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

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


Exhibit March 13, 2015 to May 1, 2015
Opening 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.


“Raw and Ardor” – An Exhibit of Outsider (Raw) Art

Exhibit June 29 to July 31, 2015
Opening Reception June 26, 2015 6pm – 8pm

Exhibit Raw and ArdorThe reality of life on the street or for people suffering from mental illness is that of survival.  Fortunately, some people in these circumstances find a creative outlet for their emotions and the results can be extraordinary.  The eccentric work is often called naivRaw and Ardore or raw because the artists are self taught and work with materials that are available.

With “Raw and Ardor” Mount Dora Center for the Arts collaborates with Coalition Ingenu, an organization whose mission is to foster an appreciation for the pure creative process, independent of results, and help to establish an alternative to art built upon layers of academic tradition. This exhibit of work humanizes the perception of people that live on the outskirts of society.

Exhibiting in the MDCA Gallery gives the artists a non-threatening place to show their work and brings much needed attention to the circumstances and lack of services available to those disabled because of mental illness.

From the Coalition Ingenu website “Visitors to these exhibits are enriched by the striking charm and personality of a unique kind of artwork… is comprised of both skill and creativity. Skills can be learned…but creativity refers to the aspect of making that involves personal imagination and invention.”


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