Latest Exhibition at Maitland Art Center!

Current Exhibitions

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.

Gallery Admission:
         Members Free
         Not-Yet-Members, $3.00
         Seniors (65 and over), Maitland Residents, Students (12 thru 22), $2.00

Gallery Hours:

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!

Maitland Art Center Open House!!!

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 now!  

Maitland – Historical Society News!

Beautiful newly renovated interior!

Beautiful newly renovated interior!

Looking for that special place to hold a shower, meeting, party or even a wedding? The Maitland Historical Society just completed renovation of a charming cottage overloking Lake Lily Park. Brand spanking new from top to bottom, you couldn’t pick a more intimate and lovely location for your event. Call the society at #407-644-2451 for more information. The Cottage is just minutes away from us too!

Thurston House Times – North Orlando Maitland

Art Center Installation

Art Center Installation

The Maitland Art Center announced its’ most recent exhibit – “The Research Studio in the 21st Century”. Come see cutting edge art works and installations in the spirit of the Research Studio founded by Andre Smith in the 1930’s.  The City of Maitland owned facility is proudly on the National Historic Register. You will find that the center is just a short stroll from Thurston House. This and many other wonderful places are just moments from the inn.

North Orlando – Manatees again!

Yesterday I took my 3rd trip in the last two months up to Blue Springs Park in Orange City. It was a pretty cool day so I knew there would be at least a few. 52 was the count yesterday. Lots of people were around to view this spectacular place. The manatees come into the springs when the ocean gets too cold. They come in via the St. John’s River. One manatee we saw had a monitoring system attached to him. “Bock” was grown in captivity and was just released into the spring last week. He was huge, weighing in at 1,000 lbs! 

"Bock" the manatee
“Bock” the manatee
John, Carol, Carole & Joe
John, Carol, Carole & Joe

Blue Springs Park is a wonderfully historic place, and it is only 30 minutes north from Thurston House…well worth the ride!