Bobbi Mastrangelo’s “Plastics Under Cover,” “Grate Works of Art” on exhibit at Orlando History Center Jan. 4 – April 23, 2017

“Plastics Under Cover” “Grate Works of Art” my current exhibit has “Un Covered” new and exciting challenges. In a regular museum or gallery, labels only present a few details like the title and size of an art work.

But a History Museum, like Orlando’s Orange County Regional History Center, wants to “Un Cover” all the details. so many of the pieces are accompanied by text and photos showing the creation process.

City of Orlando and the Square Route of Water
“City of Orlando”  its creation details and “The Square Route of Water”

So many transactions, e-mails and phone calls were involved in providing details about the art, that I was able to meet and appreciate the talented staff at OCRHC: Pam Schwartz, Curator of Exhibitions, Emilie Arnold, her Assistant and Whitney Broadaway, Collections Registrar.

"Water Works" Being Installed by Whitney Broadaway
“Water Works” Being Installed by Whitney Broadaway

Here is a communication from Emilie Arnold in March of 2016: “Right now, we’re tentatively planning an environmentally-focused local art exhibit to coincide with “Plastics Unwrapped.” This is a traveling exhibit out of the Burke Museum in Seattle that discusses the history and application of plastic materials and also their impacts on the environment.

“Plastics Unwrapped” runs from February 4 – April 23, 2017, so it’s still a year away, but we believe your work may fit in, and we really love that you have at least a few possible Orlando-focused works in hand.

We enjoyed watching “City of Orlando” highlighted in the UCF Artisode. Could you tell me more about “FDOT, Do Not Pollute” and “The City Beautiful”—even send photos if you have them?”


"Don't Go Soft on Terrorism," "FDOT", "Con Edison" (on the pedestal)
“Don’t Go Soft on Terrorism,” “FDOT,” “Con Edison” (on the pedestal)
"Grate Logo" by Cindy Merithew
“Grate Logo” by Cindy Merithew above Bobbi Mastrangelo’s bio

I enjoyed seeing my art at the History Center and experiencing the featured Visiting Exhibition: “Plastics Unwrapped” from Seattle’s Burke Museum at the opening on February 4, 2017.  If you get to see the exhibits, please share your comments.

Orange County Regional History Center Orlando FL

Orange County Regional History Center

Bobbi Mastrangelo’s”Plastics Under Cover” “Grate works of Art” January – April 23, 2017

“Plastics Unwrapped” Visiting Exhibition February 4, – April 23, 2017

Orange County Regional History Center

65 E. Central Blvd.

 Orlando FL 32801

Phone: 407-836-8500

14 replies on “Bobbi Mastrangelo’s “Plastics Under Cover,” “Grate Works of Art” on exhibit at Orlando History Center Jan. 4 – April 23, 2017”

Dear Bobbi
I am inspired by your works and your skill in incorporating discarded things into beautiful new art forms. I have so many favorites: “Los Quatro Elementos,” ” When the People Care,” “Gaz,” etc are all fabulous.
Emilie Arnold
Assistant Curator of Exhibits at Orange County Regional History Center
The Orange County Regional
History Center
65 E. Central Blvd.
Orlando Florida 32801

I understand from our volunteer coordinator that people continue to be incredibly impressed by your work. They find it so extraordinary, your ability to convincingly mimic metal and stone and masonry. (I think they would be even more impressed if they could lift them and realize what a featherweight each piece is, but I’m certainly not inviting anyone to do that!!)

Warm regards and big hugs from all of us here at the History Center.

Emilie S. Arnold
Assistant Curator of Exhibitions
Orange County Regional History Center

Dear Bobbi,

Thank you so much for your kind words. I love the process of designing logos!

The exhibit is beautiful and I am happy to have contributed the Intro Wall.

Warm regards,

Cindy Merithew
Graphic Designer and Exhibits Coordinator

I had the opportunity to see this exhibition on April 2, 2017. It was an outstanding example of innovation and design. This exhibit can inspire many things; for example, recycling and developing an artistic skill that lies in our dormant desires.
I really enjoyed our visit and look forward to seeing more of your creative artwork.

An artist wanna be (someday)
Daughter of your Cousin, Chris Hensley-Robbins

Hi Bobbi,

I noticed your work “Grate Works of Art” and loved it. I thought I would introduce myself since we share an interest of manhole covers. You can view my project entitled “City Shields” at

My project started in 1999 after a trip to Scotland. The project continues every year depending on my travels. You might have seen “City Shields” on Michelle Ward’s blog.

My husband and I are on our way back to Canada from Boise, ID. We travel each year back home. If you live along our route, might it be possible to visit your studio?



Recent projects:
Finding Home




What a tremendous honor to have your art work on display at the Orange County Regional History Center, as well as so many other places. Aside from the beautiful work, the History Center display seems to be very unique in that the creative process is presented along with the art.

We’re all proud of you.

Your Brother in Law,

Hi Bobbi
It is Angie Cubillos. Congratulation For the Florida Citrus project. You Did a Great Job I’m So Proud of You and I love it

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