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Intersection: Maitland Art And History Center Writer In Residence Danny Powell


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Danny Powell's studio overlooks the courtyard at the Maitland Arts & History Center. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Danny Powell's studio overlooks the courtyard at the Maitland Arts & History Center. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Danny Powell keeps alive the spirit of the artist’s colony at the Maitland Art and History Center. Powell is the center’s first writer in residence. We visited his studio where he explained how his work is influenced by this place steeped in artistic history.

J. Andre Smith founded the artists colony in Maitland in 1937. It’s a fantastic architectural oasis just steps away from the rumbling traffic of 17-92. Giant oak trees draped with Spanish moss loom over the Mayan themed courtyard. There’s a nook where Smith took tea with Central Florida author Zora Neale Hurston.

Writer in residence Danny Powell is working on a series of short stories inspired by photographs he picks up in antique stores. His project’s called “Fo(u)nd memories.”

Danny Powell. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
The center features Mayan-influenced architecture. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
Danny Powell's studio looks out over the Maitland Art & History Center Courtyard. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
Powell's stories are taped to the walls of his studio. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
Danny Powell at work. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
Powell's album of photos collected for his writing. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
One of the images that inspired Powell's writing. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
Powell leafs through his photo collection. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
Wall decoration at the Maitland Art and History Center. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
Maitland Art and History Center. Photo: Matthew Peddie. WMFE
Wall decoration, Maitland Art and History Center. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
The founder of the artists' retreat, J. Andre Smith, took tea with writer Zora Neale Hurston here. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
The Maitland Art and History Center is just off 17-92. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

 

 

 


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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

A recent transplant to the Sunshine State, Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of ... Read Full Bio »

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