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Maitland Art Center

Orlando, FL
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Maitland Art Center, Orlando FL

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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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The painted room where you can sit on wooden chairs and read art books.
The painted room where you can sit on wooden chairs and read art books.
The special exhibit room is beautiful.
The special exhibit room is beautiful.
Mayan engraving and palm.
Mayan engraving and palm.
The entrance to the outdoor chapel.
The entrance to the outdoor chapel.
Unusual sculptures.
Unusual sculptures.
Christian and Mayan elements are intertwined.
Christian and Mayan elements are intertwined.
Carved tiles and bench.
Carved tiles and bench.
Spiritual sculpture and tiles.
Spiritual sculpture and tiles.
I stood at the gate of life...
I stood at the gate of life...
Unique stepping blocks.
Unique stepping blocks.
Tall trees and ornate carvings.
Tall trees and ornate carvings.
Blessed doorway.
Blessed doorway.
Window carved with flowers.
Window carved with flowers.
Pale and dark pink azaleas.
Pale and dark pink azaleas.
White and pink azalea.
White and pink azalea.
Blue painted wall carving.
Blue painted wall carving.
Sunflower doorways.
Sunflower doorways.
The carved floors feel just right in every shape and form.
The carved floors feel just right in every shape and form.
Carved floor.
Carved floor.
Flower decoration.
Flower decoration.
Bell-like flowers and Spanish moss.
Bell-like flowers and Spanish moss.
Another delightful doorway.
Another delightful doorway.
Ironwork gate with flowers.
Ironwork gate with flowers.
Looking toward the museum from the garden.
Looking toward the museum from the garden.
Looking toward the gate from the garden.
Looking toward the gate from the garden.
Mayan bell-tower.
Mayan bell-tower.
Turquoise door, turquoise windows, white-washed stucco cottage.
Turquoise door, turquoise windows, white-washed stucco cottage.
Shaded gallery and sunflower gate.
Shaded gallery and sunflower gate.
Bench for reflection.
Bench for reflection.
Open tiles looking out on the blue sky.
Open tiles looking out on the blue sky.
Shaded turquoise corridor.
Shaded turquoise corridor.
Flower engravings and cottage in distance.
Flower engravings and cottage in distance.
Water lily in the garden.
Water lily in the garden.
Bench in the garden.
Bench in the garden.
Colorful mural under turquoise ceiling.
Colorful mural under turquoise ceiling.
Cottage amidst the garden.
Cottage amidst the garden.
Curved walkway past cottages.
Curved walkway past cottages.
Mural in the garden.
Mural in the garden.
Orange pickers mural.
Orange pickers mural.
Tall trees shade the spaces between cottages.
Tall trees shade the spaces between cottages.
The tree matches the carving!
The tree matches the carving!
Spanish-style courtyard.
Spanish-style courtyard.
Shaded bench.
Shaded bench.
A colorful spot.
A colorful spot.
Turquoise ironwork fence.
Turquoise ironwork fence.
Engraved fireplace in the museum.
Engraved fireplace in the museum.
Looking toward Lake Sybelia from the museum.
Looking toward Lake Sybelia from the museum.
 

Directions

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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Last Updated Tue, 28 Apr 2015 23:11:59 GMT