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An Evening With Fabulous Friends

Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 6:00 PM

The Friends of the Mennello Museum invite you to celebrate together again in person for An Evening With Fabulous Friends.

Join us under the stars at the Mennello Museum of American Art. 

Featuring Orlando Artists | Cocktails | Dinner | Live Music | Tribute to our Founders

** Update, Tickets for this event have SOLD OUT

$250 – Includes 6:00 pm Cocktails, Dinner, Champagne Reception

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Want to support the museum as a sponsor of this event? Call us at 407-246-4278.

An Evening with Fabulous Friends, Invitational Artwork by:

John Baker  

Mary Bel

Edson Campos

Loura Parks Dobbs

Donna Dowless

Jim Hobart 

Marlene London

Martha Jo Mahoney

Matt Maher, Mojo Metal Works

Heather Nagy

Jon Napoles 

Robert Ross

Paul Scarborough

Jamieson Thomson-Thomas 

Lillian Verkins 

And the 2022 Evening with Fabulous Friends Featured Artist: Mindy Colton

Free Family Funday

Every second Sunday of the month is Free Family Funday! 

On the 2nd Sunday of each month – Join us at the museum for free admission all day, plus a fine art project! Video and Written instructions for each month are now available below.

Docent touring and art making are back!  Talk about the art with our knowledgable educators and then create your own work!

We would LOVE to see your projects. Share it with us on social media using #MennelloMuseum

Virtual Free Family Fundays

May 8, 2022 | Free Family Funday | Kitchen Lithography

April 10, 2022 | Free Family Funday |

March 13, 2022 | Free Family Funday | Melting Wax Paintings

February 13, 2022 | Free Family Funday | Candy Crowns

January 9, 2022 | Free Family Funday | Blackout Poetry

December 12, 2021 | Free Family Funday | Freedom Lanterns

November 14, 2021 | Virtual Free Family Funday | Writing and Drawing Manga

October 10, 2021 | Virtual Free Family Funday | Wood Block Printing Patterns

September 12, 2021 | Virtual Free Family Funday | Origami Kimono Bookmarks

August 8 2021 | Virtual Free Family Funday | Flowers and their Language

July 11 2021 | Virtual Free Family Funday | Mumma and the Fauves

June 13, 2021 | Virtual Free Family Funday | Painting with Play-Doh

May 9, 2021 | Virtual Free Family Funday | Mumma’s Signature Portraits

April 14, 2021 | Virtual Free Family Funday | Ripped Landscapes

March 14, 2021 | Virtual Free Family Funday | Plant and Animal Motifs in Watercolor

February 14, 2021 | Virtual Free Family Funday | Relief Printing Valentine’s Cards

January 10, 2021 | Virtual Free Family Funday | Tablets

December 13, 2020 | Virtual Free Family Funday | Chalk Murals

November 8, 2020 | Virtual Free Family Funday | Painting on Wood

October 11, 2020 | Virtual Free Family Funday | Create Your Own Zine

September 13, 2020 | Virtual Free Family Funday | DIY Watercolors

August 9, 2020 | Virtual Free Family Funday | Eco Weaving

July 12, 2020 | Virtual Free Family Funday | Mobiles

April 2020 | Virtual Free Family Funday | Botanical Printing

Past projects have also included:

Each Free Family Funday has a different art project based on the artists of the current exhibition, their subject matter, and their methods. Check out the photos and videos below to see some of the projects we’ve been making!

Cyanotpyes with local artist John Baker during the Edward Steichen photography exhibit; Ink Pouring Portraits during the Firelei Baez exhibit; and Stained Glass-like landscapes during the Lawrence Lebduska exhibit.  

Mennello Museum Day of Art

The Mennello Museum of American Art will be hosting Day of Art again this year, and we invite elementary, middle, and high school students to come explore their creative side with us.

This year, complete your summer with a back to school art party at the Mennello Museum of American Art.  With the museum all to themselves, participants and their friends will create large scale portraits of swirling ink silhouettes, write their own poetry, and tear up books while exploring fiber arts in projects inspired by artist on display, Firelei Báez.  All of the art will be ready to take home and show off on the first day of school.

Monday, July 29th will be open registration for all Elementary aged students and Monday, August 5th will be open registration for Middle School aged participants.  High School students will have the opportunity to volunteer with these age groups, assisting the teacher while creating and inspiring alongside the younger students.  Both days activities will be led by artist, Lourdes Figueroa.  Activities will begin at 8:30AM and students will be ready for pickup at 5:30PM.

Finally, this year we will have Teen Takeover for ages 14-18 years from 12 – 4PM on Saturday, August 10th.  Teens will have the opportunity to write poetry, create ink pour portraits, and work on paper before returning to school.  This group will also have the chance to contribute to a large scale community painting as part of the program as well.  High Schoolers will be inspired by the individuality and power of the image and history portrayed by New York artist, Firelei Báez.

Elementary and Middle school sessions are $45 for Mennello Museum members, and $50 for general public.  Teen Takeover is a free event.  Registration is open and space is limited with a maximum of 15 students each day.

Educational programming at the Mennello Museum of American Art delivers access to captivating American art of all genres through permanent collections, as well as renowned curated and temporary exhibitions.  Whether through lectures given by world-renowned and established artists the likes of Firelei Báez and Bo Bartlett, docent-guided tours for school-aged groups or seniors, Toddler Tuesdays, the museum’s workshops and special programming are designed to ignite personal connections to exhibitions and the exploration of art.  We endeavor to engage all individuals who come through the doors in participatory learning of the visual arts. We seek to advance their confidence in discussions around the exhibitions and inspire creativity in personal life and art making.


Elementary Day of Art
Monday, July 29, 2019
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Middle School Day of Art
Monday, August 5, 2019
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Teen Takeover Day of Art
Saturday, August 10, 2019
12 – 4 PM

*For Elementary and Middle School Days, drop off begins at 8:30 am (activities begin at 9 am) with all students ready for pick up by 4:00 pm (late pickup available until 5:30 pm)


Non-Members: $50
Members: $45

Teen Takeover: Free with registration
Mennello Museum Members must present their valid Membership card at the museum if purchasing a summer camp session in advance online.  Space is limited – early registration is encouraged.

To Register:

Elementary School

Middle School

Teen Takeover


Purchase Tickets Online 

About the Museum
The Mennello Museum of American Art, owned and operated by the City of Orlando, is located on the beautiful shore of Lake Formosa in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park. The museum provides residents and visitors welcoming opportunities to understand and value creativity through innovative experiences with art further connecting it to nature and communal gathering. Our goal is to encourage creative and diverse experiences with art that nurtures audiences while reflecting the dynamic relationship between art and society.  In addition to housing the permanent collection of folk modernist Earl Cunningham, the museum presents temporary exhibitions that feature a broad range of American art from traditional to contemporary practices.  The Marilyn L. Mennello Sculpture Garden features many artists, including world renowned Alice Aycock.

On view through May 13, 2018:
The Unbridled Paintings of Lawrence H. Lebduska

 Opening June 7, 2019:
Immersion into Compounded Time and the Paintings of Firelei Báez

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The Mennello Museum is located at 900 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803.

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Alice Aycock: Waltzing Matilda and Twin Vortexes

Grounds for Exhibitions − Inaugural Outdoor Exhibitions Series
On view since September 2016

The Mennello Museum inaugurates Grounds for Exhibitions with two large-scale works by American sculptor Alice Aycock installed in the Marilyn L. Mennello Sculpture Garden. The beautiful works, Waltzing Matilda and Twin Vortexes were originally part of a series of seven sculptures in Aycock’s significant outdoor exhibition on Park Avenue in Manhattan entitled Park Avenue Paper Chase. Grounds for Exhibition features year-long large-scale sculpture exhibitions by nationally renowned American artists who otherwise would not be shared with Orlando audiences.

Shannon Fitzgerald states: “It is thrilling to inaugurate this outdoor exhibition program with such beautiful work by Alice Aycock, one of America’s most recognized and respected sculptors of her generation. I think visitors will delight in experiencing the stunning sculptures nestled in our lakeside landscape that challenges perspective, materiality, whimsy, and nature—in all its power and fragility.  She continues: “This is an extraordinary opportunity for our community to contemplate the vital role art has and the impact it can have when shared in the Public realm.”