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Glamour, history and fairy tales combine in this strikingly beautiful exhibition from the collection of the Museum of the Arts & Sciences in Daytona Beach. Works from the Appleton collection will combine with those of this neighboring institution to bring to light fascinating stories of Rajas and princes, demons and super heroes.
The complex cultural heritage of India is woven into a rich, colorful fabric in this compilation of Indian miniature paintings. The first Indian paintings to receive notice and appreciation in the West were the miniatures, created for the Mughal courts of India. Their realistically rendered tableaux of court life, warfare and portraiture appealed to Western tastes. Other works comprising this exhibition include Deccani: Muslim paintings from South India, Rajasthani: paintings from the plains of North India, Pahari: paintings from the Himalayan foothills and the Dhruva Folios, which illustrate portions of the Prince Dhruva story from the fourth book (Pusan) of the Bhagavata-Purana.
The works in this exhibition are gifts to the Museum of Arts & Sciences, Daytona Beach from Kenneth Worcester Dow and Mary Mohan Dow.
Everglades: America's Wetlands contains 40 framed photographs by Mac Stone, an award-winning conservation photographer and naturalist who recently published a major book by the same title. As a biologist for the National Audubon Society, Stone traveled to the most remote areas of the Everglades. With his camera, he explored Everglades National Park, Corkscrew Swamp, Fisheating Creek and dozens of sites that few are permitted to visit. Images from his treks have appeared in countless domestic and international publications including National Geographic, Audubon Magazine and National Parks Magazine.
This exhibition is scheduled to open on April 7, which has been designated Everglades Day in honor of Marjory Stoneman Douglas' birthday.
Beyond Reality: The Many Worlds of James H. Vredevoogd is the artist's first retrospective. An Emeritus Professor of Art at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania, he taught painting, drawing and performance art for thirty-two years. Realistic in style but surrealist in subject matter, his works are enigmatic dreamscapes with their own unique symbolism and iconography, captivating the viewer and daring them to take a closer look.
Vredevoogd received a BA from Michigan State University and an MFA in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art. His paintings are in the permanent collections of several museums, universities and private collections. The artists lives and works in Dunnellon, FL.
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