About Us

Mount Dora Center for the Arts is a community based, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization located in Downtown Mount Dora, Florida. (138 E. 5th Ave, Mount Dora, FL 32757)

Mission Statement:

The Mount Dora Center for the Arts serves the community by fostering an understanding and appreciation of art and culture through diverse exhibits of original art, educational programs for adults and children and the nationally recognized Mount Dora Arts Festival.

Mount Dora Center for the Arts is non-profit, multifaceted community center, providing fine art gallery exhibitions, education programs for all ages and levels, Art of the Deal – an annual fine art auction, monthly Art Strolls and a multitude of volunteer opportunities for all ages. The Mount Dora Center for the Arts also presents the Arts Festival every February. This celebrated art show brings together 285 nationally acclaimed artists to beautiful historic downtown Mount Dora for a weekend-long arts experience.

More About MDCA Meet MDCA’s Staff and Board of Directors Read MDCA’s History

 

 

Art Experience for Kids

(Ages 5 to 12)
Wednesdays
Time:    3:30pm to 5:00pm
Session I:           9/6/17 – 10/11/17      (six classes/weeks)
Session II:        10/22/17 – 11/22/17      (six classes/weeks)

Join instructor Sierra Whittaker as she explores multiple media in this six week course. Instinctively we know art is important for our

children. Art is a fundamental component of what makes us human. Students in this class will experience art as a form of self expression and their creative skills will grow naturally. Together we will learn about keeping a sketchbook, how to “see” like an artist, and best of all play with fiber, watercolor, chalk pastel, acrylic, ink and more. Come experience art, you’ll be glad you did!

Instructor: Sierra Whittaker
$85 members, $115 non-members

 


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he Mount Dora Center for the Arts is a multifaceted community center serving the community by fostering an understanding and appreciation of art and culture through diverse exhibits of original art, educational programs for adults and children and the national recognized Mount Dora Arts Festival.

“Art in the Park”

Mount Dora Center for the Arts Believes … Every Child Needs a Champion!

To further this cause, Mount Dora Center for the Arts introduced a new program to the Mount Dora community in October 2015 called, Art Creates Change – “Art in the Park.” “Art in the Park,” is an outreach program that will take place in Cauley Lott Park (1717 N Highland St, Mt Dora, FL 32757).

The art events will take place from 10 am to 12 pm every Saturday. Starting March 4th through April 2017.

Upcoming Dates:
March:   Saturday 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th
April:      Saturday 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th

The program is intended to give children knowledge of art concepts through art the activities selected each week. The weekly classes will present a variety of artistic projects in a fun way that will help children increase their confidence; improve their communication and problem solving skills. The objective of the program is to create meaningful change in the lives of children through an art program taking place in their neighborhood.

The Art Center has the help of some great partners that will make the art events even better. The City of Mount Dora is providing public space at Cauley Lott Park giving easy access to families that want to participate.
“Art in the Park” Kids Outreach Program Overview 

Our past 2015-2016 outreach was a success, serving over 140 children!

  • 48% of the children, returned more than once!
  • 48%  were African-American, 20% Caucasian, 18% Hispanic, and 4% other ethnicity backgrounds 
  • 55% children were female, while the other 45% children were male
  • 42% were between 7-10 yrs old, 40% were between 2-6 yrs old, and 12% were between 11-18 yr olds 

Volunteers are needed to help with the activities.  If you would like to have an impact on the lives of children please join us. Call 352-383-0880 or e-mail beth@mountdoracenterforthearts.org for more information.
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Painting Open Studio

Tuesdays
Time: 10:00am to 4:30pm
Starting 9/15/2017 thru 12/21/2017

This is an ongoing open class starting Tuesday, September 9th. If you are stuck and need some direction, or if you just want to hone in your skills, this is the class for you! No registration required.

Suggested donation: $8 per class


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Life Art Open Studio

Saturdays
10:00am to 12:00pm
Starting 9/9/2017 thru 12/16/2017

The Open Studio is offered for everyone to practice drawing, sculpting, painting or any medium from a live model. Artist Gary Hopcraft will be on site for any instruction or advice you will need. Don’t miss this opportunity to express yourself through Life ART!

Instructor: Gary Hopcraft
Suggested donation: $8 per class


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Group Art Open Studio

Thursdays
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Starting    9/7/2017 thru 12/14/2017

Oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, drawing, whatever! No matter what your medium or ability, come and join a weekly group in a relaxed social setting for practice and camaraderie. Enjoy coffee, tea, and friends while working in a studio arts classroom.
Bring your projects. Sit back and have fun!

Facilitator: Cathy Caine
Suggested donation: $5 per class

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Art of the Deal

ART OF THE DEAL – MOUNT DORA’S PREMIERE EVENT TO CELEBRATE THE ARTS

“Welcome to the Show!”

Be transformed by an explosion of Art, Casino Tables, Gourmet Food, Top Shelf Open Bar and Revolutionary Entertainment!

Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 6 p.m.
Donnelly Building in Downtown Mount Dora, FL

 

Mount Dora Center for the Arts invites you to celebrate the arts in your best cocktail attire, with the area’s premiere cultural event in historic downtown Mount Dora. Art of the Deal offers catered cuisine, an open bar with wine and top-shelf liquor, dancing, live and silent auctions, gaming tables, and entertainment.

Silent auction items include art donated by artists from the Mount Dora Arts Festival, as well as donations provided by area merchants and professionals. Donations include jewelry, romantic getaways, gourmet gift baskets and much more!

Help support MDCA by attending our annual fundraiser event!
Your contribution helps bring arts alive in our diverse community, by fostering creative minds and growth. Mount Dora Center for the Arts provides free admission to our gallery exhibits, offering classes/workshops, community outreach programs, kids summer arts camp and more!

Tickets are only $85 in advance!
Online (click here)

or contact Mount Dora Center for the Arts
Phone – 352-383-0880
Nancy@mountdoracenterforthearts.org

Ticket price is $95 at the door.

 Sponsorship Opportunities 

Jewelry Fabrication

Jewelry fabricationClasses available:
Morning classes (10am-1pm) Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays.
Mid-day Classes (2pm-5pm) Wednesday and Thursdays.
Evening Classes  (6pm-9pm) Monday, Wednesday, Thursdays.

Students will learn the basics of design, fabrication and studio safety. Three projects will be completed during the four week session using jeweler’s tools for; measuring, cutting, forming, soldering and polishing. Techniques may also include; patinas, texturing and some stone setting. A $50.00 material fee, payable to the instructor will cover all silver costs for the first four week session.

Classes take place in the Two B’s Studio 301 N. Baker Street, Suite 211 Mount Dora 352-638-0001 barbboyce@earthlink.net

Cardmaking & Calligraphy Creations – 1 Day Workshop

Tuesday
Time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Session I: 9/12/17 or 9/26/17
Session II: 10/17/17 or 10/31/17
Session III: 11/14/17 or 11/28/17

In this class, students will create greeting cards and various, colorful paper projects, using simple watercolor and marker techniques, combined with creative lettering. There will be embellished card-making, place cards, and other paper crafts to use as decorations or to give as gifts.

Instruction will provide materials and instruction.
Students may bring their favorite markers.
Instructor:Lynda Chandler

$35 members, $65 non-members (for each 1 day session)

 


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Art Classes Fall Palette 2017

Schedule of Programs for Fall 2017.
For a complete list of classes, please download the Fall 2017 Palette or browse our class offerings in these medias:

3 Ways to Register for Classes:
If you’d like to save on class fees, please become a member (thanks if you already are!)

1) Pay online. It’s easy and secure, just click on the “ADD TO CART” button located just below the class information. During checkout, you will have two (2) options to pay. Paypal or with a major credit or debit card.

2) If you prefer not to pay online, please stop by the Art Center or Call 352-383-0880
to reserve a space in a class.

3) Print and mail the registration form with your payment to:
Mount Dora Center for the Arts
138 East Fifth Avenue
Mount Dora, FL 32757

Call to Instructors: Our educational department is always open to new classes, workshops and lectures. Artists, retired professionals and instructors interested in sharing their knowledge with youth, teens, adults or seniors should submit proposals to nancy@mountdoracenterforthearts.org.

MOUNT DORA CENTER FOR THE ARTS PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB

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MDCA Photo Club meets every month at: Mount Dora Center for the Arts (Art Gallery) Every 2nd Monday & 4th Thursday at 6:30 PM All skills are welcome! All members of the Mount Dora Center For the Arts Photography Club are members of the Mount Dora Center For the Arts. Join now and enjoy all the benefits of being a member! (Picasso Artist/Individual Membership:  $30 Year)

For more information about the Photography, please go to the Mount Dora Center for the Arts Photography Club website and don‘t forget to like us on Facebook!
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Art Classes Spring Palette

Schedule of Programs

Browse our class offerings in these media:

Call to Instructors:
Our educational department is always open to new classes, workshops and lectures. Artists, retired professionals and instructors interested in sharing their knowledge with youth, teens, adults or seniors should submit proposals to nancy@mountdoracenterforthearts.org.

 

 

Calligraphy Classes

To register for any of these classes, fill out our registration form.

Calligraphy – Formal Italic
Thursdays
Time: 5:30pm to 8:00pm
1/17, 1/24 & 1/31/13 (Three (3) days only)
Characterized by its great dignity and simplicity, Formal Italic is a beautiful style to learn and can be used for many purposes, such as: quotations, poems, invitations, greeting cards, announcements, posters and awards. Supplies can be obtained from DK Art Supplies by the Lake Square Mall (352) 326-9555. Let them know you are taking Sandra Wright’s class (graph paper & calligraphic dual marker); please bring a ruler, pencil and note pad. Any questions, please feel free to contact the instructor at (352) 383-1264. This class is also a spin off in preparation of a new class being offered in March (Stretched Italic).
Instructor: Sandra Wright
$55 members, $85 non-members

Calligraphy – Terracotta
Thursdays
Time: 5:30pm to 8:00pm
2/21 & 2/28/13 (Two (2) days only)
Terracotta is a monoline type style using a Micro Pigma Pen. A simply delightful lettering style that is fun to create. Supplies: Graph Paper & Black Micron Pens… Sizes: 01, 02 & (03, optional) can be obtained from DK Art Supplies by the Lake Square Mall (352) 326-9555. Please bring a ruler, pencil, note pad and several sheets of bond or copy paper. Any questions, please feel free to contact the instructor at (352) 383-1264.
Instructor: Sandra Wright
$55 members, $85 non-members

Calligraphy – Akim Cursive
Thursday
Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
3/14/13 (One (1) day only)
Akim Cursive is a fun freehand monoline style. Once you learn the basic idea you can expand and create your own style along the way. Supplies: Graph Paper & Black Micron Pens… Sizes: 01, 02 & (03, optional). Can be obtained from DK Art Supplies by the Lake Square Mall (352) 326-9555. Please bring a ruler, pencil, note pad and several sheets of bond or copy paper. Any questions, please feel free to contact the instructor at (352) 383-1264.
Instructor: Sandra Wright
$45 members, $75 non-members

Calligraphy Stretched Italic
Thursdays
Time: 5:30pm to 8:00pm
3/21 & 3/28/13 (Two (2) days only)
This is a spin off from the Formal Italic class. Participants need to have basic knowledge of an Italic lettering style; so they are able to maneuver their pens smoothly. Please bring all your supplies: graph paper, ruler, pencil, note pad, etc. Please purchase the Parallel Pen(s), Sizes 3.8 & 2.4; which can be ordered online from John Neal Books and/or Paper Ink Arts. The pen comes in other sizes as well and it is up to you if you wish to purchase more than the required two. Any questions, please feel free to contact the instructor at (352) 383-1264.
Instructor: Sandra Wright
$55 members, $85 non-members

Calligraphy Style of Uncial
Thursdays
Time: 5:30pm to 8:00pm
4/18 & 4/25/13 (Two (2) days only)
The style Uncial, is a lower case lettering with a few variations. Uncial’s translation means “inch”, which depicts its unique size; a classic old century style modernized. Supplies can be obtained from DK Art Supplies by the Lake Square Mall (352) 326-9555. Let them know you are taking Sandra Wright’s class (graph paper & calligraphic dual marker); please bring a ruler, pencil and note pad. Any questions, please feel free to contact the instructor at (352) 383-1264.
Instructor: Sandra Wright
$55 members, $85 non-members

Creating Unique Greeting Cards
Thursdays
Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
2/7/13 (One (1) day only)
3/7/13 (One (1) day only)
4/11/13 (One (1) day only)
Create Greeting Cards and Matching Envelopes from Wallpaper Sample Books. This very unique, fun and easy one-day class will make you a hit with family and friends. Don’t miss out!!! Limited seating, so Register Today. Please bring pencil, scissors, glue stick and ruler.
Instructor: Sandra Wright
$20 members & non-members

To register for any of these classes, fill out our registration form.

MDCA History

In 1975, a group of art-loving citizens held the first Mount Dora Arts Festival. It was a small event, but it was a big success. It was decided to have an Arts Festival every year.

In 1984, many of these same citizens of Mount Dora banded together to form the Mount Dora Cultural Council. It was their goal to celebrate the arts in Mount Dora, as well as further promote and improve the quality of the Arts Festival. Staffed by volunteers and funded through membership dues and private contributions, the Cultural Council began to grow.

In 1985, The Cultural Council moved into 138 East 5th Avenue. As time went by, more and more people joined the Cultural Council, and in 1986, the Board of Trustees resolved to change the name to Mount Dora Center for the Arts. The Mount Dora Center for the Arts has provided quality art experiences in the Lake County region of Central Florida ever since.

Mount Dora Center for the Arts is a community oriented 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering an understanding and appreciation of art and culture through exhibitions, arts education programs and being host to the annual Mount Dora Arts Festival.

The Center maintains a year-round calendar of arts-related events and activities and serves the community by providing changing exhibits of original art, arts education programs, classes, seminars and lectures.

MDCA continues to produce the Mount Dora Arts Festival, Mount Dora’s signature event, which hosts 285 artists and draws 285,000 people.

In 1995, with a 30% down payment and owner-financed mortgage, the MDCA Board of Trustees purchased the building where the Arts Center had been located for thirteen years. MDCA has continued to serve the community by creating and supporting activities to promote the arts in our community.

Meet Our Board of Directors and Staff


 

“Mount Dora in the Fall”

PLEIN AIR PAINT OUT AND EXHIBIT

Artists of all skill levels are invited to paint the scenic Mount Dora waterfront, quaint downtown or rural scenes. Artists may join in the sunset Paint Out at Lakeside Inn and a day of painting at the Village Market. Prizes are awarded.

PAINT OUT: $30
Friday November 7, 2014 to Thursday November 13, 2014
Artists Reception  November 14, 2014 from 6pm – 8pm in the MDCA Gallery

EXHIBIT: November 7, 2014 – December 8, 2014

Helen Avalon – Hay Bales

FEATURED ARTISTS:
Helen Avalon and Catherine Hempel
We are excited to have these two wonderful plein-air artists join us for this event.  Each one will be painting in the Paint Out and exhibiting in our gallery. Both women have been 1st place winners in previous paint outs.

 

Catherine Hempel – Evans Park Marina

PAINT OUT SCHEDULE

Friday, November 7
8:30 – 12:00 Artist check in MDCA Gallery
9:00 –5:00 Paint Mount Dora

Saturday, November 8
8:30-12:00 to Artist check in MDCA Gallery
9:00 – 5:00 Paint Mount Dora

Sunday, November 9
9:00 – 4:30 Artist check in MDCA Gallery
9:00 – 5:00 Paint Mount Dora
9:00 – 2:00 Artists Paint the Mount Dora Village Market

Monday, November 10
9:00 – 4:30 Artist check in MDCA Gallery
9:00 – 5:00 Paint Mount Dora

Tuesday day, November 11
9:00 – 4:30 Artist check in MDCA Gallery
9:00 – 5:00 Paint Mount Dora
4:00 to sunset  Paint the waterfront at Lakeside Inn

Wednesday, November 12
9:00 – 4:30 Artist check in MDCA Gallery
9:00 – 5:00 Paint Mount Dora

Thursday, November 13
9:00 -3:00 Paint Mount Dora
3:00  Turn in Paintings no later than 3pm

Friday, November 14
6pm – 8pm Artists Reception at MDCA Gallery

Awards:
1st Place $100
2nd Place $50
3rd Place $30

PAINT OUT RULES

  • Work can be done in Oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor or pencil.
  • Pieces may be no larger than 16” x 20”.
  • Canvases must be stamped by MDCA prior to painting.
  • Up to 3 pieces may be entered.
  • Submission deadline is Thursday. Nov.14 at 3 pm.
  • Work must be able to be hung.

To register, please contact Nancy at 352.383.0880 or email her at Nancy@mountdoracenterforthearts.org

43rd Annual Mount Dora Arts Festival

43rd ANNUAL MOUNT DORA ARTS FESTIVAL
February 3rd & 4th, 9 AM to 5 PM

Steve Bowersock, 2018 Poster Artist

Official Mount Dora Arts Festival Website 

2017 Best of Show, Jack Hill (Deland, Florida)

This is a juried, fine arts festival for all art lovers, casual festival-goers, and families! Nothing compares to the Mount Dora Arts Festival!
Click here for our “Official” festival website!

Downtown Mount Dora, with its New England architecture and breathtaking views of Lake Dora is the backdrop for this event. In addition to the endless rows of fine art, including oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, clay, sculpture and photography, the festival features local and regional musical entertainment at a main stage in Donnelly Park.

Festival food will be provided in separate food courts and local downtown restaurants offer a wide variety of cuisine. As well as the local merchants will be open for extra shopping.

Be kind to your pets — please leave them at home when you visit the Festival (we apologize for the inconvenience). For more information, please continue reading below.

Contact Us


Mount Dora Center
for the Arts

138 East Fifth Avenue
Mount Dora, FL 32757

Phone: 352-383-0880
Fax: 352-383-7753

Education: nancy@mountdoracenterforthearts.org
Marketing: kristina@mountdoracenterforthearts.org
Gallery and Volunteers: beth@mountdoracenterforthearts.org

HOURS
Business Office:
Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Gallery:
Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday11 am – 4 pm

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Art Center Projects

The Mount Dora Center for the Arts is a multifaceted community center providing fine art gallery exhibitions, education programs for all ages and levels, Art of the Deal – an annual fine art auction, monthly Art Strolls and a multitude of volunteer opportunities for all ages. The Mount Dora Center for the Arts also presents the Annual Mount Dora Arts Festival every February. This celebrated art show brings together several hundred nationally acclaimed artists to beautiful historic downtown Mt. Dora for a weekend-long arts experience.

Your tax-deductible donation will help fund these efforts.




Mount Dora Center for the Arts is a community based, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of art and culture in the Central Florida region.

Volunteer

On-Going Volunteer Opportunities & Rewards Program

Mount Dora Center for the Arts has a wonderful opportunity for those interested in contributing to one of the leading Art Centers in the nation. Join us and get involved with classes or exhibits. Earn reward points every time you volunteer and use it towards classes, memberships, and Arts Festival merchandise! Click here to learn more.

Have a special skill that isn’t listed, let us know!  We could possibly use the help!
Contact Beth for more information or to sign up! beth@mountdoracenterforthearts.org


Summer Arts Camp

Give us a call and let’s talk about how you can help. Please note, in the interest of creating a stable environment for the children, student volunteers must sign up for a week at a time, no single days.  If you are ready to sign up, fill out the
Student Volunteer Application and bring it in to Beth at MDCA.

We are always looking for volunteers, teen and adult, to help make the best fine-art Summer Arts Camp for the kids in our community. Summer Camp is busy and vital and lots of fun.


Tools Needed:
A positive attitude, a willingness to help, and a desire to make a difference in the life of a child are required.

Hours of Volunteering:
1st Shift (8:30am – 12:30pm);
2nd Shift (12:30pm – 5:00pm);
All Day (8:30am – 5:00pm).

      *Closed the week of July 4th
       Call (352) 383-0880 or visit the Art Center for details!

VolunteersGallery Greeter

Gallery Greeters answer phones, greet guests in the gallery, give information about current and upcoming exhibits and generally be the first face people new to the Mount Dora Center for the Arts see. During Arts Festival time gallery greeters give out information about, and directions to, the arts festival.

Tools Needed: Cheerful, positive,helpful attitude and big smile.

 


42nd Annual Arts Festival

Our entire festival is volunteer run and we need volunteers for many different areas, doing so many different things. Jobs include: Booth Sitters, Parking Lot Attendants, Artist Hospitality, Artist Check-In, Information Booth, & More!

If interested in learning more about how you can help put on one of the top festivals in the country, please contact us and we’ll work together to find the best fit for you. For a list of volunteer opportunities within the Arts Festival, please read here.


Art Creates Change – “Art in the Park”

Art Creates Change is an outreach program that will take place in Cauley Lott Park. The objective of the program is to create meaningful change in the lives of children through an art program taking place in their neighborhood.

Art events will take place from 10 am to 12 pm every Saturday in March & April, 2017.

Upcoming Dates:
March:
 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
April: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

The classes will present a variety of artistic projects in a fun way that will help children increase their confidence; improve their communication and problem solving skills. If you would like to volunteer for this very special initiative please contact Beth to discuss various positions and opportunities.

 

AOD Sponsors

2015 Art of the Deal Sponsors

High Roller


Roulette

Blackjack
First National Bank of Mount Dora,
Mount Dora Community Trust,
Booth, Ern, Straughan and Hiott, Inc.
Michell & Harlow Middleton,
Stone & Gerken, PA,
Reunion Bank

“Texas Holdem”
eSportsPhoto, Village Coffee Pot
Anchor Coatings, Marie’s Custom Shutters & Blinds
Red Star Construction, Floor Masters
Gary Hopcraft, Mortgage Financial Group

Special Thanks
All Printing provided by Richard Kelley with Ford Press
Cover Photography provided by Marc Vaughn Photography
Cover Face Painting by Mandi Ilene, Orlando Face Paint

 
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