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

“Conceptual Journeys” Peter Filzmaier and Jack King

Exhibit:  August 14, 2015 to September 25, 2015
Artist Reception:  Friday, August 14, 2015    6 – 8 pm

 Artists approach their subject matter from many different angles.  They may visualize a finished piece in their minds eye or they may arrive at the finished piece in a more intuitive manner.  No matter how the final piece of artwork is arrived at it starts with a concept. The artists in this show take the viewer on separate journeys, through concepts that are realized in wood and in paint.  The perfect artistic outcome is achieved through the conceptual journey.

Peter Filzmaier draws his inspiration from people and nature. He takes that concept or feeling and creates paintings that are expressive in the use of color and presentation of the subject.  Peter’s artistic journey evolves through an acquired skill in technique that enables him to present his envisioned concept with an intuitive response that comes through in his work.

Conceptual JourneysJack King seeks to create an equilibrium between the medium, the process and the idea.  He accomplishes this by forming a generalized concept then allowing the medium and the creative process, to impact the development of the final image.  Jack compares his artistic journey with Cuban rafters seeking sanctuary in the US. Although their journey is a physical one that takes place over water and his journey consists of overcoming the obstacles that come with creating sculpture, in the end they all have created an entirely new reality.

Gallery Talk and Demonstration – Saturday August 29, 2015
Please join Peter Filzmaier as he gives a demonstration and talk about this technique, his process and conceptual journey. In the Gallery at MDCA.


Bra-Vo – Taking Action, Making Art, Saving Lives

Exhibit: October 1 – 25, 2015
“Hope For A Lifetime” Gala: October 9, 2015  5pm – 9pm

Bra-Vo is An ‘Art Bra’ event that raises funds to provided free or low cost diagnostic testing for breast cancer to those in need in Lake County, FL. Over the years, Bra-Vo has grown and now incorporates many facets, more than just decorated bras, more than just flamingo flocks that move around the town, more than just a gallery party.  Bra-Vo has heart, Bra-Vo is about community, and Bra-Vo is about access to mammograms for everyone in Lake who needs them.

Over the last three years Arisans on fifth, through Bra-Vo, has donated over $15,800 to the Waterman Foundation for no or low cost diagonstic testing for breast cancer for men and women in Lake County. 

Mount Dora Center for the Arts is proud to partner with the folks who continue to vision and put their hearts into this beautiful community event. For more information please go to their websiteArtisans on fifth, a nonprofit co-operative shop, is located at 134 E. Fifth Avenue in Mount Dora, and is on the downstairs level of the historic brick building occupied by the Mount Dora Center for the Arts.

Artists interested in participating in Bra-Vo 2015

Bra Form – Half torso available in black or whiteEntry Fee: $25

 Forms & Entry Packet can be picked up and paid for at
Artisans on fifth
134 E. 5th Avenue Mount Dora Florida
(Sunday/Monday 11am-5pm and Tuesday through Saturday 10am-5pm)

Art Bras are due back to Artisans by September 25 and are will be part of an exhibit October 1 – 25, 2015 at Mount Dora Center for the Arts Gallery.

For more information please see the Bra-vo Website; Facebook page; or contact Heather/Tina at


“Expressions in Pastel” Pastel Society of Central Florida

Exhibit November 2, 2015 to November 14, 2015
Artist Reception November 6, 2015 5 – 7pm

Pastel is a medium made popular by such artists as Degas and Monet of the Impressionist period. Expressions in Pastel, an exhibit by the Pastel Society of Central Florida, features original works of art in landscape, still life, portrait and abstract paintings. PSCF encourages artistic growth through workshops, guest artists and by sharing knowledge about the medium during monthly meetings on the second Saturday of the month.  More information can be found on their website.

Pastel Artists will be in the gallery during the opening reception, and during Second Friday Art Stroll on November 13, 2015 from 6 to 8pm.


“Mount Dora in the Fall” 2015 Plein Air Paint Out and Exhibit

EXHIBIT – November 20 to December 23, 2015
PAINT OUT – Friday November 13 to Thursday November 19, 2015
ARTIST’S RECEPTION AND AWARDS -  November 20, 2015 from 6pm – 8pm

Artists of all skill levels are invited to paint the scenic Mount Dora waterfront, quaint downtown or rural scenes. Saturday, the Scottish Highland Festival in Gilbert Park provides the opportunity for special subject matter. Other special events being offered are a viewing of Lynn Gertenback’s DVD “The One Hour Plein Air Landscape” and a Quick Draw event at Sydonie Mansion.  The fee to participate in the Paint-Out is $30. Prizes are awarded.

Featured Artists: Debe Abbott and Mary Nell Fruit

Plein Air 2015

Debe Abbott – Near Mt. Dora

Friday, November 13
9:00-5:00 Artist check in MDCA Gallery - Paint Mount Dora
6:00-7:00 “The One Hour Plein Air Landscape”, Lynn Gertenback  -   Watch DVD upstairs  at the Art Center
6:00-8:00  Art Stroll

Saturday November 14
9:00-12:00   Artist check in MDCA Gallery
9:00 – 5:00   Paint Mount Dora
Scottish Highland Festival at Gilbert Park

Sunday, November 15
9:00 – 12:00  Artist check in MDCA Gallery
9:00 – 5:00    Paint Mount Dora

Monday, November 16
9:00 – 4:30 Artist check in MDCA Gallery
9:00 – 5:00 Paint Mount Dora

Plein Air 2015

Mary Nell Fruit – Donnelly Park Fountain

Tuesday, November 17
9:00 – 4:30 Artist check in MDCA Gallery 9:00 – 5:00 Paint Mount Dora

Wednesday, November 18
9:00 – 4:30 Artist check in MDCA Gallery
9:00 – 5:00 Paint Mount Dora
10:00—12:00 Quick Draw at Sydonie Mansion  $10 to participate

Thursday, November 19
9:00 -  Paint Mount Dora
3:00 – Deadline to turn in paintings

Friday, November 20
6pm – 8pm   Artists Reception and awards at MDCA Gallery

Special Events
Lynn Gertenback DVD “The One Hour Plein Air Landscape”
Quick Draw at Sydonie Mansion

Contact Beth to Register and for more information.


“Lost Footprint” – National Juried Exhibition

Exhibit May 13, 2016 to June 16, 2016
Artists Reception May 13, 2016 from 6pm – 8pm

Lost Footprint

It is through art that we document and communicate information about our lives. Things we used to consider social mainstays are now becoming obsolete. The “Lost Footprint” exhibit is intended to push participants to think about the objects and lifestyles we have left behind or are losing.

 “Lost Footprint” 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

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