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About The Mount Dora Arts Festival

The Mount Dora Center for the Arts, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is dedicated to fostering an appreciation of art and culture in the Central Florida region by hosting the Mount Dora Arts Festival. Every February, this celebrated art show brings together several hundred nationally acclaimed artists, to beautiful historic downtown Mount Dora for a weekend-long arts experience.

This juried, fine-arts festival is for all art lovers, casual festival-goers, and families! Take in the New England architecture and breathtaking view of Lake Dora and see why people fall in love with this festival! In addition to the endless rows of fine-art, the festival features local and regional musical entertainment, festival food, downtown restaurants, and local merchants for extra shopping.

Meet Our Poster Artist

In 1975, a group of art-loving citizens held the first Mount Dora Arts Festival. It was a small event, but it was a big success. It was decided to have an Arts Festival every year. In 1984, many of these same citizens of Mount Dora banded together to form, what was then called, "Mount Dora Cultural Council." It was their goal to celebrate the arts in Mount Dora, as well as further promote and improve the quality of the Arts Festival, which was staffed by volunteers and funded through membership dues and private contributions. By 1985 "The Cultural Council," moved into 138 East 5th Avenue, where it still is located today. More people joined "The Cultural Council," and in 1986, the Board of Trustees changed the name to what is now known as Mount Dora Center for the Arts.
The Mount Dora Center for the Arts, has provided quality art experiences in the Lake County Region of Central Florida, ever since.

Our Mission

Mount Dora Center for the Arts is passionate about bringing arts alive in our diverse community, to foster creative minds and growth.


Sunshine Artist Award (Ranked #7 out of 200 Best Art Festivals nationwide)

Sunshine Artist Top 200 Best Award

Art Fair Calendar Best Art Fair

Sunshine Artist Award (Ranked #22 out of 200 Best Art Festivals nationwide)

Art Fair Calendar Best Art Fair

Nancy Zinkofsky
Executive Director
Lisa Detering-Chipungu
Marketing Director
Chelsey Vehilla
Gallery Manager and Volunteer Coordinator
Board of Directors

Mount Dora Center for the Arts is very fortunate to have such a diverse group of hard working artists and professionals serving on our board. Their passion for the arts and our community is evident from the success of our many community projects and fundraisers. Hailing from a variety of backgrounds, each brings a unique talent to the art center.

Executive Board of Directors
Ozell Ward
Retired Business Owner
Vice President
Lynn Jones
Artist, Retired Flight Attendant
William R. Lowery
Retired Educator
Jessica Belmontes
Mortgage Closer
Board of Directors
Hatem Akil
Director, Read to Succeed
Robert Buckmann
Business Owner
Grimm DePanicis
Retired Business Owner
Corinne Garrett
Gary Hopcraft
Retired Art Instructor & Artist
Chaitrali Karve
Real Estate Broker
Brock Lesperance
Financial/IT Management
Anna Lowe
COO, Central FL Health Systems
James Murray
Retired Detective
Linda Jo Pfeiffer
Retired Art Educator & Therapist
Kimberly Sasser
Art Educator and Sculptor
Katrina Thomas Stone
Attorney, Stone & Gerken
Ilka Varnes
Graphic Designer