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Escape to Create: Architectural Historian Judith Dupre and Heritage Seed Pioneer, Diane Ott Whealy

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What: Escape to Create: Architectural Historian Judith Dupre and Heritage Seed Pioneer, Diane Ott Whealy
When: Friday, February 17, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Seaside REP Theatre

Come out for a memorable evening celebrating Escape to Create’s 25th performance season in Seaside, Florida.  

Friday, February 17 
Architectural Historian Judith Dupre and Heritage Seed Pioneer, Diane Ott Whealy 
Seaside REP Theatre 7:30pm

​NY Times bestselling author Judith Dupre bridges the world of art, photography and architecture in her stunning presentation of One World Trade Center: Biography of a Building. Author and national speaker Diane Ott Whealey, co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange, reads from Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver and shares stories of Florida’s unique heirloom plants. Tickets $25

Judith Dupré is a writer, architectural historian, and public speaker. She is the New York Times bestselling author of several works of narrative nonfiction on art, design, and architecture. Her books, translated in eleven languages, are renowned for their spectacular visuals, masterful narrative structures, and in making complex topics engaging and accessible to general readers. Her works appear on multiple holiday gift and Top 10 lists including People and Oprah Magazine and are critically praised in leading national publications such as the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Christian Science Monitor.  Dupre has appeared on NPR, PBS, BBC, History Channel and major national television channels. Among her many accolades, Dupre was the inaugural National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar.

Diane Ott Whealy has been a national leader in the heirloom seed movement and a strong advocate for the protection of the earth’s rare genetic food stocks for over forty years. She is co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange (SSE), the nation’s premier nonprofit seed-saving organization that began as a simple exchange for Ott Whealy’s heritage seeds among gardeners in the Midwest who sought to preserve the rich gardening heritage of their immigrant ancestors. Ott Whealy’s book Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver tells the story of how that initial exchange grew into one of the nation’s most admired nonprofits in the field of genetic preservation with over 13,000 members and 20,000 plant varieties preserved on the 890-acre Heritage Farm in Winneshiek County, Iowa. A member of Garden Writers of America, her articles appear in numerous publications including Organic Gardening, Cooking Light and Vegetarian Times. Featured speaker at garden shows and botanical gardens across the country, Ott Whealy will give an illustrated presentation of Gatherings and her residency project, an exploration of her rural heritage drawing on the diaries of her mother. Ott Whealy will mentor the Seaside Neighborhood School in a heritage seed and exchange project.

Tickets $25 available online or at the door. 

Escape to Create artists are in residency this January and February for the 25th year in Seaside. As a residency requirement, artists give a public performance as a contribution to the community. Often produced in partnership with The REP Theater in Seaside, their readings, screenings, lectures and performances bring outstanding cultural programs to the South Walton community. Tickets to performances:

Escape to Create 25th Performance Season 2017

Friday, Jan 6: Dorothy Hindman and Jason Mason Concert
Seaside REP Theatre 7:30pm

Thursday, Jan 19 and Sunday, Jan 29: Saxophonist Matt Otto and Jazz Guitarist William Flynn
45 Central Wine Bar in Seaside Town Center 4-6pm

Wednesday, Jan 25 and Friday Jan 27: Rich Orloff's "Radio Ridiculous" 
Seaside REP Theatre 7:30pm

Thursday, Feb 9: Judith Modrak (Sculpture), Matthew Whittall (Music/Video) 
A Valentine Toast to the Arts with Art/Poetry/Music/Video
Seaside REP Theatre 7:30pm

Friday, February 17: Architectural Historian Judith Dupre and Heritage Seed Pioneer, Diane Ott Whealy 
Seaside REP Theatre 7:30pm

Escape to Create is celebrating 25 years! E2C is a nationally recognized multidisciplinary artist residency hosted by the Seaside community since 1993. E2C offers two month-long creative retreats every January and February. Open to emerging and established professional artists working in literary, music, visual, theatre and performance arts. For more information about Escape to Create, visit


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