2014 Zone 4 Closure
Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 7, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. More »
Turner River Closure
Turner River is closed due to low water conditions. It is advised that visitors consider paddling Halfway Creek as an alternative. More »
Beginning January 27, through August 28, Burns Lake Campground will be closed to camping. It will still be accessible for day use and backcountry access, however. More »
Interstate 75 Mile Marker 63 Closure
Beginning summer of 2013, the rest area and backcountry access at Mile Marker 63 will be closed due to construction. More »
Artist-In-Residence Art Demonstration Series
Contact: Christopher Derman, 239-695-1165
On September 3, 2012, Current Artist-In-Residence Pippin Frisbie-Calder will hold a workshop demonstrating her artistic medium and techniques. Watch her demonstration and then explore her art, trying your hand at woodcut printing. Stop by Oasis Visitor Center, 52105 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL anytime between 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Regarding her work, Pippin says: "Woodcarving is the process of creating a relief through removing wood that would otherwise print as a solid, so that it prints as negative space. The inability to create tone in woodcut leaves a very graphic result, similar to the ink drawings of comic artists. This image is then inked and printed onto paper, where it will print as the reverse of the woodcut. The process of woodcut has been used throughout history in broadsides, as the first public means of distributing information. Then mastered through Hokasai's subtle touches in Japanese art and brought to large-scale proportions in current projects such as Swoons massive graffiti installations."
The Art Demonstration Series offers a chance for the visitor to learn more about how our Artist-In-Residence create their works of art, while at the Preserve.
The Artist-In-Residence Program at Big Cypress National Preserve offers professional writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the preserve's inspiring landscape. For more information about the Big Cypress Artist-In-Residence program click here.
For more information about the workshop, please call the Oasis Visitor Center at 239-695-1201.
Did You Know?
There are few "big cypress" in Big Cypress National Preserve. The name actually refers to the great expanse of cypress forest, hundreds of thousands of acres, within the Big Cypress Swamp.