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Palm Beach residents can celebrate the beauty of the "river of grass"

21 Sep 2012 8:32 AM
Palm Beach residents can celebrate the beauty of the

Although in many ways Florida is a modern state, with its rapidly growing population and burgeoning luxury home development, the Sunshine State has an incredibly rich and diverse natural history. One of the most cherished and significant components of this legacy is the Everglades.

The Everglades has had an outsized effect on southern Florida's culture and history, as the region represents a connection between the state's Native American past and rapidly developing present. Because of this, the Everglades has been a frequent subject for paintings, photographs and books.

One of the most important players in this trend was Marjory Stoneman Douglas, a Florida-based writer who brought attention to the Everglades in her 1947 book "The Everglades: River of Grass." Douglas also inspired the work of Dorothy Simpson Krause, a contemporary artist. The two are the focus of a new show at the Jaffe Book Arts Gallery, which runs through September 28.

The exhibit features a wide variety of works that Krause created to display the richness and beauty of the Everglades. Working with diverse materials and methods, Krause has created a show that is likely to provide new insight into the region for residents of Palm Beach County.

One notable technique Krause employed is the layering of photographs, paintings and prints in single works to demonstrate the grandeur and depth of the Everglades.

The exhibit also celebrates the release of Krause's portfolio of work centered on the Everglades. The limited-run portfolio will be sold at the event. It is sure to be a great addition to the collection of any Palm Beach residents who are interested in the unique region or have a passion for the arts.

For residents hoping to learn more about the Everglades and view the works of a celebrated artist, this event is not one to miss.