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    Glass-bottom, snorkel, diving and island boat tours, and rentals for canoes and other paddle-craft, are temporarily unavailable. The park is working to resolve the issue as soon as possible and regrets the inconvenience. Limited snack items are available.

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.


Other Upcoming Shows

Upcycled: Canvases from the Sea
Mixed Media Painting on Marine Debris by Linda Oldenberg
September 12 - November 30, 2014
Reception: Sunday, September 14, 1-3 p.m.

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?

Grass porgy photo by Carol Grant

If you added up all the different kinds of vertebrates (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals) in Grand Canyon, Yellowstone or Yosemite, you still wouldn't have the number of fish found in Biscayne National Park. You'll have to look closely to see many of them, including this grass porgy.