Central Florida Lakes Country
by Donald Anthony
When I thought about a Florida vacation, I guess like most folks, I would think of the big amusement parks. I have since learned that just below the big signs are smaller venues that seem to offer similar personal growth, while having fun, and avoiding the huge lines.
Polk Museum of Art: In this case, I suppose the word museum is a misnomer since the apparent intent is not to store artwork for the future, but to expose it and help encourage it. Perhaps a name like the “Polk Incubator of All Things in Art” subtitled "The Place of Mind Expansion." But be sure to meet Daniel Stetson the director. Just listing to him "Brag" about the Polk is an experience in creativity. His descriptions of the collections and the recent acquired pieces are like a mother hen taking care of her brood. "Look over here, we are trying this, see this, bring the kids, what do you think?" Kudos to his kindergarten teacher for encouraging him to do what he loves. With samples of most major works from Mapplethorpe to Uelsmann, the museum brings Classic and contemporary works in various galleries and exhibition space. The fullness of the art experience is also apparent with the Pre-Columbian Artwork displayed in a fashion to show place of origin, date of creations and function in that society. Even the donors of the pieces get the opportunity to show off their babies in a way that allows others to appreciate their dedication. "Look over here, we are trying this, see this, bring the kids, what do you think?"