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<i>Nature's Mirror</i> Art Exhibition Opens
Contact: Gary Bremen, 305-230-1144, x3084
South Florida painter and ArtSouth artist Betsy Kreisberg will open a solo exhibition of her work at Biscayne National Park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery on Friday, May 16, 2008. Nature’s Mirror: Reflections on Biscayne Bay features oil paintings by Kreisberg, inspired by the timeless beauty and endless variety of Biscayne National Park’s watery areas. A “Meet the Artist” reception, with refreshments and a silent auction, will be held on Sunday afternoon, May 18, from 1-3 p.m. The show will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through August 17. Both the show and the reception are free and open to the public. The Dante Fascell Visitor Center is located at 9700 SW 328 Street, 9 miles east of Homestead, Florida.
Kreisberg finds inspiration and a wealth of subject matter in the park’s 173,000 acres, since many of her favorite subjects are those of water and reflections. “Reflections are metaphors for the concept that art mirrors life, as well as actual embodiments of that relationship”, says Kreisberg. “Both the reflection and the subject are real, but the reflection cannot exist without the subject, just as art cannot exist without the life that inspires and creates it.”
Kreisberg grew up in Eastern Pennsylvania, where her mother was a scientific illustrator and an Impressionist of the New Hope school. A South Florida resident for 30 years, she has been painting and exhibiting both locally and nationally for 7 years, and became affiliated with the ArtSouth artists community in Homestead 3 years ago. Her work, primarily oil paintings, covers wide ranging subject matter, including portraits and abstracts in addition to her landscapes.
Nature’s Mirror is part of the park’s Community Artists program, and is made possible by the South Florida National Parks Trust through the generosity of Miami-Dade County’s Cultural Affairs Division, The First National Bank of South Florida and Sedano’s Supermarkets.
For further information on the exhibit, call 305-230-7275.
Did You Know?
When exploring Biscayne National Park's coral reefs, don't forget to slow down and take note of some of the small wonders. Turtles, sharks and shipwrecks are great, but don't miss flamingo tongue snails, Christmas tree worms and mermaid's wineglasses.