Bracken strikes oil

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By Pat Hibbs

Lylia Jean Bracken is a happy woman indeed.

She fell in love with the Highwayman-style picture on display at the library, frequently bought tickets for the raffle, and, at the last meeting of the Friends of the Williston Library, her name was chosen as the winner.

The oil-based work was painted by Sylvester M. Wells, who executed it with an associate at a fall presentation at the library.

Wells is one of the original Florida Highwaymen, a group of twenty-six African-American artists who, in the 1950s through the 1980s, “painted beautiful landscapes that displayed the serene, undeveloped Florida landscape of their time.”

As Wells and his wife told of the story of the Highwaymen, the painting was created.

The painting was enclosed in a barnwood frame originally created by John McDaniell. Peter Zettler, president of FOWL, adapted the frame for the painting.

Every year, “Friends” presents a series of varied cultural events free to the community. The public is encouraged to attend these always interesting and informative programs.