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

“Mount Dora in the Fall” Paint Out and Exhibition

: November 3rd – 9th, 2016 ($30)

QUICK DRAW: November 8th from 10am to 12pm
at Sydonie Mansion (map) ($15)

ARTISTS RECEPTION: November 11th, 2016

EXHIBIT: November 1st through 23rd, 2016

It’s that time again for the Annual Plein Air exhibit,
“Mount Dora in the Fall!”

Featuring the work of thirty (30) Plein Air Painters, who will spend a week painting scenes in Mount Dora, during the annual paint out from November 3rd through November 9th.

 A Paint Out brings artists together to paint in a specific area at a given time, competing for prizes, time with their fellow artists. This paint out is unique, allowing artists of all skill levels to participate. Mount Dora Center for the Arts (MDCA) believes giving beginners an opportunity to hone their skills is important.

The Quick Draw Competition will take place at the Sydonie Mansion on Tuesday morning, November 8th. The grounds and home offers an abundance of scenes, ready to be captured on canvas.

Plein Air Schedule 

The collected works from both the paint out and the quick draw, will be exhibited beginning November 11th at the Aritists Opening Reception from 6pm to 8pm at the MDCA Art Gallery. Admission is free to the public and is suitable for all ages.

Barbara Duncan Ortiz , the featured painter in the exhibit says, “I remember my first drawing of a rose when I was nine years old and I had a pencil or paintbrush in my hand ever since. My father was my inspiration.”

She works in oils and occasionally watercolors. Her paintings are representational and she works frequently in Plein Air, Alla Prima for the most part. “My desire is to capture what I initially had a strong visual response to and then to clearly convey that visual sensation in paint. Hopefully, the final painting elicits a response from you, the viewer.”

Ortiz studied Fine Art at Monmouth University and at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. In the 80′s and 90′s she lived in Mexico, on the Caribbean. Upon returning to the states, she settled her family in Florida and began taking classes at Crealde School of Art.

She also studied at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts and the Mount Dora Center for the Arts. She says, “I had the privilege of attending workshops under the direction of renowned artists; Greg Kreutz, Stacy Barter, Lori Putnam and Calvin Liang.

“The learning never ends. I believe, that is one of the reasons why I love being an artist.”

She greatly admires and is influenced by such masters as; Sargent, Anders Zorn, Cezanne, Sorolla and contemporary masters, Richard Schmid and David Leffel.

For More Information, Please Contact Beth Miller.
352-383-0880 or by email,

Artists, take advantage of this discounted rate of $99 (Sunday-Thursday) at the beautiful, historical Lakeside Inn. Simply call the hotel and mention “Paint-Out” for your discounted rate. For more info, please visit their website or call 352-383-4101.


MDCA Member’s Showcase Exhibition


EXHIBIT:  December 2nd – December 22, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION:  December 9th from 6-8pm

MDCA Members! It’s that time of year to showcase your artwork,
that you’ve created in the last 12 months, and put it on display!

All mediums (both two and three dimensional works will be accepted), as well as mixed media. Submit your best piece of artwork to be displayed during, Member’s Showcase Exhibition at MDCA Gallery!
Read the prospectus.

Open to ALL 2016 Member Artists! To check your membership status, please contact Nancy by emailing, or by calling 352-383-0880.


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