Why Now: Like many cities across the country, Orlando is experiencing a renaissance of its urban core’s districts and neighborhoods. Mills 50, just northeast of downtown, is the “intersection of creativity and culture,” anchored by the city’s Vietnamese community (one of the largest in Florida) and complemented by artists, specialty shops and so much more.
Where to Go: Start the day with a stop at The District @ Mills 50 for a terrific introduction to the neighborhood. This community co-op highlights 36 local makers and their crafts, from soaps and candles to jewelry and kombucha, and serves coffee and tea. Afterward, lace up your running shoes at Track Shack, which has been keeping Orlando runners geared up and ready to hit the streets for nearly 40 years. Art is seemingly everywhere in Mills 50, from wall murals to artistic expressions on canvases in the forms of utility boxes and even trash dumpsters. Curated photography and art exhibits can be found at Snap! Space in the restored historic Cameo Theatre, and botanical beauty awaits in the 50-acre outdoor oasis found on the district’s edge at Leu Gardens. When it’s time to eat, there are plenty of options in this highly sought-after neighborhood, from BBQ at Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa to Mexican at Black Rooster Taqueria (don’t miss the from-scratch tortillas); vegetarians can enjoy organic, local and fair-trade dishes at Dandelion Communitea Cafe.
HIT THE TOWN
Remix At this new record store with vintage décor, you can listen before you buy.
Quantum Leap Winery Tour Central Florida’s only sustainable winery Thursday through Saturday. →
Vietnam Cuisine The steamed rice noodle rolls here are highly recommended by Orlando food blogger Ricky Ly.
Chris Carr was born in North Carolina, but has lived in Orlando, FL for more than 20 years. He’s always felt a drive to create, and has done so via many outlets and mediums, but it was photography that captured and held his attention.
The search for unique perspectives that reveal something new in our environment drives Chris’ investigation of the world, his artistic eye, and his Puddle Reflections fine art photography series.
THE ARTIST’S STATEMENT
Puddle Reflections show new, surreal landscapes captured from reflections in puddles existing in the environment. The naturally occurring subjects are not altered, and the images are never edited or digitally manipulated. Each image strives inits own way to evoke an idea of two worlds colliding in one small, fleeting view.
In depicting the world from a new perspective, my hope is that the audience experiences the artworks as a new genre of photography that challenges their perception and minds. This occurs with a brief journey, from the viewer’s initial impression of surrealism or abstraction to the realization that the image comes from something they encounter all the time, right below their own feet, but rarely—if ever—take the time to notice. As an intriguing inherent contradiction, this realization comes as continuing exploration of each tiny detail gradually reveals the truth of the bigger picture.
Kathryn McHenry is an Independent LegalShield & IDShield Manager licensed by the State of Florida since 2011 — both Group and Small Business Certified to assist businesses with employee benefit packages for legal and identity protection.
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