Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Flagler Beach’s Ocean Art Gallery
To Host Cultural Event

FLAGLER BEACH, FL – On January 20-21, national bestselling author Susan Slater and Flagler County’s 2015 Artist of the Year Rachel Thompson will present their collaboration “Resurgence – Native Americans in Literature and Art” to examine the increasing role and influence of Native American culture in popular American literature and art. 

On Friday evening, January 20, a VIP reception will be held at Ocean Art Gallery to introduce Slater and Thompson to invited guests. This social event will allow the author and artist to share their personal experiences and motivations for the Resurgence program. During the Saturday Talk & Interview from 1 – 3 pm, Susan and Rachel also will sign their books and art, which will be on sale. 

Susan, a nationally recognized author of mysteries and resident of New Mexico for 39 years, moved to Flagler County in 2016 where she continues to write and participate in literary educational programs. Her work with Pueblo Indians led to her first mystery series: The Pumpkin Seed Massacre, Yellow Lies, Thunderbird, and A Way to the Manger. Other novels include: Five O’clock Shadow, O to 60, and the Dan Mahoney mysteries—Flash Flood, Rollover, and Hair of the Dog. Susan, a Tony Hillerman protégé, lives in Palm Coast, Florida, and writes fulltime. 

Rachel, Gargiulo Art Foundation’s 2015 Artist of the Year for Flagler County, has long had a strong affinity for Native American art, yet had not until recently allowed her painting to follow her heart. In 2016 she first gained recognition for her Southwest Art paintings when Southwest Art Magazine declared Rachel “an up and coming Southwest artist.” Visits to New Mexico, coupled with study of Georgia O’Keefe’s classic works and photographs by ES Curtis convinced Rachel to release the inner spirit that sought expression.

Tickets for the January 20th Reception are available to the public ONLY at Admission is $25, which includes admission to the Saturday Talk & Interview. 

Tickets just for Saturday's Talk & Interview event can be purchased on Eventbrite, as well as at Ocean Art Gallery during open hours or at the door day of the event for $15.

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