Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center in Key West

Features Original Works by Tropical Botanic Artists
Jan. 15 – Mar. 26, 2014

Miami, FL-The Tropical Botanic Artists present “Botanical Exploration in the Everglades: Braving One of North America’s Last Frontiers” at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, 33 E. Quay Rd., Key West, Florida 33040 from January 15 to March 26, 2014.  The Center is open Tuesday–Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Sunday and Monday). Admission is free. 
 
The special exhibition features 28 original portraits of plants discovered in the Everglades by botanists in the 19th and 20th centuries, and assigned common or scientific names that reflect the identities of those intrepid plant explorers. ASBA member Kathleen Konicek-Moran and Everglades botanist Jimi Sadle co-curated the exhibition which is supplemented by herbarium specimens and a documentary film by Florida videographer Eric Raits. The film deals with early botanists who braved the biting insects, large reptiles, and poisonous plants that made the Everglades one of the country’s last frontiers of botanical exploration. 
 
The show also includes graphite drawings of lichens that were discovered and named quite recently, and informational panels about botanical exploration, field collecting, how plants are named, and ways that Everglades plants were (and still are) used by native peoples.
 
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 the botanical subjects they portray. For more details, please visit www.tropicalbotanicartists.com.  
 
For information on the venue click on: Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, and NOAA/Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The Center is sponsored and operated by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA, the South Florida Water Management District, Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks, the National Wildlife Refuges of the Florida Keys, and Eastern National
 
More photos of the exhibition can be viewed HERE.