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    Opening Reception, The Lake: A Documentary Exploring Life on Lake Apopka

    Presented by and Hannibal Square Heritage Center at Crealdé School of Art

    September 15, 2017

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    Opening Reception, The Lake: A Documentary Exploring Life on Lake Apopka

    September 15, 2017 – January 13, 2018

    The Lake: A Documentary Exploring Life on Lake Apopka

    This newest collaboration between Crealdé School of Art and the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation offers a contemporary and historic window into the culture and landscape of Central Florida’s Lake Apopka. A team of professional documentary photographers and plein-air painters will guide a master class of students in creating an exhibition of visual art and oral histories that explore the relationship between the lake and the diverse people who call the shores of Florida’s second largest lake their home and place of work. The comprehensive project and archival exhibition will trace Lake Apopka from the early citrus and tourism industry; to the revolutionary mid-century muckfarming industry, which included the partial draining of the lake and led to massive environmental destruction and public health issues, to the current efforts of restoration, responsible land and water management and the emerging eco-tourism industry.

    The finished exhibition will consist of 40 black-and-white archival photographs, oral histories of places and people, a series of 10 plein-air paintings and three large text panels connecting the area’s past with the future. The local story of Lake Apopka has national significance and in many ways represents the American dream of opportunity and pioneering spirits, and the unintentional consequences that sometimes result in the exploitation of land and people.

    This exhibition and research project will be led by historian and former Winter Garden Heritage Foundation Director Kay Cappleman, and documentary photographer and Crealdé School of Art Executive Director Peter Schreyer. The two project directors have a combined experience of more than 40 years of field work and research in the Lake Apopka area. An educational guide will accompany the exhibition, relating the story of Lake Apopka to school children and adults

    The opening event will begin with a 7–9 p.m. reception at the Crealdé’s main campus, including a brief gallery talk by the curators, and will continue at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center from 8–10 p.m. with a live music reception Friday, September 15.

    In late January 2018, kicking off a state-wide traveling exhibition, the Lake Project will open in the City of Winter Garden, where it will be exhibited at the City Hall Art in Public Spaces Gallery and the two galleries operated by the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation. 


    Crealdé School of Art

    600 St. Andrews Boulevard
    Winter Park, FL 32792

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    p>The opening event will begin with a 7–9 pm reception at the Alice & William Jenkins Gallery at the Crealdé main campus and continues at Hannibal Square Heritage Center from 8–10 pm with a live music reception.


    Phone: 4076711886


     Ample parking is available on-site at the main campus.

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