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Art Exhibits-2014

Big Cypress National Preserve has long been a haven for artists of all mediums, and many artists have played a role--directly, or indirectly--in the promotion and protection of Big Cypress.

Please click here to learn more about the Artist-In-Residence program.

Look below to see whose art is currently on display at our visitor center auditoriums.



"Poetry of Trees"

Mark Fletcher

: Mark Fletcher
Medium: Ink/Watercolor Painting
When: November 1 through Janaury 31, 2015

Mark's residency at Big Cypress was December 22 through January 3, 2014.

"My method is to sketch and paint detailed observations from life. I complete some works entirely on site, relating the nature of the park directly in my work. In the studio, I recreate a particular site's impressions in more time consuming media. My art tends to raise public awareness and appreciation for nature in the United States.

When I show my work in galleries or museums, I encourage people to go to the places I have been. By visiting our parks, people are revitalized and will support plants and animals and their natural settings. These days our world is increasingly at risk, but America's national parks inspire folks to protect our ntaural resources."



Gannet Strand 1

Tom Weinkle

Artist: Tom Weinkle
Medium: Pastels
When: August 1 through October 31, 2014

Tom served as an Artist-In-Residence at Big Cypress National Preserve for five weeks, in 2012.

Another Path represents the artist's continuing effort to call attention to the unexpected beauty of the Preserve found in plain sight and just off the beaten path.

Speaking about his the Preserve, Tom explains "My exploration of the Big Cypress then and now has been made through a series of hikes that are 'scissor-cuts' into a 700,000 plus acre bolt of natural fabric. The play of light, intermingling of patterns, colors, and juxtapositions are surprising and inspiring. There is so much to see and paint, it's difficult to imagine one running out of subject matter to create with."



Talented artists whose works now hang at both auditoriums

Artist: Various Artists
Medium: Various Mediums
When: May 3 through July 31, 2014

A selection of captivating art by gifted artists who previously served as Big Cypress Artists-In-Residence.

Big Cypress is an inspirational place, full of wonder and beauty. Come see works of art from a selection of talented artists who were moved while at the national preserve.



Linda Apriletti

Linda Apriletti
Medium: Oil
When: February 3 through April 30, 2014

A Miami native, Linda served as an Artist-In-Residence at Big Cypress National Preserve, in December, 2012. For three weeks, Linda immersed herself in the resource, drawing inspiration from her surroundings.

"My goal as an artist is to communicate the uncommon beauty found in nature. I believe the best way to convey the authentic environment and the atmosphere of a moment in a painting is to paint it from life."




A portion of "The Preserve" art exhibit, 2011

Auditoriums at both the Oasis Visitor Center and Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center regularly display artist's work through a variety of mediums. These facilities provide a space where contemporary artists, inspired by the beauty of Big Cypress National Preserve and South Florida, can showcase their work.

Past shows have included color and black-and-white photography, oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor paintings, drawings, fiber, ceramics, collage and sculpture.


Both reservable auditoriums are open daily, from 9:00 to 4:30 pm. Please click here for more information about the national preserve's visitor centers.

Did You Know?

Researchers gather data from a bear that was removed as a nuisance.

Do not feed wildlife within the preserve. A "fed bear is a dead bear." This bear was fed and eventually became a threat to visitor safety. Nuisance wildlife is sometimes removed, but typically does not survive.