Historical Art Summer Exhibit: “Obscured by Time: the Magic of Florida”

Heritage Park and Cultural Center is proud to present Obscured by Time: The Magic of Florida, an art exhibit of artist, storyteller, and Florida native Hermann Trappman for summer 2016. This exhibition will be in the City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park and Cultural Center from May 21 to August 15, 2016, and will detail the natural history of Florida through Trappman’s compelling paintings. Obscured by Time offers a glimpse of early Florida, drawing back the curtain that has shroudedFlorida’s prehistoric past. His artwork explores Paleo-Indian mammoth hunters through to the earliest city dwellers, to cultures affected by Spanish conquista­dors in the 16th Century. His paintings offer amazing insights into the pre-historic cultures ofFlorida by focusing on the daily lives of the people who lived here.

Hermann Trappman reconstructs aspects of Native American life and culture and details what the past might have been like. His artwork is based on meticulous research of pre-Columbian peoples. The exhibition includes reproductions of early tools and objects portrayed in his paintings.

As a boy, he played along the sandy shores of Tampa Bay, collected arrow points in the playground at his elementary school, and tumbled along the paths of ancient Indian mounds. A self-taught artist, Trappman spent over 25 years as an interpretive park ranger and explored the natural and cultural history of Florida. He learned to understand how ecosystems work and how humans survived for thousands of years in the complex environs of Florida. He also became fascinated with the origins of Florida and its early inhabitants. His paintings embody the revelations of his studies, his attitudes, and his craftsmanship. Every painting takes months of painstaking research as he reproduces the tools and objects in his art to understand how they work.

The City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park & Cultural Center is a community outreach division of the City and is committed to providing area historical programming. For more information, please contact the museum at 850-833-9595.