Five Notorious Art Forgers at Ringling Museum

The exhibition “Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World” examines the careers of five of the most notorious art forgers from the 20th century until the present.

Pieces produced by the five talented con artists will be on display in the galleries of The Ringling. The forgers created imitations of works by artists including Charles Courtney Curran, Honoré Daumier, Philip de László, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani and Pablo Picasso.

There are 60 works of art in the show including some of the original pieces that the forgers copied. The exhibition also features some of the tools the forgers used to create their imitations.

The forgers in this exhibition imitated the works of many notable American and European artists such as Charles Courtney Curran, Honoré Daumier, Philip de László, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Paul Signac and Maurice de Vlaminck, among others, whose original works of art are featured in the exhibition as comparisons.

By bringing to light these forgers’ frustrated artistic ambitions, chaotic personal lives, and contempt for the art world, as well as understanding how advances in technology are aiding art professionals in identifying authenticity, this exhibition brings to light the serious implications of these con artists’ intent to deceive.



Hans van Meegeren

Hans van Meegeren (1889-1947) “Forging Dutch Masters”
Frustrated by his own art career, Hans van Meegeren sought fortune and recognition through forgery. He became one of the first media celebrity forgers of the 20thcentury. He began producing forgeries in the 1920s, but it was not until the mid-1930s that he had mastered his craft.  Van Meegeren developed a technique to mimic centuries old dry paint by mixing Bakelite plastic into his paints and then baking the work. This allowed his forgeries to pass the forensics test of the era and produced the craquelure pattern consistent with older works.

Van Meegeren created an “early religious period” for Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer. In 1937, Dutch art expert Abraham Bredius declared that Van Meegeren’s “The Supper at Emmaus” was an authentic Vermeer. Van Meegeren later sold a forged painting “Christ with the Adulteress” to Nazi leader Hermann Goring.

Elmyr De Hory

Elmyr De Hory (1906-1976) “A Master of Deception”
Elmyr de Hory was a living forgery. Upon moving the United States after World War II, he created a persona of a disposed Hungarian aristocrat selling his art collection. In reality, he was a struggling artist born to middle class parents in Budapest, Hungary.

After his own art career failed to provide his desired life style, De Hory turned to forgery. He sold more than 1000 forgeries into the art market during his 30-year career. De Hory would produce his works on 19th century canvases that he purchased at flea markets and artificially age the works with commercial varnishes.

Eric Hebborn

Eric Hebborn (1934-1996)“From Restorer to Forger”
Eric Hebborn used his talent as a draftsman and expertise of historic paper to forge art that tricked prominent art experts. His use of period paper and period application methods made his work nearly impossible to detect through forensic analysis.

Hebborn focused on the Renaissance and Baroque periods for his forgeries. He started with the drawings of Nicholas Poussin after being told his work resembled Poussin’s by art historian Sir Anthony Blunt.

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Arts, Britain’s most prestigious art school, Hebborn’s drawing skills were not in demand by the mid-20th century art market. He turned to forging as an act of revenge against art expert and dealers. Hebborn never sold to amateur collectors.

John Myatt

John Myatt (1945-) “The Art of Genuine Fakes”
John Myatt needed a way to support his two children. He placed an ad in a local newspaper offering “Genuine Fakes for $510-$680.” Con artist John Drewe sold one of the fakes through Christie’s Auctions for $102,000, and a partnership formed.

Myatt forged works by more than 200 modernist painters, and Drewe created the false documents and sold the works. The partnership lasted for seven years, until dealers become suspicious of Drewe’s seemingly endless supply of works. Myatt was arrested in 1995, and in return for his cooperation in the case against Drewe, Myatt received a reduced sentence.

Mark Landis

Mark Landis (1955-) “Mysterious Donor”
Mark Landis does not fit in with the other forgers because he was not motivated by monetary gain or a desire for revenge.

For the past 30 years, Landis posed as a philanthropist seeking to donate famous works as a way to honor his deceased parents. To avoid detection, Landis has falsified documents, created aliases and even has posed as a priest. Unlike the other forgers, Landis used plain materials purchased from his local art store and attempted to make them look aged though staining them with tea or pigment.

To learn more about these forgers and their work, visit: Intent to Deceive


Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World is organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C. Curated by Colette Loll.

2014 Marianna Airport Fly-In

Get ready to see some high performance in vintage aircraft up close and personal. Photo shown above is a 1936 Lockheed Electra, featured in the movie Amelia.

Marianna Airport, formerly Graham Air Base, will hold its 4th annual Marianna Airport Fly-in on May 17, 2014 in commemoration of Armed Forces Day. This free event is family-friendly and children-safe, and open to the public. The event includes static displays of vintage military and civilian aircraft and an air demonstration Saturday morning. Young Eagles will offer free airplane rides to children, ages 8-17, who are interested in an aviation career. Helicopter rides to enjoy an aerial view of Marianna are $25.

A FAA safety seminar at Citizen’s Lodge, 4574 Lodge Drive, off Caverns Rd, is slated for Friday, May 16th from 6-9 pm. Dinner and transportation is included. For more information contact or tourist development council office 805-482-8061.


Visit Jackson County

Come and revisit special places that bring back memories of treasured moments. In addition, to a memorable visit, there will be a reunion hosted for all personnel that have ever been associated with Graham Air Base, including Aviation Cadets or Officers who learned to fly here.  Also invited to attend are all former Instructors, or support personnel such as Admin, Maintenance, Mess Hall, Cadet and Officers Club or any other functions used to carry out Graham’s mission of providing the Air Force with the world’s finest pilots. Don’t miss the opportunity to revisit old friends, tour the Graham Air Base grounds and view the memorabilia that will be on display.



Stay In Comfort


Considering staying overnight  in Jackson County and enjoy the history, special events or southern hospitality.  This countryside destination have amenities to fit your lifestyle and budget. Jackson County lodging accommodations are located mostly at the interchange of Interstate 10 and Highway 71 in Marianna.  BOOK DIRECTLY


Miami Photographer Exploring Florida’s Outdoors

One would expect a photographer born and live in Miami to have a studio and gallery filled with colorful photos of the Cuban culture in Florida—not so with John Bob Carlos, a Miami born to second generation Cuban parents.

John Bob Carlos came to fall in love with Florida’s unique nature and wildlife and is now making efforts to carry his tripod and camera into Florida’s Everglades National Park and other unspoiled locations, in the hope to share Natural Florida with the world.


“Capturing images of Florida wildlife, landscapes, and waterways has been my obsession for some time, and my way of creating a voice for Florida’s nature. I often take extreme measures that test my body, mind, and soul to capture the beauty unfolding before my eyes. It is an attempt to see and document the wonders of this great land.”


You can join John on his next nature and wildlife photo hunting adventure to capture your very own Natural Florida memories or purchase photos from his collection. Visit to learn more.

Where Florida Art Began

Other than the early 20th century vacationing artists such as Winslow Homer or the Hudson River School icon Herman Herzog, Albert Ernest Backus – a Florida native – was the first artist to truly see the subtle beauty of Florida and to attempt to capture it on canvas. Backus, who was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 1993, was the seminal Florida landscape painter. All those who followed were in someway trying to emulate his work.

As Grant Wood’s American Gothic did for Iowa and Winslow Homer’s landscapes did for New England, so Albert Ernest Backus has done for his native state of Florida.

Like other great 20th Century American landscape painters, Backus encouraged us to inhabit his world and to appreciate it through his eyes.

Born in 1906 in Fort Pierce, Florida, Backus was encouraged from a very early age by his parents to become involved with the arts. At six years of age, Backus was given a set of watercolors by his mother and was thus introduced to the world of painting. He spent his childhood sketching and painting the environment around his home.

In 1924, Backus left home to attend Parsons School of Design and Art in New York City. The lessons he received in New York were the only formal art training Backus ever had.

Upon his return to Fort Pierce, Backus kept busy by painting murals in restaurants, backdrops for local theaters, and views of land developments for real estate speculators. The local land boom eventually lost momentum and the artist quickly lost his source of income.

Convinced that he still wanted to lead an artist’s life, Backus held his first exhibition in 1931, sponsored by local patron Dorothy Binney Palmer. He continued to show his work and sell paintings at regional art shows for $5 and $10 per painting. Acknowledgment was slow at first, but steadily grew. Then in 1938, the Florida Federation of Arts bestowed upon Backus the coveted “Bemis” award. Backus had officially stepped into the light of national recognition.


Artistic Technique

Spanish Bayonets on the Indian River by A.E. Backus

Spanish Bayonets on the Indian River by A.E. Backus

Moon Light Everglades by A.E. Backus1

Moon Light Everglades by A.E. Backus

Beach House at Punta Rassa by A.E. Backus

Beach House at Punta Rassa by A.E. Backus

From the 1930s through the 1950s, much of Backus’ work was impressionistic. Monet had been one of his early influences, and the French artist’s use of color was adapted on Backus’ early Florida canvases.

Paintings from this period are characterized by Backus’ heavy use of the palette knife. His sweeping gestures with the knife and his preference for painting storm scenes brought a sense of unbridled vigor to this work.

In the last 30 years of Backus’ life his landscapes became more representational, and he employed the brush far more often than the knife.

The backwoods paintings done at this time were often more serene and detailed than his earlier works.

Backus’ success at capturing Florida’s rugged beauty came as much from his scientific inquiries as from his artistic ability. He spent a lifetime studying plants, wildlife and meteorology.

There was hardly a cloud formation, Florida plant or animal species that Backus could not name. Even in his 80s, he could be seen around Fort Pierce studying and sketching the nuances the light of sunrise could have on a favorite jacaranda tree or sabal palm cluster. His favorite times of day were late afternoon or early morning, because the light is more alive then. Backus mastered light: the handling of light, the effect of light on the color of an object, and how light differs from day-to-day, season-to-season, place-to-place.



The A.E. Backus Museum

The A.E. Backus Museum in Fort Pierce is a repository for many of Backus’ paintings and personal effects – and an educational and inspirational resource for artists.

Though Backus was a driving force behind the creation of the museum, he asked that it be known simply as the Gallery of Fort Pierce. It was only in the days after Backus’ death that the museum’s board of directors renamed the facility as a memorial tribute. The museum and the people who support it are testaments to the continuity of his artistic spirit.

The A.E. Backus Museum is public visual arts facility open five days a week from October through June (summer hours by appointment). The museum features the nation’s largest display of original paintings by Albert Ernest Backus. Four additional exhibition wings feature changing exhibits of artwork by contemporary Florida artists.

Located in historic downtown Fort Pierce, a mere 2 blocks from Backus’ longtime home and studio and adjacent to the location of his original studio, the museum is a worthwhile stop on any visitor’s itinerary. The museum’s ample free parking provides convenient access to other area attractions, casual waterside dining and boutique shopping. The A.E. Backus Museum is located at 500 N. Indian River Drive in Fort Pierce, FL 34950. Phone 772-465-0630. Hours: October through June, Tuesday – Saturday 10 am. – 4 pm. Sundays Noon – 4 pm. Visit us online: A.E. Backus Museum

51th Halifax Art Festival

The 50th annual Halifax Art Festival is the 2nd oldest continual art festival in the state of Florida and attracts well over 30,000 visitors annually.  This free Festival, open to the public, will take place on November 3 & 4, 2012, on historic downtown Beach Street, from Orange Avenue to Bay Street, in front of the Riverfront Shops of Daytona Beach.

The Festival will have over 200 juried artists and artisans exhibiting original two-dimensional art, photography, sculpture, jewelry, textiles, ceramics, wood, metal, and glass pieces for purchase.  The Festival has expanded to celebrate seasoned as well as emerging artists and craftsmen.  There will be two distinct exhibit areas.  The first area will be Fine Arts & Fine Crafts which will be juried, judged and eligible for over $35,000 in prize money and Patron Awards.  The second area will be juried Crafts which will not be eligible for award money.  All Crafts are handmade, original pieces of art for sale at reasonable prices.

The Museum of Arts and Sciences will have a booth at the Festival offering many collectibles and gift items for purchase.

Date: November 2 – 3, 2013

For more information visit: Halifax Art Festival

Downtown Gainesville Festival and Art Show

It’s time to celebrate in Gainesville. On a roll for several years running, the Downtown Festival & Art Show has steadily climbed in rankings in recent years and moved up another three positions, while breaking its own placement records.

Out of nearly 1,000 art and craft festivals across the nation, the Downtown Festival & Art Show stands out as one of the most profitable for attending artists. To create the list, Sunshine Artist analyzes thousands of ballots from artists who record the amount of money they earn at the festivals they attend. Shows receive points based on these earnings, and the ones with the most points gain the top spots in the rankings.

The Downtown Festival & Art Show has ranked among the top festivals in the nation since 1996, making it into the top 10 best fine art shows ever.  This year’s festival will take place on Saturday, Nov. 16, and Sunday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 100,000 visitors are expected to attend this nationally-recognized event featuring 250 talented artists who showcase their oils and acrylics, watercolors, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics and photography. Live entertainment, delicious food and an Imagination Station for children help make the Downtown Festival & Art Show Gainesville’s premier fall festival.

Date: November 16 – 17, 2013

For more information, visit: or call 352-334-ARTS.

2013 Lake Mirror Classic Concours d’Elegance

The Lake Mirror Classic hosts many different events during the three day festival. There are three events into which you may enter your classic auto, boat or motorcycle. These events are the Hot Rod Rendezvous, Open Car Show, Hemmings Road Tour and the Concours d’Elegance.

The Lake Mirror Classic is presented free to the public and made possible because of tremendous support from numerous corporate sponsors. Please join us in thanking these sponsors for presenting the Lake Mirror Classic.

Beginning in 2013, the mission of the Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival will be to help fund the preservation and restoration of historic Lake Mirror Park so that our community and it’s guests will be able to enjoy this nationally registered landmark for many generations to come. In addition to the Friends of Lake Mirror Fund, the Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival supports local non-profit groups by helping them raise needed funds through the sale of food and beverage at the event. Over $250,000 has been raised or donated to local charities because of the Lake Mirror Classic. The event has helped Junior Achievement, Pied Piper Players, Boy Scouts, The First Tee, Historic Lakeland, Lakeland Regional Cancer Center.


Concours d’Elegance

The featured event of the Lake Mirror Classic is Saturday’s Concours d’Elegance. Featuring a selection of 125 cars, the judged Concours is presented along and adjacent to Lake Mirror Park’s promenade. Previous shows have included illustrious examples of prewar classics such as Cadillac, Cord, Duesenberg, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz and Rolls Royce. The Concours d’Elegance is the judged section of the show and is limited to selected vehicles which must fit within one of the defined classes (see this page) and be pre-approved by our selection committee.


Collector Car Auction

Looking for that special collector car you’ve been dreaming about for years?  You’ll have a chance to find it at The Collector Car Auction.  Approximately 100 collector cars are planned to be auctioned during this event.  Higgenbotham Auctioneers International will conduct the auction.  Vehicles will be display for public preview on Friday evening at the Magnolia Building during the Auction Preview Party, and Saturday morning on Main Street. The Collector Car Auction is held on Saturday around 1:00pm on Main Street.


Heacock Insurance New Car Show

Remember back when unveiling the new model cars was a really big deal— the Heacock Insurance New Car Show is just for you. Several Lakeland area auto dealers have brought their newest vehicles to be unveiled at the Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival. The New Car Show will be held on the east side of the Lake Mirror Promenade. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, you might be able to find it at the Lake Mirror Classic. Dealerships will have staff at the event to answer any questions about the new vehicles. This event will be held in conjunction with the Hot Rod Rendezvous during Friday night.


More information on each of the events is below. Please also view the Schedule of Events for the Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival.


Terrence Hotel

Stay Over In Comfort

Historic Terrace Hotel

As Lakeland, Florida’s only full-service, luxury hotel, The Terrace Hotel has been beautifully restored, providing a glimpse into Lakeland’s own history. Considered by many to be the centerpiece of downtown Lakeland’s rebirth, The Terrace Hotel is home to exceptional comfort and exquisite accommodations. Our goal is, and always has been, to provide each and every guest with a truly unforgettable, equally restful, experience. BOOK DIRECT



15th Annual IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Festival


August 17th, 2013

The 15th Annual IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Festival will feature over 8 dance and drumming workshops as well as dance parties. The event culminates with a spectacular Dance Gala featuring guest artists and IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Company.

Miami has the highest number of Cubans (including Afro-Cubans) in the U.S., and here Cuban and other African, Caribbean and Latin American cultures thrive and pulse in the neighborhoods. Here, culture is alive, living and present — and not confined to a dance workshop.

Renowned Afro-Cuban choreographer and dancer Neri Torres founded the IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Festival in 1998 and from 2002 through 2005 called it BAILA USA.


Admission: Full Day Pass – $115 (includes closing gala)

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IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance & Music 
Little Haiti Cultural Arts Center
212 NE 59th Terrace
Miami, FL 33137
Tel: (305) 960-2969 or (786) 704-8609 (IFE-ILE)