ART RECEPTIONS AND EXHIBITIONS

Art Gallery Receptions at Rookery Bay | National Estuarine Research Reserve

Intersection of Art & the Environment

The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center Art Gallery hosts several exhibitions each year including a partnership with the United Arts Collier (UAC). UAC enables annual exhibitions of painting and photography juried by local art experts while other shows feature works by local students, Reserve friends & family, or featured artists. Most of the works are available for purchase.

  • The Reserve and UAC work together to promote the arts and the environment. While applied science is the focus of most Reserve activities, we acknowledge that there are many pathways toward greater understanding of the natural world.
  • Our Art Gallery creates an opportunity for people to increase their sense of wonder for nature by stimulating and celebrating personal expression through the visual arts.

2024 Natural Reflections:
Annual Exhibition

Join exhibiting artists and jurors for our Annual Art Reception. Featuring 2D media and photography depicting nature’s reflections, either completely literal, abstract, or conceptual. Art should prompt viewers to pause and reflect with thought-provoking nature scenes. Three winners selected by a professional photographer will be announced during the evening’s festivities.

Exhibition: April 30 – July 25, 2024
Reception:
Thursday, July 18, 2024 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm (registration required)

Natural Reflections Art Exhibit | UAC Group Exhibition | Receptions and Exhibitions | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
UN Oceans Decade Art Exhibit | Receptions and Exhibitions | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

2024 United Nation's Ocean Decade

The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition catalyzed by the United Nation’s Ocean Decade initiative from July 29th- October 31st 2024. The Ocean Decade Exhibition is a mobile global art display focused on promoting awareness of the ocean’s significance. Through innovative and compelling digital art, it emphasizes the 7 Principles of Ocean Literacy, with the goal of encouraging deeper understanding and conservation of oceanic ecosystems.

Learn More: Exhibition – The Ocean Agency

Exhibition: July 29 – October 31, 2024
Reception:
Wednesday, August 14, 2024 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm (registration required)

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Even more fun at Rookery Bay!

A visit to Rookery Bay has so much fun in store for Kids & Families. Visit our Environmental Learning Center, Explore Rookery Bay with Nature Tours by Boat & Kayak, or take in a lecture.

Art Reception Dates

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2024 Natural Reflections Closing Art Reception: Thursday, July 18, 2024 from 5:30p.m. – 7:00p.m. at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

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2024 United Nation’s Ocean Decade Art Reception: Wednesday, August 14, 2024 from 5:30p.m. – 7:00p.m. at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

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