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!  

Charles H Morse Museum of American Art



This well known Winter Park museum just announced their yearly free addmission weekend for this coming Easter weekend! The dates of 4/2-4/4 have free admission to this wonderful museum. Enjoy all that the museum exhibits, from glass to furniture, jewelry to paintings and even a chapel! This gem is just minutes from Thurston House bed & breakfast in Maitland, Central Florida. Book your room now!

22nd Annual Maitland Spring Festival of the Arts is Coming!

Lake Lily Park

Hosted by the Maitland Chamber of Commerce, the 22nd annual festival will be held on the shores of beautiful Lake Lily, April 17 & 18. This  juried art festival that brings over 125 artists and fine crafters to the area, is just minutes from Thurston House Bed & Breakfast.

Beautiful Lake Catherine

This beautiful stroll takes you past Lake Eulalia, then along Lake Catherine and onto a peaceful side street, ending at the historic Lake Lily Park. Rooms are still available at Thurston House!

The Waterhouse Residence Museum will be open for viewing, and refreshments will be available for sale. This is a perfect way to spend a relaxing spring day in North Orlando!

Thurston House Times – Antique Tools!

The Mid-West Tool Collectors Association and the Maitland Historical Society will stage an antique tool show & sale on August 15th. There will be displays and demonstrations of tools & machinery from 1885 to 1910. There will also be tables for buying, selling and trading antique tools with related items. Proceeds will benefit the Waterhouse Carpentry Shop Museum, which was built about 1884 by Maitland settler and builder William H. Waterhouse. The museum is on the National Register of Historic Places.

antique tools

antique tools

The show is held at the Maitland Civic Center, just a short stroll from Thurston House. The show is from 8am – 3pm, and costs $2.