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Mt. Dora Art Festival is this weekend!


Hey!! How nice to get a little write up in the Calendar section of today’s paper!!! YAYA!!
Artist Lynn Whipple works on one of her paintings. ( Courtesy of Lynn Whipple )

By Christine Cole


MOUNT DORA — Nobody has as much fun making art as Lynn Whipple, who paints, creates collages and uses mixed media to make herself and others happy.

The Winter Park resident once painted a self-portrait by placing the canvas at a distance from a mirror and roller-skating back and forth.

“You try not to control it too much,” Whipple said. “You create a space where something unexpected happens.”

The award-winning artist will be among 288 artists selling their artwork and vying for a portion of the $20,000 prize money at this weekend’s 41st annual Mount Dora Arts Festival. Tens of thousands of people from Central Florida and beyond will jam into downtown for Lake County’s signature event.

Whipple is known for her whimsical collages, in which she cuts into old photographs of people, changing their shapes and adding oddball embellishments, such as pointy hats, rabbit ears or glued-on objects.

“They celebrate our flaws,” she said. “Every time I make one, they make me want to laugh. Everything else has been built on that.”

Her newest work includes large, vivid paintings of flowers, which can include human legs as part of the bouquet.

“The legs were part of the underpainting,” she said. “Leaving them in made it funny for me. When I paint the florals, I play loud music. I move around — it’s like a dance. There is an enthusiasm to it, being in the moment.”


Author: lynnwhipple

I am a girl and an artist. Short list of things I love: art, artists, painting, collage, mixed media, funny stuff, altered photographs, all things outdoors, freedom, smart stuff,music, writing, orange dogs and one eyed cats, all animals, chocolate, color, laughing, ideas, creativity, games, learning, dancing, yoga, summer, night time, cell phones and sneezing.

4 thoughts on “Mt. Dora Art Festival is this weekend!

  1. Have fun Lynn! I miss your lessons! Herma Starreveld

  2. Hope you win the prize! You would get my vote! Your art always makes me smile!!! 😍🎨🌟💙👍

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