Indie-Folkfest Presented By PLR Florida Returns for Its Fourth Year at the Mennello Museum of American Art

Orlando, FL — January 17, 2018

The Mennello Museum of American Art announces the fourth annual Indie-Folkfest presented by PLR Florida.  This annual FREE event for people and their pets takes place February 10, 2018, from 12 to 5 p.m. at the Mennello Museum Sculpture Garden located at 900 East Princeton Street.

Indie-Folkfest is the Mennello Museum’s signature outdoor event planned and presented by the Mennello Museum’s City-Appointed Board of Trustees.  The event features local, regional and national art, music and cuisine.

Shannon Fitzgerald, Mennello Museum Executive Director shares, “We are thrilled to present the fourth iteration of this highly anticipated indie art and community-driven event.  It is a good-hearted, lake front gathering surrounded by art where grass roots meets local artisans, local great Americana music, and our best food and drinks by some of Orlando’s happiest culinary destinations.  I am grateful for the support and work of the amazing Mennello Museum of American Art City-Appointed Board of Trustees – who work so diligently with our staff in making this event such a unique, family-friendly event – where embraces are welcomed!”

Live music from some of Central Florida’s most unique and notable musicians will soundtrack the afternoon with performances by Terri Binion, Eugene Snowden, Beemo, Hannah Harber, JUNOsmile, and Beth McKee.

Small plates, beverages and cocktails will be available for purchase from local foodie spots such as: Lil’ Indies, La Femme du Fromage, Olde Hearth Bread Company, Ten 10 Brewing, Hanson’s Shoe Repair, The Courtesy, Tapa Toro, Sugarbuzz Dezert Company, Kona Dog, The Thirsty Topher and Simply Foods By Courtney.

Your furry friends will not be disappointed.  Rick’s Dog Deli will have locally made, high-quality dog foods and treats available for purchase.

Orlando artists and artisans at the festival include: Dawn Shreiner, Lure Paper Goods, Go Big Tees, Porch Therapy, John Baker, Jon Napoles, Life’s Pallete, Kalaika Designs, Annette King, To a Certain Degree, Kicking Cones, Panther Brunotte, Lady Lion Creations and FAVO- Faith Arts Village Orlando Artists.

Throughout the afternoon event goers will have the opportunity to participate in raffles and live auctions featuring gifts generously donated by local businesses and attractions with proceeds benefitting The Mennello Museum of America Art’s education and family-friendly programs.

There will also be an art project station and a communal fence painting zone for the young and the young at heart.

Gretchen Hahn, Mennello Museum Board of Trustees Chair states “Indie Folk Fest 2018 is the biggest and best yet. There is no other free event quite like it in Central Florida.  The addition of PLR Florida as our presenting sponsor will allow us to expand and enhance the event allowing us to elevate our fundraising efforts to a new level.  My goal is to double what we raised last year thus enabling the museum to reach more underserved families and children than ever before.”

This year’s featured artwork for the event was created by local artist and muralist Andrew Spear.  His work will be featured on the limited edition tee shirts and posters for sale the day of the event.

Indie-Folkfest 2018 is presented by PLR Florida. Sponsors include Laughlin-Beers Foundation, Orlando Weekly, Pardy & Rodriguez, P.A., MIDFlorida Credit Union, Alexandra Steele, and Traveler’s Insurance.

This free event serves as a gift from the Museum’s City-Appointed Board of Trustees in efforts to promote local art and community. A portion of all proceeds will benefit The Mennello Museum of American Art’s education and family-friendly programs. The Museum’s City-Appointed Board of Trustees members are Gretchen Hahn; Chair, Andre Young; Vice Chair, Will Benton, Teresa Campbell, Robert Campbell, Flynn Dobbs, Greg Mason, Alexandra Steele, and Luis Zapata, Jr.

The Friends of the Mennello Museum match all funds raised by the Museum’s City-Appointed Board of Trustees.


Andrew Spear, Indie-Folfkest, 2018

Photo Courtesy of Mennello Museum

Photo Courtesy of Mennello Museum

Photo Courtesy of Mennello Museum


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. 

On view beginning January 19, 2018, Grace Hartigan: 1960-1965, The Perry Collection and The Mennello Museum Invitational 2018.

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


The exhibitions and the Mennello Museum of American Art are generously supported by the City of Orlando and Friends of The Mennello Museum of American Art. Additional funding is provided by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program and United Arts of Central Florida. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

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Francesca Ascione
Marketing & Graphic Design Coordinator
The Mennello Museum of American Art and Public Art, City of Orlando