Saturday, April 18, 2009


I have been fortunate enough to be a part of the Orange County Regional History Center's journal, Reflections from Central Florida, since its inception. Starting out as a single color publication called It's About Time, the 20 page magazine is now beautifully printed in full-color. The most recent issue highlights a few of Central Florida's most interesting artists of the twentieth century, including the often blogged about Joy Postle. The University of Central Florida allowed us access to their archives and we found some wonderful images of Ms. Postle and her manager husband going back to the 1920s.

Also featured in this issue are Mulford Foster, an artist and botanist, known as the father of the bromeliad, who helped promote the cultivation of these beautiful plants. And André Smith, creator of the amazing Maitland Art Center rounds out the colorful trio of talent that helped lay the foundation for today's arts community. So if you are able to get to downtown Orlando, pick up an issue today, they are free in the lobby of the History Center.

My friend Hilary reminded me of another great Art Deco building in Central Florida. This funeral home sits on Lake Ivanhoe, just north of downtown Orlando.

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