On the third Thursday of every month, thousands of visitors converge Downtown to celebrate art, music and business. Along the way, people partake in an evening of sights, sounds, food, shopping and cosmopolitan living.
The Gallery Hop, hosted by the Downtown Arts District features numerous galleries and non‑traditional art venues that spotlight the best of established and emerging Orlando-based artists in tandem with nationally and internationally acclaimed artists.
Business Networking, hosted by the Downtown Orlando Partnership, these professional networking events allow attendees to experience one of downtown’s fine establishments while making great local business connections.
3rd Thursday Gallery Hop
May 21, 2020 | 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are unable to provide information about our partner venues. CityArts is open on 3rd Thursday. Check out our exhibit below!
Aloft Orlando Downtown
500 S.Orange Ave.
The Falcon 819
E Washington St.
Grand Bohemian Gallery
325 S Orange Ave.
Orange County Regional History Center
65 E Central Blvd
Orange County Library System (FL)
101 East Central Blvd.
Red Tape Orlando 101 E Pine St.
Multi-function Artist Studios and Gallery
Terrace Gallery at Orlando City Hall
400 S Orange Ave.
100 E Pine St Suite 110
39 S Magnolia Ave.
Signature Gallery (Downstairs):
This exhibition features the art of two Italian artists, Gianluca Folì and Consuelo Bellini.
Residing in two different Italian cities, Folì (Rome) and Bellini (Florence) relied on their unique talents to continue creating during country’s lockdown.
In the words of Folì:
La creatività trasforma una volta di più le idee, i pensieri, le visioni quotidiane di questo particolare periodo in qualcosa di visibile, tangibile e codificato. * Creativity once more transforms ideas, thoughts, everyday visions of this particular period into something visible, tangible and encoded.
Folì is an elegant and brilliant Italian illustrator. His illustrations are graphic tours de force between chromatic and formal poems, in a surreal balance. Each subject, from adult culture to children’s books, benefits from his sophisticated artistry and empathy. From his studio between the Castelli Romani vineyards, he collaborates with different clients around the world. He creates illustrations for editorial clients (newspapers, magazines, books), fashion, and advertising. * Curated by Kyle Eagle
Born and raised in Florence, Italy, Bellini is a multi-disciplinary artist. With a background in fine art and fashion, she is best known for her two unique art styles: Thread Fusion and Stained Spaces. Thread Fusion is a harmonious combination of wood, nails, paint, and thread to create ethereal and nature scenes that appear almost three dimensional. Continuous and flowing through the use of thousands of feet of thread and hundreds of nails, Thread Fusion effortlessly marries concepts of both hard and soft into one balanced state. Stained Spaces captures stained glass paint within a wire, linear framework making the color seem suspended in midair. Translucent and visible from both the front and back, Stained Spaces juxtaposes serene images of nature and Buddhism against a wire mesh netting creating an almost pixilated perspective.
Signature Gallery (Upstairs):
Pompeii Reimagined is a juried exhibition of artwork inspired by classical art with a contemporary spin. It is an artistic perspective that that expresses how antiquities continue to remain relevant in contemporary art. The artwork selected for this exhibition depict themes of ancient Rome, mythology, classical pottery, ancient architecture, volcanoes, antiquities, tragedy, and so much more!
Redefine Art Gallery:
By J. Joshua Garrick
Named by Mayor Buddy Dyer as City of Orlando’s Ambassador to Greece and granted his very own day in the city (June 27), Garrick is the first living artist to present a major exhibition inside the National Archeological Museum in Athens, home to Greece’s largest collection of priceless antiquities. A fine art photographer, he specializes in capturing antiquities from uncommon angles and featuring sometimes-overlooked details. Garrick also had the opportunity to photograph the Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum, which was comprised of 250 pieces of art rescued from the volcanic ash of Mount Vesuvius’ eruption. This exhibition, at CityArts, features a sampling of his Pompeii antiquities photography. Garrick invites viewers to enjoy these magical images, as they all tell their own individual stories.
Young Artists Gallery, presented by Orlando Magic:
Ancient Techniques: Pompeii Inspired
Artists in high school and college exhibit artwork inspired by ancient techniques from art history. Curated by Jean-Claude Rasch, this exhibition features 2D, low relief, and ceramics.
The Chaddah Family Foundation Spotlight Gallery:
ex ante // ex post
By Richard Munster
The works in this exhibition are ceramic. Made from clay, these objects are fired for upwards of 48 hours in a homemade wood burning kiln. All of the resulting color, texture and surface are a result of their direct contact with flame and ash. The images on the walls are macro-photographs of the surfaces of these works. They translate down to an area approximately the size of a postage stamp in real life. These images were shot by my friend Michael Luis Diaz and are the result of true collaboration. My Work, His Eyes. Each of our respective skill sets and professions was necessary in order for these images to come to life and we are both very excited to debut this joint project here with you here at CityArts.
Both the physical works and the images that were selected for this exhibition aim to function as highlights: documenting, presenting & elevating the process of their transformation through fire, pressure & heat. The marks, colors, crevasses and cracks trace & tell a story, each acting as a physical record of change through an extreme event. In the case of my work that event is the firing process: physically akin to the effects of an eruption but exercised with creative intention and care.
The title of this body of work, ex ante // ex post , translates from Latin as Before the Event// After the Event . Much of the interest in the city of Pompeii is directly linked to its violent destruction at the hands of mount Vesuvius. As a result of this fascinating tragedy, history turned its eyes to the aftermath of the event and drew a vibrant image of the life, landscape and culture of both the island and its inhabitants at the time.
When we are compelled to look closely we learn. The remnants left in the wake of an active culture, the conditions of human relationships with the environment and the traces of activity that build, destroy & transform landscapes and their inhabitants over time all speak volumes. We have the capacity to draw information from these echoes over time and build narratives and layers of knowledge; slowly forming a clearer idea of ourselves, our histories and our relationships with each other and the earth long after these events have taken place.
Human Eruption: an installation for Pompeii Reimagined
By Jamieson Thomas
In 79 AD Mount Vesuvius erupted and destroyed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The preservation of its ruins are unmatched throughout the world and provide an invaluable snapshot of everyday life in these Roman cities.
As I drove to New Smyrna Beach past the Samsula Landfill, I envisioned it as a human-made volcano filled with our waste and pipes running through it to releasing toxic methane fumes.
This volcano in our midst, is an ever-growing mound close to 20 feet high, high enough to see the seashore 10 miles away. Our massive hurricanes with rain and wind and menacing tornadoes bring obvious natural dangers that we can take precautions against but not control. We humans are creating more devastating disasters, pandemics and pollution. Unlike natural disasters, they offer no warning, no rumbling, no wind, no seismic scream, they are silent, so we do not prepare for them.
This installation invites you to consider our volcano. If it erupted, what ruins would be left behind? What would the snapshot of our everyday life be?