Trashformations art competition winners on display Nov. 22-Dec. 1

November 5th, 2014
Trashformations winner

Sarah Boon won third place in the middle school division of the 2012 Trashformations art competition for her piece “Beauty in the Beast.”
Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Kate Martin

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — One man’s trash will be another man’s treasure during the 16th annual Trashformations student recycled art competition awards ceremony at the Florida Museum of Natural History from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 21.

Middle school, high school and college students are eligible to enter the contest, which requires entries contain at least 70 percent recycled materials. The application deadline is Nov. 14, and entries must be delivered to the Florida Museum on Nov. 20 between noon and 5 p.m.

“Trashformations showcases the museum’s commitment to sustainability in our practices and exhibitions,” said Florida Museum educator Tiffany Ireland.

Judges select winners based on creative expression and innovative use of reused materials. Students in each level compete for cash and other awards, and the Florida Museum will display winning entries through Dec. 1.

The Florida Museum hosts the Trashformations awards ceremony in collaboration with the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners and Office of Waste Alternatives.

Patrick Irby, an Alachua County waste alternative specialist, said discarded materials, either buried or burned, impact human lives every day. Buried garbage can leak into soil and (more…)

Ye’kwana artisans to showcase traditional artwork at Florida Museum

January 18th, 2012

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History and artisans from the Ye’kwana indigenous culture in Venezuela from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 22 and 25 for traditional basket weaving and carving demonstrations.

During the free events, Ye’kwana Simon Caura will create a stool reminiscent of one used by a shaman, or spiritual ruler, and Aurora Rodriguez Caura, one of the founders of Kanwasumi, a women’s basket weaving cooperative in Venezuela, will demonstrate basket weaving. The two also plan to speak with visitors about Ye’kwana culture and answer questions about their traditions and history. (more…)

Mollie Doctrow’s woodcut prints on display Thursday at Florida Museum

December 15th, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will showcase a new Galleria exhibit by Mollie Doctrow entitled “Seasonal Crossings: Environmental Woodcuts of Central and South Florida” beginning Thursday.

The exhibit features woodcut prints inspired by native Florida habitats and plant species. Doctrow’s prints are portraits of plants and plant communities, some of which are endemic, and others that are rare or endangered.

“A dominant theme of my artwork is the drama of the moment, a personal interaction with a particular place,” Doctrow said. “The work represents natural forms processed accurately and expressively, going beyond documentation. The woodcut medium and the carving process suit this expressive depiction.” (more…)

Fla. Museum hosts ‘Trashformations’ recycled art competition, show during Museum Nights

October 31st, 2008

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History and the Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives will present the “Trashformations” 10th annual judging and awards ceremony 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 13 as part of the “Museum Nights” program, featuring trash recycled into art by local high school and college students. The Florida Museum will display the winning entries through Nov. 26.

“This event provides students a wonderful opportunity to display their work in the museum galleries and gain public recognition of their skills,” said Kendra Lanza-Kaduce, museum public programs coordinator. “Each year the students get more creative with their use of recycled items, so we are all excited to see what they will come up with this year.”

“Trashformations” is the Florida Museum’s second-longest running public program in collaboration with Museum Nights. Awards will be presented in two divisions: middle and high school, and college. The cash prizes are $400 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place. Two additional awards also are presented. The Waste Watchers award, sponsored by Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives, is given to the piece that exhibits the best use of recycled materials. The Director’s Natural History Award for Excellence in Recycling, sponsored by the Florida Museum, is given to the entry that shows closest resemblance to museum exhibits. Both awards offer a cash prize of $75 and will be judged by sponsor representatives. (more…)

Florida Museum showcases two new prints by Gainesville artist Jim Harrison

October 20th, 2008

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History has added two new vintage-style prints by local artist Jim Harrison to its popular art exhibit “A Taste of Nature,” on display through Dec. 7.

The prints feature the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Florida Museum, and are part of Harrison’s iconic “Gainesville Fruit Co.” series that presents North Central Florida landmarks.

“I chose to feature the Florida Museum of Natural History because I wanted to create a design emphasizing nature and our community,” Harrison said. “Since the museum embodies the crossroads of nature and community in Gainesville, it was a natural fit for this theme.” (more…)

Landscape artist Gary Borse’s paintings on display at Fla. Museum through Nov. 25

July 30th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is displaying four of award-winning artist Gary Borse’s colorful Florida landscape paintings through Nov. 25.

“The Soul of Florida Landscapes” exhibition, on display since Thursday, is described by Borse as “attempting to capture the essence of mystery and excitement that someone might feel, more than see, when experiencing a landscape.”

Borse’s paintings have been featured in many invitational and solo exhibits, recently including one in the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee. Last year, he won first place in acrylic painting in the book “The Best Artists and Artisans of Florida 2006.” (more…)

Colored pencil society members to sketch at Florida Museum on Saturday, Nov. 12

November 10th, 2005


The Gainesville Chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America will meet at the Florida Museum of Natural History, where approximately 15 society members will pencil sketch Florida Museum exhibits.

Beginning about 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12


Florida Museum offers botanical illustration adult class

October 7th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer a botanical watercolor illustration adult class 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 22 and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 23.

Natural science illustrator Susan Trammell will lead the two-day workshop for people of all skill levels. Participants will learn to translate botany to brush stroke and to master plant observation techniques in the University of Florida Natural Area Teaching Laboratory behind the Florida Museum.


Fla. Museum summer exhibition highlights 18 local artists

May 24th, 2005

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will display an exhibit showcasing artwork by 18 artists titled “Natural Curiosity: Artists Explore Florida” from June 18 – Sept. 11. The artists’ works are focused studies of the natural world and their interpretations are as varied as Florida’s environment. Included in the exhibition, which is free and open to the public, are sketches and studies as well as finished works.

“This show will combine the rich community resource of local artistic talent with natural beauty to illustrate the artists’ unique perspectives on natural history,” said Florida Museum Assistant Director for Exhibits and Public Programs Susan Pharr.

Guests will see underwater paintings of Florida springs by Margaret Ross Tolbert, which are used as a basis for her dramatic canvas paintings. Also included is work by Peter Carolin, who explores Florida springs and uses sporadic swirls and dashes of paint to portray natural reflections, transparencies and refractions. Heidi Edwards will display canvasses illustrating light that dissolves the boundaries between water, earth and sky in Florida’s wetlands. Linda Blondheim’s paintings will reveal the breezy coasts of St. Augustine. Drawings of plant forms, sculptures in fused glass and structures made from natural materials found in the woods along the Santa Fe River also will be displayed.