Gayle Middlebrook designed and painted an ornament that features Fort Caroline National Memorial. She attended artists’ reception hosted by First Lady Laura Bush at the White House on November 28, 2007. Ms. Middlebrook is a former arts teacher who now works as an artist specializing in architectural renderings and portraits for builders of upscale homes. She also works in watercolors and photography.
Ms. Middlebrook referred to her ornament project and the trip to the White House as a “once in a lifetime experience.” Her family is very active with Jacksonville area parks, and her rendering of the historic Ribault Club hung in the Washington office of former National Park Service Director Fran Mainella.