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Other Ways to Support Indie-Folkfest & the museum

SUPPORT keeping Indie-Folkfest free & free education programs at the museum year-round by:

Bidding on the SILENT AUCTION items:
-4 Club-level tickets to Jimmy Buffett (value $548)
-4 Club-level tickets to Elton John (value $992)
-3 days, 2 nights at B Resort & Spa (value $600)
-Porsche Boxster Weekend (value $700)

Buying RAFFLE tickets for fabulous items such as: Treat Yourself Basket (massage certificates & more), Performing Arts package, Visual Arts package, Corkcicle & Rifle Paper goodies, and SoDo Food & Drinks Basket, Dinner packages including a $150 Ruth’s Chris gift card, and so much more!

FEED THE PIG: drop a few dollars into our big ceramic piggy bank at the merch table!

Indie-Folkfest Reserved Picnic Areas

This year, there will be the opportunity to purchase a limited amount of reserved 10’x10′ picnic spaces for $40 each – to include an Indie-Folkfest blanket. You may choose from shaded (4-7) or front-row spaces (1-3) — only 7 available and when they’re gone there gone! Get yours today!

PICNIC AREAS for 2020 are sold out!

Indie-Folkfest VIP Lounge

This year features our new, exclusive tented VIP area, featuring complimentary signature “The Indie” cocktails with Tito’s Vodka, an artist designed reusable water bottle, Indie-Folkfest 2020 tshirt, access to the museum’s galleries and restrooms, as well as limited comfortable lounge seating. You will also have the opportunity for meet & greets with the musicians. VIP tickets will be limited and can be purchased for $50 each. Not only will you have the best Indie-Folkfest experience possible, you’ll also help support funding for education programs at the museum!

Indie-Folkfest Volunteer Information

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Indie Folkfest 2019 will take place on Saturday, February 15, 2020, from 12 to 5 p.m. This annual event in the Mennello Museum Sculpture Garden is free to the public.  With over 5,000 attendees in 2019, we anticipate 2020 to attract 6,000+ people and their pets in celebration of music, artists, food and community.

Interested in being a volunteer at Indie-Folkfest?

Do you have a passion for the festival atmosphere, teamwork, hospitality, organization, food, music, and art? We are looking for dedicated individuals who can help us with welcoming visitors, running arts projects, parking guidance, and vendor care.

  1.  Complete the Volunteer Application
  2. You will receive an email confirming your acceptance from Katherine Page by February 3rd, 2020.

Questions? Contact Katherine Page
407.246.4278  ext. 4861  •

Indie-Folkfest Sponsor Information

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Indie Folkfest 2020 will take place on Saturday, February 15, 2020, from 12 to 5 p.m. This annual event in the Mennello Museum Sculpture Garden is free to the public.  With over 5,000 attendees in 2019, we anticipate 2020 to attract 6,000+ people and their pets in celebration of music, artists, food and community.

Presented as a gift to the community, admission is free to Indie-Folkfest thanks to the generous support of local individuals and businesses. You can help support the 2020 festival by becoming a sponsor! Your sponsorship not only keeps Indie-Folkfest free for all, but also supports Mennello Museum family-friendly educational programs.

Sponsoring Indie-Folkfest is a great opportunity to support the Orlando community, and gain positive association & visibility at a much-anticipated, established annual festival. Sponsor benefits include: an abundance of community goodwill, logo placements on t-shirts, banners & the museum website; social media & on-stage announcements; tent space; and much more – not only during event promotion, but year-round.

Interested in sponsoring Indie-Folkfest?

  1.  Download the Sponsorship Packet
  2.  Review the options.
  3.  Contact Kim Robinson at or 407.246.3294 by December 31, 2019.
  4. Secure your sponsorship through our online Payment Portal.

Questions? Contact Kim Robinson
407.246.3294  •

Indie-Folkfest Artist Information

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Indie Folkfest 2020 will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019, from 12 to 5 p.m. This annual event in the Mennello Museum Sculpture Garden is free to the public.  With over 5,000 attendees in 2019, we anticipate 2020 to attract 6,000+ people and their pets in celebration of music, artists, food and community.

Interested in being an artist at Indie-Folkfest?

  1.  Complete the Artist Application.
  2. You will receive an email confirming your acceptance from Katherine Page-Navarro by November 30, 2019.
  3. After acceptance, Pay the Artist Fee through our online Payment Portal by December 31, 2019.

Questions? Contact Katherine Page-Navarro
407.246.4278  ext. 4861  •

Indie-Folkfest 2020 Artists & Artisans

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Arielle-Christine Art
Over the years of studying the masters, constantly painting, and learning new techniques, I developed a unique abstract impressionistic style of thick layers. My paintings represent landscapes, waterscapes, and botanicals, consisting of mostly oil paint applied with palette knife. By pulling the deep roots of the beautiful state where I am from, my desire is to create pieces that evoke a sense of serenity and natural beauty.

The Dashing Squad 
Eco friendly and organic products for Moms and kids! The Dashing Squad is your ticket to discover new trends, brands, and products that you have not experienced yet. Let us do the leg work for you. We search far and wide for unique, high-quality items and we combine them into one store for your convenience.

Betsy Best
For me, printmaking is a captivating process. The tactility of using tools to carve a piece of wood and then, the immediacy with which I can see the printed result, offers me a gratifying combination of anticipation and satisfaction; I liken the process to magic. I try to incorporate aspects of both the western and eastern approaches into my printmaking practice. As I work, I reflect upon my personal experiences and use the human form to explore gesture, pattern and color.

Porch Therapy
A native of Florida and inspired by her time spent in Charleston, SC, and Asheville, NC, Jennifer brings an aesthetic that is both practical and imaginative to her landscape design, event staging, and home decor.

Anayansi Jones
My work is fueled by my current state of mind or emotions and I often use representational images that have been distorted. There is no right or wrong way of representing emotions, however, I find myself drawn to the human figure and nature. A distortion of reality either through color, line, or abstraction of representation can be seen in the majority of my artworks. I am acutely interested in the essence of an object as shown through my abstract ceramics. However, with my paintings, I’m interested in the ever-changing landscape and the abstraction of how nature makes me feel. My work is about the moment. It’s spontaneous and often reflects the process of how it came to be as if it was its own being.

My creations are inspired by Mother Earth and aim to expose her magic to the lives of others. My art incorporates moss/lichen into coasters, jewelry, and wall décor, handsewn water bottle carriers, plant hangers, macrame mirrors, crystal jewelry, and terrariums featuring hand-collected moss/plants.

Bet’s Bars
Soap art: Natural, vegan, handcrafted, cold process soap with intricate designs. I also make sugar scrubs, body butter, bug spray, bath fizz, and lip balm.

Carla Poma Jewelry
Jewelry for the confident woman who loves to shine. Handcrafted using high-quality gemstones, silver, gold fill, and brass.

UnchARTed Art Designs
In 2016, “Purposely Creative” was founded by Yesenia S. Buisson. It became an escape for her art and a platform to simply share something she loved. Soon after, her sister, Jasmine Ramirez joined her to expand in creating a platform to share their God-given talents. In 2018, they joined forces in a joint venture and thus was created “unchARTed”. The art enthusiast sisters who had only dreamed of creating a platform and community/network for sharing their passion, have now expanded and tapped into uncharted territory. They were even featured in 1340 Art Magazine, an international art platform reaching hundreds of thousands of art lovers and collectors. Now, they have expanded their vision and are taking up the Orlando art community by storm. They continue to grow artistically and bring new techniques and eclectic styles of art to the Central Florida art scene.

Tony Garan
Central Florida Outsider Artist working in acrylics, sculpture, spray paint and colored pencils presenting a collection of 16” x 20” small works and drawings along with several paintings on canvas, glass, and wood.  Garan will also have drawer portraits, which consist of found, upcycled objects to look like faces in drawers.

All of Lure Paper Goods‘ cards, journals and posters are designed by us and printed by hand in our studio. We aim to say the things you want to say in a fresh way. Our cards are personal. They’re extensions of our personalities and interests. They may be inspired by a love of all things vintage. They may make you laugh. They may raise an eyebrow.

Specializing in Black and White Photography with the option of Custom Framing

Jon Napoles
A self-described Southern Fauve, Jon Napoles paints vivid themes of Southern Revelry on reclaimed window panes. His media also include acrylic on panel.

Creative extraordinaire Dawn Schreiner is set to debut her Star Valentines at the Indie-Folkfest! We are convinced this thoughtful illustrator, visual storyteller and folk artist never sleeps, judging by her incredible energy and output, including daily posts of timely illustrations on her Facebook page.

Life’s Palette crafts living succulents and air plants artfully into new homes of found wood and shells!

Annette King
Annette King creates art-to-wear dresses, jackets, handbags, and onesies made from vintage handkerchiefs and lace!

Lady Lion Creations
Handmade flower crowns for all occasions: weddings, birthdays, festivals, celebrations. Because life is better with flowers in your hair…

Capture the Earth Photography
Nature and animals are Josh’s preferred subject matter, but he also photographs people, places and things that are intriguing and interesting.

Art by Chelsea
Copper plate Etching Printmaking Fine Artist Chelsea Smith grew up living between Casselberry, Florida and staying summers in Nottingham, England and Derry, Northern Ireland. She is a Fine Arts Graduate of the University of Central Florida. She leverages renaissance era techniques and materials within neoclassical art to produce original fine art.

Questions? Contact Katherine Page
407.246.4278  ext. 4861  •

Indie Folkfest 2020 Vendors

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Voodoo Kitchen
Welcome to the Voodoo Nation! Voodoo Kitchen Food Truck has been serving Authentic Cajun & Creole cuisine to Central FL foodies since 2013.


Dixie Dharma
WE’RE SLINGIN’ 100% PLANT-BASED FIIIIINE VITTLES WITH A LIL SOUTHERN SPIN!  Born and raised in Central Florida, we know southern food, and we are always creating new, imaginative, and delicious plant based dishes, to feed your hunger! From our gorgeously prepared salads, to our famous “Orange Bird” sloppy joe, and a whole lot of unique daily specials, theres somethin for everybody. Did we mention our THREE flavors of our creamy mac ‘n cheese?

Food + Drink Vendors

Sugarbuzz Dezert Company
Awards: 2013 Curbie Award for the favorite vendor at the Downtown Lakeland Farmers Curb Market and 2014 Winner Taste of College Park (Best Dessert)


The Courtesy
The Courtesy is all about experience.
Our handcrafted cocktails are made from spirits and ingredients of only the highest caliber. The wine and craft beer selection are sure to bring variance and pleasure to every palate.

Hanson’s Shoe Repair
Hanson’s is located at 27 E. Pine Street in a building that was erected in 1883-1884 with a nineteenth-century commercial style. Andrew Hanson acquired it in 1894 for his “Hanson Shoe Repair Shop” which had Orlando’s first electric sign. It is generally thought that this building may be the oldest building still standing in downtown Orlando.

Maxine’s on Shine
Orlando’s true neighborhood restaurant located just east of Lake Eola in the heart of the Colonial town area, surrounded by homes. The warm and intimate atmosphere reminds you of entering a friend’s home. The friendly and focused service ensures a comfortable connection. Owner-operators, Kirt & Maxine Earhart are your hosts.

La Femme du Fromage 
We are proud to source handcrafted, artisanal cheeses from the United States and around the world. Our mission is to ignite a passion in visitors of our shop for great quality cheese through our delicious menu, pairing classes, and catered platters.

The Thirsty Topher
Intimate beer and wine bar in the heart of Ivanhoe Village.

Rick’s Dog Deli
Locally Made, Gently Cooked, USDA Inspected Food That Your Dog Will Love

Catered by Bruno – Pizza Bruno
Catered by Bruno is a wedding caterer based out of Orlando, Florida. They specialize in a unique construction style that is Neapolitan in its method. Following the Italian tradition of emphasizing simplicity and ingredient-driven dishes, the mother company, Pizza Bruno, takes care to honor this and continue in this trusted technique. Each element is locally sourced, providing unbeatable freshness and flavor. When all the ingredients come together, they are placed in a wood-fired oven, taking on a beautiful color a delicious smokey touch. Menu: Margarita Pizza, Crimson Ghost Pizza, Marinara Pizza

Olde Hearth Bread Co.
Olde Hearth Bread Company, Orlando’s original artisan bakery, serves the area’s finest hotels, restaurants and caterers with natural, fresh-baked breads and rustic breakfast pastries.

Rob’s Concessions
Quality Kettle Corn and Fresh Squeezed Lemonade!

Feel free to bring your own picnic baskets and coolers to the festival, but we’ll also have foodie-friendly picnic fare, craft cocktails and beer for sale, too.

5 Earl Cunningham Facts to Impress Friends and Family When You Visit The Mennello Museum

Planning a trip to the Mennello Museum of American Art? Check out these Earl Cunningham facts to impress your friends and family!



1.  Earl Cunningham often painted from memory rather than on-location.

One example of this is Gabriel Overlooking Boothbay Harbor painted in 1960, 11 years after he settled in St. Augustine, Florida. Cunningham was born in Edgecomb, Maine, and spent some of his life in the folk-artist community of Boothbay.

2. Cunningham was known to use commercial paints he picked up from yard sales.

Cunningham painted with a collection of artist paints as well as commercial paints like house paints. He was known to purchase cans of paint from yard sales and have as many as 20 to 30 cans in his studio. It’s possible that the pinks, greens, and yellows so prominent in his works, such as this one Sunrise at Pine Point, Maine,  are commercial paints.

3. Cunningham may have been inspired by other artists to pursue themes of nature and people in harmony.

Cunningham might have begun to consider his works in terms of related ideas and was inspired to develop themes around known places in Maine, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, which could provide range and appeal for museum exhibitions not unlike his own gallery. One example is the above work, Seminole Village, Deep in the Everglades, which is one of many works featuring the Seminole people living in harmony with the natural wonders of the Everglades.

4. Despite the utopia of many of his works, Cunningham sometimes included reminders of tragedy and the destruction of progress.

A recurring theme in Cunningham’s otherwise idyllic works is a bit of tragedy. Typically, as in this work titled Everglades Winter, tragedy appears in the form of fallen trees. Trees have been sawed rather than felled by natural means — meant to symbolize human destruction.

5. The Everglades by Cunningham was acquired by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

Although Cunningham stated that The Everglades was purchased by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy for the White House restoration, in a letter from her social secretary, Letitia Baldrige, Kennedy thanks Cunningham for the painting, making it appear more likely that he gifted the work to her. It is possible that the First Lady admired the work during her own visit to Cunningham’s St. Augustine studio. The acquisition of The Everglades by the Kennedy White House demonstrates the high esteem held for art reflecting the peoples of America. In 1961, it hung prominently in the White House where it could be glimpsed during presidential television interviews.


View the largest collection of Earl Cunningham’s work at the Mennello Museum of American Art.

Learn more about Earl Cunningham