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Unique Endangered Plant Art Exhibit at Everglades National Park Coe Visitor Center
Homestead Florida: Culture and environment all in one - a great reason to get out in this beautiful south Florida weather and see your National Park. Come experience the exquisite beauty of endangered plants in south Florida’s National Parks at a unique Art Exhibit in the park's visitor center gallery!
Ultra-rare native orchids and endangered, threatened or endemic plants and butterflies are some of the subjects of a month-long art exhibit at the Coe Visitor Center. The exhibit, entitled “Endangered and Endemic: Beautiful but Threatened Plants and the Animals that Depend on Them,” is a collaboration between local photographers and botanical artists. It can be viewed free every day from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 1 – 31, 2011.
The exhibit has works from a broad range of artists interested in our natural resources. Local wildflower expert and author, Roger Hammer, will be showing his photographs, as will Keith Bradley, Assistant Director of the Institute for Regional Conservation and premier plant photographer. Kathleen Konicek-Moran, a long-time volunteer for Everglades National Park is contributing watercolors and works in pencil to the show. In addition, seven members of the Tropical Botanic Artists (Margie Bauer, Silvia Bota, Marge Brown, Marie Chaney, Susan Cumins, Pauline Goldsmith and Leo Hernandez), an organization based out of the Fairchild Tropical Gardens in Coral Gables, are showing works. A special guest contributor is O.M. Braida, internationally known botanic artist and teacher at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota.
A special event will be a talk by Jimi Sadle, Everglades National Park Botanist on Sunday, March 20 at 7:00 pm about the issues surrounding endangered plants and animals in South Florida and the Everglades . This will be followed by a gallery tour and a meet-the-artist reception. Refreshments will be served.
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.