Atlantic Center for the Arts Invites you to join us as we celebrate the publication of Doris Leeper: Legacy of a Visionary
Friday, February 24
4-5 PM: Author Readings
Meet the authors of Doris Leeper: Legacy of a Visionary at a reading and book signing, featuring ACA Trustee Patricia Appleton, Dr. James Murphy, Clay Henderson and Amy Galpin, and Florida Historical Society Executive Director Ben Brotemarkle.
5-7 PM: Book signing, opening of “ACA 40-Year Retrospective” exhibit, and reception to meet the Artists in Residency #164
Atlantic Center for the Arts, Pabst Visitor Center & Gallery
1414 Art Center Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 | 386.427.6975
Patricia Appleton was inspired to capture the history and stories behind Doris Leeper – a woman she never met, yet respected deeply – upon joining the Atlantic Center for the Arts Board of Trustees in 2012. The result is five years of perseverance, along with co-authors Dr. James Murphy and Clay Henderson, and the publication by the Florida Historical Society of Doris Leeper: Legacy of a Visionary.
This publication examines the accomplishments of Doris Leeper and assesses her contributions to Florida’s cultural life and to the preservation of its natural environment. It contains a chronology of Leeper’s artistic career with photos of her work and a full exhibit list; a narrative history of her environmental work, including accounts of the political battles she waged to achieve the national park designation for Canaveral Seashores and to establish Atlantic Center for the Arts, an internationally-recognized artist residency; and interviews with friends and colleagues who worked with Leeper—and sometimes against her—to achieve these goals. Additional materials include personal letters from Doc and critical essays written about her work.
Published by the Florida Historical Society