Best Of 2019

Best Paper Rocked by Scissors
Photo courtesy Kelly Joy Ladd

Kelly Joy Ladd

kellyjoyladd.com

Orlando artist Kelly Joy Ladd has been on the scene for a few years, but in late 2018 she really came into her own. Her inclusion as one of four local artists in the Mennello Museum's "Our Orlando" annual put her work in front of new eyes that hadn't yet experienced the sensuous textures of Ladd's wall sculptures, in which cut paper can resemble fur, feathers, even ocean waves.

Arts & Culture: Best of Orlando 2019: Orlando's best artists, writers, comedians, museums and more

Arts & Culture: Best of Orlando 2019

Photo illustration by Adam McCabe

Arts & Culture

Best Adult Art Classes

1. Crealdé School of Art, crealde.org

2. SAK Comedy Lab, sak.com

3. Sam Flax, samflaxorlando.com

Best Arts Event or Festival

1. Orlando Fringe Festival, orlandofringe.org

2. Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, wpsaf.org

3. Mount Dora Arts Festival, mountdoraartsfestival.org

Best Burlesque Troupe

1. Les Vixens Burlesque, facebook.com/lvburlesque

2. Corsets and Cuties, corsetsandcuties.com

3 Cherry Bomb Burlesque, cherrybombburlesque.com

Best Comedy Club or Night

1. SAK Comedy Lab, sak.com

2. Orlando Improv, theimprovorlando.com

3. Bull & Bush Shit Sandwich, bullandbushorlando.com

Best Dance Company

1. Orlando Ballet, orlandoballet.org

2. Phantasmagoria, phantasmagoriaorlando.com

3. VarieTease, thevenueorlando.com

Best Film Fest or Series

1. Florida Film Festival, floridafilmfestival.com

2. Orlando Film Festival, orlandofilmfest.com

3. FilmSlam at Enzian, facebook.com/filmslam

Best Gallery

1 CityArts, facebook.com/cityartsfactory

2 Snap! Orlando, snaporlando.com

3 Downtown Arts Collective, downtownartscollective.com

Best Literary Reading Series

1. Orlando Story Club, orlandostoryclub.com

2. Get Lit: Closed Mic, facebook.com/ncbekpoet

3. Queer Quills, facebook.com/queerquills

Best Local Actor/Actress

1. Benjamin Ptashinsky

2. Carlos Navarro, iamcarlosnavarro.com

3. Blue Star, facebook.com/babybluestar