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Featured Work

Spring Sea

 - Yolanda Adra
Window/Panel (INTERIOR)


CNL Center II

About the Artwork

This wall sculpture of colorful fused glass abstract is composed of three sections. “My glass paintings are intended to liberate rather than to constrain the imagination, so they do not represent specific images or concepts. Glass is a paradoxical medium: strong and brittle, translucent and opaque, clear and colorful, smooth and jagged. Fusing the brigght and colorful glass in a larger format allows me to manipulate a wide range of colors and shapes more freely and to spontaneously create abstract “paintings” in glass.

About the Artist

Yolanda Adra
San Francisco native Yolanda Adra, now based in Los Angeles, has always been an artist at heart. As a child, her favorite activity was to visit the San Francisco Museum of Art to experience all different types of artwork. Since then, her love for art blossomed into a full-time career, but she hardly thinks of creating art as a job-instead, it is a passion: "A job is something you have to do, but a passion is something you love to do." She worked in a variety of media while attending San Jose State University, but she settled on glass shortly after moving to Los Angeles in 1994. She first became interested in stained glass, then took a glass-fusing workshop, and she proudly states that she "never looked back." Yolanda had found her true passion. She has focused on fused glass ever since. Five principles guide her work as an artist: (1) indulge love of bright colors; (2) boldly express the logic of lines and planes; (3) keep the creative process spontaneous and gestural; (4) trust aesthetic feelings and instincts; and (5) liberate the imagination of the observer with non-representational designs. Yolanda has worked in a variety of mediums including steel and bronze sculpture, ceramics, woodworking, painting, printing, and furniture design. Yolanda Adra's work has been purchased by private collectors and corporations, and exhibited in many places, including San Francisco, Palo Alto, Carmel, Beverly Hills, Malibu, Santa Monica, Laguna Beach, Malibu, and La Jolla, California; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tampa, Florida, and New York City. “My glass paintings are intended to liberate rather than to constrain the imagination, so they do not represent specific images or concepts. Glass is a paradoxical medium: strong and brittle, translucent and opaque, clear and colorful, smooth and jagged. Fusing the bright and colorful glass in a larger format allows me to manipulate a wide range of colors and shapes more freely and to spontaneoudly create abstract ‘paintings’ in glass.”



Did you know?

There is a large and colorful abstract leaded glass window in the Orange County Administration Center, called Riverwalk to the Sea, that is hidden behind shutters in order to control light for the T.V. cameras which broadcast meetings held in the room. However the shutters can be opened on request.

Discover Art in Central Florida!

For those who have eyes to see, there are hundreds of works of art around them. This web site provides some information on many of those works of art that can be regularly viewed in Orange County by any member of the public without an admission fee. They are outside in public view, or located in an interior area that is normally open to the public.

Look around this web site and find something that interests you. Then go see it in person. The information you find here will add to the pleasure of exploring public art in Central Florida.

If, in your travels around Orange County, you come across some public art that is not listed here, please let us know so we can add it. If you are aware of additional information about art or artist that is included here, again, please let us know. Together we can make this an incredible resource for people seeking to spice up their life through exploring art.