ART RECEPTIONS AND EXHIBITIONS
Intersection of Art & the Environment
- 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.
Paul Arsenault's Reflections of Collier County
This year, artist Paul Arsenault celebrates his 50th year painting in Naples. We are excited to present an exhibition featuring some of his vintage works as well as pieces from his new “For the Love of Water” collection. Paul’s colorful paintings are widely collected and reflect his passion for the coastal environment. Most of the paintings are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Friends of Rookery Bay. Giclées, note cards and books by Paul Arsenault will also be available in our gift shop throughout the exhibition.
Join us for a free Opening Reception May 4 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM that will include wine, beer, light bites and a book signing by the artist. Registration is required.
Exhibition: May 2 to July 28
2023 Summer II Exhibition
The art gallery hosts several exhibitions each year. A partnership with United Arts Collier enables annual exhibitions of painting and photography juried by local art experts while other showings feature works by local students, Rookery Bay Reserve friends & family, and occasionally individuals. Most of the works are available for purchase.
Exhibition: August 1 to October 27
Reception: Thursday, August 3, 2023 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm (registration required)
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: October 31 to February 2
Reception: Thursday, November 2, 2023 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm (registration required)
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 6 to April 26
Reception: Thursday, February 8, 2024 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm (registration required)