Karen J. Schunk Featured at Art Uptown on Earth Day

April 22 – 27, 2013
Art Uptown, Sarasota, FL

Karen will display conservation literature and photos and paintings which relate to local and global plant conservation efforts

April 22 – 27, 2013
Art Uptown, Sarasota, FL

A special Earth Day Awareness exhibit on April 22, 6-8 p.m. Karen J. Schunk paintings will be featured in the gallery’s front window during that week.

Karen Schunk, Florida Orchid
Karen Schunk, Florida Orchid

She holds a master’s degree in Botany from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and she attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Her expressive botanical paintings reflect her intense interest in both art and botanical conservation.

Karen will display conservation literature and photos and paintings which relate to local and global plant conservation efforts with which she has been involved over the years. She looks forward to discussing her work with attendees, she related.

Her recent botanical images are inspired by her work with the plant collections at Sarasota’s Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Since moving to Sarasota in 2000, Karen has assisted with herbarium projects at Selby, as a staff member and longtime volunteer.

A Signature Member of both the Ohio Watercolor Society and Cincinnati Art Club, her work can be found in corporate and private collections.

1367 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236

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Enchanted Masks Return to Selby Botanical Gardens

March 7 – April 19, 2013
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

A centuries-old tradition of the Borucan Indians of Costa Rica, the hand-made masks were originally designed to ward off invading Spanish Conquistadors.

March 7 – April 19, 2013
Museum of Botany, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

An all-new collection of brilliantly colored masks featuring imaginative creatures in impressive hand-carved works opens March 8 at Selby Gardens. A Tribal Collection: Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica is a popular exhibition and sale that will run through April 19 in the Museum of Botany and the Arts from 10:00am – 4:30pm daily.

Borucan mask of Costa Rica
Borucan mask of Costa Rica

A centuries-old tradition of the Borucan Indians of Costa Rica, the hand-made masks were originally designed to ward off invading Spanish Conquistadors. Today, the masks are inspired by the astonishing Costa Rican wildlife and made from 100% sustainable native woods. Borucan masks of Costa Rica have become renowned for both the impressive craftsmanship and their talent for capturing the relationship and interdependence between these rainforest people and the surrounding environment. Guests will have the rare opportunity to purchase these highly collectable, ecological works of art.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 7 5:30 – 7:30pm in the Gardens’ Museum of Botany and the Arts. Proceeds from the mask sales benefit the Borucan artists and support Selby Gardens’ mission of plant conservation, education, horticulture and research.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL

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Florida Fantastica by MF Cardamone

January 9 – March 3, 2013
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL

Science inspires art in colorful mixed media show, Florida Fantastica by Philadelphia native MF Cardamone. Her clear and insightful artwork illuminates people’s relationship with plants.

January 9 – March 3, 2013
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL

MF Cardamone, Tree of Life
MF Cardamone, Tree of Life

Science inspires art in colorful mixed media show, Florida Fantastica by Philadelphia native MF Cardamone. Her clear and insightful artwork illuminates people’s relationship with plants. The exhibition is included in Selby Gardens admission and will be on display in The Museum of Botany and the Arts January 9 – March 3, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Cardamone at the free public opening on January 10.

In this unique form of art, Cardamone records a plant’s life history, ecology, folklore, wildlife value and medicinal uses by combining specimens with digital imagery, inks and hand drawn touches that playfully modernize the traditions of plant specimen mounting and botanical illustration. Like Selby Gardens, Cardamone has a passion for the education and preservation of plants, but above all, her artwork strives to express the connections between plants and people. She explains, “I like to create visual puzzles with my work and try to evoke a sense of mystery and wonder in the viewer because that’s the way I feel about the natural world. I’m in awe of its power to sustain and heal us – and its beauty!”

Together with Selby Gardens’ Botany Director, Bruce Holst, Education Director, Jeannie Perales, and Horitculture Director, Mike McLaughlin, Cardamone developed a list of plants representing both the Gardens and Florida. Many of these selections will be featured in the Florida Fantastica exhibition which coincides by design with statewide celebrations of Florida’s 500th anniversary.

Special Programming:

1. Public Opening Reception – Museum of Botany and the Arts, January 10, 5:30 pm

2. Associates’ Luncheon Lecture by Jeannie Perales – Mattison’s Forty-One, January 21, 11:30 am

3. “The Art of Plants” – Plant & Garden Festival, Selby Gardens, February 23, 24, 10:00am–5:00pm

4. Free Noon Lecture: Of Plants & People with Dr. Matthew Mclendon, February 26, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

811 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL

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10th Annual Watercolor Exhibition

November 7 – January 16, 2012
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL

Original watercolors painted by instructor Carolyn Merenda and her talented students are on display.

November 7 – January 16, 2012
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL

November 19, 2012 – Sarasota, FL – Marie Selby Botanical Gardens presents its 10th Annual Watercolor Exhibition. The exhibit is open November 7 – January 16, 2012 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm in the Historic Selby House.

Watercolor by Carolyn Merenda

Original watercolors painted by instructor Carolyn Merenda and her talented students are on display, and for sale. Familiar Selby florals and landscapes will be represented, as well as a variety of beautiful images reflecting the interests of this diverse group of artists.

Admission to this exhibition is included in the regular Gardens’ admission fee. For further information visit www.selby.org.


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Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Photography to Debut at Selby Gardens

October 5 – November 27, 2012
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL

Earlier this year a team of conservationists and explorers made a 1,000-mile trek over 100 days from Florida’s Everglades National Park to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southern Georgia to bring attention to the need to protect and restore connected landscapes and to create a viable wildlife corridor throughout the Florida Peninsula.

October 5 – November 27, 2012
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL

Earlier this year a team of conservationists and explorers made a 1,000-mile trek over 100 days from Florida’s Everglades National Park to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southern Georgia to bring attention to the need to protect and restore connected landscapes and to create a viable wildlife corridor throughout the Florida Peninsula. The account of their adventures enabled a rapt audience to follow them vicariously and form a better understanding of the fragile balance between natural and man-made worlds. Their efforts documented how panthers, bears, native cultures, ranchlands and rivers are connected, which will hopefully bring the Florida Wildlife Corridor closer to becoming a reality.

© All rights reserved by Carlton Ward Photography

On October 5, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will host the exhibit premiere of Exploring the Florida Wildlife Corridor, a collection of photographs from native Floridian Carlton Ward Jr. Experience images captured during the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition and additional Florida nature scenes. The exhibit will remain on display through November 27 in Selby’s Museum of Botany and the Arts, located within the historic Christy Payne Mansion.

Scientists at Selby Gardens are also interested in the Wildlife Corridor from the perspective of native plants, and are currently engaged in two related conservation projects. In one study, Selby botanists harvested and cultivated seed and spores from several rare orchids and ferns that are endangered or threatened with extinction from the Everglades due in part to changes in water levels and poaching. The propagated plants were introduced to a natural habitat in the Everglades last July with the hopes of revitalizing their endangered populations. The second study involves the careful extraction of spores from two rare species of fern from within the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve in southwest Florida to be cultivated and reintroduced to a park in Miami-Dade County for the purpose of restoring a population that was lost to this region several decades ago.

Exploring the Florida Wildlife Corridor is being sponsored by Mosaic and WSMR 89.1. The exhibit is open from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm daily. Admission is included with Selby Gardens Admission. As always, Selby members are admitted free of charge.

900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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