An exclusive slideshow and talk, William Floyd Rediscovered, will be presented by Long Island artist Xiomáro at Mastics – Moriches – Shirley Community Library on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The one-night only free event includes entry to win a print from the fine art photographic series on which the talk is based. The public can download a free eBook pertaining to the talk at www.xiomaro.com.
The National Park Service commissioned Xiomáro (see-oh-mah-ro) to create the collection, which offers an unprecedented view of the home and grounds of William Floyd’s Mastic Beach estate. Better known today for the parkway and high school that memorializes him, General Floyd was an American revolutionary and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, who served with George Washington. Eight generations of Floyds remained at the estate until they donated it to the National Park Service.
In his talk, Xiomáro will shed more light on the mysteries behind this forgotten Founding Father who was a well known figure in his day and a friend to Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. The artist will also present photographs of rare Floyd artifacts and rooms in the house not generally seen by the public as well as behind-the-scenes snapshots of how he created his final images.
Xiomáro is a nationally exhibited and published artist, curator, writer and speaker whose work has been extensively covered by the national media including The Huffington Post and Fine Art Connoisseur. His photography is widely exhibited at venues such as Harvard University, Long Island Museum, Fraunces Tavern Museum and by members of Congress. Earlier this year, the artist drew media attention from News 12, Newsday and The New York Times for his photography of what is believed to be a slave burial ground on the William Floyd estate.
His other commissions from the National Park Service include: Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, the Oyster Bay home and Summer White House of President Theodore Roosevelt; and Otis Pike High Dune Wilderness at Fire Island National Seashore, the only federally-protected wilderness in New York State.
For more information, visit the artist’s website at www.xiomaro.com. Moriches – Shirley Community Library, 407 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley, NY 11967, (631) 399-1511, www.communitylibrary.org. To read Xiomaro’s guest blog post in Our Forgotten Past, click here.