Laura Woodward Exhibit

January 11, 2010

Laura Woodward Exhibit 

In the late 1800s, most of South Florida was a vast wilderness. It was a remote tropical outpost until American tycoon and Rockefeller partner Henry Morrison Flagler extended his Florida East Coast Railway down to Palm Beach in 1894. Building luxury hotels on the beach, Flagler developed Palm Beach.

A new exhibit opens today at the Boynton Beach City Library, focusing on artist Laura Woodward as the artist behind the innovator who developed Palm Beach. As a naturalist and woman artist in the late 1800s, early 1900s, Miss Woodward documented history painting plein air in the Florida wilderness.

Based on a book written by Palm Beach resident Deborah Pollack titled The Artist Behind the Innovator who Developed Palm Beach, the images in the exhibit represent the artwork that Laura Woodward painted. The photographs represent the landscapes she painted and items in the historical display case represent the memorabilia from Laura Woodward’s life.Deborah Pollack’s well researched book demonstrates how Laura impacted the development of South Florida and how her early dedication to her art pioneered the way for woman artists throughout history.

The exhibit will run through April 15th and on January 11th, Mrs. Pollack will present a special program about Laura Woodward. She will tell the untold story of how Miss Woodward influenced Henry Flagler to develop Palm Beach and the significance of her work.The public is invited to this free program sponsored by the Boynton Beach City Library and Art Connections, a monthly program developed by Debby Coles-Dobay, the City of Boynton Beach Art in Public Places director. The program will begin at 6:00 P.M. in the library program room at 208 S. Seacrest Blvd. Copies of the Laura Woodward book will be for sale the evening of the program.

For more information about this exhibit or the program, please contact Library Archivist Janet DeVries at 742-6390.


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