Friday, January 11, 2008

Inaugural Art Stroll

Tonight we "strolled" at the Inaugural Mount Dora Downtown Art Stroll. What a fantastic event!!! A Friday night full of fun, music, wine & entertainment featuring local and regional artists. The participation and turn out was so great that it was a little overwhelming, as there seemed to be so much more to see than what I could do in only two hours.
The first stop was the Mount Dora Center for the Arts. Greeted by a white baby grand piano and a glass of wine ... I knew this was going to be a great night. The building is a work of historical art in and of itself with it's tin ceilings and original hardwood floors. The event flowed nicely through the room leading everyone to the outdoor courtyard where you could have a glass of wine and watch an artist at work.
Next we walked over to the Renaissance Building where artwork was displayed throughout the main hall where a young woman entertained us with her flute. This exhibit gave an opportunity for young artists to be seen, featuring works from local students.
We walked down the back brick alley to Lauren Cunningham's studio and then to Arbors & Eyebrows where a lot of artists were selling small prints and cards. I love it when you can find unusual and artistic stationary to write thank you notes.
We shimmied on over to the Chamber of Commerce for the 4th stop and after taking a look around and saying hello to friends and familiar faces we walked up the street to Mount Dora Coffee House for a quick caffeine kick before heading to the last Art display on the corner of Baker and 4th. This was definitely my ideal way to spend a Friday night. I'm looking forward to the future Art Strolls.

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