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 2nd - October 28th

Summer Art Show:
The Land They Love

Join exhibiting Rookery Bay Research Reserve’s Staff and Volunteers during our Summer Art Show. Exhibit Dates: May 2 – October 28, 2022 at the Environmental Learning Center. Some are available for purchase by visiting during business hours to see all our amazing local artists have to offer.

Featured artists include Ann D’Alessandro, Paul Allen, Geoffrey A Britt, Terri Caton, Jean C Hall, Kathleen Lunday, Evan Sherer, Martin Strasmore, and Macy Noll.

2022 The Land They Love | Art Exhibition | Summer Art Show | Martin Strasmore | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
2022 painting call for artists

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.

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

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)

Annual Photography Art Exhibitions at Rookery Bay Natural Selections Annual Painting Exhibitions at Rookery Bay | National Estuarine Research Reserve


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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