Thursday, January 27, 2022

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Unveils Artists Series

Ali Gator by Tara Funk Grim Submitted

Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary has announced its Gallery Café Artists Series for the 2018-19 season. The works of four artists and a special traveling Audubon Photography Awards exhibit will be displayed in five separate shows from October 2018 through July 2019 in the Gallery Café located inside the Sanctuary’s Blair Visitor Center.

“Most of the artists we choose have visited Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and part of their work was inspired by its beauty,” said Roswitha Marold, the Sanctuary’s retail and sales manager.

“You don’t have to be a hiker or a bird-watcher to fall in love with Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.”
~ Tabitha Stadler

“You don’t have to be a hiker or a bird-watcher to fall in love with Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary,” added Tabitha Stadler, the Sanctuary’s assistant director. “Many of our biggest fans come here to paint, photograph, or simple enjoy the visually stunning views of our nation’s largest stand of old growth bald cypress trees. The artists featured in these shows share their love of nature with our visitors through the expression of art. It’s truly inspirational.”

Photo by Steve Mattheis | Great Gray Owl (Audubon Photography Awards)

The public will have an opportunity to “Meet the Artist” during each exhibit, which features different art mediums. All of the exhibited art is for sale, with proceeds benefitting Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, a non-profit organization, and the individual artist. For each artist, it will be the first time their work has appeared in the Gallery Café Artists series.

Capping off the Gallery Café Artists series will be a special touring Audubon Photography Awards exhibit. The exhibit is traveling to Audubon centers throughout the country, and its last stop is at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, July 1 to 31.

It will feature 12 spectacular photographs of birds covering a wide range of species and locations. Seven images are winners and honorable mentions in the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards competition, and five others were selected from the 2018 gallery of top 100 photos.

The Sanctuary’s Café serves drinks, lunch and snacks and visitors can enjoy the artwork within a comfortable air-conditioned area.

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is located at 375 Sanctuary Road, Naples, about 15 miles east of Interstate 75 off Immokalee Road. The Sanctuary is open every day from 7 AM to 5:30 PM. The last admission to the boardwalk is at 4:30 PM.

For more information visit:

Twin Egrets by Timothy M. Parker | Submitted


October and November 2018: Timothy M. Parker

Parker is best known for figurative abstracts in oil, acrylic and mixed media on canvas and acid-free boards. Meet the Artist on Nov. 23 from 11 AM to 2 PM.

December 2018 and January 2019: Tara Funk Grim

Grim says her most imaginative paintings are done in studio using a variety of materials including acrylic and collage. Meet the Artist on Jan. 11 from 11 AM to 2 PM.

February and March 2019: Leigh Herndon

Herndon studied Japanese rozome painting and utilizes brushed dyeing and hot-wax resist; Recent paintings inspired by kayaking in the Everglades. Meet the Artist on March 1 from 10 AM to 2 PM.

April, May and June 2019: Leslie Peebles

Her primary medium is wood block prints, depicting the wildlife and landscapes of Florida. Meet the Artist on June 28 from 10 AM to 2 PM.

July 1-31, 2019: Audubon Photography Awards

Twelve spectacular bird photographs from the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards.

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