Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary has announced its Gallery Café Artists Series for the 2019-20 season. The works of two Southwest Florida artists and two photographers will appear in four separate exhibits between now and May 30 in the Gallery Café located inside the Sanctuary’s Blair Audubon Visitor Center.
In an effort to further solidify its support of local artists, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is partnering this season with the United Arts Council of Collier County on three of the displays. The lineup also features the work of professional nature photographer and Corkscrew volunteer RJ Wiley.
Three of the artists will hold opening receptions with light refreshments, and discuss their works with the public. RJ Wiley will hold a “Meet the Artist” session. Guests who register in advance on Eventbrite for an opening reception may explore the rest of the Sanctuary on the day of the reception at a discounted rate of $10.
All of the art at these exhibits is for sale, with proceeds benefitting the non-profit Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and the individual artist, and the United Arts Council at the three partnership shows.
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.
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is located at 375 Sanctuary Road, Naples, FL 34120. It is located about 15 miles east of Interstate 75 off Immokalee Road The Sanctuary is open every day of the year, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The last admission to the boardwalk is at 4:30 a.m.
The exhibit schedule, brief descriptions of the artists, links to their websites, and “Meet the Artist” dates appear below:
December 1, 2019 through January 30, 2020: RJ Wiley
Wiley is a professional nature photographer and the resident photographer at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. His photographs of the legendary “Super” Ghost Orchid have been published worldwide. Copies of his photos are always available in Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary’s Nature Store.
Meet the Artist session for RJ Wiley on January 10, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. No advance registration.
February 1, 2020 through March 30, 2020: Andy Owen
Andy Owen is an Associate Professor of Art at Florida Gulf Coast University. He earned a B.F.A from the University of Florida and a M.F.A from the University of Arizona, both in printmaking. Andy currently teaches multiple levels of drawing and non-toxic methods of printmaking at FGCU. Throughout his career, his work has received numerous awards and has been regularly exhibited in regional, national and international exhibitions.
My recent works are inspired by the 10,000 Islands off the coast of Southwest Florida. I often seek refuge in these islands. The peaceful isolation they offer feeds my spirit. These images are all solarplate prints, a form of photogravure using plates etched with sunlight and printed by hand using both intaglio and relief methods. The use of photography adds a nostalgic nature to the images, capturing a point in time as an uncertain future unfolds. In the channel markers I see reference points, offering a sense of direction and helping to navigate challenging times. Images of battered shorelines left behind in Hurricane Irma’s path are rich subjects, the stripped trees revealing a skeletal dance of line while also serving as a reminder of the fragility of the ecosystem when faced with the overwhelming power of change.
Opening Reception for Andy Owen on February 8, 2020, from 2 to 4 p.m. Register in advance for the reception on Eventbrite
April 1, 2020 through May 30, 2020: Doug Poe
His artist statement says “My photography journey has taken me from a simple hobby as a kid to the present digital age and social media outlets where I can share my photography vision with others to enjoy.”
“Over the last couple of years, I have dedicated more time and resurrected my appreciation for where I live looking for my next photo opportunity with having our pristine coastline at my front door and the mysterious Everglades in my backyard.”
Opening Reception for Doug Poe on April 4, 2020, from 2 to 4 p.m. Register in advance for the reception on Eventbrite
October 1, 2019 through November 29, 2019:
Sanborn’s paintings feature the Everglades. She says of her paintings, “some are quite traditional, others impressionistic or even abstract.”
“The Everglades is a prickly but fragile land,” Sanborn said. “It’s a nursery to the Gulf and to the Atlantic, one of the most important systems that make our world healthy. I hope my paintings of this landscape will bring the joy of nature into your home.”
An opening reception for Jo-Ann Sanborn was held on Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 2 to 4 p.m.