We're very pleased to be able to offer a fine early Florida watercolor by one of the most beloved ladies in this area. Christian Jane Simons grew up in Jacksonville, Florida where her father was the city planner. She was a prolific and dedicated painter who left us with wonderful paintings of early Jacksonville, the St. Johns River, and St. Augustine. This painting shows Anastasia Lighthouse in St. Augustine and is wonderfully colorful. It measures 11.25" by 15.75" and is in great condition but for some paint spots in the sky and some discoloration on the edges from when it was framed. It is signed C.J. Simons and dated 1946.
Crissey, as she was known, got her B.A. in art from Western College for Women in Ohio and her masters degree in Indiana.
There is a fascinating dialogue with her on the University of Florida site at http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00093276/00001
Christian LaRouche, founding museum director, has died
NICEVILLE, FLORIDA - Christian LaRoche, founder of the Heritage Museum, has died. She was 84 years old.
LaRoche opened the historical museum in Valparaiso in 1971 and helped collect and preserve thousands of artifacts from the local area. She retired as executive director of the museum in 2000.
A resident of Niceville, LaRoche was inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame in 1997.
LaRoche had a love for the arts. She studied art history in college earning bachelor's and master's degrees. When Okaloosa-Walton Community College announced plans for its new Visual Arts Building at The Arts Center, LaRoche was one of the first benefactors to step forward, making a major gift of $70,000 to the building fund and the Christian LaRoche History Scholarship Endowment.
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