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art-gallery-915A partnership between art and the environment

The art gallery hosts several exhibitions each year. A partnership with the United Arts Council of Collier County 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.

  • Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and the United Arts Council have joined 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.
  • The Environmental Learning Center’s 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.

View Upcoming Art Exhibits | View Past Art Exhibits

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On exhibit from May 22 - Oct. 31, 2018, this collection of work by Cesar Aguilera, Paul Arsenault, Juan Diaz, Ehren Fritz Gerhard and Katia Miranda celebrates the relationship between the artist and the natural world that inspires him or her. This relationship has evolved over the millennia and is still a central focus of contemporary practice for many artists today. Relationships are symbiotic, one taking care of the other. In a time of global climate change, artists are using the inspiration of nature and its current health to bring light and change to human patterns of behavior. They aim to protect this relationship and care for what inspires them: Wind, color. Trees, texture. Sun, vibrancy.

Join us for wine and light bites at the exhibit closing reception on Oct. 26, 5:30 to 7 p.m. FREE, but registration recommended.

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 Below: Blue Mystery (left) and Green Mystery (right) by Katia Miranda

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