Plein Air Paint Out & Exhibit

Plein Air Exhibit
November 10th – December 2nd, 2017

Artists Reception & Awards
Friday, November 10th, 2017
From 6 pm – 8 pm (free admission, open to everyone)

Plein Air Paint out:
November 1st to 7th, 2017
Registration fee: $30

Plein Air Quick Draw:
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Location: Trimble Park (5802 Trimble Park Rd, Mt Dora, FL 32757) Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Check-in begins at 1 pm.
Registration fee: $15

Featured Exhibit Artist, Lynne Polley

Lynne Polley has called Florida her home for over thirty years. An aware winning graphic designer in the fields of advertising and publishing, Lynne’s paintings have been exhibited in numerous exhibitions across the country.

Lynne’s many years of working in the field of graphic arts and her experience as an oil painter, have both contributed to her love of design, color, and composition. Drawn to the beauty, one can only find outdoors, she continues to respond to nature and has studies with some of the nations best contemporary plein air artists.

Lynne says, “I find that I am driven to consistently explore all directions of creating art to achieve my personal best. I love to experiment and find the camaraderie that my painting community offers, to be such a wonderful support. I have been studying plein air for the past seven years and I’m drawn to light and shape of hidden out-of-the-way places.” Lynne currently has a studio located in College Park, Florida.

Three Ways to Register:

1) Phone: 352-383-0880
2) Email:
3) Stop in at MDCA (138 E. 5th Ave. Mt. Dora, FL 32757)

Mount Dora Jewelry & Accessories Show

Saturday & Sunday,
September 30th & October 1st, 2017
10 am – 5 pm (both days)

Join us for the Mount Dora Jewelry & Accessories Show!
A huge selection of handmade jewelry and accessories from over 50+ juried-in artists! 

Don’t buy knock-off, mass-produced jewelry and accessories, when you can buy one-of-a-kind, quality made! This is a great time to treat yourself or for that special someone with a unique gift. The jewelry and accessories will be sold in a wide range of prices, to meet the needs of everyone’s wallet.

Location: Lake Receptions
4425 N Highway 19A, Mt Dora, FL 32757

Cost: Admission is $5 per person at the door.

$1 from each admission, will be donated to Lake Cares Food Pantry (a non-profit), providing food and other necessary items directly to the people who need assistance in Lake County, Florida.

Other proceeds will help fund Mount Dora Center for the Arts (a non-profit) outreach programs, art classes and workshops, offer free gallery exhibits, kids summer arts camps, and more!

Sponsor/Vendor Opportunities! Do you own your own business or representing one and would like to become a Sponsor/Show Vendor? Learn more on how you can advertise your organization.

Pine Needle Weaving

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Session I:   10/19/17 – 10/30/17  (4 classes/weeks)
Session II:   11/6/17 – 11/27/17   (4 classes/weeks)

Want to learn one of the oldest crafts in Florida? Then come join this class!

In Session one, is the basics of working with pine needles. When the class is done, you will go home with your first piece of pine needle art. For session two, you will learn two new stitches and will finish a small basket. 

** All materials are included.

Instructor: Susan Rodimon
$100 members, $130 non-members


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“Spirited” Shrine Box – 1 Day Workshop

October 20, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Using vintage imagery, found objects, and a variety of assemblage techniques, participants will create a altered cigar box shrine.
Honoring a soul that has passed on.

Personalize your shrine by incorporating photos of an ancestor or a dear loved one. You’ll leave with a meaningful keepsake that can be enjoyed year-round. 

** Bring any special photos or memorabilia. Materials will be included.

Instructor: Chelsey Velilla
$75 members, $100 non-members

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Drawing – Works on Paper

Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Classes meet once a month for a 3 month session.

Works on Paper I – September 11, 2017
An exploration of traditional drawing techniques

Works on Paper II – October 9, 2017
Experiment with contemporary approaches in the drawing process.

Works on Paper III – November 13, 2017
Enhance your drawings with mixed media on paper.

This class is for ALL levels of drawing. We will start each session with a short demo and a few experimental exercises. Participants will then work on their assigned project for the day in any medium of their choice. Instructor will provide individual assistance if needed. We will finish the session with a group discussion. Come with a positive attitude and your favorite lunch, while enjoying a few days of creative fun with your fellow artists!

Basic materials will be provided for first day, but please bring additional materials of your choice for your project.

Instructor: Lucina Roark
$195 members, $225 non-members


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Therapeutic Art Immersion

Time: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Session I: 10/10/17 – 10/25/17 (4 classes/weeks)
Session II: 11/7/17 – 11/28/17 (4 classes/weeks)

Recovering from a loss, health issue, or other stressful situation?
Let go and let art, in a non-judgmental, guided art experience class. Our group will encourage creativity and relaxation, while fostering a sense of simple joy, accomplishment, and community. Art exercises will include mixed media, collage, mandalas, pen and watercolor wash, doodling, journaling, and more!

** $10 material fee per week, all supplies are provided

Instructor: Jackii Molsick, FWS
$100 members, $130 non-members


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Painting with a Graph

Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Session I: 9/11/17 – 12/2/17     (4 classes/weeks)
Session II: 10/16/17 – 11/6/17  (4 classes/weeks)

Discover your creative gene. Bring your favorite photo or clipping from a magazine, that you would like to paint! Choose a canvas size and bring a print, the same size as your canvas. We will begin working in acrylics to create your personalized masterpiece!

** Please bring a ruler and a canvas (the same size as your image). All other materials will be included.

Instructor: Kathy Kasper
$85 members, $115 non-members


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Portraiture Open Studio

Time: 10 am to 12pm
Starting: 9/12/17 to 12/12/17

This will be a studio where experienced artists can work in any media they choose, or where a beginner can be mentored and assisted through basic anatomy, and the geography of the face through both 2D and 3D exploration. Live models will be utilized on occasion.

Suggested donation: $5 per class

Intro to Traditional Calligraphy – 1 Day Workshop

Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00pm

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

Students will be introduced to basic lettering strokes that form the alphabet and create beautiful calligraphy. Rediscover the art of handwritten communication with this beginner’s class.

Please bring Rhodia grid pad and Speedball Elegant Write Calligraphy marker (2.50 or 3.0) or Zig Calligraphy marker (black is recommended).

Any questions, please feel free to contact the instructor at:

Instructor: Lynda Chandler
$30 members, $60 non-members (for each session)


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“Spectrum” Exhibition

EXHIBIT:  August 11th – September 23rd, 2017

EXHIBIT OPENING/RECEPTION:  Friday, August 11th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
(during Mount Dora Art Splash)

The word inhibition doesn’t apply to artists on the autistic spectrum. The artists are extremely free in their use of materials, often finding unconventional ways to handle or apply them. The autistic artist often fixates on a particular shape or repetitive pattern that will be repeated in many of their works.

An exhibit at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts, featuring the work of several artists on the autistic spectrum, opens August 11. MDCA has partnered with VSA Florida to bring the exhibit “Spectrum” to Mount Dora. The mission of VSA Florida is to provide, support and champion arts education and cultural experiences for and by people with disabilities.

Mount Dora Center for the Arts Board and Staff


Ozell Ward
Retired Business Owner

Vice President
Lynn Jones
Artist, Retired Flight Attendant

William R. Lowery
Retired Educator

Jessica Belmontes
Mortgage Closer


Gary Hopcraft
Retired Art Educator & Artist

Grimm DePanicis
Retired Business Owner

Katrina Thomas Stone
Attorney, Stone & Gerken

Amanda Kelley
Owner, Anchor Coatings and Design Center

Linda Jo Pfeiffer
Retired Art Educator and Art Therapist

Kimberly Watters
Art Educator and Sculptor

Sara Bruce
Art Educator 

Chaitrali Karve
Real Estate Broker 

Sherry Watts
Principal at Minneola Elementary School 

Brock Lesperance
Financial/IT Management Professional  

Ilka Varnes
Graphic Designer 


Nancy Zinkofsky
Executive Director

Kristina Rosenburg
Marketing Director

Beth Miller
Gallery Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

2017 Summer Camp

Cost for Camp:
$95 per week/half day
$160 per week/full day.

A one time only registration fee of $10 Includes Camp T-Shirt.

Ages: 5-12 years old

1/2 Day
: 8:30am-12:30pm, or
1:30pm – 5:30pm
All Day: 8:30am – 5:30pm
(Please pack a non-microwavable lunch if staying all day).

* If you did not get a confirmation, please call the Art Center to verify your registration.

To Register:

  • Call 352-383-0880 
  • Stop in at MDCA, or 
  • Mail the registration form (138 E. 5th Ave, Mt. Dora, FL 32757)

Payment must be received by first day of class (cash, check, credit card) or pay over the phone ahead of time (accept all major credit card & check cards).

** Need Teen Student Volunteers! **
Is your teen looking for volunteer hours? We could use the help! Fill-out the form and email to or stop by and drop if off.
(Need Volunteers for Week 4, June 26th – June 30th).

Weekly Themes:

  • (CLOSED/FULL) Week 1: June 5th thru June 9th “Winged Wonders” Let your imagination take flight this week. Birds of the world will be your inspiration.
  • Week 2: June 12th thru June 16th “Rock-in the Forest” Take a virtual hike in the woods and observe the colors of nature to create woodland wild life art.
  • Week 3: June 19th thru June 23rd “All Dried Up” Discover the mysteries and capture a snake or lizard in this arid desert landscape.
  • Week 4: June 26th thru June 30th “Down on the Farm” Who’s in the barn? Explore and create your favorite barnyard animals
  • Week 5: July 10th thru July 14th “Welcome to the Jungle” Monkey around with roaring lions and trumpeting elephants to create a masterpiece
    Central Florida Zoo will be visiting with zoo animals!
  • Week 6: July 17th thru July 21st “Deep Deep Blue” Dive into a colorful world while creating life under the sea
  • Week 7: July 24th thru July 28th “Our Animal BFF’s” Your pets are the inspiration in painting and sculpting this week.
  • Week 8: July 31st thru August 4th “Mythical Beasts & Creatures” Unleash your imagination and create the creatures of your dreams

Helpful Clickable Links
2017 Summer Camp – BROCHURE
2017Summer Camp – Printable Enrollment Form
2017 Summer Camp Scholarship Form
2016 Summer Camp Overview

Thank you Sponsors!

2017 MDCA Rockwell Members
(helped sponsor 15 children with scholarships!)

Micky Alderman
Janice Barone
Carol Platt
Cathy Hoechst
Lynn Jones
Bill & Liz Lowery
Carolyn Maimone
Pam McRee
Jackii Molsick
Sonya Watson
Sherry Watts
Richard & Wilma Weidman
Barry & Cookie Wright
Ilka Zuijderland Varnes
Fransje Zuvvhero

(WFTV helped sponsor 10 children with scholarships!)

Call to Artists!

From the Producers of the Mount Dora Arts Festival, bring you the Mount Dora Jewelry & Accessories Show!

Do you Create Unique Handmade Jewelry and or Accessories? Showcase Your Beautiful Jewelry and Accessories in Mount Dora, Florida!

We’re looking for talented artists that create jewelry, purses, hats, scarves, etc!

Artist Set-up: - Friday, September 29th, 2017 (10am to 5pm) - VIP Preview Party from 6 pm to 9 pm (all artist booths must be open – only invited guests may attend) - Saturday & Sunday, doors open to patrons (10am to 5pm)

  • Application Fee: $15.00
  • Application Opens: March 1st, 2017
  • Deadline: June 15th, 2017
  • Exhibiting Space: 10′ x 10′
  • Show: Indoor (secured facility)

Show Location: Lake Receptions 4425 N. Hwy 19-A, Mount Dora, FL 32757

To Apply on Zapplication, click HERE.

For more information or questions, please contact Nancy at: 352-383-0880; Sponsorship Opportunities Available! Are you an organization or a supporter of the Arts? If so, read more about our levels of Sponsorship. Interested or need more information, please contact Kristina Rosenburg (Marketing Director) at: 352-383-0880;

Upcoming Exhibits

October 2017

Plein Air Paint Out & Exhibit
November 2017

Central Florida Pastel Society
December 2017

Basic Beginning Watercolor

Time:  9:30am to 12:00pm

Session I:           9/6/17 – 10/25/17       (six classes/weeks)
Session II:          11/1/17 – 12/6/17     (six classes/weeks)

Interested in exploring watercolor, but afraid to take the plunge?
Come play and explore the possibilities of what the medium can do.
Learn in a “no pressure” setting about color mixing, how to use your brushes, watercolor techniques, special affects, light/shadow, and what makes a good composition. The final class will produce a simple landscape painting.

No experience necessary!
Must have a positive attitude, a willingness to learn and constant practice is encouraged.

Instructor: Jackii Molsick, FWS
$130 members, $160 non-members

Member/Non-member pricing

Creative Mystery – 1 Day Workshop (Saturday)

Time:   10:00am – 4:00pm (Bring Lunch)

Session I:       9/23/17
Session II:     10/10/17
Session III:     11/11/17

Mysteries are intriguing and everyone loves them. I will not reveal the project until all pieces are in place.  Each month we will create a project by exploring different techniques using familiar and unusual materials. Curious?? No clues given except…Guaranteed fun!

Contact the art center for a list of recommended supplies two weeks prior to each project.

Instructor: Ronda Maseman
$100 members, $130 non-members

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Clay Class with Lois Crisp Stover

Time: 6pm to 8pm
Session I: 9/6/17 – 10/11/17 (6 classes/weeks)
Session II: 10/22/17 – 11/22/17 (6 classes/weeks)

Hand building for beginners to advanced – students will learn a wide variety of projects. Functional pieces, sculpture, mini totem poles and much more, let your imagination soar! Registration includes all materials.

Instructor:  Lois Crisp Stover
$185 members/non-members


Kids Clay Class

(Ages 6 to 12)
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)

Imagination is the key in this hand-building clay class. Join instructor Lois Crisp Stover as she teaches how to be successful building bird houses, totems, rain-sticks, bird feeders, animals, and much more. Students will come away with a working knowledge of clay and art work they can be proud of. Registration includes all materials.

Instructor:  Lois Crisp Stover
$150 members & non-members



2nd Friday Art Splash!


We have recently re-branded the Mount Dora Art Stroll to ART SPLASH!
Now with artists and performers On the Streets!

Now the 2nd Friday of every month in Mount Dora means ART,  MUSIC, & MORE!

This exceptional free event meanders through downtown Mount Dora offering a festive evening of art, music and hors d’oeuvres designed to showcase regional independent artists, throughout downtown Mount Dora!

The main locations feature art from independent artists and their guest artists.
Maps can be picked up at Mount Dora Center for the Arts or online. 

Join us in beautiful downtown Mount Dora for the next Art Splash for a Friday night full of art, music, wine and entertainment and of course ART!

Join us on Mount Dora 2nd Friday Art Stroll Facebook page

Official Art Stroll Map –  2nd Friday Schedule for 2016
Every 2nd Friday of the month from 6pm to 8pm! 

  • September 9th: Art Splash 6pm – 8pm
  • October 14th: Art Splash 6pm – 8pm
  • November 11th:Art Splash 6-8pm
  •  December 9th: Art Splash 6-8pm
    (December Holiday Arts and Crafts happens again!)

Community Artists & Downtown Businesses

If you are an artist or host business who is interested in participating, we’d love to have you!  Artists & Businesses Click HERE for more info. 

Questions? Feel free to send an email to or call MDCA
at 352.383.0880 and we’ll do our best to help you.

Thank you to all the Art Stroll sponsors who help make this event successful!

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Yoga Classes

Yoga Flow Class
8:30 am – 9:45 am
at Mount Dora Center for the Arts Gallery

$7.00 per class & for walk-in
$20.00 for a 4-class package
Yoga Instructor: Krista Leland

* Please pay Instructor, not MDCA
** Please bring your own yoga mat

Krista Leland is a certified instructor offering a yoga class for people of all levels of experience and fitness. She focuses on proper breathing, yoga postures and enhancing awareness, while enjoying a natural flow of synchronizing movement of body and breath.

These classes are calm and gentle, but also challenging. Keeping in mind specific, individual needs, and giving each student attention. Instructor aspires to provide a physically challenging practice, while cultivating balance between mind, body, and spirit.