DELAND — The popular annual Off the Beaten Path Florida Arts Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday, February 25-26, 2017, inviting curious art enthusiasts to follow a map and explore behind the scenes into the lives, studios, and featured work of professional Central Florida artists. The Tour draws families, tourists, curators, and commissioners of art from around the country and is now being called a “cultural adventure” after writer for Visit Florida and author for National Geographic, Gary McKechnie, coined the phrase in an article he entitled, “Florida’s Artistic Treasure Hunt”
Studios and other participating art institutions will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb.25 and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26. Unlike the typical art festival event, the Off the Beaten Path Tours feature esteemed professional artists whose artworks are seen in public government buildings, hospital lobbies, resorts, and banks, as well as in parks and tourist destinations.
A new addition to this year’s tour is a full-color studio guide with the maps of studio locations and listings of every participating artist with images of signature works. The 36-page guide is free and available at supporting organizations and can also be downloaded as a PDF file from the website: FloridaArtsTour.com.
Tour Stop number 5, the studio of John Wilton who was recently commissioned for an installation at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
The free, 36-page studio guide features the map of locations to follow for the self-guided tour.
The free tour features 20 artists, 17 studios and 13 cultural institutions in West Volusia County. Artists open their doors to provide demonstrations, guided walk throughs, informative demonstrations and light refreshments. Various genres of artwork range from unique ceramics to large-scale paintings and metal sculptures. Most works are available for sale.
Then on the Saturday night between the two tour days, the truly adventuresome can attend A Body of Art EXPOSED on Feb. 25, the popular annual fundraiser by Krewe Nouveau featuring live, unclothed models, burlesque and an art exhibit of nudes. Elegant hors d’oeuvres and signature shots are served and there is a cash bar. All attendees must be at least 21. A Body of Art EXPOSED is held in the Artisan Alley Garage, 113 W. Georgia Avenue, in downtown DeLand. Tickets can be purchased for $25 in advance at the Museum of Art DeLand website: moadeland.org, or for $35 at the door.