Maitland Art Center
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To stroll the grounds of the Maitland Art Center is a treat. The outdoor chapel is a place of peace and inspiration. Here, tall trees and flowers combine with a mix Mayan and Christian architecture. The little quotes on the walls, floor, and benches give you something important to think about. What joy!
Inside the gallery, there are traveling exhibits. The one I saw of nature photos by Clyde Butcher was uplifting. The architecture inside the gallery alone is worth paying the entrance fee. The room with painted walls is lovely.
Stroll the gardens to the west of the gallery. Here, studios for guest artists are dotted among a tropical garden. The plants are just gorgeous and so is the turquoise and white architecture! What a delightful place!
J. Andre Smith, a talented architect who, in the 1930s, sought a warm winter escape, created this sanctuary as an artist's colony, with the support of actress Annie Russell and wealthy philanthropist Mary Louis Curtis Bok of Bok Tower Gardens. You can read about his interesting life in the foyer of the museum.
This center would be a blessed place for a wedding!
After your visit, walk down Packwood Ave to Lake Sybelia and enjoy a walk around the lake under the huge trees in this upmarket neighborhood. There is a small lake-view playground called Homer Hough Park where N. Lake Sybelia Drive dead ends to the west.
Only two minutes away is the Audobon Center for Birds of Prey where you can see tiny screech owls and impressive bald eagles. Its setting on Lake Sybelia is beautiful.
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Maitland Art Center is located at 231 Packwood Ave, Maitland FL 32751, call (407) 539-2181.
Gallery is open Tues-Sun 11-4, and admission is $3 for adults, and $2 for seniors and children aged 4-18.
To stroll the grounds and chapel is free.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.