April 12 – May 24, 2012
Longboat Key Center for the Arts
Myakka River State Park has been a beloved natural destination for decades in southwest Florida. To assist the park in its effort to protect, restore and preserve this fifty-seven miles of wetlands, prairies and woodlands, notable artists from the region have come together creating artwork inspired by their vision of native Florida culminating in this thought provoking exhibition.
Featuring an exciting presentation of paintings, original prints, drawings and photographs deciphering the fauna of the Myakka River wilderness by many prominent artists including Craig Rubadoux, Florence Putterman, and Jean Blackburn as well as a curated show featuring many outstanding local artists. The artwork includes mammals, birds, reptiles and fish presented in the realm of abstraction and expressive interpretation.
The Friends of Myakka River partners with the Florida Park Service to assist with protecting, restoring and preserving the natural and cultural resources of Myakka River State Park and the “Wild and Scenic” river. This exhibition showcases the natural beauty of the park’s fauna and the exceptional talent of regional artists. The project was designed to connect the Sarasota areas’s community of artists to the extraordinary natural environment of the Myakka River watershed.