Gallery Café Exhibits

Audubon Photography Awards Exhibit here through September 30

Audubon Photography Awards Exhibit opened  July 1 and runs through September 30, 2019.

The article below is about the 2018-19 Gallery Café Artists Series.

The works of four artists and a special traveling Audubon Photography Awards exhibit were displayed in five separate shows from October 2018 through September 2019 in the Gallery Café located inside the Sanctuary’s Blair Visitor Center.  The artists portion of the series has concluded and the photography awards are currently on display. 

"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 benefiting 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.

Current Exhibitor

July 1 through September 30, 2019: 2018 Audubon Photography Awards

A touring exhibit featuring 12 spectacular bird photographs from the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards.

Past Exhibitors

April, May and June 2019: Leslie Peebles - Wood Block Prints

February and March 2019: Leigh Herndon - Direct Dye Painting, Rozome and Hot-Wax Resist

December 2018 and January 2019: Tara Funk Grim - Acrylic Collage

October and November 2018:  Tim Parker - Figurative Abstracts in Oil, Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas


August-September 2018  RJ Wiley - Nature Photography​  

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

Adorable Monique Biography and Gallery Exhibit       

February and March 2017: John Costin - Bird Artist

John Costin Biography and Gallery Exhibit

December 2016 and January 2017: Donna Murphy - Abstract Nature Photography - Photographs of Tree Bark

Donna Murphy Biography and Gallery Exhibit

October and November 2016: Jesse & Linda Waring - BirdWalk Photography – Nature Photography as Art 

Jess & Linda Waring Biography and Gallery Exhibit

June through September 2016:  RJ Wiley - Nature Photography​  Rod J. Wiley Biography and Gallery Exhibit​  

April and May 2016: Peggy Macnamara - Watercolors and Books ​ Peggy Macnamara Biography and Gallery Exhibit    ​  http://​

February and March 2016: Beth Erlund - Paintings and Books​  Beth Erlund Biography and Gallery Exhibit​​

December 2015 and January 2016: Pedro and Brian Zepeda - Seminole Artists and Historians

August and September 2015: RJ Wiley - Nature Photography 

June and July 2015: Maurice Barancik - Photography   Mauric Barancik Exhibit

April and May 2015:  Josh Manring - Photography   

February and Mach 2015:  Dennis Goodman - Photography

December 2014 and January 2015:  Mac Stone - Photography

October and November 2014    Gordon Hartshorne - Woodcut Prints

August and September 2014:  Rosemary Allen - Paintings

June and July 2014:  RJ Wiley - Photography

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