ART31 has big closing weekend

Hit the road and head to an artsy event — the closing weekend festivities for Art31, a series of exhibits and art happenings for the Maitland Art Center and Art & History Museums in Maitland, FL.

Here’s the mind-expanding and fun schedule:

MARCH 31: The opening of internationally celebrated artist Dan L. Hess’ installation at “Canvs,” 101 S. Garland Ave., Suite 108, Orlando. The event runs 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 31. There will be video shows at 7 and 8 p.m. The free event includes the unveiling of Hess’ multimedia installation exploring personal technology, social media and how we absorb that. It is a result of his six-month residency at “FACTUR.” BTW, Mr. Hess has worked in the arts for both Christie’s Auction House and at SUNY Stony Brook.

APRIL 2: Art31’s centerpiece exhibit, “Material World: Glass, Rubber and Paper” (see their ad on the right side of this page) continues through May 1. However, one of its big elements, Hackenwerth’s “Wearables” which comprises latex balloons fashioned into massive installations, is an ephemeral one and comes down April 2. So, the project will have a “Wearables’ Swan Song” party of sorts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 2 at the Maitland Art Center, 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland. The event includes a curator’s tour of “Material World” which has works not only by Hackenwerth but also sculptures by Dale Chihuly and installations by Lorrie Fredette and Paige Smith. Admission is $3 general and $2 students and seniors 55 years and older. Free to members and children three and younger.

Of course, during all this Art31, which runs through May 1. During that time, you’ll see pop-ups throughout downtown Orlando and at some of the town’s popular Main Street districts, including the Orange County Administration Building…and, of course, at the Maitland Art Center, 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland. Visit, call 407-539-2181 or click onto the ad on the right side of this page.