Coe Visitor Center Exhibit June 2008
Contact: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
June 10, 2008
For Immediate Release
New Exhibit at Coe visitor Center
“The Endangered Everglades – Part I” exhibit at Everglades National Park
Donna Marxer, a veteran painter for 54 years, will exhibit her environmental works at the Ernest Coe Visitor’s Center gallery at Everglades National Park during the month of June, 2008.
Marxer, a former Floridian who is now a New York City-based artist, is a lifelong devotee of the Florida Everglades. In 2001, in response to the passage of the Water Restoration Development Act (WRDA 2000) planned to resurrect the Glades, she founded “Artists In Residence In Everglades (AIRIE). She says, “To mark that historic moment, and as one who respects this unique environment, I felt that it was important for artists and writers to be able to take part in these new beginnings. With the cooperation of loyal Park employees, Everglades became the 28th National Park to offer artist residencies in the wilderness.”
Marxer herself became the first resident, who now number more than 40, to create in the Park, and the current exhibition represents Part I of a body of paintings that deal both with the great beauty and the threatened loss of this magnificent part of America. Part I, to be completed with Part II in February 2009, deals with the artist’s earlier works, most of which were made during her residency.
“It is impossible for any landscape artist working today to ignore the effect of environmental change on our wilderness areas. Because of its biological wealth, there is no greater example of this than the Florida Everglades. These works address that change,” says Donna Marxer
“The Endangered Everglades – Part I” will take place at the Ernest Coe Visitors Center gallery, 40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, Florida, June 1 – 30, 2008, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Contact: 305-242-7700
Did You Know?
Over fifty-nine color varieties of the Liguus Tree Snail have been seen in and around the Everglades ecosystem. They graze on the algae and lichen that grows on smooth-barked trees. During the dry winter months, they are usually sealed to these trees to conserve moisture.