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. 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.

2022 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.

Best in Show: View from the Top by Betsy Barnes
Juror’s Choice:
Hideaway Beach by Tammy DeCaro
UAC Merit:
Kale Seed Naples Botanical Gardens by Maggie Oland

Exhibition: November 1, 2022 – January 27, 2023
Reception: November 3, 2022 from 5:30pm – 7pm (registration required)

Art Gallery Reception & Exhibitions | Call to Artists | Events | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Art Gallery Reception & Exhibitions | Call to Artists | Events | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

2023 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 1, 2023 – April 28, 2023
Reception: February 2, 2023 from 5:30pm – 7pm (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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2022 Natural Selections Opening Reception: Thursday, November 3rd from 5:30p.m. – 7:00p.m. at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

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2023 Annual Photography Opening Reception: Thursday, February 2nd from 5:30p.m – 7:00p.m. at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

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