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Holiday Open House Set for Nov. 18 at McRae Studios

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on November 2, 2017



Artist Group Finds Beauty in New Orlando Studio


“It’s Beautiful to Be Back” could easily be the theme for McRae Art Studios’ Holiday Open House, planned for Saturday, Nov. 18, in the studio’s new location in Orlando. The event marks the 23-member artist group’s return to the city of its birth three decades ago, after an 18-year stay in Winter Park, Fla.


The event, from 4-9 p.m., is free and open to the public.


“We can’t wait to show off our beautiful new 10,000 square foot studio space to our collectors and new visitors,” says Stephen Bach, the group’s president. “The turnout for our ‘8×10 Inches of Art’ fundraiser in October was phenomenal. We made lots of new friends that night.”


The eagerly awaited annual Holiday Open House at McRae ( gives art collectors and gift-givers a unique opportunity to browse 23 artist studios, visit with the artists and purchase original art. Hundreds of original art works will be available including paintings, pastels, photographs, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry and ceramics.


McRae Art Studios is located at 1000 Arlington Street in Orlando. Secure on-site parking is available.


MCRAE ART STUDIOS, a collective of 23 independent artists founded in 1986, was established to allow member artists to work and mingle and to attract community attention to the area’s outstanding talent. McRae maintains the highest level of artistic accomplishment by bringing artists into the collective by a jury process. It has been home to many nationally recognized artists. Twice a year, McRae hosts Open Houses that attract thousands of visitors and collectors. For more information:

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Maitland Art Festival

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on November 2, 2017

Robert Ross flowers in an ochre vase

Artist Robert Ross will exhibit in the Maitland Art Festival Nov. 10-12, in Lake Lily Park. Here’s one of the paintings he’ll have there: “Flowers in an Ochre Vase,” 11×14 inches, oil on canvas.

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Octavia Books Hosts Tricia Booker

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on November 2, 2017

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Click here for details on Tricia Booker’s visit to her hometown to talk with other adoptive families about The Place of Peace and Crickets.

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Your Scribbler on First Coast Connect

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on October 31, 2017



November is Long-Term Care Awareness Month, and Darlyn Finch Kuhn is delighted to discuss this important topic on  First Coast Connect at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, November 1st.  Kuhn will focus on her experiences caring for her mother and stepfather in Jacksonville long-distance, while she lived in Orlando. Kuhn, a Jacksonville native, moved back to her hometown to spend the last few weeks of her mother’s life near her childhood home.

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