Two Exhibitions at the Art & History Museums - Maitland's Maitland Art Center Highlight Founder André Smith

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The Art & History Museums - Maitland proudly presents two exhibitions highlighting works of André Smith (1880-1959), noted artist, architect, author and founder of the A&H’s Maitland Art Center. The exhibitions are: André Smith: Picturing Place and Selections from the Permanent Collection: André Smith Sketch Books.

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The Art & History Museums – Maitland(A&H) presents two exhibitions highlighting works of André Smith(1880-1959), noted artist, architect, author, and founder of the A&H’s Maitland Art Center. The exhibitions begin on May 31, 2013 in the A&H’s Maitland Art Center Galleries, 231 W. Packwood Avenue, Maitland. An Opening Reception is held on May 31 from 6 to 8 PM. Admission is free to A&H members and $5 for not-yet-members.

    The exhibition, André Smith: Picturing Place, is held in Galleries 2 and 3, and continues through August 4, 2013. The exhibition, Selections from the Permanent Collection: André Smith Sketch Books, is held in Gallery 1, and continues through July 14, 2013.

    André Smith: Picturing Place presents highlights from the A&H’s holdings of prints, paintings, and drawings reflecting Smith’s travels in the United States and Europe. After receiving his degree in architecture from Cornell University, Smith ventured to Europe on a Traveling Fellowship to study. He returned to France during World War I, having been appointed by the U.S. government to record the activities of American Expeditionary Forces. Upon his return from the war, Smith settled in Stony Creek, CT and wintered in Maitland, FL. He continued to travel to Europe, where some of his most memorable etchings were completed. His etchings frequently reflected the influence of his architectural studies, illustrating an innate appreciation for the pictorial characteristics of common vistas.

    Selections from the Permanent Collection: André Smith Sketch Books features a display of Smith’s sketchbooks dating from the 1920s through 1940s. The sketchbooks are comprised mostly of small, intimate watercolors and crayon sketches depicting a wide range of subject matter, experimentation and dedication to vision.

    Gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Admission is $3.00 for adults; $2.00 for seniors (55 & older) and for children (4-18 years). A&H Members and children (3 & under) are free.

    For additional information about the exhibitions and the Art & History Museums – Maitland, phone 407-539-2181 or visit

About the Art & History Museums - Maitland:

The Art & History Museums – Maitland (A&H) is a premier Central Florida cultural institution and community gathering place, combining the best of both art and history. Its unique architecture, beautiful gardens, quality exhibits and programming, and two sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places make it a must visit cultural destination. Our museums offer unparalleled opportunities for enrichment and inspiration. Programming includes art classes and workshops, hands-on history programs, interactive exhibits, professional artists working in their studios, and much more. Our two campuses include the A&H's Maitland Art Center, a 1937 artists’ colony with Aztec and Mayan architectural influences; the A&H's Waterhouse Residence Museum, a Victorian house museum; The A&H's Carpentry Shop Museum, a working antique tool museum; The A&H's Telephone Museum, an interactive telephone museum; and the A&H's Maitland Historical Museum, a local history museum. There is something for everyone and each experience is well worth the trip.

The A&H’s Maitland Art Center hours are Tuesday – Sunday, 11 AM – 4 PM. The A&H’s Maitland Historical Museum, Telephone Museum, Waterhouse Residence Museum and Carpentry Shop Museum hours are Thursday – Sunday, 12 – 4 PM. Visit us online at

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