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La Luce by Donna Scala, the award-winning restaurant at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, is searching for art students who wish to create a unique piece of art on the restaurant’s signature chalk art display boards.


La Luce - Italian Restaurant at Disney World


The restaurant, which Orlando Sentinel named the best hotel restaurant in Orlando, is known for its seasonal menus, inspired by the changing palette of produce available every season.  Likewise, the artwork in the restaurant changes by season, displayed on three enormous chalk art display boards.

Since the restaurant opened in the fall of 2009, there has been an ever-changing display from Orlando artists Edwin Campos and Kathleen Brodeur.

Here are a few of our favorites:

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Donna Scala, the celebrity chef behind La Luce, always envisioned one of the display boards dedicated to Florida art students, as a opportunity for budding (and talented) artists to gain local fame by displaying their artwork in a public place.

We’re ready to start the program, and are searching for the best artists in the region.  Here are some of the details:

  • This program is open to any artist who is currently enrolled in any art education program.
  • If you wish to be considered, you must first submit a rough sketch on paper (using chalk as a medium), to show your concept and artistic ability.
  • The artist must be able to create their artwork on site using chalk, typically during daytime hours (as the restaurant is open only for dinner).  The boards are permanently mounted and require climbing onto temporary scaffolding.  (It worked well for Michelangelo, after all.)
  • While solo projects are preferred, we will consider projects co-created by up to two artists.
  • The artist(s) must agree to sign a waiver of publicity and liability.  The artist also gives us right to use images of the artwork in hotel marketing and publicity.   Artists under the age of 18 must have the permission of a parent or legal guardian.
  • In exchange for their hard work, here is what the artist(s) will receive:
    • A two-night stay at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, during the installation.
    • Dinner for two at La Luce by Donna Scala.
    • A $200 stipend to cover travel expenses.
    • A photo and listing on the La Luce website, as well as the Bonnet Creek Blog, and other publicity opportunities, as appropriate.
    • The opportunity to promote your participation to hometown media.

For complete details, and to participate in this exciting opportunity, please contact Hilton Orlando Bonnet director of restaurants Anthony Colandro, using the following email address:  anthony.colandro@hilton.com


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We are celebrating 104 days of summer vacation at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, and we know how to throw a party!  We have kicked the summer off with fun activities that have kept our guests coming back for more. These weekend activities are all a part of SummerBlast! – our season long program filled with special events running now until September 5, 2011.

Weekend activities include family events and entertainment at the Hilton lagoon-style pool — such as:

  • SummerBlast! Pool Parties, featuring Radio Disney:   Celebrate summer in style with our friends from Radio Disney!  Join the crew for the summer’s hottest hits, Disney-inspired games, and special prizes, including a brand-new iPod!  Every Summer Blast!Themed Pool Party will be an event in itself, with a distinct theme, such as:
    • Hawaiian Luau,  with themed games, grass skirts, and even a special kids Lilo and Stitch prize basket;
    • Pirate & Princess Party, with its own special hunt and a gold necklace for a prize winner;
    • Caribbean Beach Party, featuring up-tempo music and limbo dancing;
    • Dance Party, including dance lessons and a sing-along (With a karaoke machine prize!)  
  • SummerBlast! Scavenger Hunt:  A fabulously fun hunt that can be completed any time during your stay!  Find all of the clues and win a prize.  One player will win our grand prize at the end of the summer – a $100 theme park gift card!
  • Ducktona 500, a quirky water race that quacks!  Sponsor a rubber duck and cheer it on as it races around the Bonnet Creek lazy river pool! Winners will draw a special prize, which could include a return weekend stay at the resort!
  • SummerBlast! Dive-In Movie Nights:  End the night with a family movie on our big screen, located poolside.  Grab a lounge chair or relax while floating inside the pool.  Enjoy popcorn or cotton candy… or a snack from BEECH.
  • SummerBlast! Arts and Crafts:  Kids love to bring home souvenirs, and the recreation team will be ready to help them make something special to remember their visit.
  • SummerBlast! Pool Activities:  Our recreation team is ready to rock, making your summer a blast, with a full schedule including activities like mini-football games, water basketball, float races, Marco Polo, candy bingo, beach ball dodge ball, H20 Pac Man, line dance fun, hula hoop games, pool relay games, line dance fun, float races, etc.
  • Family Golf Clinic:  The new Waldorf Astoria Golf Academy will feature family golf clinics throughout the summer, offering instruction for families who want to play golf together.
  • Dining Promotions:  We’ll be ready to keep you taste buds hopping all summer long as well, with special seasonal menus additions at La Luce restaurant and Harvest Bistro.  Other special F&B promotions include special kids experiences at Harvest Bistro; summer barbecue breaks at BEECH; and even ice cream “happy hours” at MUSE sweet shop!

The action has already started; take a look at some highlights from our recent pool parties.

Pack your bags and book your room today to take advantage of the special SummerBlast! Free Disney Ticket Offer!   For every two nights booked with us, you will receive one FREE Walt Disney World one-day one-park ticket (when using the link above, see booking page for details)!  

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Morse Museum in Orlando

This elegant museum, located in the Orlando suburb of Winter Park, features the world’s most comprehensive collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s  stained-glass works.

The work of Louis Comfort Tiffany  (1848-1933) is undoubtedly the centerpiece of the Morse Museum collection.  The Tiffany Chapel is also housed here.

The Museum’s Tiffany collection is broad, deep, and unique. It includes fine examples in every medium Tiffany explored, in every series of work he produced, and from every period of his life. The collection has been referred to as “the most comprehensive and most interesting collection of Tiffany anywhere” by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

In her book The Art of Louis Tiffany, Vivienne Couldrey described the Morse’s holdings as “the most important collection of Tiffany material in the world today.”

Taking the Kids?

The Morse Museum is offering a 45-minute tour and take-home art activity on Tuesdays this summer.  The museum is also adding tours and short movies. These events are free but reservations are required. Call 407-645-5311 for more details and reservations.

Open Tues- Sat 9:30-4pm, Friday 9:30-8pm. Sunday 1-4pm.

445 N Park Avenue, Winter Park.


Information provided by Morse Museum website and Nekane A. of Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Concierge team.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando!

The Christmas trees are up, menorah are lit, and the gingerbread is hung!  Yes, our gingerbread house this year at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek is actually the façade of our lobby sweet shop, MUSE!

This creation combines 600 pounds of gingerbread, 400 pounds of royal icing, 200 pounds of candy… and a heaping helping of creativity.

Enjoy these pictures of our Hilton team members pitching in to help adorn this candy creation!

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Cassandria Blackmore Art at Front Desk of Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Cassandria Blackmore's work is proudly displayed behind the Front Desk of Waldorf Astoria Orlando.

Internationally acclaimed artist Cassandria Blackmore grew up listening to stories about the original Waldorf=Astoria from her grandmother, a popular New York socialite, notable dancer, and frequent guest of the hotel in the early 1940s.

When Cassandria was commissioned to create a special piece for Waldorf Astoria Orlando, she was excited about the opportunity to  pay homage to her grandmother, who had often described these grand experiences at the Waldorf as the best times of her life.

The finished artwork, which is proudly displayed behind the front desk, is called “Phoibos” which is Greek for “Shining One, Radiant, Bright and Pure” and it is also a reference to her late grandmother, Phoebe.

Cassandria, a San Diego native, uses glass as a canvas.  Specifically, she paints abstract images on the backside of  glass panels, which she shatters for effect.  As a final step, she re-assembles the pieces, which allows light to catch in the texture of the cracks and provide its own sparkle.

“Since the paintings are finished and then shattered, it allows ‘chance’ to take part in the image making,” she said.  “Each piece of glass fractures in its own way, segmenting the painted image.”

The medium works well for Cassandria, who is severely dyslexic, as it gives her an opportunity to paint in reverse.

She was inspired to try this glass technique on a particularly sad day when she was feeling homesick.  A red light flashed into her apartment from the street.  The light reflected onto a glass picture frame of her family, illuminating the entire dimly lit room. Cassandria says she remembers this moment vividly, and the feeling it evoked.

A moment of inspiration.

On her website she observes: “We all have periods in our lives when we are shattered.  Our ability to put the pieces back together makes us more beautiful and interesting.  It is the essence of breaking down an image then restoring it to another version of itself that intrigues me.”

Like the red light that flashed into Cassandria’s apartment, the colors in her paintings symbolize emotion. In her work on display at Waldorf Astoria Orlando, she used blue and green colors to create a peaceful and serene setting often found in a tropical environment.

Cassandria Blackmore’s work is just one of an entire collection of commissioned paintings that can be found at Waldorf Astoria Orlando.

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