Art & History Museums – Maitland Highlights Eatonville in Two Exhibitions

The Art & History Museums – Maitland has announced the opening of two exhibitions highlighting the city of Eatonville, Florida. “Images of Eatonville: Then & Now” is slated in the A&H’s Maitland Art Center Galleries from August 16 through September 29. The exhibition, “Founding of Eatonville”, is slated in the A&H’s Maitland Historical Museum from August 16 through October 6.

Maitland and Eatonville have a history of strong ties between the two communities, from the early formation of Eatonville to the friendship between Research Studio (now the A&H’s Maitland Art Center) founder André Smith and celebrated writer Zora Neale Hurston. The A&H is a part of the City of Eatonville’s celebration of its 125th anniversary as the oldest incorporated African American municipality in the US through these exhibitions. An opening reception is scheduled on August 16 at the A&H’s Maitland Art Center Galleries and Maitland Historical Museum. This reception is presented in partnership with the Zora Neale Hurston Museum of Fine Arts. Reception admission is free to A&H members, and $5 for not-yet-members.

“Images of Eatonville: Then & Now” features paintings by André Smith that depict Eatonville in the 1930s and 1940s, in contrast with images of Eatonville today, as photographed by students enrolled in photography at Rollins College in Winter Park. The works offer a glimpse of the multi-faceted community of Eatonville.

The “Founding of Eatonville” exhibition presents images and stories that depict the establishment of the city and its early residents from 1880-1910. Newly uncovered maps and homestead grants in the area illustrate the pattern of settlement there and in neighboring communities.

The A&H’s Maitland Art Center Gallery is located at 231 W. Packwood Avenue, Maitland. The A&H’s Maitland Historical Museum is located at 221 W. Packwood Avenue, Maitland. Admission is $3 for adults; $2 for seniors and for children (four to 18 years old). A&H Members and children (three and under) are free.

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