With a MissionStatement like this –
“We engage the public by educating, collecting, preserving, interpreting, exhibiting, and promoting art and history reflective of the American experience inspired by Maitland’s heritage and the legacy of André Smith’s Research Studio.
Through our multidisciplinary collections, unique architectural environment, and inspirational programming, we stimulate thought, spark the imagination, enrich the spirit, and foster appreciation in art, historical research, and preservation.”…..
you can be assured this organization – Art & History – Maitland – is truly something special.
The organization boasts 5 museums, everything from an 1884 Carpentry Shop & Waterhouse Residence, a Mayan themed Artist Colony, to an Antique Telephone Museum and much more. Ongoing art and history exhibits fascinate and delight the senses. Culture & Cocktail programs offer another unique view of what this organization is about. Couldn’t you use a bit of CULTURE right now?
All museums are a short stroll or drive from Thurston House, North Orlando’s finest bed & breakfast accommodation.
Thurston House yard overlooking Lake Eulalia
Thurston House Bed & Breakfast in Maitland is a beautiful place, but alas we cannot host special events. That’s OK, because it means that our fabulous setting amid 8 lakefront acres will be a quiet oasis for your getaway.
Just minutes away from us there are five inspirational venues for your celebration or meeting . At the Maitland Art Center you find – The Chapel & Mayan Courtyard, The Main Garden, and The Germaine Marvel Building. At Lake Lily you find – The Cottage at Lake Lily and The Waterhouse Residence Museum Lawn. They all have unique characteristics, and I am sure one will be absolutely perfect for your needs! Contact Lauren Murphy to discuss your needs and plan your event – firstname.lastname@example.org or #407-539-2181 ext. 253.
Then, don’t forget to book your room or rooms at our Central Florida Bed & Breakfast, Thurston House!
The Maitland Art & History Association just launched a brand new website! This new site better reflects their mission to the community of Maitland North Orlando after they merged the Maitland Art Center and the Maitland Historical Society several months ago. Check out their facilities, including several museum buildings, and plan your visit to this wonderful area. Be sure to check the list of current events and even classes that are offered periodically. You can even hold a special event, such as a wedding or baby shower, at one of the organizations several venues. And they are all just minutes from our Central Florida B&B, Thurston House!
Coming in September – Exquisite Harmony, works in collage by Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson. There is an opening reception Friday, September 10 from 6-8pm, then “Meet the Artist” on September 11th at 1pm. There is even a collage workshop planned for Friday-Sunday, October 22-24, from 10-4pm. Come and learn from the best, the artist herself!
The Maitland Art and History Association at the Maitland Center has a lot of great events planned in the upcoming months!
William Vincent Kirkpatrick: American Impressionist
July 16- September 5, 2010
Florida Impressionist painter William Vincent Kirkpatrick was born in St. Augustine in 1939. The artist studied at the Maitland Art Center (originally called the Research Studio) with Lois Bartlett Tracy, who was a Bok Fellow (resident artist) in 1950, near the end of founder André Smith’s life. His entire estate and collection was kept by the family from the public until the last few years. This exhibition comes to Maitland courtesy of Baterbys Art Auction Gallery.
Seniors (65 and over), Maitland Residents, Students (12 thru 22), $2.00
Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Closed Mondays and Major Holidays
This amazing museum facility is only minutes from Thurston House. Add it to the list of must do’s when booking a room at our beautiful Central Florida Bed & Breakfast!
Join the Maitland Art Center for their Summer Open House, Saturday June 5, 10am-3pm. Learn all about the center – visit art classes, meet instructors, talk to students, see live art demonstrations and learn about the history of this fabulous facility.
This State of Florida Historic Site is also on the National Historic Register. The center is dedicated to promoting knowledge and education in American art and artists. Built in 1937 by Jules Andre Smith, the center is one of the few surviving examples of “fantasty” architecture in the Southeast. Stroll it’s grounds with 23 structures, beautiful gardens and several courtyards. All buildings feature Mayan/Aztec motifs.
This fascinating place is just a short walk or drive from Thurston House bed & breakfast. Rooms are still open for the weekend of the open house so hurry and book your room
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Explore the Historic and Architectural Charm of Artist and Founder, Jules Andre Smith, at the Maitland Art Center open house. This State of Florida Historic Site is also on the National Register of Historic Places. Spring classes start soon so attend the open house on 3/13 to get more information about it all. Our Thurston House bed & breakfast guests love that the center is just a pleasant stroll away!
The Maitland Art Center has just opened a new exhibit – Concrete Realities: Andre Smith Sculpture. Stay at Thurston House, take a short stroll over to the museum and celebrate the sculpture that is residing in the gallery and surrounding grounds….very special & unique!
The Maitland Art Center just opened another wonderful exhibit – A Confluence. The word means “a coming or flowing together, meeting or gathering at one point”. That’s exactly what this exhibit is, by featuring works from 4 different artists brought together. Come to Thurston House, relax with a wonderful stroll around the area, and end up at the Maitland Art Center…
art from the Confluence exhibit