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.

2023 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.

Exhibition: December 5 to February 8
Closing Reception:
Thursday, February 8, 2024 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm (registration required)

Rookery Bay Painting Annual Reception 2023 | Receptions & Exhibitions
Rookery Bay Photography Annual Reception 2024 | Receptions & Exhibitions

2024 Natural Selections:
Photography Annual Exhibition

Join exhibiting photographers and juror for our Annual Photography Art Reception. Photographers submitted works that reflect Florida’s flora and fauna. Three winners selected by a professional photographer will be announced during the evening’s virtual festivities, as well as the first screening of the virtual exhibit.

Exhibition: February 13 to April 26
Reception:
Thursday, February 22, 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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Summer II Art Reception: Thursday, August 3rd 2023 from 5:30p.m. – 7:00p.m. at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

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2023 Natural Selections: Painting Annual Art Closing Reception: Thursday, February 8th 2024 from 5:30p.m. – 7:00p.m. at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

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2024 Natural Selections: Photography Annual Art Reception: Thursday, February 22nd 2024 from 5:30p.m. – 7:00p.m. at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

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