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Historical Society Program
November 10, 2015
The Historical Society’s November 10 program will feature Paul Fortier, a portrait artist and program director with over 20 years’ experience designing and implementing projects that engage special populations, build community and improve health.
Paul Fortier and his family were featured in The Wakulla News on October 21, 2010 and described as a very talented family of artists. He “paints mainly in oil or watercolor and sometimes acrylic.
His love of art and painting began when he was very young. As a child he did not have television and says that he was always drawing comics and characters and creating stories with his drawings.” At Wayne State University in Detroit he was most influenced by his life drawing teacher.
Currently, Fortier is directing a multimedia project that involves Wakulla teens and seniors called “Mortals: Senior Life-Inventory Portraits,” an inter-generational, technology/arts project where at-risk teens create interactive portraits of local seniors who share lessons they’ve learned from their life experiences. This collaborative effort intends to meet some community needs in an innovative way and has the support of several local organizations including the Wakulla County Historical Society, Wakulla County Public Library, Capital City Bank Group Foundation, Big Bend Homeless Coalition, and Eden Springs Nursing and Rehab Center.
Fortier and his family moved to Wakulla County in 2002 for the clean air and since 2004 he is Director of Information Systems for Big Bend Homeless Coalition.
The Historical Society program on Tuesday, November 10 is set for 7:00 pm at the Wakulla County Public Library. For more information contact the WCHS Museum & Archives, 24 High Drive in Crawfordville or call 850.926-1110 during business hours: Thursday and Friday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.