Thursday, November 19, 2009

Woman Artist Changed History of Florida: Read about it in a book by Deborah C Pollack

Did you know it was a woman artist who changed the history of Florida? Laura Woodward (1834-1926), was a professional artist--one of merely a handful of female members in the Hudson River School.

Woodward came to Florida in the 1880s and from ca. 1888-1896 became one of the most extensively traveled artists in the state. She braved the alligator, panther and bear-infused jungles to depict Florida’s natural landscape in beautiful watercolors and oils. Woodward painted the Ocklawaha, Tomoka, Indian, St. Lucie, Banana, Withlacoochee and many other rivers. She was the one of the first professional women artists to paint in Miami and the Everglades and the inspiration to Henry Morrison Flagler in his development of the most magnificent resort in the world—Palm Beach.

Having been brought up in the Victorian tradition of modesty, she remained publicly silent about her accomplishments and it is only now that the breadth of her importance is finally known—as Florida’s greatest nineteenth-century woman artist and one of its greatest publicists.

Book Details:

Title: Laura Woodward: The Artist Behind the Innovator Who Developed Palm Beach

Author: Deborah C. Pollack

Published: with the Historical Society of Palm Beach County by Blue Heron Press

Price: $39.99
Length: 264 pages
Photos: 83 color, 118 B/W
Maps: 6
Format: Hard Cover
Size: 11 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches
ISBN: 0-9778399-1-5

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Available in Florida at the Gift Shop of the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, Classic Bookshop, Main St. News, Lightner Museum Store, Jupiter Inlet Museum Shop, Museum of Florida History, Past Perfect Florida History, Inc., Henry Morrison Flagler Museum Store, Historical Museum of Southern Florida, and other shops as well as online.

“An engrossing and beautiful book” --Florida Monthly Magazine

Author biography:

Bestselling author, lecturer, and art dealer, Deborah C. Pollack began fine-art dealing as a hobby at the age of sixteen and graduated with honors from Temple University with a B.A. in Art History in 1973.

In 1981, Deborah married and merged her fine art business with husband Edward Pollack in New York. They eventually left their New York location in 1995 to establish a permanent home and gallery in Palm Beach, Florida.

Deborah is the author of Inspired Whimsy: The Genius of Orville Bulman (1904-1978), the best-selling monograph, Orville Bulman: An Enchanted Life and Fantastic Legacy; and the best-selling biography, art and history book, Laura Woodward: The Artist Behind the Innovator Who Developed Palm Beach.

Magazine articles include the March 2010 issue of Antiques and Art Around Florida, THE Challenge magazine, a forthcoming Tequesta, and others.

She has curated and hung art exhibitions at the Society of Four Arts and the Delray Beach Historical Society, and has presented various art lectures throughout Florida and in the Midwest. Deborah will be presenting Laura Woodward: The Artist Behind the Innovator Who Developed Palm Beach at several venues including the Museum of Florida History in conjunction with their Voices of Florida Women Exhibition.

To contact the author: Deborah C. Pollack

205 Worth Avenue, Suite 202
Palm Beach, FL 33480; 561-655-1425;

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