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Listings: Arts and Culture

Here you'll find all the museums, galleries, theaters and cultural spaces of Orlando that we can fit in one place. Check out our calendar at orlandoweekly.com every day to keep up with your city's many enlightening, edifying and educational events.

GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS

Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens

633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park, 407-647-6294, polasek.org

The Czech artist's former residence is now a gallery, surrounded by gorgeous lakeside gardens full of his bronze sculptures.

Anita S. Wooten Gallery

Valencia College East Campus, 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, 407-582-2298, valenciacollege.edu/artsandentertainment/gallery

Valencia students and faculty display their work in this white-box gallery alongside that of visiting and local artists.

Art and History Museums – Maitland

231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland, 407-539-2181, artandhistory.org

The cultural complex includes the Maitland Art Center (newly designated a National Historic Landmark), the Germaine Marvel multi-use space, the Victorian-era Waterhouse Residence, the Telephone Museum and the Carpentry Shop Museum.

Arts on Douglas

123 Douglas St., New Smyrna Beach, 386-428-1133, artsondouglas.net

The exhibition arm of Atlantic Center for the Arts shows cutting-edge visual works in the heart of this charming beach town.

Atlantic Center for the Arts

1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach, 386-427-6975, atlanticcenterforthearts.org

The residency program, which draws internationally renowned visual artists, writers and musicians, also offers public exhibits and performances several times per year.

Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum

656 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407-628-8200, casafeliz.us

Winter Park's landmark farmhouse, designed by noted architect James Gamble Rogers in 1932, hosts art, music and talks on historical preservation within its luxurious walls.

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407-645-5311, morsemuseum.org

This museum features an astounding collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including a recently opened wing dedicated to recreating the essence of Laurelton Hall, Tiffany's Long Island estate.

CityArts Factory

29 S. Orange Ave., 407-648-7060, cityartsfactory.com

This downtown arts space is the center of Orlando's Third Thursday art strolls. It hosts shows that change monthly, and it's home to a number of independent galleries and arts spaces.

Cornell Fine Arts Museum

1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park, 407-646-2526, rollins.edu/cfam

Tucked away on the campus of Rollins College, this museum recently received a major gift of contemporary art, the Alfond Collection, from a pair of alumni.

Crealdé School of Art

600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park, 407-671-1886, crealde.org

The school, set in lakeside bungalows with a sculpture garden, is known for creative classes as well as ever-changing gallery shows.

The Falcon

819 E. Washington St., 407-423-3060, facebook.com/thefalconbar

Revolving shows from emerging local artists, specializing in lowbrow, street and graffiti art.

Faith Arts Village Orlando

221 E. Colonial Drive, 407-222-1231, faithartsvillage.com

This ministry of Park Lake Presbyterian Church, housed in an old motel, provides individual artists studios and hosts a monthly art market.

Flying Horse Editions

500 W. Livingston St., 407-235-3619, flyinghorse.cah.ucf.edu

University of Central Florida's fine art research facility and nonprofit publisher of limited-edition prints, artist books and multiple-edition art objects.

Gallery at Avalon Island

39 S. Magnolia Ave., facebook.com/thegalleryatavalonisland

The historic building recalls Orlando's past; the sophisticated exhibits within feature local, national and international artists.

Hannibal Square Heritage Center

642 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, 407-539-2680, hannibalsquareheritagecenter.org

Established in 2007, the gallery presents exhibitions and displays archival photos and historical documents related to the African-American experience in the evolving west Winter Park neighborhood.

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida

851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, 407-628-0555, holocaustedu.org

The tiny gallery within the Jewish Community Center hosts rotating exhibits that challenge the viewer.

Jai Gallery

47 E. Robinson St., 407-921-0693, jaigallery.net

Contemporary art gallery hopes to encourage a new generation of collectors.

Jeanine Taylor Folk Art

211 E. First St., Sanford, 407-323-2774, jtfolkart.com

This gallery in downtown Sanford actively promotes visionary folk artists such as Purvis Young and Mary Proctor.

Loft 55 Gallery

55 W. Church St., 407-451-6186, mkt.com/loft55gallery

Urban art gallery and boutique with a focus on supporting local artists and causes.

Museum of Art DeLand

Main location: 600 N. Woodland Blvd., satellite: 100 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, 386-734-4371, moartdeland.org

Smart curating and passionate board members have led to impressive in-house exhibitions by artists from Florida and beyond.

The Mennello Museum of American Art

900 E. Princeton St., 407-246-4278, mennellomuseum.com

The space is tiny, but it packs a lot of punch. It's a showcase for works by folk artist Earl Cunningham and an eclectic mix of traveling exhibitions.

Orange County Regional History Center

65 E. Central Blvd., 407-836-8500, thehistorycenter.org

This storehouse of archived wonders fills its exhibition spaces with traveling exhibitions as well as homegrown collections.

Orlando Museum of Art

2416 N. Mills Ave., 407-896-4231, omart.org

Nestled into Loch Haven Park, the newly reinvigorated OMA shows work by major artists as well as homegrown talent.

Redefine Gallery

29 S. Orange St., 407-648-7060, redefinegallery.com

A tiny space within CityArts, Redefine is the area's most reliable purveyor of cutting-edge graffiti and street art.

Snap Space

1013 E. Colonial Drive, snaporlando.com

Slick photography-centric gallery in Mills 50 based in the historic Cameo Theatre building hosts the best art parties in town.

Southeast Museum of Photography

Daytona State College, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Building 1200, Daytona Beach, 386-506-4475, smponline.org

Yes, it's way out there in Daytona, but photography lovers know it's worth the drive to the coast to visit. Just about every angle of photography gets explored in the expansive institution with multiple galleries of national and international works.

The Terrace Gallery

Orlando City Hall, 400 S. Orange Ave., 407-246-4279, cityoforlando.net/arts

This gallery showcases some of the city of Orlando's public art collection, as well as nationally touring and locally curated exhibitions.

UCF Gallery

University of Central Florida, Visual Arts Building, 12400 Aquarius Agora Drive, 407-823-5470, gallery.cah.ucf.edu

Parking at UCF can be tough, but the gallery's faculty and student shows feature innovative modern works.

Well's Built Museum

511 W. South St., 407-245-7535, wellsbuilt.org

Housed in a historic hotel, Well's Built is a trove of African-American artifacts.

Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts

227 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville, 407-647-3307, zoranealehurstonmuseum.com

This little gallery is devoted to African-American history and culture, and features the often-challenging work of contemporary artists of African descent.

THEATERS AND PERFORMING ARTS GROUPS

The Abbey

100 S. Eola Drive, 407-704-6261, abbeyorlando.com

A small mixed-use room in an ornate setting – with full bar service – hosts cabaret, comedy, community theater and concerts, as well as the Orlando Ballet Uncorked series.

Annie Russell Theatre

Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park, 407-646-2145, rollins.edu/annierussell

Red velvet curtains, plush cinema seats and the ghost of the namesake actress accentuate the dramatic at this student theater known for its productions of challenging works.

Athens Theatre

124 N. Florida Ave., DeLand, 386-736-1500, athenstheatre.org

DeLand's restored historic theater hosts a resident community theater group, youth theater and concerts.

Bach Festival Society

1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park, 407-646-2182, bachfestivalflorida.org

BFS presents an annual season of classical music, performed by the 160 volunteer members as well as visiting artists.

Bob Carr Theater

401 W. Livingston St., 844-513-2014, drphillipscenter.org

Now operated by the Dr. Phillips Center, this old standby still hosts the Orlando Phil, as well as concerts and variety shows.

Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park

421 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, 407-920-4034, breakthroughtheatre.com

Non-Equity community theater features dance, theater and musical events.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

445 S. Magnolia Ave., 844-513-2014, drphillipscenter.org

Brand-new and beautiful, downtown's airy glass-and-steel cultural facility offers various multi-use spaces and theaters.

DRIP

8747 International Drive, 347-855-3747, ilovedrip.org

Dance/performance art troupe is known for flinging colored liquids and powders about the stage and on each other.

Footlight Theatre at the Parliament House

410 N. Orange Blossom Trail, 407-425-7571, parliamenthouse.com

The legendary gay resort is home to this small theater, which thrills audiences with drag delights and original comedies, musicals and guest productions.

Garden Theatre

160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden, 407-877-4736, gardentheatre.org

The lovingly restored historic theater in quaint downtown Winter Garden hosts theater, film and family shows.

Improv Orlando

9101 International Drive, 407-480-5233, theimprovorlando.com

Touring and local stand-ups, magicians and sketch comedy troupes perform while patrons enjoy dinner and drinks.

Mad Cow Theatre

54 W. Church St., 407-297-8788, madcowtheatre.com

The established and well-regarded Mad Cow Theatre features regular stage productions as well as classes, workshops and socials.

Orlando Ballet

445 S. Magnolia Ave., 844-513-2014, drphillipscenter.org

Orlando's professional ballet company settles gracefully into its new home at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

812 E. Rollins St., 407-770-0071, orlandophil.org

Wider fare than just classical music keeps the only professional orchestra in action: pops, film scores, opera and distinguished guest artists.

Orlando Repertory Theatre

1001 E. Princeton St., 407-896-7365, orlandorep.com

Professional family theater productions have become the domain of Orlando Rep, which also presents shows from its Youth Academy.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., 407-447-1700, orlandoshakes.org

One of the top Shakespeare companies in the country, OST produces a regular season in addition to PlayFest, which showcases new works.

The Princess Theater

115 W. First St., Sanford, 321-578-1463, princesstheatersanford.com

Home to the Cornerstone Theatre Company, which produces a well-received slate of classics each season.

Queen's Head Theatre

5429 Lake Howell Road, Winter Park, 407-960-4856, queensheadtheatre.com

Theatre company founded in 2014 has thus far presented a mix of sentimental classics (Steel Magnolias) and edgy new work (Tracy Letts' Bug).

SAK Comedy Lab

29 S. Orange Ave., 407-648-0001, sak.com

Good, clean fun is the hallmark of the troupe that specializes in improvisational comedy shows.

Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows

8267 International Drive, 407-363-1985, sleuths.com

Some of the best improvisers in town make it work here.

Theatre UCF

4000 Central Florida Blvd., 407-823-2862, theatre.ucf.edu

University of Central Florida's theater undergrads and grad students tackle an ambitious year-round schedule.

The Venue

511 Virginia Drive, 407-412-6895, thevenueorlando.com

This theater and performance space is the home of Blue Star and her Varietease troupe, but also hosts plays, concerts, dance performances and cabarets.

The Winter Park Playhouse

711 N. Orange Ave., Winter Park, 407-645-0145, winterparkplayhouse.org

Cabarets, musicals and holiday fare – this little community theater offers a busy theatrical calendar all year round. n

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