Agriculture Press Release

April 6, 2000

Floridas Agri-literacy Campaign To Visit Nations Capital

TALLAHASSEE Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford announced today that the states Agri-Literacy Campaign exhibit will visit the Florida House in Washington, D.C., for 90 days beginning April 12.

The exhibit, comprised of 12 paintings depicting scenes of major agricultural industries in Florida of 100 years ago, is designed to teach young people and adults alike about Floridas rich agricultural heritage. The paintings include depictions of Floridas citrus, vegetable, forestry, sugarcane, horse and livestock industries as they were in the early 20th century.

In addition to the paintings, Florida artist Robert Butler, the creator of the paintings, will be at the Florida House for the first two days of the exhibit. He will provide a daylong "paint with the artist" seminar on April 12 in the courtyard of the Florida House, and will visit Washington, D.C., schools the next day, where students will hear the artists perspectives on agriculture and paint with him at their schools.

The Florida House, Number One Second Street, N.E., is located one block from the U.S. Capitol and provides embassy-like accommodations to visitors, particularly those from Florida.

Persons interested in the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Agri-Literacy Campaign exhibit are encouraged to visit the web site devoted to the project. The address is www.fl-ag.com/butler. It contains the paintings created by Butler, as well as narratives on each written by the artist.


For more information:
Larry Reese
(850) 488-0163

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