‘THE TAMIAMI TRAIL: IN THE BEGINNING .….’

 

Tamiami Trail 100th Anniversary Exhibit by

TROPICAL BOTANIC ARTISTS

 

The exhibition features 33 portraits of native plants found in the various vegetation zones across the breadth of South Florida, from Miami-Dade to Collier County, at the time the Tamiami Trail documentation was signed on May 15, 1915.

 

The group has artistically depicted a variety of plants, many of which are still there today, but now bordering on the rare or endangered, or their predominant locations have shifted due to a change in water flow and man’s intervention.

 

The exhibit is the result of a collaboration of the collective with Dr. Evelyn Gaiser, Department of Biological Science & Southeast Environmental Research, Florida International University, and Principal Investigator for the local Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research.

 

The Tropical Botanic Artists collective was 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 his or her work. They share the love of the natural world and it is reflected in their admiration for botanical subjects. They hope that their viewers will take a moment to observe the wonders of minute detail in plants and bring these new powers of observation into everyday life.

 

Margie Bauer     Kristi Bettendorf     Beverly Borland     Silvia Bota

     Marie Chaney     Susan Cumins  Jeanie Daniel Duck    Julio Figueroa

    Pauline A. Goldsmith     Leo Hernandez  Elsa Nadal   Carol Onstad

    Laurie Richardson   Donna Torres    Jedda Wong