The Gallery

Gallery Hours: Monday -  Friday 10am – 5pm and by appointment

The Gallery at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts is wheelchair accessible.
MDCA is compliant with section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, (c). No individual shall be denied the full and equal enjoyment of services, facilities, privileges, advantages and accommodations of any public place on the basis of disability.

Exhibits Schedule

“Disturbingly Beautiful” Sculptor Trent Manning and Painter Amy Palmer


Exhibit: January 9, 2015 to February 27, 2015
Artist’s Reception:   January 9   6pm to 8pm

This exhibit focuses on the unusual. The images presented have a sense of innocence at first glance but become disturbing upon examination.  In this exhibit Sculptor Trent Manning and Painter Amy Palmer present the cynical side of life  in a way that is both amusing and thought provoking.

Trent Manning finds inspiration in children’s toys. His mixed media pieces are assembled from discarded metal, screws and wood.  The playful quality quickly takes on dark and macabre undertones

Amy Palmer, an artist, illustrator and stay at home mother puts the vignettes that fill her head to paper.  These images often portray a feeling of being trapped, yet the eyes always leave the viewer with the feeling that there is hope.


MDCA Photography Club Contest and Exhibit


Exhibit March 1, 2015 to March 8, 2015
photography club exhibit

Photography artists of all skill levels are invited to participate in a photography contest held by the MDCA Photography Club. Contest Judges are Jeff Phillips from All About Images and Malcolm Yawn  of Malcolm Yawn Photography

You do not need to be a member of the club to participate. Artists may enter up to 3 pieces and works may be between 5” x 7” and 16” x 20”.  All work must have been done in the last year. Interested artists must submit their work by February 25th, 2015.

MDCA Photography Club Contest and Exhibit PROSPECTUSphotography club camera with logo


“You Are Here” Encaustic Work of Russell Thurston – Best In Show “Big Bad Wax” Exhibit


Exhibit March 13, 2015 to May 1, 2015
Artist’s Reception  Friday March 13, 2015

 “If I knew where the songs came from, I’d go there a lot more often.” — Leonard Cohen

This series of paintings are the direct result of returning to the studio after a long hiatus due to health reasons. In order to explore the themes that interest me — nature, science, interconnected systems of information — I start with encaustic monoprints on paper, adding additional layers of mark making.There’s a directness and spontaneity in this work that allowed me to rediscover the sheer joy of painting.

Russell Thurston lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife, a writer, and his son, Max. Previously a photographer and illustrator in Chicago, IL, he has lived and painted in Santa Fe since 1996. During that time, he has had solo and group shows in Santa Fe, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Tucson. He also teaches workshops in encaustic technique.

For more information, please visit Russel’s website.


“Shape and Shadow” National Juried Still Life Exhibition


Exhibit May 8, 2015 to June 19, 2015
Artist’s Reception:May 8, 2015 6 – 8pm

Shape and Shadow National Juried Still Life Show Artists are invited and encouraged to depict inanimate objects for the qualities of form, color, texture, composition and the theme Shape and Shadow. Explore any interpretations that apply.

Open to all artists in all mediums.  Two and three dimensional works will be accepted, as well as mixed media. There are no size restrictions for 2-D or 3-D work.

Please click for the complete Shape and Shadow Prospectus.


Exhibit Sponsorship

Sponsorship of a Mount Dora Center for the Arts Gallery Exhibit is an important way for an individual or business to support the arts and contribute to our community. At the same time, sponsors can receive great exposure and marketing value for a small donation.For details on sponsoring an exhibit, contact Beth Miller.

Space Rental

The Mount Dora Center For The Arts is pleased to make its facility available for the Community’s use. We have our galleries, classrooms, and community garden for rent.  Download our rental agreement.

Apply to Exhibit

The Mount Dora Center for the Arts invites artists of any media to apply for review for the Gallery Exhibit Series.  For emerging artists, the Mount Dora Center for the arts provides exhibit opportunities, as well as support services including opportunities to show and sell your work, promotion assistance, and research. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Please send via email or mail:

  • Artist Statement
  • Resume or biographical statement
  • Description of body of work to be presented for consideration (medium, process, intent, etc.)
  • Contact Information – name, address, phone, email and website
  • 4-8 jpg images of your work (or hard copy images if mailing)

Please send submissions to:
Beth Miller (
Mount Dora Center for the Arts
138 East Fifth Avenue
Mount Dora, FL 32757