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County administration building gets five new sculptures

Pictured, Dale Wayne

Pictured, Dale Wayne

Five sculptures now adorn the lawn in front of the Orange County Administration Building, in downtown Orlando [Gmap].

The pieces were selected by the Orange County’s Public Art Review Board from 100 submissions by three dozen artists and are part of a temporary exhibit that will feature them for one year in the green space in front of the building.

The sculptures were rented with $20,000 of private donations.

Selected artists include Jacob Harmeling’s Micro Banyan from Orlando, Julia Ousley’s Skyline II from Dallas, Texas, Chris Scala’s Red Ladder from Orlando, Jonathan Schork from St. Petersburg’s For the Children of Astrios and Eos and a mone-month installation by Dale Wayne called Joy Horizon – Building Bridges. 

The Wayne installation was constructed using more than 10,000 recycled water bottles, collected primarily by local school children.

Featured artist photo courtesy of Orange County Government

Featured artist photo courtesy of Orange County Government

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Pictured, art by Jonathan Schork

Pictured, art by Jacob Harmeling

Pictured, art by Jacob Harmeling

Photo courtesy of Zac Alfson

Photo courtesy of Zac Alfson

Photo courtesy of Zac Alfson

Photo courtesy of Zac Alfson

Did You Know-town: Gertrude’s Walk was named after a real person?

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Not much is known about Gertrude Sweet, namesake of Gertrude’s Walk, as most of the historical data we could find at the Orange County Regional History Center, sadly had to do with the men in her life and not specifically her.

Many rumors have surfaced about the reasons behind the path being named after Miss Sweet – one of them pins it on a jealous and overbearing brother who wanted to watch his sister from afar to ensure she didn’t get into any trouble. Unfortunately, we found no evidence of that story being true, no matter how interesting that may have been.

Here’s what we managed to find out.
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Business Spotlight: Orlando Brewing

 

 

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Orlando Brewing (Facebook | Website) is one of the oldest breweries in Central Florida. It’s hidden away in the industrial park behind SODO, in Downtown South [Gmap].

The brewery is certified 100% USDA organic, which makes it one of only ten in the nation where all of their ingredients are organic, despite organic hops being twice as expensive as its non-organic counterpart. The brewery also has two non-organic beer offerings, in order to sell them through vendors like Publix, who are unable to cold-store their beers for a long time, which could lead to spoilage of products that are unpasteurized or lack preservatives.
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Dexter Foxworth resigns from Zebra Coalition

Photo courtesy of Nicki Priest

Photo courtesy of Nicki Priest

Dexter Foxworth, the Director of the Zebra Coalition (Facebook | Website), has announced that he is leaving Orlando in order to relocate to Denver, with his partner.

Over the past three years Foxworth has worked tirelessly to bring together 26 member organizations, to pool their resources, to better serve and support queer youth in Central Florida.

We’ve attached Foxworth’s resignation letter below:
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