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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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Man and Nature: People, Planet and Prosperity
On Exhibit Nov. 5 - Jan. 10

painting annual 650Friends of Rookery Bay (FORB) and the United Arts Council of Collier County (UAC) invite you to join us at our award reception for the Southwest Florida Painting Annual. This year, 29 works by 21 artists were selected by juror Megan C. McShane, PhD., Associate Professor of Modern Art History at Florida Gulf Coast University. Dr. McShane will select three artists to receive awards during the evening's award reception. The three awards are $750 for Best in Show, the Juror's Choice Award of $350 for Excellence and the United Arts Council Merit Award for $150 sponsored in part by Cohen & Grigsby.

Join us for wine and light bites at the Exhibit Opening Reception, Nov. 29, 5:30-7 p.m.  The event is FREE, but registration recommended.

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The 2018 Selected Artist List:

Paul Arsenault
Muffy Clark Gill
Juan Diaz
Courtney Diekelmann
Maureen Gerrity
Valerie Ghoussaini
Tanya Trinkaus Glass
Mally Khorasantchi
Dora Knuteson
Deborah Martin
Adorable Monique
Julie Olander
Lynne Olson
Tara O'Neill
Gerry Roeder
Jo-Ann Sanborn
Ruthe A. Sholler
Tammra Sigler
Gloria Cocco Topczynski
Kaitlyin Handley
Lynne B. Wilcox

2018 Photography Annual Exhibit - Rookery Bay

Photography Annual Exhibit

Exhibit Dates: February 5th – March 28th

Hosted by the Friends of Rookery Bay and the United Arts Council of Collier County, the annual exhibit includes juried works submitted by artists from Collier and Lee counties. Following Rookery Bay’s environmental mission, works share a central theme of flora and fauna.

The exhibit is juried by John Brady.

2018 Exhibiting Photographers:
Paul Allen
Bob Anderson
Edwin Cohen
Christine Cook
Laurie Elmer
Jim Freeman
Nancy Garrison
Roche Gary
Robert Kenedi
Terry Lumb
Cheryl McClure
Ken O'Renick
James R. Robellard
Lane Ruprecht
Jane Saull
Ginger Stein
Jeremy Sterk


On view November 6 through January 31

painting trioThe Friends of Rookery Bay and the United Arts Council of Collier County present the Annual Painting Exhibition, with works submitted by artists from Collier and Lee counties and juried by Morgan Paine, FGCU painting professor. Following Rookery Bay’s environmental mission, works share a central theme of flora and fauna. Most of the works are for sale. The Opening Reception on November 16 includes wine and light hors d’oeuvres. Admission is free but registration is requested.

Featured artists for this exhibit include:

Adorable Monique
Barbara Sheehan
Betty Newman
Deborah Martin
Ehren Fritz Gerhard
Jane Frendberg
Jo-Ann Sanborn
Julie Olander
Linda Barone
Lynda Braun
Lynne Olson
Lynne B. Wilcox
Madeline Sugerman
Mally Khorasantchi
Tanya Trinkaus
Susan Gross

Annual Juried Photography Exhibit at Rookery Bay


Exhibit Dates: February 2 – March 30, 2017

Click to register for the opening reception (Feb. 8)

This exhibit is sponsored by the United Arts Council in partnership with the Friends of Rookery Bay. Twenty-eight pieces by 21 local artists are being showcased. The artists are: Robert Anderson, Maurice Barancik, Susan Chang, Edwin Cohen, Christine Cook, Dick Cunningham, Art David, Jan Deswik, Morris Herstein, Dennis Holt, John Johnson, Robert Kenedi, Laurie Meehan-Elmer, Philip Reid, James Robellard, Dr. Jane Ruprecht, Jane Saull, Kathleen Snead, Nancy Springer, Jeremy Sterk, and Joseph Waves.

The Juror is John Brady. John Brady has been photographing the world around him since he was a boy. Today he photographs the swamps, creeks and prairies of Florida’s fragile ecosystem. Brady works with both digital and analog, with his wooden view camera and dslr. He has won many awards and has exhibited around the world. The John Brady Gallery is located in the main building at the Everglades Wonder Gardens in Bonita Springs.

Prizes in the amount of $1,600 are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places during the Feb. 8 opening reception. Cost is free for exhibitors and $3 for other guests, refreshments provided.

Lee Hammond Art Exhibition

Lee Hammond Art Exhibition

Exhibit Dates: May 8 – Sept. 15

This summer, the art gallery at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is featuring the works of master artist, author and instructor Lee Hammond. As the Environmental Learning Center’s Artist in Residence, Hammond’s classes cover a variety of modes and styles with a focus on animals and landscapes. The exhibit will feature a selection of her works in graphite, colored pencil and acrylic.

Read more about Artist Lee Hammond.

Deadly Reflection by Dennis Goodman

Florida Panther by Dennis Goodman

Giants of the Everglades

Award Winning Photographer Dennis GoodmanDennis Goodman is an award winning photographer and has appeared on numerous publication covers throughout Florida and elsewhere. He has received accolades from many organizations for his work including the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Dennis Goodman’s photographs have been published in Gulfshore Life Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, Life in Naples, Naples Scene, Marco Scene, Island Scene, Kiplinger Magazine, Connection Magazine and Views Magazine. This includes feature articles as well as over 14 covers. His accolades include Nature’s Best Photography Awards, National Audubon Photography Awards, Epson Pano Awards and various art show awards.

On Display: September 22 – Oct. 31

Reception: October 25, 5:30 - 7 pm, admission is free


Painting Annual


Exhibit Dates: November 14, 2016 to January 28, 2017

Opening Reception: November 17, 2016 - 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Featuring a central theme of landscape, the Eleventh Annual Juried Painting Exhibition will be on view in our gallery Nov. 14 - Jan. 28. The exhibition highlights works of artists from Lee and Collier counties juried by John Loscuito.
It is presented by the Friends of Rookery Bay and the United Arts Council of Collier County.

Admission is $3 for the public and free for participating artists and their guest as well as members of the United Arts Council and the Friends of Rookery Bay.


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