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Stops Along the Trail

More than 40 local artists of all ages and abilities have created mini masterpieces on a plain white umbrella. Visit Downtown Clermont businesses in July to see all the colorful umbrella designs while you snack, shop, sip and stroll your way through our more than 80 different shops and restaurants.

The Umbrella Art Project artists tell a little about themselves and what inspired their design.

#1: Cole Podliski (age 15) at Sunshine Book Co.

Cole has autism and attend Abels Academy.  He embraces who he is. He loves to sketch, draw and paint and has since he was very little.  His family moved to Clermont from central Pennsylvania in 2013.  Cole loves it here and says Downtown Clermont reminds him of a Hallmark movie. The umbrella represents the beauty he finds and loves in Florida.

#2: Daryl Black at Cheeser’s Palace Café

Daryl, who was born and raised in central Florida, is a self-taught artist. He enjoys drawing comics, pop art, and combining subject matter to create new and interesting pieces. His favorite medium is Sharpie and digital art.

His inspiration for the design: “Since I am a local, native Floridian, I wanted to bring out some of the bright and colorful things we have in our area. Oranges, of course, have a long-standing history here, and if you are lucky enough, you may see a peacock or two that are majestic and beautiful.

What made me want to be a part of the Umbrella Art Project: As a local resident, I want to bring people’s attention to our bustling Downtown area. We have so many new (and old) businesses that are worth checking out!

What I thought of the experience: It was very rewarding. An umbrella is not the easiest canvas to draw on, especially with permanent ink! However, I enjoyed the process and know that it is going to a great cause.”

#3: Jess Belmont at Sud’s Saloon

This is Jess’s second year as a contributor on the Umbrella Art Project.

She says “I think the Umbrella Art Project is such as cool way to help the community in so many different ways! It helps bring more art into the community and bring more business to local businesses.”