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

“Shape and Shadow” National Juried Still Life Exhibition


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

Artists in all mediums were invited to depict inanimate objects for the qualities of shape and shadow in form, color, texture, composition.    Artists from around the country entered the competition. The juror selected 31artists to show their work and awarded $700 in prizes.    The beautiful interpretations of the theme include work done in oil, acrylic, pastel and photography.

Still Life is a specific genre of painting that emerged in the Middle Ages as artists brought forward segments from their figurative paintings depicting the arranged objects as the subject matter.  The objects depicted were symbols of vanity, pleasure and death. By the 19th century the impressionists were no longer interested in photo realism. They used texture and color to evoke the beauty of the objects.  The cubists then moved still life into abstraction.  Today artists use all of these styles to present their themes.



Image 1 – Anthony Almeida, Within the Shadows, Mixed Media
Image 2 – Ann Worrall, Geraniums in Morning Light, Oil


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

Exhibit: June 29 to July 28, 2015
Opening Reception June 26, 2015 6pm – 8pm
Q & A with Robert Bullock from the Coalition Ingenu at 7:30pm

Exhibit Raw and Ardor

Crude and passionate. The art in this exhibit has many stories behind it. The power of each piece often goes beyond what it looks like, and includes the history of the extraordinary life circumstances that led to the unique thoughts and perceptions of the artist. The appearance of each piece includes the story of its path of evolution, the materials used in its creation, and how it came to be rescued from obscurity, and from the common disregard to which the makers of this art have all-too-often grown accustomed. It is more than entertainment, more than a product or item for sale as a commodity. It is archeological evidence of the existence of a human being, somewhere in the world, who is not like any other.

WithRaw and Ardor “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.”

Special Question and Answer session with Robert Bullock from the Coalition Ingenu at 7:30 pm during the Opening Reception – June 26, 2015 (6pm – 8pm)


Sponsors for this Gallery Exhibit

Image 1 – Jim Bloom  Lecture Night in Looneyland 
Image 2 – Justin Duerr  Night Witch Flight Surgery


“Conceptual Journeys” Peter Filzmaier and Jack King

Exhibit:  August 14, 2015 to September 28, 2015
Artist Reception:  Friday, August 14, 2015    6 – 8 pm

Conceptual JourneysArtists 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.

Conceptual JourneysPeter 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 concConceptual Journeysept with an intuitive response that comes through in his work.

Jack 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.


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

October 2015

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.

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 website.

We will post more details as we get them, but look forward to this wonderful event.


“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. Artists may join in the sunset Paint Out at Lakeside Inn and a day of painting at the Village Market.  The fee to participate in the Paint-Out is $30. Prizes are awarded.

Plein Air 2015

Debe Abbott – Near Mt. Dora

Featured Artists: Debe Abbott and Mary Nell Fruit

Plein Air 2015

Mary Nell Fruit – Donnelly Park Fountain



For more information regarding “Mount Dora in the Fall” please click here.


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