This past weekend I went to the Maitland Art Center to look at the Seminole exhibit that is there for a couple more weeks.
My Mom volunteered there back in the 1960s and 70s, and worked with an artist in residence who did Florida paintings, Eleanor J. Matthews. My Mom also worked at the Audubon House a few blocks away, which was where the Audubon Society got started about 100 years ago. And my scout troop met a few blocks away. So Maitland is pretty much my hometown.
If you get a chance to see the Seminole exhibit at the Maitland Art Center, make it a priority. There is only a few more weeks it will be on display. It is the most spectacular collection of Seminole items in a private collection. If I had an unlimited source of money, some of these items would be what I would get. Unfortunately I didn't get any photos, but I did get a catalog. I had my elderly father with me, and after there about five minutes he fell down and scrapped up himself on the display case that had sofkee spoons. So I had to leave after that and take care of him. At least I got the catalog so I can read about it all later.
Things in the display:
The McKinny-Hall painting of Osceola. Two different George Catlin drawings of Osceola. A sketch from 1838 by a dragoon officer of Seminoles doing a stomp dance. These are originals!
A spectacular collection of photos, most about 100 years old. Plus a photo of Billy Bowlegs, and the photo of Billy Bowlegs and the Seminole delegation to Washington in 1852. With the sash in the photo that was worn by John Jumper. (It says Jumper's sash, but Jumper died about 1838 at Fort Pike.)
Men and Women's Seminole clothing from 1910-1970s. In Chronological order.
Seminole dolls, baskets, and some items that were promoted and sold by Deaconess Bedell.
An outstanding exhibit.
On April 7th, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
I liked that the catalog included great pictures of items not in the exhibit. I don't think I've seen that many pictures of bandolier bags in opne place. It's odd that the exhibit's time period ends in the 1950's or 1960's. The Miccosukees were doing some quality patchwork after that time.
You like that fingerwoven sash? He bought that for $140,000.00 some time ago.
- Rick O.
The sash was in excellent condition.
As I was saying, these are some of my favorite pieces for a collection.
Also, I noticed on the men's bigshirts that the "skirt" has the stitch up the front. Typical Seminole style, putting the seam at the place that no other white seamstress would do, who would put it in either the side or the back. I thought that was really interesting.