Macy's has had its Thanksgiving Day parade and Santa has been enthroned in malls throughout the country, so we are officially in the season.
Free Fridays at Morse
In the spirit of the holidays, the Morse Museum of American Art in downtown Winter Park has free admission from 4-8 p.m. on Fridays through Dec. 28, beginning today. There will be live chamber music (a quartet of bass, flute, guitar and harp tonight), curator tours of the world-renowned collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany and other exhibits, a stained-glass demonstration, and a hands-on, take-it-home art project for the kids. Check out the gift shop for some unique holiday presents including "Louis C. Tiffany and the Art of Devotion," a gorgeous, new coffee-table book that includes works in the Morse's collection. On Dec. 6 the museum will light up nine of its Tiffany windows in nearby Central Park. The Morse is at 455 N. Park Ave.; call 407-645-5311 for details.
Space Coast Art Festival
As I have for more than three decades, I will do some of my holiday shopping at the Space Coast Art Festival in downtown Cocoa Beach. The 49th annual event, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, is at State Road A1A and Minuteman Causeway. It always has a huge selection of fine art and fine crafts at every price point. I'll be steps from our beach home, avoiding the mall, supporting working artists and finding great gifts for family and friends.
Villages Art League
As regular readers know, I love watching art being created … and sold. The 15th Annual Artists' Showcase of the Villages Art League includes a demonstration in which several artists paint on multiple canvases, then move to the next and the next, each adding their own genius. (We used to do this in our studios at OVAL —now CityArts Factory — and it was great fun. Most times the finished piece was amazing.) The art league's show and sale is Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., in Wildwood at the Savannah Center on Buena Vista Boulevard; call 800-245-1081 for details.
Critique & Conversation
Enjoy the company of fellow art-aholics at the Maitland Art Center's monthly Artists' Critique & Conversation at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The C&C is moderated by three professional artists, and amateurs to professionals bring in recent work for feedback, suggestions and edification. Everyone is welcome to attend, ask questions and share opinions/suggestions. MAC is at 231 W. Packwood Ave.; call 407- 539-2181 for details.