Behold, A New Eden: Laura Woodward and the Creation of Palm Beach

Through Sunday, May 20
Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens

Laura Woodward (1834-1926) was Florida's most important female artist of the 19th century, one of its greatest publicists, and integral to the development of Palm Beach County. Born in up-state New York, and very accomplished as one of the Hudson River School painters, by the late 1880s Woodward had joined others of that group for their winter sojourn at Henry Morrison Flagler’s famous Ponce de Leon Hotel in St. Augustine, Florida. But she tired of the landscape and ventured farther south in search of the more lush, tropical “jungles” of which she had heard intriguing reports. By 1893 she had convinced Flagler to extend his East Coast Railroad and to build the Royal Poinciana Hotel which thereafter both enabled and drove tourism in Palm Beach and all around the Lake Worth Lagoon, as it was called.

This exhibition will bring together numerous of the extant oil paintings and watercolors of sites from Jupiter to Miami which Woodward used to entice Henry Flagler to look southward—to Palm Beach and Boca Raton—in search of the “New Eden” of oceanside tourism.

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Free for members, 15 for non-member adults, 10 for seniors (age 65 and older), 7 for students, and children under five are free · Call 5614148163

Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays

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Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens

253 Barcelona Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
(561) 832-5328 phone

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