When in Orlando…

When in Orlando…

While in Orlando visiting Disney recently, I was hungering for something off the beaten path. Searching through our guide book I came across The Maitland Art Center, and made the twenty minute trip north of theme-park Orlando. Founded as an art colony by architect and artist, J. André Smith in 1937 and known as The Research Studio, The Maitland Art Center thrives today with gallery exhibitions, artist studios on campus and a strong curriculum of art instruction for adults and children. The Art Center including the house, gardens and chapel are recognized by the State of Florida as a historic site and is on the National Register of Historic Places and would be an interesting venue for weddings and parties. The unique gardens, sculptures, and “Mayan Revival” architecture were certainly a welcome treat after three days at Orlando Theme Parks.

Milton Avery’s rendition of The Research Studio, 1949.

Etching by J. André Smith

Etching by J. André Smith

Photography Beth Horta for Sweet Sabelle.



  • by Joy, post on | Reply

    This really appeals to my inner archeologist, you discovered a treasure! Who knew Mayan ruins in Florida or is this the Indiana Jones tour? Thank you, thank you for another gift.

    • by sweetsabelle, post on | Reply

      Thank you, Joy, Miss You!

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