While not as popular with artists as Europe or Canada, or even New York City, Central Florida is an excellent destination for artists and art enthusiasts since it is the home to popular art museums and stores, as well as beautiful wildlife and scenery. For art enthusiasts: Orlando Museum of Art (OMArt) houses multiple art exhibits, classes and events in the heart of nearby Orange County. Bonus: on the first Thursday of every month, OMArt hosts "1st Thursadays", a themed event featuring local art, live music, a cash bar and snacks, all for just $10 (or free for museum members). We definitely want to go, next time we're in town! The Art of Disney stores (located in Epcot's future world and in Downtown Disney) feature masterpieces by Disney artists. These stores offer inspiration for artists, are a great source for interior designers or art aficionados looking to add a Disney piece to their home, or simply to stroll through and get a glimpse of the art behind the famous Walt Disney company. Also in Disney World, Epcot's Japan pavilion has a superb selection of manga and anime prints and books, plus other Japanese art worth checking out. The Cornell Fine Arts Museum, located at Rollins College's campus, boasts art from Matisse, Picasso and more. Admission is free for students. The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of Fine Art has an extensive collection of art by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Admission is free on Friday evenings, from November to April. Other art museums in Central Florida include Orlando's Grand Bohemian Galleries, CityArts Factory, and the Zora Neal Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts. For artists: The Kissimmee area is scenic, appealing to artists and photographers from around the world. Be inspired by wildlife including Florida panthers, alligators and exotic birds, citrus groves, endless greenery, a historic downtown district, and locally-created murals. Overall, we were very impressed with the quality and variety of art exhibits in the Osceola County area.
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