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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Annual 60-Day ORV Closure for Wheeled Vehicles

    Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, June 2, the annual 60-day recreational ORV closure for all units of the Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access will begin. The closure will be lifted on Friday, August 1. More »

  • Campground Closure

    All campgrounds but Midway and the loop in the Bear Island Campground are closed through August 29. 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 »

About The Artists 2013-2014

Painting - Lynn Uhlmann of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.
The beauty of nature transcends interefence from everyday distractions. Over the past several years, my paintings have drawn their inspiration from the wooded landscapes in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, in northern Michigan. In my paintings, the viewer is surrounded by an intimate outdoor room of magnificent trees. The patterns of light and shadow inspire an emotional connection to the natural world. My work will continue to express the beauty of nature from this prespective. My technique includes elements of representation and abstraction.
Lynn's residency at Big Cypress will be October 6-26, 2013.

Printmaking, etching & stratograph - Anna Marie Pavlik of Frankfort, Kentucky.
Growing concern for the survuval of natural areas and a need to understand the relationship of people to their environment have encouraged me to work with nature-related themes. My images are focused on revealing and presenting how nature has functioned. I extract the concepts which I visually explore, from my observations of natural sites, science publications, and maps. By creating these works I hope to direct the viewer's attention to the irreplaceable value, sublime beauty, and mystery found within our natural environment.
Anna Marie's residency at Big Cypress will be November 3-23, 2013.

Ink/watercolor painting - Mark Fletcher of Tallahassee, Florida.
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.
Mark's residency at Big Cypress will be December 22 through January 3, 2014.

Pen & ink - Ramona Maziarz of Middletown, Delaware.
I am a pen and ink artist. My artwork is detailed, colorful and often humorous. The wonderful way different plants and creatures grow together is what drew me to the study of nature. Nature determinedly leaves no place empty or untouched; weeds, flowers, insects, and creatures living their lives entwined. It's that tangle of life I like to observe and ink. In the chaos of these layers, there is an order, a rule for life; to continue onward, upward, and outward. I try to bring my scenes a gentle acknowledgement to honor the common creatures. I also try to bring the reality not always sought; like the weeds and bugs in a cultured garden or flowers under the glow of the moon. My endeavour is to explore and find the small things lost in this busy world, bringing creatures and bits of nature forward so we may know them intmately again. It goes both ways, the creatures in my artwork look back at you as well.
Ramona's residency at Big Cypress will be February 2-22, 2014.

Did You Know?

manatee

Mermaid sightings have been reported by sailors throughout history who often blamed the part-woman, part-fish beings for leading them astray. But folklore experts believe that what those sailors were seeing were not mermaids, but rather air-breathing manatees, or their dugong relatives. More...