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    Biscayne

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The Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery

Artists have always played a crucial role in increasing awareness and inspiring stewardship of National Parks. Opened in 2002, the Dante Fascell Visitor Center gallery provides a space where contemporary artists, inspired by the beauty of Biscayne National Park and South Florida, can show their work. Past shows have included color and black-and-white photography, oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor paintings, drawings, fiber, ceramics, collage and sculpture. Shows typically include a "Meet the Artist" reception, made possible by our sponsors.

The gallery is open from 9:00 to 5:00 every day.

For more information, please call the Dante Fascell Visitor Center at 305-230-7275. You can subscribe to the Gallery's e-mail list by sending a message here with the words ART LIST in the subject line.
 

June 6 — September 7, 2014

watercolors: beneath the surface
Pastel Impressions of Biscayne Bay by Tom Weinkle

"Meet the Artist" Reception - Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Wine and Cheese - Artist Talk - Mimosas

 
pastel image of sargassum weed viwed from beneath the surface of multi-hued blue water.
Pastel Painting by Tom Weinkle
 

Painter and Miami native Tom Weinkle's newest works will fill Biscayne National Park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery starting June 6, 2014. Watercolors: Beneath the Surface features pastel impressions of Biscayne Bay, particularly that area between the water's surface and the sea floor. The show kicks off on Sunday, June 8 with a "Meet the Artist" reception — featuring refreshments and a talk by the artist — from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.. The Gallery is located at 9700 SW 328 Street, 9 miles east of Homestead, Florida. The show is open daily from 9:00 to 5:00 through September 7, 2014. Admission is free.

The show title "Watercolors" represents an exploration of the kinetic relationship between land and sea within Biscayne National Park. The paintings on display were inspired by the artist's visual study of a 36-inch space between water surface and sea floor. According to Weinkle "this sliver of Biscayne National Park is a path or transitional area that snorkelers, divers and kayakers move through in search of deeper adventures… an unexplored space between land and sea." From a thematic perspective, Weinkle's work explores four concepts: the interaction of wind and water; sea life; tidal action; and shoreline as resting place.

Tom Weinkle is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied and worked in the field of industrial design. Upon returning to Miami, he opened Vortex Communications, a graphic and web design firm. For him, creating art represents a more personal form of expression. His work has won regional and national awards for creativity, and he also offers "The Poetry of Pastel" workshops to help artists paint more intuitively. Other works can be viewed on his website at TomWeinkle.com.

Watercolors: Beneath the Surface is part of the park's Community Artists Program, started in 1997 as an outlet for the works of artists who are inspired by the beauty of Biscayne National Park. The program is made possible by the South Florida National Parks Trust through the generosity of Sedano's Supermarkets and the Miami-Dade County Division of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

For more details about the exhibit, visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/bisc or contact park ranger Gary Bremen at 305-230-1144, x007. For regular updates from the park, "like" us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BiscayneNPS , or follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/BiscayneNPS.

 

Opening September 12:

 
beautiful shoreline covered in trash with superimposed image of one of those pieces of trash painted with a mangrove scene

"Mangroves" by Linda Oldenburg
Acrylic on Plastic Marine Debris

Linda Oldenburg

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Painter and Miami-Dade County school teacher Linda Oldenburg's paintings on marine debris will fill Biscayne National Park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery starting September 12, 2014. Upcycled: Canvases from the Sea features park scenery created in acrylics and pastels on actual pieces of flotsam and jetsam found by Oldenburg and park staff. On Sunday, September 14, the public is invited to a free "Meet the Artist" reception —featuring refreshments and a talk by the artist —from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The event will also include a brief presentation to the Coastal Cleanup Corporation, national winners of the National Park Service's 2013 Hartzog Award for Outstanding Volunteer Group. The Gallery is located at 9700 SW 328 Street, 9 miles east of Homestead, Florida. The show is open daily from 9:00 to 5:00 through November 30, 2014. Admission is free.

"While I'm kayaking through Biscayne National Park the sights and sounds of the water and air entrance and inspire me," writes Oldenburg. "Unfortunately, the beauty is often obstructed by garbage that has accumulated on the shore and litters the mangrove forest. This series of paintings expresses how the light and colors of the water, sky, and land interact harmoniously, but are interrupted by man's impact on the environment."

For this show, Oldenburg has taken these "interruptions" and given them new life as art. "I want to show evidence of the art making process and create a rich tactile surface, which is also determined by the texture of the piece," she said. "Landscapes that I chose to paint on each item were influenced by the size and shape of the found object.

A native of La Crosse, Wisconsin and a graduate of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Valparaiso University, Oldenburg has been teaching art to all levels for over 20 years. She currently teaches at Citrus Grove Elementary in Little Havana, where she inspires her students in both art and in life. Other works can be viewed on her website at LindaOldenburg.com.

Upcycled: Canvases from the Sea is part of the park's Community Artists Program, started in 1997 as an outlet for the works of artists who are inspired by the beauty of Biscayne National Park. The program is made possible by the South Florida National Parks Trust through the generosity of Sedano's Supermarkets and the Miami-Dade County Division of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

For more details about the exhibit, contact park ranger Gary Bremen at 305-230-1144, x007. For regular updates from the park, "like" us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BiscayneNPS , or follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/BiscayneNPS.

 

Other Upcoming Shows

Piecing Together a Changing Planet
Fiber Art by Studio Art Quilt Associates
December 5, 2014 - February 27, 2015
Reception: Sunday, December 7, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Ceramics by Anne Gorden-Vega
March 6 - May 31, 2015
Near Full Moon Reception: Saturday, March 7, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Did You Know?

manatees

Manatees are aquatic relatives of elephants. They have thick gray skin, coarse hairs, big toenails on their flippers, and lips that can rip and tear plants. Ask a Biscayne National Park ranger for suggestions on good places to look for these gentle giants.