2017 Festival Judges


Lori Arbel - A Self PortraitTeaching artist Lori Arbel encourages the community to explore and bring out their artistic voice through her company Venture With Art. She holds a BFA in Fine Arts and a BA in Art Education from the University of Florida, as well as a MS in Art Education from Florida International University, and a Graphic Design Certificate from the Parsons School of Design. She has been teaching since 2002.

Her works spring from memory and a lifelong fascination of the everyday. Metaphorical imagery is produced methodically and intuitively with a mixed media approach. This helps clear blockages and promotes happiness through art. These patterns and interests have influenced her personal and professional pursuits including her teaching.

Career highlights include ongoing local gallery showings; NYC gallery shows; exhibited at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado; photos in CARE’s Annual Report & Website; Peterson’s Photographic Magazine; College Photographer of the Year, Michigan State University Design Contest Winner, UF Art & Literary magazine cover art Award, and many of my students compete and win art awards. View her portfolio at www.loriarbel.com.


Award-winning Orlando artist Mindy Z. Colton, originally from New York City, was classically trained in all the traditional arts, painting, sculpture, drawing, print making and photography, she pursued a career in Graphic Design & illustration. She eventually left behind her successful career to follow her true passion as a fine artist. Mindy has exhibited and won awards in both 2-D and 3-D including, painting, print making, photography, mixed-media and sculpture. Her focus in recent years has been on sculpture in various materials and large outdoor art. Involved with horses her entire life, she chose to combine her passion for both art and equine in her unique sculptural works.

In 2013-14 her monumental Sculpture “Renewal” was juried into the National Polk Museum of Art Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit where it won the People’s Choice Award. “Running Free” was chosen for Arts in Public Places in Brevard County, Palm Bay, FL. “Renewal” was purchased in 2014 by the City of Casselberry, FL for permanent display as part of their established Lake Concord Sculpture Park. Colton lives on a small horse farm in East Orlando and is also invited to judge, jury and curate exhibits. She also judges dressage horse shows. Her work is in museums and galleries and in public and private collections across the United States, Canada and Europe. View her portfolio at www.mindycoloton.com