'Artist colonies across the country are celebrated as some of the most desirable communities. In Florida, Mount Dora has garnered accolades for being such a community.
Once a month visitors and residents are reminded of one of the historic downtown's greatest assets: its local artists. Mount Dora Art Stroll happens on the second Friday of every month and invites visitors to leisurely walk to the different galleries and artists' studios to view art, sip wine and appreciate the growing creative community. Many of the participating artists also attend the top juried art shows in Florida, as well as throughout the U.S.
The diversity of art ranges from acrylics like those of painters Emily Lewis, Jane Slivka and Bev Neal, to Bowersock Gallery's oils, mixed media, sculptures, and encaustic works. A stop at the Baker Street Artist Studios is always worth a visit during Art Stroll. The artists' galleries on the second and third floors of the Sunset Building are brimming with varied styles of paintings, weaving and award-winning jewelry designs by Sonya Watson and Barbara Boyce. The accomplished artists are also on hand to eagerly answer questions about their work, techniques and creative points of view.
Participants can pick up a map of participating galleries at Mount Dora Center for the Arts and view the impressive exhibits the center regularly installs. Mount Dora Art Stroll is a free event and occurs on the second Friday of every month from 6-8pm. For more fun, free things to do in Mount Dora click here.