August artist of the month: Michelle Jones, blending music and light

If you missed Michelle Jones and Violectric perform at Lake Eola last December, be sure to be downtown this year on Dec. 14. Jones’ seven-member band blends music and light in a unique and totally modern way.Jones grew up in Spartanburg, North Carolina, but the lure of performing in the happiest place on Earth soon brought her here to Orlando. […]

Thornton Park mural commemorates century of women’s suffrage

Paintings of two major influencers of the women’s suffrage movement are framed by flowers and sun rays on the wall facing the Thornton Park laundromat. The newest mural in Thornton Park commemorates Beth Johnson, the first female state senator in Florida, and Mary Mcleod Bethune, the founder of Bethune-Cookman University. “One really cool fact about Mary Mcleod is that she […]

Will Benton: The man behind FAVO

Artist of the month

There is an old saying: “Where there is a ‘Will’ there is a way.” In every aspect, that describes Will Benton and his journey to create the Faith Arts Village, commonly known as FAVO. Benton’s story begins on a cattle farm in Beaver Dam, Kentucky. The youngest of four boys of a Methodist preacher, his love of classical and church […]

June O-town artist: Patty Sheehan

Commissioner Patty Sheehan

When discussing Commissioner Patty Sheehan, Bill Stevens, her aid, described her as a “multi-faceted person.” “Her job is one piece, but there are many others— like her paintings, her pottery, her glass blowing, her gardening and her love of animals, just to name a few,” Stevens said. While sitting down with her for a few minutes at a recent Orlando […]

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