Osceola Arts partners with local businesses and government agencies to present Art in Public Places.  Artwork is currently on display at the Hart Memorial and Buena Ventura Lakes libraries, Kissimmee City Hall and Florida Hospital Celebration.

Contact Marilyn Cortes-Lovato for exhibit details and artist application.

 

Marilyn Cortes-Lovato

Director, Visual Arts

Osceola Arts

marilyn@osceolaarts.org

407-749-6607

CURRENT EXHIBITS

November 1-December 31

Osceola Arts-Art In Public Places presents Kissimmee artist Suh Aviles at Kissimmee City Hall. Aviles defines her artistic style as a mixture of Expressionism, Pop, and Visionary. Her roots begin in Puerto Rico where her love of the arts is nurtured. Her paintings transcend the physical world and portray a wider vision of awareness including spiritual, fantasy, and mystical themes. Her works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself. Artworks created by Suh Aviles will be on display from November 1 - December 31.

Kissimmee City Hall

November 1-December 31

Art in Public Places and Kissimmee City Hall presents Orlando artist Jennicel Bolaños. Jennicel Bolanos developed a passion for visual arts as a child in her native Puerto Rico. Her mother was an art consultant and her father an ordained minister. Even though she studied psychology in college, her love for artmaking continued. After getting married and raising three children, Jennicel embraced and developed her art skills while taking classes at the Creative Art Workshop in New Haven Connecticut and Paier College of Arts. Jennicel does not limit her themes to a specific subject matter. The love for her heritage, nature, portraiture, abstract among others, reflects her artistic freedom and open approach to her work. Paintings created by Jennicel Bolanos will be on display at Kissimmee City Hall, November 1 - December 31.

Kissimmee City Hall

November 1-December 31

Osceola Arts- Art in Public Places presents Orlando artist Chris Carr at Kissimmee City Hall. Carr prides himself on always looking at things differently while viewing the world with a unique perspective. This vision is the driving force in his “Puddle Reflections” photo series in which surreal landscapes are captured from nothing more than reflections in puddles. These images evoke the idea of two worlds colliding in one image, all brought together from one small view. Carr’s photographs are taken in nature, are unedited and unmanipulated. Upon first glance, the images elicit a particular feeling, time, or place; only to draw the viewer in further, with each tiny detail, realized. Works created by Chris Carr will be on display at Kissimmee City Hall, November 1 - December 31.

Kissimmee City Hall

November 1-December 31

Kissimmee based artist Mateo Blanco creates incredibly realistic portraits of celebrities like Oprah, Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, John Lennon and many others using a variety of materials, including peanuts, candy, coffee, and cheese puffs. Many of his creations can be found at the Ripleys Believe it Or Not! Museum in Orlando. His latest piece, A Summer with Sofia, is made out of dyed feathers and was inspired by actress Sofia Vergara. Mr. Blanco said the work of art is “happy, natural, beautiful and Colombian at heart, just like the real Sofia.” Works by Mateo Blanco are on display at Kissimmee City Hall, November 1-December 31.

Kissimmee City Hall

September 3 - October 31

Osceola Arts - Art in Public Places presents artist Eloise Ritt at the Hart Memorial Library in Kissimmee. Ms. Ritt moved to Florida from Indiana in 1960. Her journey with clay began in the early 1960s taking many classes with well-known crafts artists such as Paul Solder who introduced the art of Raku firing to the USA. Many of Ritt’s sculptures have an American Indian theme and all have a wonderful story to tell. She has exhibited her work throughout Florida and has been teaching her craft for the past eighteen years, sharing her talents and passion for sculpting, At eighty-seven years young, Ms. Ritt does not consider retiring from something that gives her so much joy. Sculptures created by Eloise Ritt are on display at the Hart Memorial Library, October 8 through December 31. For more information on Art In Public Places contact marilyn@osceolaarts.org.

Hart Memorial Library

November 1-December 31

Local artist Mike Valentine provides his interpretation of the world through many art forms. He has over 40 years of experience in the field of political cartooning for several newspapers and has published work in DC Comics. Mr. Valentine has illustrated numerous children's books and worked for several national marketing/advertising campaigns. He exhibits his work and teaches acrylic watercolor painting workshops throughout Central Florida and is currently working at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney resorts as an on-site caricatures artist. Works created by Mike Valentine will be on display at the Hart Memorial Library in Kissimmee November 1 through December 31.

Hart Memorial Library

November 1-December 31

Art in Public Places presents Kissimmee artist Blanca Rosado at the Buenaventura Lakes Library. Originally from New York City, her childhood was filled with art experiences and opportunities, which include displaying work at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Blanca Rosado relocated to Puerto Rico where she continued her art studies, receiving a BA from the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. She is influenced by her cultural surroundings. Her portraits revolve between sub-figurative realism and realism. Each painted figure is content to reside in the serene and almost spiritual space that they occupy. Paintings created by Blanca Rosado will be on display at the Buenaventura Lakes Library, November 1- December 31.

BVL Library

September 3 - November 30

Orlando artist Gisela Romero is interested in the laws and mysteries of nature and its connection to humankind. Her drawings are based on the observation of earthly forms, the marks that people make on the world, and the interpretation of the principles that order the cosmos. She is inspired by the beauty of shapes in nature, biology illustrations, natural and fabricated patterns, and brain network configurations, creating unique and personal visual vocabularies. Artworks created by Gisela Romero will be on display at West Osceola Library in Celebration September 1 through November 30. For more information contact on Art in Public Places contact marilyn@osceolaarts.org

West Osceola Library

November 1-December 31

Osceola Arts - Art in Public Places presents Carolyn Davis at the Veterans Memorial St. Cloud Library. Ms. Davis is a Florida artist with over 20 years in the area. She studied printmaking and ceramics at the University of Central Florida and exhibits her art in state and national exhibitions. Davis' iconic representations act as stand-ins for historical markers and monuments that commemorate people, places or events. The images themselves are not site-specific but are representative of things seen, sensed and remembered in our lives. Her print-work conveys how the new often overshadows the old; be it structures, people or memories. Carolyn works out of her studio in St. Cloud and teaches art to children and adults at Osceola Arts. Artworks by Carolyn Davis will be on display at the Veterans Memorial St. Cloud Library, November 1 through December 31.

Veterans Memorial Library

NEW PUBLIC MURALS PROJECT

Art Transforms-Building a Creative Community

 

Public spaces are essential ingredients in every community.  Public spaces provide opportunities for people to meet and be exposed to a variety of neighbors. ARTisNOW: ​Osceola Arts Public Murals Project​ coming in May 2019, will join talented local artists and community members through the collaborative process of mural-making to create high-quality public murals that transform and revitalize downtown Kissimmee public spaces. This program will provide new ways of looking at the arts as a powerful force to inspire community dialogue, community development, and celebrate local culture.

 

There are  four properties in historic downtown Kissimmee that will be the first to be transformed.

 

This project is scheduled for May 11- May 18, 2019.

 

 For more information please contact me at ​marilyn@osceolaarts.org​, 407-846-6257.

Thank you to the

City of Kissimmee & Sherwin Williams

for their sponsorship of this program!

16 Broadway

Artist: Christian Stanley

120 Broadway

Artist: Steven Teller

8 Broadway

Artist: German Lemus

421 Broadway

Artist: Willie Soto

Connecting You to Creativity!

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Kissimmee, FL 34744