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Florida Department of State’s Museum of Florida History Announces New Exhibit Opening ofReflections: Paintings of Florida 1865-1965, From the Collection of Cici and Hyatt Brown

Exhibit will be on display through May 6, 2013

Tallahassee, Florida –

The Florida Department of State’s Museum of Florida History opens its newest exhibit Reflections: Paintings of Florida 1865-1965, From the Collection of Cici and Hyatt Brown today, November 15. From idyllic beach scenes to lush green jungles, Reflections highlights more than 75 paintings depicting the natural beauty of Florida before the great post-World War II building boom. The exhibit, featuring the largest private collection of Florida-based art, will be on display at the museum through May 6, 2013.

"One of the most interesting ways to learn about Florida is through history and art, and this exhibit provides a unique opportunity to appreciate our state through both mediums," said Secretary of State Ken Detzner. "We are honored to be able to showcase these magnificent works of art, and we hope Floridians from across the state will visit the museum and enjoy them."

Reflections: Paintings of Florida 1865-1965, From the Collection of Cici and Hyatt Brown features masterworks by well-known American artists, some with international reputations, who painted in Florida. These artists include William Aiken Walker, Thomas Hart Benton, Frederic Remington, N.C. Wyeth, and Louis Comfort Tiffany. Paintings that highlight the North Florida area include works by Benson Bond Moore, Winifred Offord Long, Walter T. Bryden, Lt. B. Riggs, and Laura Woodward.

Subject matter of the exhibit includes famous landmarks and structures, such as the buildings of St. Augustine and Key West; historical portraits of native Floridians; and location-specific landscapes, including elements of weather, light, water and land. Reflections: Paintings of Florida 1865-1965, From the Collection of Cici and Hyatt Brown is organized and toured by the Museum of Arts & Sciences, Daytona Beach, FL, where it made its debut in 2009.

About the Museum of Arts & Sciences

The Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS) is the primary art, science and history museum in Central Florida. Located on a 90-acre Florida nature preserve, the 100,000 square foot facility is host to over 30,000 objects including the finest collection of American art in the Southeast, one of the most significant collections of Cuban art outside of Cuba, a Chinese art collection, Florida's prehistoric Giant Ground Sloth, a large Coca Cola© and Americana collection, a rare Napoleonic Collection and the new Visible Storage Building. The MOAS collection also includes a wealth of historic paintings and African artifacts. The Museum’s auditorium, planetarium, and Charles and Linda Williams Children's Museum make for a truly interactive experience.

About the Florida Department of State’s Museum of Florida History

The Florida Department of State’s Museum of Florida History, which is managed by the department’s Division of Cultural Affairs, is located in the R. A. Gray Building at 500 South Bronough Street in downtown Tallahassee.  Museum hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday and holidays, noon to 4:30 p.m.; and every third Thurday from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. While at the Museum, take time to browse in Florida’s History Shop. For more information, contact 850.245.6400 or www.museumoffloridahistory.com.