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Wekiva Island offers sneak peek at new gallery with traveling exhibition

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Pandemic art show will debut during plein air art event starting February 22

ORLANDO, Fla. - EntSun -- With such a picturesque setting on the beautiful Wekiva River, it makes sense that Wekiva Island has been a longtime haven for the fine arts. The riverside oasis will take that to the next level starting February 22 as three art efforts come together.

Wekiva Island will offer patrons a sneak peek at its upcoming gallery space, Gallery CERO, with a traveling exhibition from The Great American Paint In, a project meant to document the pandemic through art. The exhibition will align with the Wekiva Paint Out, an annual celebration of plein air art.

"Art is a one of our core pillars at Wekiva Island," said Bill Weinaug, the owner of Wekiva Island and Gallery CERO and founder of The Great American Paint In. "This week will truly show how we are living that out. I am extremely excited to see all three of these projects come together and look forward to being part of sharing the incredible works that have come through them."

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Weinaug started The Great American Paint In with his daughter, Ashley, during the pandemic as an online effort meant to bring artists and patrons together and to document the unique moment in history through art. Artists could submit any work to the juried project that told their pandemic story, and works are for sale at www.thegreatpaint-in.com.

As spaces were able to safely reopen, The Great American Paint In followed suit with its traveling exhibition, which debuted in upstate New York. Now, the exhibition will come home, appearing at Gallery CERO itself.

The exhibition features a dynamic digital presentation of art from across the United States, as well as a physical works from Florida artists Peter Pettegrew and Mary Jane Volkmann.

The exhibition will add to the art offerings that week at Wekiva Island, which will also be hosting the 15th annual Wekiva Paint Out from Feb. 22 to 27. The Wekiva Paint Out draws plein air artists from Florida and beyond for a week-long celebration of art. Artists paint at Wekiva Island, the state park and surrounding areas, producing a gallery's worth of work that guests can view and purchase.

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The full schedule for the Wekiva Paint Out is available at wekivapaintout.com. More information about The Great American Paint In is available at www.thegreatpaint-in.com. More information about Gallery CERO is available at gallerycero.com.

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