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Will Cotton’s painting of Elle Fanning, “Icing” (2014)
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Orlando Museum of Art Candyland fantasias

Depicting women as edibles is a dicey proposition, no matter how beautifully they’re painted. A new exhibition running to June 5th at the Orlando Museum of Art shows the work of New York artist Will Cotton, whose stock in trade is images of nubile girls dressed in pastry, whipped cream, and candy. This could easily offend. Some might think it sexist to portray women as empty creatures obsessed with empty calories. Or, seeing the sets and costumes Cotton designed for Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” video, they might just be grossed out by the whipped-cream-squirting bra. And yet, the way Cotton creates his Candyland fantasias is undeniably rigorous. He bakes the pastry in his studio; he builds the cotton candy clouds …
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Image: previous manatee fest, themanateefestival.com

Manatee Fest, Star Trek and National Geo

Central FL Zoo Presentations, Animal Ambassadors, Arts & Crafts, Dancing, Face Painting, Shows & Rides, Walk-on-water Balls, SPCA Adopt-A-Pet, food and entertainment are all part of The Manatee Festival happening at Valentine Park in Orange City 9 to 5 this Saturday and Sunday. Go to themanateefestival.com for more information. Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage brings five decades of Star Trek to concert halls for the first time in this Galaxy or any other. This lavish production includes an impressive live symphony orchestra and international solo instruments. People of all ages and backgrounds will experience the franchise’s groundbreaking and wildly popular musical achievements while the most iconic Star Trek film and TV footage is simultaneously beamed in high definition to a …
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Patriarchy” by Farley Aguilar (oil on linen, 2015). Photo courtesy Orlando Museum of Art
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Florida Prize in Contemporary Art – OMART

At a time when so much of the news is dismal, and we’re all inundated with it thanks to ever-present social media, the consolations of art are more important than ever. But what to do when our artists refuse to soothe us with pretty pictures? This week, Orlando Museum of Art opens the second iteration of their Florida Prize in Contemporary Art. As it did last year, the invitational exhibition gathers 10 contemporary Florida artists to show their work; one will win a five-figure cash prize. But this year’s group is a more serious bunch. 2014’s show was a colorful riot throughout OMA’s galleries, and it was a lot of fun. The 2015 show – while no less visually delightful …
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