Macroalgae: Hidden Colors of the Sea 4/2-30/12

Macroalgae: Hidden Colors of the Sea
April 2-April 30, 2012 , 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Anne Kolb Nature Center
751 Sheridan Street
Hollywood, Florida
www.tropicalbotanicartists.com

The Tropical Botanic Artists, in collaboration with the Anne Kolb Nature Center and the Biological Sciences Department of Florida International University, will present “Macroalgae: Hidden Colors of the Sea” at the Anne Kolb Nature Center, 751 Sheridan Street, Hollywood, Florida, April 2 through April 30, 2012.

The center gallery featuring the botanical art is free; admission to the Exhibit Hall is $1/per person. Both are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The macroalgae display includes 27 fine quality botanical watercolor paintings and three herbarium display frames representing the three categories of local macroalgae (green, red, and brown) found in Biscayne Bay during BioBlitz 2010, an ecological event conducted at Biscayne National Park in May 2010 and sponsored by the National Geographic Society. The studies of science and art come together, as these local artists have used time-honored, traditional techniques to reveal the beauty of tiny macroalgae.

Tropical Botanic Artists is a collective of local watercolorists established in Miami, Florida, in 2006 to pursue the beauty of tropical plants through art. Its members come from all walks of life and each brings a unique viewpoint to their work. Their shared love of the natural world is reflected in their dedication to botanical subjects. They hope that visitors to the exhibition will be encouraged to observe the minute details in plants–in this case macroalgae–and transfer these new powers of observation into everyday life.

The exhibition, Macroalgae: Hidden Colors of the Sea has been shown at Biscayne National Park, at Everglades National Park in Homestead, at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center in Key West, and at the Tropical Audubon Society in South Miami. The pieces will be on view at the Anne Kolb Nature Center on Sheridan Street in Hollywood from April 2 through 30. A final showing is set for May 1 through May 31, 2012, at the Glenn Hubert Library on the North Campus of Florida International University

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