Oakland to debut “La Florida” Hispanic Heritage exhibition

A festive reception to meet the artists is scheduled for Sept. 15.

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The town of Oakland and the Healthy West Orange Arts and Heritage Center are creating a new exhibition to celebrate Florida’s Hispanic heritage. A reception for the exhibition, “La Florida,” is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the center, 126 Petris Ave., Oakland.

The exhibition features paintings and sculptures inspired by Hispanic heritage created by widely known Florida artists, including Jose Pardo, Jesus Marin, Francisco Arias, Alejandro Selmi, Violeta Militaru, Heather Lorenz, Fabian Pesci, Dave Minichiello, Joe Warren, Lori Warren, Kelley Batson-Howard, Erick Marquez, Aury Perez, George Stuart, Ivan Delgado, Roger Ballas, Carol Brown, Jambvant Ramoutar, Tom Eder and Anne Fanelli.

The event will include live contemporary flamenco music by the Don Soledad Trio, the Latin American food truck Street Fusion and themed treats for purchase from West Orange Creamery.

Attendees are asked to RSVP by Sept. 12 to Gabby McGee at [email protected].

The “La Florida” exhibition will run through Nov. 2. The center is open  from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and on select Saturdays. 



Amy Quesinberry

Community Editor Amy Quesinberry was born at the old West Orange Memorial Hospital and raised in Winter Garden. Aside from earning her journalism degree from the University of Georgia, she hasn’t strayed too far from her hometown and her three-mile bubble. She grew up reading The Winter Garden Times and knew in the eighth grade she wanted to write for her community newspaper. She has been part of the writing and editing team since 1990.

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