You have until Sept. 7 to visit with the elaborately carved wood sculptures of famed African-American folk artist O.L. Samuels at Hannibal Square Heritage Center in Winter Park.
Just outside Orlando, the center is featuring the show “Preaching to the Trees and the Animals: The Folk Art of O.L. Samuels,” which showcases work from the self-taught Tallahassee artist’s private collection, as well as two pieces from the permanent collection of the Mennello Museum of American Art in Winter Park. Admission is free.
Samuels' sculptures of animals have been exhibited and collected in more than 30 countries throughout Europe, China, Africa and the Middle East. His work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian's Folk Art Museum and the White House in Washington, D.C.
Samuels, 81, left home at the age of 8. He was a farmworker, prizefighter and tree surgeon before he began carving wood in 1982. A 2011 Florida Fellow in Folk & Traditional Arts, you can read more about him on the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs’ website, http://www.florida-arts.org/programs/fellowship/displayfellow.cfm?id=445.
Exhibit info: Hannibal Square Heritage Center, 642 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, 407-539-2680, http://www.hannibalsquareheritagecenter.org