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Off the Beaten Path Florida Arts Tour

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So many of my friends think of Central Florida as a cultural wasteland known for theme parks and retirees but, there IS art and culture in Central Florida, you just have to look. 

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So many of my friends think of Central Florida as a cultural wasteland known for theme parks and retirees but, there IS art and culture in Central Florida, you just have to look. 



This year will be the Fifth year that Lake County and the Greater DeLand Area of Florida will feature the  "Off the Beaten Path Florida Arts Tour." Taking placeDecember 5-6, 2015, it's a free (albeit the cost of gas for your car) family-friendly self-guided/self-drive tour to area arts and cultural facilities and artists' studios. Participating cultural Not-for-Profits include the Mount Dora Center for the Arts, Lake Eustis Museum of Art, and Trout Lake Nature Center. The Modernism Museum Mount Dora, with its main focus on studio art where craftsmanship meets fine art, will be featured as one of the new venues on the Tour.



The tour was co-founded by Judy Thompson, President of the Board of the Museum of Art - DeLand and Brenda Heim, a Florida-based abstract artist.  Ms. Heim noted that the program has "made significant strides since its inception." It's now a truly "professional fine arts tour for those that appreciate excellence of craftsmanship locally, as well as for the cultural traveler that enjoys traversing the globe for unique ‘off the beaten path’ adventures.” The tour takes a personal approach, encouraging patrons to interact directly with studio owners and their featured artists, who will share their thoughts and processes with visitors. Mediums include: watercolor, painting, metal, clay and wood sculpture, illustration, printmaking, oil painting, pottery, jewelry, photography, paper mosaic and mixed media. Additionally, there will be demonstrations and other educational offerings at several of the tour stop locations.  



Participating arts studios in Lake County include: 

Anita Woods / Watercolor

Baker Street Artists' Studio / Painters Emily   

Lewis, Liz Wincup, Jackii Molsick, Cathy Caine

Brenda Heim / Painting & Sculpture & Doug 

Hays / Sculpture

Clay Bin Studio / Kelly Cornell, MFA

ClayUnique Studio / Lois Crisp Stover

Elisabeth Ferber / Plein Air & Oil Painting

Eric Schooley / Wood Sculpture & Pam Myers, Abstract Painting

Iron Block Studios / Kace Montgomery, Illustration / Clay Sculpture

Jennifer Cahill Harper / Printmaking

Kate Carney / Oil Painting

Lake Weir Pottery / Steve Lytle

Michele Pasternak / Pottery



Lake Country Guest Artists include:

Barb Batson / Clay

Cynthia Powell-Allen, BVA / Jewelry

Kareen Rashelle / Photography

Kate Esplen / Painting & Jewelry

Mary Ziegengeist / Watercolor

Odalys Garcia / Pottery

Patty Clifton / Paper Mosaic

Reid Pasternak / Mixed Media

Ruth Garry / Painting

Sharon Osterholt / Painting

Mount Dora Plein Air Painters

In Focus Photo Club

Student works of Clay

Student works of Printmaking



The Greater DeLand Tour Roster for 2015 includes:

Bobbi Baugh / Mixed Media – Paper and Fabric

Bruce Bigman / Photography

Cheri Haring / Pottery

Clare Radigan / Painting

Cynthia Dill / Painting

David Bryan / Painting

David Fithian / Oil on Canvas

DaVinci Design Studios / Multiple Artists

Diane Gugliotta / Painting and Mixed Media

Dominique Dubois / Painting

Greta Hummerstone / Pottery

Harry Messersmith / Glass and Bronze Sculpture

Ian Williams / Sculpture

Jack Hill / Sculpture

John Wilton / Mixed Mediums and Multiple Disciplines

Kit Ives / Mixed Media and Craft Assemblage

Leah Wiedemer / Painting

Lisa Sumner Messersmith / Multi Media, Monotype

Ludlow Lamberson / Sculpture / Painting / Mixed Media

Magda Hiller / Jewelry

Marisa Reilly / Oil paintings

Mary Lee Adler / Steel Sculpture

Nancy Esther Livingston / Clay

Peggy Banks / Mixed Media – Handmade Paper

Rachel Gordon Lambertson / Painting and Mixed Media

Robert C. Brooks / Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Poetry

Sherrill Schoening / Acrylic On Canvas & Dyes On Silk




The Tour will run Saturday, December 5th from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, December 6th from 12pm to 5pm. See maps and sample works in the photos attached.


November 20, 2022

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