Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary has announced its Gallery Café Artists series for the 2018-19 season. The works of four artists and a special traveling Audubon Photography Awards exhibit will be displayed in five separate shows from October 2018 through July 2019 in the Gallery Café located inside the Sanctuary’s Blair Visitor Center.
"Most of the artists we choose have visited Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and part of their work was inspired by its beauty,” said Roswitha Marold, the Sanctuary’s retail and sales manager. “We try to involve the local community in all our programs, and this allows us to partner with our robust local art community.”
“You don’t have to be a hiker or a bird-watcher to fall in love with Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary,” added Tabitha Stadler, the Sanctuary’s assistant director. “Many of our biggest fans come here to paint, photograph, or simple enjoy the visually stunning views of our nation’s largest stand of old growth bald cypress trees. The artists featured in these shows share their love of nature with our visitors through the expression of art. It’s truly inspirational.”
The public will have an opportunity to “Meet the Artist” during each exhibit, which features different art mediums such as paintings and wood block prints. All of the art at these exhibits is for sale, with proceeds benefitting Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, which is a non-profit organization, and the individual artist. For each of these artists, it will be the first time their work has appeared in the Gallery Café Artists series.
Capping off the Gallery Café Artists series will be a special touring Audubon Photography Awards exhibit. The exhibit is traveling to Audubon centers throughout the country from September 2018 until July 2019. The display at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary – July 1-31 – is its last stop.
It will feature 12 spectacular photographs of birds covering a wide range of species and geographic locations. Seven of the images are the 2018 are the winners and honorable mentions in the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards competition, and five others were selected from the 2018 gallery of top 100 photos.
The Sanctuary’s Café offers a perfect setting for all of these exhibits. The Café serves drinks, lunch and snacks so that visitors can enjoy the artwork while resting within a comfortable air-conditioned seating area that has high ceilings and a deck with a view of a pine forest.
August-September 2018 RJ Wiley Photography
Featuring local flora, fauna, and landscapes of Southwest Florida. His photographs can be purchased year round in the Nature Store.
October and November 2018: Tim Parker - Figurative Abstracts in Oil, Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas
Meet the Artist: November 23, 2018
December 2018 and January 2019: Tara Funk Grim - Acrylic Collage
Meet the Artist: January 11, 2019
February and March 2019: Leigh Herndon - Direct Dye Painting, Rozome and Hot-Wax Resist
Meet the Artist: March 1, 2019
April, May and June 2019: Leslie Peebles - Wood Block Prints
Meet the Artist: June 28, 2019
July 1-31, 2019: 2018 Audubon Photography Awards
A touring exhibit featuring 12 spectacular bird photographs from the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards.
May 2018: Gary Roche Photography
February and March 2018: Victoria Hamachek - Wildlife Artist/Paintings
December 2017 and January 2018: Peter Gerbert - Wildlife Artist/Paintings
October and November 2017: Barbara Gurry Growell - Watercolor
August and September 2017: RJ Wiley - Nature Photography
June and July 2017: Jim Hoover - Photography
April and May 2017: Adorable Monique - Fine Art
February and March 2017: John Costin - Bird Artist
December 2016 and January 2017: Donna Murphy - Abstract Nature Photography - Photographs of Tree Bark
October and November 2016: Jesse & Linda Waring - BirdWalk Photography – Nature Photography as Art
December 2015 and January 2016: Pedro and Brian Zepeda - Seminole Artists and Historians https://www.facebook.com/pedrozepedaseminole
August and September 2015: RJ Wiley - Nature Photography www.rjwiley.smugmug.com
June and July 2015: Maurice Barancik - Photography Mauric Barancik Exhibit
April and May 2015: Josh Manring - Photography Journeymangallery.com
February and Mach 2015: Dennis Goodman - Photography http://dennisgoodmanphotography.com/
December 2014 and January 2015: Mac Stone - Photography www.macstonephoto.com/
October and November 2014 Gordon Hartshorne - Woodcut Prints www.gordonhartshorne.com/
August and September 2014: Rosemary Allen - Paintings http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/rosemary-allen.html
June and July 2014: RJ Wiley - Photography www.rjwiley.smugmug.com