounds to 2.5 million pounds, and the previous record price for a Churchill painting was just under 1.8 million pounds. Churchill gave the painting to Roosevelt as a memento of the trip. The painting was sold by the Jolie Family Collection.
Orlando attraction features ‘bright futures’ for Black History Month
ORLANDO, Fla. – Wall Crawl is known for being a picture studio where visitors can get some Instagram-worthy content by posing in front of their 20-plus walls. The studio first opened in August 2019, and ever since, Wall Crawl has made sure to have a Black History Month wall. Celebrating Black History Month has been just one of the ways we do that,” said Jeanette Johnson, co-founder of Wall Crawl. Last year, Wall Crawl featured Black historical figures who played a big role in Central Florida, but this year, the attraction is looking to the future. Sabrina Dessalines created a wall honoring Black women who inspire her for Black History Month.
Dad’s amateur pet portraits raise $15,000 for homeless charity
LONDON – A British man is proving you don’t have to be the most talented to make a difference through art. The father’s amateur pet portraits have helped raise thousands of dollars for charity, despite being not entirely accurate. Heckles says he received an overwhelming response, including requests from other people wanting sketches of their pets. Instead of charging for the drawings, Heckles set up a fundraiser for Turning Tides, a charity that helps the homeless. He says so far he has done about 220 portraits and raised over $15,000.
Date set for 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts
ORLANDO, Fla – Walt Disney World said Wednesday that the Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts will begin on Jan. 8. Disney officials called the festival a global celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts. Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts (Disney Parks Blog)The festival is included with regular Epcot admission. Disney said on its blog that it plans to release more details about the festival in the coming weeks. The festival will end on Feb. 22.
Young Orlando artist works to bring hope to community with new mural
ORLANDO, Fla. – Sabrina Dessalines has a bright and vibrant passion for creating art -- and sometimes she sells it. Dessalines sold her first piece when she was 12 years old and ever since then, she’s called herself an artist. “We wanted to commemorate someone doing great for the community to bring hope,” Dessalines said. It inspired her to create two empowering pieces of a young boy and a young girl with crowns. “I love it though.”People can check out Dessalines’ work online at artbyina3.com or peruse her Instagram @artbyina3.
Winter Springs cancels Festival of the Arts due to coronavirus
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. – As cases of COVID-19 continue to be reported in Florida, one town is canceling one of its annual festivals. “Out of an abundance of caution, the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce leadership team has canceled its 13th Annual Winter Springs Festival of the Arts,” officials said Tuesday. The community event was scheduled for the weekend of October 17 at the Winter Springs Town Center. “While we are disappointed, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our annual Winter Springs Festival of the Arts this year following the protocols of the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at next year’s event,” OWSRCC President, CEO Bridget Lake explained.
Let your creative mind explode with these incredible new LEGO sets
LEGO Super MarioThe world of Super Mario is coming to life all thanks to LEGO. We love how creative Nintendo and LEGO fans are, and cant wait for them to unleash their imaginations in how they interact with Super Mario in the real world, said Jonathan Bennink, Digital Design Lead on LEGO Super Mario. Sixteen LEGO Super Mario sets have been introduced and the set also includes an app that will help support the experience. LEGO Ideas Grand Piano SetThe grand piano set is the latest product part of the LEGO Ideas collection. LEGO said the 3,662-piece LEGO Ideas Grand Piano is made to take center stage as a spectacular display model for any room.
Winter Park mom brightens pandemic days with sidewalk chalk art, humor
WINTER PARK, Fla. A Winter Park mom is using her sidewalk and some colorful chalk to do her part as she stays home during the pandemic. Shes bringing to life popular childhood characters with her chalk art while adding some humor to her outdoor masterpieces. The mother of two and former science teacher has drawn about six different characters and counting. "I had seen on Facebook some other people using chalk drawings with like uplifting messages," Drake said. 'Cause it is very serious but at the same time we all have to survive day-to-day.For the former science teacher, drawing is bringing her some comfort.