Sarasota County celebrates Historic Preservation Month in May with ‘Preservation Ink’
|Artist Olwen Hughes displays one of her historic drawings.|
SARASOTA COUNTY – Sarasota County will kick-off Historic Preservation Month on May 2 at Historic Spanish Point with an art exhibition by Welsh artist Olwen Hughes.
The exhibition will feature selected works, including Hughes’ latest commission of capturing historic images around Sarasota County. Hughes also completed a series of pen and ink drawings of Historic Spanish Point, which will be displayed.
An accomplished artist, Hughes was born in South Wales, where she launched her prolific art career. Also a teacher, Hughes’ work has been exhibited across the globe. She was honored for her work in 2002 by the Queen of England. Hughes and her husband Geoffrey currently own a home in the Gulf Gate area, where they reside part time.
Sarasota County Historical Resources collects information and artifacts related to the history of the county from pre-historic times to the present. Exhibits featuring historic items can be found in public building throughout the county.
Now, the work of Hughes will join the rest of those important pieces of history.
“Olwen’s work not only reflects the beauty of Sarasota County, but also captures these important structures for future generations,” said Lorrie Muldowney, historical resources manager. “Often, artists are the most important historians because they are able to capture history through the lens of their talent.”
The art exhibition will be shown at Historic Spanish Point, located at 337 N. Tamiami Trail, starting May 2, 5:30 p.m. Hughes, members of the Sarasota County Commission, the county’s Historic Preservation Board, along with other dignitaries, will be on-hand for this wonderful event.
For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or visit www.scgov.net.