June Art exhibit for Coe Visitor Center
Contact: General Park Information, 305-242-7700
Contact: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
Plan a visit to Everglades National Park this month and stop by the Visitor Center's rotating Art Exhibit to enjoy the work of Artist Joseph Weinzettle who explores use of traditional and natural materials for his art. Weinzettle created some really unique pieces during his time as an Artist in Residence in the park during September of 2010. This fabulous collection will be on display at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center and can be viewed daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm during the month of June.
Weinzettle's work are panel paintings in the Gothic/Renaissance tradition, that he has drawn and painted on wood, often salvaged furniture boards. These boards were especially practical, and portable, for his September 2010 Artist-in-Residency in the Everglades.
Weinzettle's media are oil painting and drawing in several techniques, including silverpoint, natural red chalk and natural wood charcoal. His drawings and paintings are, for the most part, painted and drawn en plein air, that is outdoors, from direct observation. In addition, as a resident of Pinellas County, on the west coast of central Florida, Weinzettle was interested in the variations in nature from different regions of the state. One may take note of the bonsai like cypress trees in his silverpoint, Individual Cypress Studies, drawn in the Everglades, compared to the tall gracefully tapering forms of cypress in his natural red chalk drawing, Six mornings in April, drawn in central Florida.
Directions to the Park can be found on the website at http://www.nps.gov/ever/index.htm or by calling the Park at (305) 242-7700.
Did You Know?
The Everglades used to span from Lake Okeechobee in central Florida all the way down to Florida Bay. Now only 25% of the historic Everglades remains, which is being protected by the National Park.