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Director’s Choice IX

This exhibition features the recent work of artists from Crealdé’s diverse faculty, including artists long associated with the school as well as new additions. Media include painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, sculpture, and jewelry. For more than four decades, Crealdé’s faculty of more than 50 working artists has represented some of Central Florida’s most influential arts educators and accomplished visual artists. Curated by Ceramics Program and Studio Manager Vincent Sansone.

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Community Collage: Artists from the Hannibal Square Heritage Center Folk & Urban Art Festival

Opening Reception: Friday, February 11, 7 – 9 pm
Hannibal Square Heritage Center Visiting Exhibition Gallery

This long-awaited exhibition is a celebration of over a decade of Hannibal Square Heritage Center Folk & Urban Art Festivals.

Community Collage dives deeper into the creative genius behind the dynamic works by more than 20 artists who have exhibited at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center Folk & Urban Art Festival over its 12-year history. These culturally and ethnically diverse artists—many of whom are self-taught—will share their paintings, jewelry, quilts and sculptural works, along with their inspiration and artistic journeys in text panels and video.

Community Collage is also on exhibit at the Orlando International Airport Main Terminal.

The exhibition is co-curated by festival creator and Heritage Center Manager Barbara Chandler—who cultivated relationships with each of the artists as the festival organizer—and by celebrated Orlando-based Haitian American artist and educator Patrick Noze.

Folk & Urban Art Festival Origins
The Folk & Urban Art Festival has served as a platform for hundreds of emerging and established visual and performance Artists. The festival originated to empower Artists of all genres, and expose them to a unique market of community members and influencers.

Over the years, the Folk & Urban Art Festival has featured notable Artists such as Folk Artist Missionary Mary Proctor; Florida Original Highwaymen; O.L. Samuels; Nicolas Toth; Jack Beverland; Marilia “Lilly” Carrasquillo; Henry K. Ohumukini Jr.; Jack “Mr. B” Beverland; and Ginger LaVoie.

Hannibal Square Heritage Center Folk Art Festival was birthed out of “Just Above the Water: Florida Folk Art” written by Kristin G. Congdon and Tina Bucuvalas, which highlighted Florida Folk Artists and their artistic contributions to Florida’s history. In an impromptu visit from German Lemus, of the Orlando-based collective The B-Side Artists, we discussed having emerging artists become a part of the The Hannibal Square Heritage “Folk” Art Festival. Lemus’ response was “ we are “Urban Artists.”

As a result of this observation, the festival was then renamed in its 5th year to the Hannibal Square Heritage Center Folk & Urban Art Festival.

In 2020, The 11th Folk & Urban Art Festival took on different shape; despite the global pandemic we quickly pivoted to produce a live virtual show that would maintain a connection between artists and community as source of inspiration and optimism as we were all quarantined in our homes.

Over 300 community members tuned in as we highlighted and interviewed artists both locally and out of state. Artists took us on virtual tours of their studios. Featured artists included Gregory Best; Renato Sago; Iyaba Mandigo; Patrick Noze; Joyce Hayes; Julio Sanchez; Chris Cruz; Belinda Glennon; Weldon Ryan; and McKenzie Wiese. Performance artists included Jeanine Ponder; and Storytelling by Gennia Holder, to name a few.

About the Curators

Barbara Chandler
Born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Barbara is a long-time Central Florida transplant, a mother of 3 sons, and proud grandmother of 4. As the general manager, Barbara has invested 10 years cultivating and promoting the cultural arts and education of The Hannibal Square Heritage Center in Winter Park–which pays tribute to the past, present, and future contributions of Winter Park’s historic African-American community. She is a highly esteemed leader with a long-standing and robust presence in downtown Winter Park and within the Central Florida not-for-profit and arts community.

“As coordinator, producer and host for the annual Hannibal Square Heritage Center Folk & Urban Art Festival, for over a decade, I have benefited greatly working closely with so many different Artists. The Folk & Urban Art Festival is recognized as a local art festival with a global feel.

As the Co-Curator of Community Collage it is fitting that we showcase Artists from the Folk & Urban Art Festival–having their artwork featured in the upstairs gallery of the Heritage Center will be a constant reminder of artists who have been on this journey with us, furthering our mission that Art Is For Everyone!

I am thrilled to work with Patrick Noze, Haitian Artist Painter, Sculptor and Portrait Artist; Noze’s international experience will amplify the exhibition focus.”

– Barbara Chandler, Community Collage Co-Curator, Folk & Urban Art Festival Producer and Manager of Hannibal Square Heritage Center

Patrick Noze
Born in Haiti on December 11,1962 in the province of Jeremie ‘City of Poets’, Patrick Noze was introduced to the world of art years before achieving International success, by way of his father, Robert Noze. Robert had his own art history as a renowned sculptor. He studied under his father, Andre Dimanche, making Patrick Noze a third-generation sculptor and painter.

Patrick Noze specializes in subjects ranging from realism, surrealism, impressionism, abstract, sculpture and portraits. “I am always thinking about the wonders of the world, from its simplest to its most complex shapes. To my eyes, the world is a large canvas. Everything I see, dream  or I encounter I use as an inspiration for my work.”

Presently he is very involved in the community and serves on a voluntary basis on the Advisory Council for Art in Cultural Affairs in Orange County, Florida.

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Three Generations of Hurt Family Painters: Maury, Pete, Benj and Kinzer

Opening Reception: Friday, January 28, 7 – 9 pm
Gallery Talk: 8 pm
Alice and William Jenkins Gallery

This is the first time all four family members’ works will be introduced together to an audience of new and old admirers and collectors. James “Maury” Hurt (1934 to 2013)—considered a legend in Central Florida—had a very lengthy career as a painter with solo exhibitions throughout the state, including the Cornell and Mennello Museums, Orlando Museum of Art, and Maitland Art Center, which he helped preserve when it was called the Andre Smith Research Center. His work is included in hundreds of private and corporate collections, and he also mentored dozens of artists, some of whom have gone on to have very successful careers of their own.

Maury‘s passion for painting inspired his brother William Kinzer “Pete” Hurt, Sr., (1935 to 2016), his son William Kinzer “Benj” Hurt, Jr. and his grandson, Kinzer Hurt. Maury studied art at the University of Florida, obtaining a fine arts degree, and within several years began making his living as a fine art painter. Pete, on the other hand, worked for 25 years in the business world before taking lessons from Maury. Five years later, he left the insurance business to pursue painting full time, which he was able to do for more than 20 years. Benj (William Kinzer Hurt, Jr.) began studying with Pete and Maury while in college and has enjoyed painting while maintaining his career in real estate. Kinzer, (William Kinzer Hurt III) genetically blessed, has had the discipline and talent to complete many works while finishing high school; winning the Student Division at the Maitland Rotary Art Festival in 2019. Kinzer attends Clemson University and is majoring in Landscape Architecture.

This exhibition is curated by Barbara Tiffany, who was mentored by Maury Hurt in the 1980s, with works on loan from area museums as well as private collections.

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The Las Vegas Project: Contemporary Life on the Historic Santa Fe Trail in New Mexico

Opening Event: Friday, January 21, 7 – 10 pm
Presentation: Meet the Photographers, 7 – 8 pm, Alice and William Jenkins Gallery*
General Reception, 8 – 10 pm, Showalter Hughes Community Gallery

*RSVP required for Meet the Photographers: Laura McBryde at registration@crealde.org

Crealdé School of Art introduces its latest project in its rich tradition of award-winning black & white documentary photography projects. “The Las Vegas Project: Contemporary Life on the Historic Santa Fe Trail in New Mexico,” artistically reveals a rich and little-known region of the Southwest, which was founded in 1835 by a Mexican land grant. The exploration of this city and culture takes a fresh look at issues of land ownership, political boundaries and immigration. In fact, 85% of the Las Vegas population has Spanish and Mexican ancestry that predates the 1848 annexation of the Southwest by the United States. The project commemorates the 200-year anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail, an important 19th century wagon route that brought settlers and commerce to the Southwest, connecting the region’s Native and Spanish cultures with the American East coast. It is a significant and rarely explored aspect of American history.

Largely undiscovered by mass media and tourism and not to be confused with the famous gambling town in Nevada, Las Vegas, New Mexico has over 900 buildings and five districts on the National Register of Historic Places. The city is located at the foot of the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains, near the final destination of the Santa Fe Trail.

The original city design resembled a traditional Spanish layout around a central plaza – which still exists today. After the arrival of the railroad in the 1880s, the city boomed and a new community was planned, built in a more Victorian-era style and located one mile from the old town, which would quickly make Las Vegas one of the largest cities in the Southwest. These distinctly different styles of two communities within one city survive until today, creating a rich environment for a documentary photography project. By the 1950s freight and passenger rail traffic declined significantly, and as a result, Las Vegas stopped growing, preserving a uniquely strong and intact architectural and cultural character.

During spring break of 2021, eight Crealdé master class students, under the guidance of seasoned Swiss-American documentary photographer Peter Schreyer, captured the stories of the people and places of this unique American region in black and white film and digital photographs, illustrating the cultural heritage and historical roots that go back hundreds of years. This program was built on the instructor’s deep knowledge of the Southwest; 35 years of conducting photographic tours; and the successful Crealdé masterclass documentaries that produced Florida-based traveling exhibitions St. Augustine at 450 in 2015 and The Lake: A Documentary Exploring the Land and People of Lake Apopka in 2017.

“The photography and collecting of oral histories are based on the approach of the great documentary photographers of the 1930s and 40s – such as Dorothea Lang, Russell Lee and Arthur Rothstein – who worked under the Works Progress Administration of the US government. It is my hope that our project will foster a deeper appreciation for America’s diverse cultures, connecting the present with the past and create a lasting visual record for the future.” – says Peter Schreyer.

The opening event will include a presentation by the exhibition curator and project director, Peter Schreyer, and participating master class students. The exhibition text will be translated and available in Spanish.

In the spring, the exhibition will travel to New Mexico for an April 8 opening in the gallery at Kennedy Hall at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas.

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As I Am: Exhibition Showcasing Florida-Based Artists With Disabilities

Free Opening Reception
Friday Sept. 24, 2021 | 7–9pm

On View Sept 24, 2021—JAN 9, 2022

A select group of artists living in Central and North Florida will claim their space in an exhibition lifting up themes of beauty, identity, disability, authentic representation and liberation. Paintings, sculptures, collages and photographs reveal personal journeys marked by limitation and freedom, courage and creativity and, as a result, illuminate our collective human condition. In addition to the featured exhibition Crealde will host Forty4Forty: A Celebration of Arts4All Florida, which is marking its 40th anniversary of providing, supporting and championing arts education and cultural experiences for and by people with disabilities. All text panels will be presented in English and Spanish.

For the safety of all: The gallery will be monitored and will have a capacity of 20 visitors per gallery for 10 minutes. We expect all to be responsible by wearing masks and practicing social distancing. Refreshments will be served outdoors.

All Crealdé locations are ADA accessible. For special needs or group tours, call 407.671.1886.

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39th Summer ArtCamp Exhibition

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 14, 5–7pm
Showalter Hughes Community Gallery
Crealdé School of Art Main Campus, Winter Park

Family, friends, and fans! You don’t want to miss this unforgettable FREE exhibition that celebrates the power of creativity from our talented young artists. Since 1982, Crealdé presents this Annual Exhibition featuring dynamic and expressive collaborative works of art as well as peer-selected work from over 375 ArtCampers, ages 4 to 16. Outstanding collaborative works from campers and faculty are available for sale to benefit scholarships for next year’s Summer ArtCamp. This exhibition will be on view August 14–September 11, 2021.

For the safety of all: Our galleries will be carefully monitored by Crealdé staff and allow a capacity of 25 people for 15 minutes, using a separate entrance and exit. We expect visitors to be responsible by wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

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Preserving the Past and Looking Towards the Future: A Celebration of Hannibal Square

This exhibition depicts the contributions of Winter Park’s African American community from 1900–present, remembering, acknowledging and preserving historic Hannibal Square’s legacy. This is the collection’s largest exhibition to date and is curated by Ms. Fairolyn Livingston, Chief Historian, Ms. Mary Daniels, Historian Docent and Mr. Peter Schreyer, documentary photographer.

“We are currently in Chicago completing our museum research in Washington D.C. and New York. On our long trip through the U.S., we have visited about 25 African American museums (most of the big ones and a number of smaller ones) and many other museums and sites related to American history. We often think back to your museum as one of our best experiences with regard to a specific local approach and convincingly implemented techniques of narrative and display. We wanted to thank you for your admirable work in Winter Park.” – Christian Kravagna, Professor of Post-Colonial Studies, Institute for Arts and Cultural Sciences, Academy of Visual Art, Vienna, Austria

“The Heritage Center is certainly a beacon of light that brings dignity to the community, as well as inspiration to all who visit from near and far. I truly appreciate and was moved by the wonderful exhibition of photographs and stories as told by residents from Winter Park’s historic African American community. The Hannibal Square Heritage Center is a destination that I would recommend without reservation to those visiting Florida.” – Martin Luther King III, Atlanta, GA

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“Honey, Let Me Tell You:” Storytelling and Poetry by Valada Flewellyn

Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021 | Time: 11–12:30pm

Storyteller, poet, author and Crealdé Board Member, Valada Flewellyn, will present a workshop that reflects this year’s theme: The Black Family: Representation, Diversity and Identity, as designated by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)—the founder of Black History Month/Association. This workshop is presented with the support of the Bridging the Color Divide, The Alliance for Truth and Justice (ATJ) and The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).

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EMERGE: New Works by Painting & Drawing Fellowship & Studio Artists

Opening Reception: Friday, May 7, 2021 at 7pm
Emerging artists from Crealdé’s Painting and Drawing Programs share their talent in work produced during their fellowship. These 11 painting and drawing artists also show the value of the instruction by the teachers who mentor them.
The Crealdé Fellowship Program, since 1978 and the Studio Artist Program, since 1996, have mentored an average of 25 students in all media per year through this work-study exchange.
Artists Include:
Studio Artists:
Kate Collins 2021
Diane Stapleton 2021
Joan Emanuelli Sanchez 2019–2020
Deborah Umphrey 2019–2020
Fellowship Artists:
Kathryn Brohl
Suzy Fox Wilson
Vera Gubnitskaia
Patty Schoene
Bushra Bhatti
Yasmine Fahkoury
Paula Lupton
On View May 7–July 24, 2021
Showalter Hughes Community Gallery
Crealdé School of Art Main Campus

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Helen Bennett & Ken Austin: A Tribute to Two Central Florida Legends

The late Helen Bennett was well known in the ceramics community for decades as an artist, mentor, and owner of the Bennett Pottery Company. Ken Austin is the founder of the Central Florida Watercolor Society, a retired architect and city planner, and has created artwork that reveals his interest in both modern and traditional styles. Curated by Doug Bringle, Crealdé Senior Faculty in Ceramics, and Barbara Tiffany, Crealdé Curator of Exhibitions.

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Jane Turner: The Evolution Of An Artist, Paintings & Sculptures That Tell A Story

Jane Turner is a self-taught artist and resident of the historic African American Town of Eatonville, Florida. She began her artistic journey in 2006, after a 30-year career in social work. Though her paintings are self-taught, she pursued sculpture and photography instruction at Crealdé School of Art as well as figurative sculpture and bronze casting at The Maitland Art Center, where she shared her work in a 2018 solo exhibition. Turner’s work is deeply narrative, rich with themes of social justice, and depictions of historic events blended with her experiences of life as an African-American woman. The paintings in this exhibition give the viewer a glimpse of what is in the heart and mind of this strong and talented woman. Curated by Barbara Tiffany.

*For a private COVID-Safe tour, please contact Barbara Chandler, Heritage Center Manager at bchandler@crealde.org