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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

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What Is That You Express In Your Eyes?

Alice and William Jenkins Gallery &
Showalter Hughes Community Gallery
600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park, FL 32792

On View September 25, 2020 Through January 16, 2021 

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, internationally exhibited artist Alberto Gómez is a figurative artist, painter and master print maker who became a U.S. citizen in 2011. He has participated in more than 25 solo and group exhibitions and has works in many private and corporate collections throughout Latin America and the United States.

Crealdé has commissioned the artist to create a large three-panel mural on the history of immigration in the United States, which will debut during this exhibition and will be shown at the Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs’ FusionFest (Nov. 28 & 29, 2020).

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Cynthia Slaughter, Documentary Photographer: On Love And Loss

Hannibal Square Heritage Center
Upstairs Visiting Exhibition Gallery
642 W. New England Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789

On View Through Jan. 18, 2021

In this series of moving black and white photographs, Cynthia Slaughter shares a deeply intimate documentary on her 94-year-old mother, Edna Pearl Butler, a retired farmworker in the celery fields of Sanford, Florida, where she has been a resident since 1950. Her images chronicle her current life of devoted service to her faith, her family, and her local community. 

Additionally, Slaughter invites viewers into her home in Orlando’s Orlovista neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in 2017. Slaughter tells the visual story of her life after 35 years of memories were wiped away and her home was deemed unlivable by FEMA.

Cynthia Slaughter is a Studio Artist in documentary photography at Crealdé School of Art where she has studied since 2010 and participated in Crealdé documentaries including St. Augustine at 450 and The Lake: A Documentary Exploring the Land and People of Lake Apopka. She is mentored by documentary photographer and senior faculty member Peter Schreyer.

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38th Annual Summer ArtCamp Exhibition

August 15 – September 12

We have been #creativetogether and the results will be on exhibition. Make a note and tell your family and friends! This celebration of creativity will be an amazing blend of collaborative and individual artworks on display in the Showalter Hughes Community Gallery and ONLINE. 

For the first time Crealdé young artists will be featured in a virtual exhibition displayed on our YouTube Channel. Engaging interviews, silly anecdotes and awesome art all rolled up in family entertainment.
You won’t want to miss this culmination of summer fun!