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. A partnership with the United Arts Council of Collier County (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.

May 17th - October 29th

Summer Art Show:
Rediscover Rookery Bay

Join exhibiting local photographers & painters during our Summer Art Show. Exhibit Dates: May 17 – October 29, 2021 at the Environmental Learning Center. You may purchase any of the art work by visiting during business hours to see all our amazing local artists have to offer.

Featured artists include Dennis Goodman, Jean Hall, Martin Strasmore, Dora Knuteson, Paul Arsenault, and Clark Gill.

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2021 Natural Selections:
Painting Annual Exhibition

Artists submitted works that reflect Florida’s flora and fauna. Three winners will be selected by a juror of professional stature in the Southwest Florida arts and cultural community and will be announced during the evening’s festivities.

November 2, 2021-January 26,2022

Free Opening Reception
November 4 at 5:30-7:00 p.m.


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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2021 Natural Selections Opening Reception: Thursday, November 4, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

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