Episode 114 – Tory Freeman

Join us in discovering the story of Tory Freeman, a magnificent tattoo and visual artist.



Unusual Frida Juried Art Poster at Leu Gardens – January 13th – 14th, 2022
Jose Rodriguez Marmol for Artistic Spot

Leu Gardens hosted the ‘Unusual Frida Juried Art Show‘ on January 13th and 14th, kicking off 2022 with the vision of Mexican Artist Frida Kahlo from 32 Central Florida visual artists.

The ‘Unusual Frida‘ show came back to the City Beautiful after a long hiatus due to COVID-19 in 2021. This third annual show featured the vision of Frida in an ‘unusual’ way.

Raysa Molina, a local visual artist and the mastermind behind this show, created this event as an opportunity to represent the side of Frida that artists see in a way that is not common. This art show is the perfect representation that art is subjective, and it is in the eye of the beholder.

Guests and artists enjoyed a two-night show at Leu Gardens. The beauty of art, and color were the main protagonists.
Jose Rodriguez Marmol for Artistic Spot

On November 8th, 2021 a total of 32 local visual artists were selected after a very successful call to artist with more than 100 entries from different cities in the State of Florida.

Aly Vidal, Antelmo Juarez, Barbara Tiffany, Bethany Myers, Carla Brito, Carmen Rubio-Colon, Cherie Rieck, Christine Wallbom, Deliz Berrios, Elizabeth Stainberg, Fania Pena, Fernando Molinares, Heather Lockwood, Holly Tharp, Ileana Miquilena, Jack Void, Jennifer Payne, Jenny Ramos, JJ Gonzalez Acosta, Jose Sanchez, Leslie Maloff, Libby Smith, Manuel Rodriguez, Marisela Rodriguez, Michele Beaujardin, Nancy Hagood, Nina Ramos-Travlos, Pam Coffman, Paula Andrea, Raul Gomez, Veronica Garcia-Bernal, and Wilson Romero were the visual artists selected to have their art pieces in this one-of-a-kind, two-night art show.

Marilyn Cortes-Lovato, Director of Visual Arts at Osceola Arts, was responsible for selecting the three winners of the juried show announced the night of Friday, January 14th.

Deliz Berrios and her art piece ‘Deeply Rooted’ won third place in the show. “By using elements from different Frida Kahlo paintings, those which spoke to my sensibilities, I have created an ode to my connection to Frida,” said Berrios.

‘Deeply Rooted’ – Acrylic on Canvas. Artist: Deliz Berrios – Third Place
Photo by Jose Rodriguez Marmol

Local Artist Jenny Ramos and her vision of Frida ‘Diego y Yo,’ in pencil on Canvas was the winner of second place.

‘Diego y Yo’ – Pencil on Canvas – Original Art piece by Jenny Ramos – Second Place
Photo by Jose Rodriguez Marmol

Venezuelan visual artist Ileana Miquilena won first place in the juried show with her piece ‘CosmograpFrida’ a beautiful art piece representing Frida Kahlo in her intimacy featuring a sublime representation of Diego Rivera watching on the back.

‘CosmograpFrida’ – Acrylic on Canvas – Original Art Piece by Ileana Miquilena – First Place
Photo by Jose Rodriguez Marmol

The ‘Unusual Frida Juried Show‘ was elegant, eclectic, and showcased some of the best visual artists in town. This show promises to be one of the most important in the visual arts scene in Central Florida.

For more information on the Unusual Frida show visit



Central Florida artists are in constant growth. The stories they share are not told using the spoken word but from creating a world of colorful images that are part of a creative process that comes from a place deep within their hearts and souls.

The Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs in Orange County, Florida is in communication with local visual artists and non-profit organizations with information of new grant opportunities available to them through United Arts of Central Florida.  

On December 7, 2021, Orange County’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Director Terry Olson informed that $1.5 million of Federal funds were approved for “revenue recovery” for nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Orange County for losses suffered because of COVID. United Arts of Central Florida will handle the management of $1 million. This amount will be divided proportionately among all the groups that apply. The Dr. Phillips Center will receive $500,000.

Although these amounts of money are only accessible to local artists if they have a non-profit organization, local groups promoting Arts and Culture are working to offer artists free seminars on grants and how to register non-profit organizations.

 For Beatriz Andrekovich from CABETCAL, a local non-profit organization in charge of promoting arts and culture within the Latin community, this is a must. “We must help our artists. Local artists are constantly striving to make their ends meet. We are responsible for providing them with the necessary tools needed to have access to these grants. Together we can bring this information to more artists. It is a result of teamwork.”

Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs Director Terry Olson poses with Beatriz Andrekovich during Fusion Fest at The Seneff Arts Plaza at the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on November 27, 2021.
Photo Credit: Jose Rodriguez Marmol

“Our responsibility is not only providing them with platforms to exhibit their artwork, but they also need financial support. Local artists need to have access to the funds that are available to them thanks to the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs of Orange County,” said Beatriz.

The local government keeps working hard to provide local artists with a platform to exhibit their wonderful world of colorful images, and at the same time providing them with the information they need to make their passion their source of income.

For more information on the grants that are available to local arts and culture organizations please visit United Arts of Central Florida


Episode 106: Cheri Riechers


Hispanic Heritage Month Events in Orange County, Florida as a Platform for Local Visual Artists

“Esperanza – A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope.” Terminal A at The Orlando International Airport

The Hispanic Heritage Committee of Greater Orange County, Florida celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with different art exhibitions in the County.

The art exhibitions around the City of Orlando feature 42 local visual artists representing nine different countries that call Central Florida their home. The artists have a platform that showcases their artwork in permanent exhibitions at the Orange County Administration BuildingThe Orlando International Airport, and Univision Orlando during the local morning show “Despierta Orlando.”

In 2020, the celebration was virtual. Artists submitted their artwork in a call to artists, after being selected, they sent virtual videos explaining their artwork, and how they celebrated their heritage. Each week, a different artist was featured on social media. They received a signed certificate from Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings.

This year, the art exhibition has been named “Esperanza – A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope,” artists representing ArgentinaColombiaCubaEl SalvadorMexicoPuerto RicoUnited States, and Venezuela have their paintings on the third floor of the Terminal A of the Orlando International Airport since September 01st. The exhibit will run until October 28th.

Featured artwork at The Orlando International Airport

After almost two years of overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic, this represents an opportunity for the artists that were selected to showcase their artwork.

Having their art pieces in public areas and exhibitions allow them the opportunity to have audiences fall in love with their art and receive offers, or maybe purchase one of their art pieces.  

Artists tell stories through paintings and colors, and although art is subjective, it is their way of telling stories and sharing them with their audience. Selling is their goal.

Although selling is a hard task, artists in Central Florida must rely on other full-time jobs to make a living. Having these platforms help them to have other sources of income and get paid for what they feel passionate about.

Assistant to Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and Vice-Chair for the Hispanic Heritage Committee of Greater Orange County, Florida, Ilia Torres, Esq is very happy with the event outcome this year and feels proud of the talented artists that call Central Florida their home.

Ilia Torres, Esq during her visit to “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope” at the Orlando International Airport

“Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 – October 15, is an occasion not only to celebrate the history and contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the U.S., but also the perfect holiday celebration to promote our cultural richness and diversity. The Hispanic Heritage Committee is proud to be able to highlight the Hispanic culture by showcasing local visual artists from around Central Florida,” said Ilia Torres.

For more information on the events taking place to celebrate the Hispanic Heritage Month in Orange County, Florida, visit the Orange County Press Room.