Keith Goodson, mural painter: Lake Placid, Florida

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Photo by W. Miller

Sometimes our most interesting experiences are unexpected ones, the ones we stumble upon, the surprises.

Lake Placid is an interesting town.  That is true whether you are in the New York Adirondacks [site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics] or on the center ridge of Florida — which wouldn’t even be noticed as a hill in New York.

We stopped in Lake Placid, Florida for lunch with friends Bill and Peg.  This town of just over two thousand people has nearly 50 murals on its buildings.  After lunch, Bill and Peg took us to see a couple newer ones.

The most recent, on the end of Trinity Lutheran Church, still had scaffolding in front of it. I felt the scaffolding would spoil a photo.

Cue the drum-roll for the surprise.  It was the last day the scaffolding would be there, and artist Keith Goodson was painting his final touches.

Talking to him about the painting, we asked where he had studied.  He is self-taught.  When I went to his website, I found he had wanted to be an artist as long as he could remember.  He certainly succeeded.  He paints traditional fine art and portraits as well as murals.  He is a realist painter, but his paintings are not photographs. They have vision and emotional depth.

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P.S.  I thought I had written about Lake Placid before but discovered when we got home that it was in my early days of blogging, and I tried to fit entire trips into one post.  We will definitely have more to say about the Lake Placid murals as soon as we can get back there.


About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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5 Responses to Keith Goodson, mural painter: Lake Placid, Florida

  1. Grew up in Tupper Lake, NY which is 25 miles from Lake Placid, NY. Interesting to know of a town by the same name in a state we love, Florida. On our recent travels through North Carolina we encountered a fresco done in Holy Trinity Church in West Jefferson. We had a great talk with a man that shared the story. The story will be posting on July 26. You may like the story.

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  2. I am a fan of murals, Ray. They often make their way into my posts. And I really like communities that embrace the art form— as many have. It is a form of public art that has literally bloomed over the past 20 years, and much of it has evolved from graffiti. I think it has offered a whole new set of artists a way to explore their creativity and increase their skill as artists. Thanks for sharing. –Curt

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  3. Keith & Loraine Beckman says:

    Murals are absolutely beautiful and leave much to somebody to think about. Very deep in detail. Thanks for the information. Hugs Loraine

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