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Arts & Museums
The CityArts Factory is situated in the Downtown Arts District and displays one of the largest art collections in Orlando. Admission is free and local and international art exhibits are changed monthly. This is not your typical art gallery, since there are astounding presentations of visual and performing arts. The CityArts Factory building contains six independent art galleries on the first level. With the SAK Comedy Lab located on the second level. Special events are held every third Thursday of each month. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Zulu Exclusive Gallery is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of African art. Located within the CityArts building, the place offers an insightful peek into the works of renowned African artists. The gallery purchases the artwork directly from the artists, ensuring the quality of the pieces. The exhibits on display provide a historical overview of African art forms spanning ten decades.
In the Downtown Historic District, the Gallery at Avalon Island presents new exhibits on the third Thursday of every month. Special events open with an art reception held onsite in the oldest commercial building, the Rodgers building. This historical building contains the art gallery, an 80-seat theater and a private café with another gallery. The theater and café are available for private, personal or business events. The Gallery at Avalon Island is an independent modern gallery that displays international and local works to the public. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
The History Center has three floors of permanent collection which includes everything to do with Orange County history. These are also lent to museums and other institutes for display purposes. The center library is a massive resource for research and has rare and out of print works, artifacts, and archives. The Center's educational programs include field trips, the library can be used to teach a history lesson, fun and educational parties, and camps. The center is rented out for occasions and has a shop for accessories, books, toys, fun items and kitsch at their store.
The Orange County Regional History Center allows visitors to explore 12,000 years worth of Central Florida history. The detailed exhibits go as far back as the Seminole Wars, and cover everything from natural disasters to the arraignment of Ted Bundy. You can even find out what Orlando was like before the establishment of Walt Disney World. Be sure to explore the gift shop for some excellent souvenirs.
A culturally rich museum located in the historic Wells'Built Hotel, the emphasis here is on the local African American culture and history. Built by Dr. Wells, an African American doctor, this hotel was created during segregation and was made to house African American musicians. The hotel guestrooms feature classic furniture from the 1930s. Other exhibits are on display at the South Street Casino.
The spacious wooden floors and white walls adorn a spree of paintings and sculptures at the Comma Gallery. The dominant surrealist and expressionist influences created through the use of oils, acrylics and pastels are hard to miss. The 15-odd painters featured here have their canvases oozing with strokes of high quality. Accompanying them are talented photography, sculpture and mixed media artists whose modest collection also attracts equally high praises. Each alternate Tuesday, Comma hosts an artists' convention, bringing together people for some casual talk on a common love over some drinks and snacks.
Boom-Art By Rogers Studio, located in the downtown area of Orlando, provides a colorful and intriguing array of artwork created by two former circus clowns from a world-renowned circus. The studio may be small in size, but contains a mass of creative artwork ranging in price from a couple of dollars to over five hundred dollars. The artist, Glenn and Sandy Rogers, will convert anything you can imagine into unique artwork. According to the owners, the artwork is collected and displayed around the world by famous individuals, such as stars, celebrities and royalty. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis