David Wheeler
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  • Orlando, FL
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What’s your favorite hangout downtown?
Lake Eola
What juicy tidbit can you share about your favorite downtown memory?
I loved living high above Lake Eola Park with a spectacular view of the city from my apartment in the old Plaza Hotel -- formerly the Cherry Plaza Hotel. For those in pursuit of trivia -- the Cherry Plaza Hotel was where Walt Disney announced his plans to build Disney World here in Central Florida.The Post Properties are nice, but there’s nothing like the old Plaza, Lee’s Lakeside and a cold drink downstairs in her tavern. I miss Lee, she was a grand lady.
What brings you to THE SLICE?
I am Chairman of the Downtown Arts District Board, creator and administrator of the OrlandoSlice.com website. I founded the Young Artists Group for the Arts District in 2010. And now you know the rest of the story... Let me know if you need any help with the site.


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At 11:29pm on January 6, 2016, Clyde Johnson said…

Hi Mr. Wheeler I was curious on where  I email my artwork and art bio to the city arts factory. So I could rent a gallery space for a exhibiton I had in mind.

At 10:01pm on August 5, 2014, Steve Erwin said…

Hi David ... I remember the Cherry Plaza from the early 1960s, when I spent some nights sleeping in Lake Eola Park --- after running out of money to stay at (what I think was a YMCA or hotel at the site and building that now houses the Panera Bread Company at the north east corner of Lake Eola).  I was a college student and had a bus ticket home to Ohio, but didn't want to go home yet.  Being an avid reader of Jack Kerouac's books, I was no stranger to backpacking and sleeping in parks and had done the same at Lummus Park in Miami Beach.  My memory is fuzzy with details from 50 years ago, but Lake Eola holds many fond memories for me, (as it does for you!)  I was a rather social young guy, so I met and talked with many Cherry Plaza people around that time.  Years later, in the 1980s, I had an aunt who also lived at the Cherry Plaza (probably then called 'The Plaza' (?)  I was also, in those days, fascinated with the Confederate Soldier statue at the east end of the lake and did an art project at my college in Ohio based on it.  Thanks for sharing your memories ... (you could likely fill in some of the details of my sometimes faulty 'recall').  Having had a fond relationship with central Florida, I retired from my art director career to Orlando just a few weeks ago.  

At 7:47am on July 29, 2014, Sandra Lacey said…
Who created the fabulous work of art NEXT to the winner of "What the Dickens"? (The painting with a clock in the man's beard.) Intriguing!

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Calling all Young Artists (YAG)!

Posted on May 6, 2016 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

A message from Linda Brant, YAG Art Educator to all young artists:

We have two wonderful events coming up in May, both are posted as Events on here on the Slice.

The first event is a May 14 Workshop (FREE)…


Calling All Slice Members or Slicers!

Posted on April 29, 2016 at 4:30pm 1 Comment

Time is running out and we really do need your help. We are far away from our United Arts annual fund raiser goal. If we don't hit the goal by this Sunday, the Arts District (which funds the OrlandoSlice.com) will NOT receive the 15% match. Worst of all, we will fall short of the funds the Downtown Arts District needs for programming, supporting efforts of local artists and arts organizations in downtown Orlando.

All you need to do is donate a one dollar, two or three,…



Posted on February 22, 2016 at 6:00pm 0 Comments



ORLANDO, FL – (February 1, 2016) – The City of Orlando’s Downtown Arts District has elected business and civic leader Shanon M. Larimer, Principal at Baker Barrios Architects, as its Chairman of the Board at the annual election of officers.  Larimer succeeds David Wheeler, who has served as Chairman since 2013.  Tiffany Sanders,…


Downtown Arts District Part-Time Career Opportunity, Art Educator / Adult Leader

Posted on January 22, 2016 at 4:00pm 0 Comments


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Art Educator / Adult Leader

Job Type:

Independent Contractor

Reports To:

Executive Director                    

Chairman of the Board                       

Committee Chairman, Young Artists Group

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The Part-Time Art Educator / Adult…



Posted on November 2, 2015 at 10:00pm 0 Comments

Dear Slicers,

The Downtown Arts District fiscal year has come to an end and with it, my chairmanship. It's been an honor to serve as your chairman and participate in the the great advances and growth of the OrlandoSlice.com community. We now have over 4,000 members!

Leadership reines are now being handed over to your new chairman, Shanon Larimer, who will…


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