Cleveland Reception | Special Events | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Rockin' Cleveland Reception
at Rookery Bay

Hosts Angela Caruso and Athan Barkoukis
Join Cleveland area friends for a complimentary evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres set among the aquariums, art gallery and exhibits at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. The evening will also include a raffle for a private boat tour within Rookery Bay Research Reserve.


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.

Tortuga Marina Collection Reception: January 31, 2020
Rookery Bay Collection Reception: April 9, 2020

Featured Artist of the Year

Dora Knuteson
Dora will be onsite creating ‘sea turtle’ and ‘Rookery Bay’ inspired collections throughout the year. She has created a large mural at the Environmental Learning Center depicting our coastal treasure and the wildlife that call it home. Part of her artistic mission is to support the conservation and environmental protection of local waters and wildlife.

Enjoy wine and light refreshments as you meet our Featured Artist of the Year.

Featured Artist Dora Knuteson | Art Gallery Reception and Exhibition | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Art of the Holocene Art Exhibition at Rookery Bay | National Estuarine Research Reserve
Exhibition: August 13 - October 31, 2019
Reception: August 22, 2019

Art of Holocene

Four female artists inspired by colors found in nature explore the Holocene Epoch current geologic period in various media in this juried exhibition.

Enjoy wine and light refreshments as you meet the artists during our free reception.

Exhibition: November 5, 2019 - January 9, 2020
Reception: November 14, 2019

Natural Selections - Painting Annual

Join exhibiting artists and juror, Dr. Georgia Strange, during our annual painting exhibition entitled Natural Selections. Want to be featured in the show? United Arts Council is still accepting applications. Apply today!

Enjoy wine and light refreshments as you meet the artists during our free reception.

Annual Photography Art Exhibitions at Rookery Bay Natural Selections Annual Painting Exhibitions at Rookery Bay | National Estuarine Research Reserve
Exhibition: January 14 - April 2, 2020
Reception: January 23, 2020

Natural Selections - Photography Annual

Information about our Annual Photography Art Reception, coming soon!

Enjoy wine and light refreshments as you meet the exhibiting artists and juror during our free reception.


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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  • Art of Holocene – August 22, 2019
  • Natural Selections – November 14, 2019
  • Annual Photography Exhibition – January 23, 2020
  • Sea Turtles by Dora Knuteson – January 31, 2020
  • Rookery Bay Inspired by Dora Knuteson – April 9, 2020

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