Clewiston Museum presents, ‘History of Murals in the Palm Beaches’

The historic Clewiston Inn is well known in Paranormal Circles across the United States for ghostly apparitions that, on occasion, distract unwarily motorists who stop at the Inn for a good night’s rest.

However, long before the Clewiston Inn acquired its ghostly visitors it had already established a far more tangible reputation in Art Circles around South Florida for its famous “Everglades Mural.”

The mural is located in the Clewiston Inn lounge. It is a beautiful panorama of the Everglades, which includes much of the flora and fauna of the region.

The mural has always been a conversational piece to visitors because it depicts one critter too many: an animal that has never lived in the Everglades. The Everglades Mural was painted by J. Clinton Shepard and family members during the 1940s. Art experts currently appraise it at approximately $500,000.

Join us at the Clewiston Museum on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m., while guest speaker, Sharon Koskoff, presents “History of Murals in the Palm Beaches: WPD – 21st Century.” The program will include art information on Charles Rosen / Palm Beach, Joseph D. Myers / Lake Worth, James Edward Hamilton / WPB Barefoot Mailman, the Gilded Age murals and the J. Clinton Sheperd / Everglades Mural.

Sharon Koskoff, mural artist and designer, was born in Brooklyn, New York and has lived in Delray Beach, Florida since 1985. She graduated from Brooklyn College as a Fine Arts Major and New York School of Interior Design where she mastered in Color Theory.

As a preservationist, she founded the Art Deco Society of the Palm Beaches in 1987 and authored Art Deco of the Palm Beaches, Arcadia Publications in 2007.

Presently Koskoff is the chairperson for the Public Advisory Board of Delray Beach, an Art Instructor at the School of Creative Arts, and the Group Tour leader at the Society of Four Arts in Palm Beach.

This year, Koskoff was the winner of the Ellen Liman Award of Excellence in Education by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, held at the 2014 Muse Awards. She is known as a Community Mural Artist and is responsible for hundreds of murals throughout the county in public places such as schools, airports, and museums. Koskoff is an enthusiastic speaker and well known authority on Art and Architecture.

This informative art presentation will be presented at the Clewiston Museum’s Annual Meeting. Complimentary refreshments will be provided after the program.

It’s going to be a wonderful evening at the museum, so bring your family and friends. This program was funded by the Florida Humanities Council and is free to the public.

Please contact the Clewiston Museum at 863-983-2870 or email us at clewistonmuseum@embarqmail.com if you have questions or need additional information.

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