David Wheeler
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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 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!
At 5:06am on August 30, 2013, Terry Olson said…

1) How can I repost the See Art Orlando interview with Jennifer Quigley on my FB page?

2) Are you going to help me set up a "What the Dickens" page?

3) Have a great Labor Day weekend.

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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…


ACT NOW: Please help stop cuts to state grants for arts and culture

Posted on June 9, 2015 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

Dear Arts & Culture Advocate:

Will you take two minutes now for arts and culture?

Substantial cuts are recommended for four well-established state-grants' programs.

469 qualified 2015-2016 Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) grant applicants need your immediate and quick action.  You can help secure state…



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Downtown Arts District Wins BIG at Golden Brick Awards!

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 12:30am 4 Comments

Art programs nominated by the Downtown Arts District received multiple honors from the Downtown Orlando Partnership (DOP) during its recent 26th Annual Golden Brick Awards. Out of the more than 50 awards presented, three gold and two silver bricks were awarded to Downtown Arts District…


Thank You!

Posted on February 5, 2015 at 12:02am 0 Comments

Dear Slicers,

We asked and you delivered. Your donations to our annual fundraising campaign helped us to exceed our goal again this year. So on behalf of the board of directors, staff and volunteers of the Downtown Arts District, CityArts Factory, Gallery at Avalon Island and the OrlandoSlice.com, THANK YOU!


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