Art Events in Apopka Area this Weekend

reprinted from the Orlando Sentinel

Have fun with the whole family at the free Hannibal Square Heritage Center Folk & Urban Art Festival on Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. In addition to more than 25 Florida artists, there will be a kids’ mask workshop and parade, a life-casting demonstration, music and soul food. The heritage center is at 642 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. Details: 407-539-2680 or HannibalSquareHeritageCenter.org.

Later Saturday, the fun continues at Casselberry’s Spring Jazz and Art Festival, 6-9 p.m., in the park area around City Hall. Admission is free, you only pay for what you buy from more than 30 food trucks, artists and vendors. There are art exhibits inside City Hall, 95 Triplet Lake Drive, and at the Firehouse Sculpture Center. Bring your blankets and chairs to enjoy the evening concert. Details: 407-262-7700.

And that’s not all. The Uptown Art Expo in Altamonte Springs’ Cranes Roost Park seems to get bigger and better each year. There will be 150 art and fine-craft exhibitors, food, craft beers and live music. The popular Chalk Street Artists also will create “paintings” on the asphalt. The expo is around the lake behind Altamonte Mall, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

And, there’s more.

Sanford’s monthly art walk is Friday, 6-9 p.m., in historic downtown. Walk East First Street — and nearby areas — and see artists on the sidewalks and enjoy some nibbles and wine samples. Enter galleries, bistros and boutiques for more art and artists. The Welcome Center (at First Street and Palmetto Avenue) has a juried show in which judges choose the “Best in Show” award and visitors select the “People’s Choice.” Across the street at Gallery on First, peruse the various studios, and in the gallery check out the nationally collected works selected by Jeanine Taylor from the best American folk artists. Hyder Gallery Center for Fine Art, 111 S. Magnolia Ave., will feature the floral paintings of Caribbean/Florida artist Victoria Nelson. Ask at any venue for other stops on your stroll, or just explore the compact, easy-to-walk area.

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