Diane Farris Sandhill crane photo exhibit on display Dec. 14 at Florida Museum Local artist will discuss her work with museum visitors from 5-10 p.m. Jan. 11, 2007

December 12th, 2006

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host “In the Open: Sandhill Crane Studies” by Gainesville artist Diane Farris from Dec. 14 through March 18, 2007. This 19-piece exhibit of photography montages is inspired by the Sandhill crane, which appears across North America and in Gainesville during the winter months.

Farris also will meet with Florida Museum visitors from 5-10 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2007, during Museum Nights. She works in photography and mixed media and has written and illustrated children’s books. Her work has been widely exhibited, published and collected, and also can be seen at Shands at UF, the UF Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute and on her web site, www.dianefarris.com.

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Inaugural Florida Butterfly Festival to be held Oct. 14-15 Event headquartered at Florida Museum includes photo contest, lectures, field trips

August 4th, 2006

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — “Do you have a thing for wings?” Join the Florida Museum of Natural History along with community partners for the inaugural Florida Butterfly Festival Oct. 14-15.

Experience butterflies like never before through expertly guided field trips to natural areas in and around Gainesville. Family activities will entice even the youngest participants to develop a lifelong appreciation and enjoyment of our natural surroundings.

Participants can experience the amazing world of butterflies and learn about the challenges faced throughout their life cycle, including insight into how other cultures perceive this magical creature through a series of lectures by world renowned naturalists.

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Register now for middle, high school photo class at Fla. Museum

May 15th, 2006

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer a week-long photography class for students enrolled in grades 7-10 titled “Freeze Frame” from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 5-10.

The class will explore various black and white techniques and experiment with digital photography. Participants have the opportunity to meet with local photographers, travel to one of Florida’s beautiful natural areas and use their camera lens to capture a butterfly. Students also will polish their skills in the darkroom and take part in a photography gallery opening.

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Popular John Moran photography exhibit to remain at Fla. Museum through Jan. 18

December 20th, 2005

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will extend the display of John Moran’s “Journal of Light: A Photographer’s Search for the Soul of Florida” traveling exhibit until Jan. 18. The popular exhibit features more than 50 color photographs of Florida wildlife and environments with an emphasis on Florida waters.

The exhibit is based on Moran’s popular book, “Journal of Light: The Visual Diary of a Florida Nature Photographer,” a 20-year collection of photos and essays published in 2004. Inside the exhibit, guests will view alligators’ eyes glowing at dusk, crystal-clear springs, silhouettes against sunsets and sandhill cranes dancing to their own tunes. Other images include the Florida beaches, black-water rivers, palms, live oaks, turtles, flowers and nighttime landscapes that make Florida a natural gem.

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Fla. Museum hosts John Moran lecture, book signing Sunday

September 20th, 2005

For Immediate Release Sept 20, 2005

Contact:
Paul Ramey, Dir. of Marketing and Public Relations
Florida Museum of Natural History
(352) 846-2000, ext. 218, pramey@ufl.edu
Writer: Emily Banks
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — John Moran will present photographic highlights from his 20-year search to discover the soul of natural Florida followed by a book signing from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

The Florida Museum is hosting John Moran’s “Journal of Light: A Photographer’s Search for the Soul of Florida” traveling exhibit from Saturday (Sept. 24) through Jan. 2, 2006. The exhibit features more than 50 color photographs of Florida wildlife and environments with an emphasis on Florida waters.

The exhibit is based on Moran’s popular 2004 book, “Journal of Light,” and is a mid-career retrospective featuring his unusual and creative photographs of the alligators, beaches, birds, blackwater rivers, freshwater springs, palms, live oaks, turtles, flowers and night-time landscapes that make Florida the amazing place we call home.

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The Florida Museum of Natural History is Florida’s state natural history museum, dedicated to understanding, preserving and interpreting biological diversity and cultural heritage. It is located near the intersection of Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza in Gainesville. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Florida Museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Butterfly Rainforest admission is $7.50 for adults and $4.50 for children ages 3-12. For more information, including directions and parking information, call (352) 846-2000, or visit the museum online, www.flmnh.ufl.edu.

Fla. Museum to host "Life on Coral Reefs" photography exhibition

September 19th, 2005

For Immediate Release Sept 19, 2005

Contact:
Paul Ramey, Dir. of Marketing and Public Relations
Florida Museum of Natural History
(352) 846-2000, ext. 218, pramey@ufl.edu
Writer: Emily Banks
PHOTO AVAILABLE

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host the photography exhibition “Arms, Legs and Tentacles: Invertebrate Life on Coral Reefs,” Wednesday (Sept. 21, 2005) through Jan. 8, 2006. The exhibit by Florida Museum marine malacology curator Gustav Paulay showcases reef life with an emphasis on invertebrates.

“Like rainforests on land, reefs are the most diverse ecosystem in the sea,” Paulay said. “They are home to hundreds of thousands or possibly millions of animal species, yet even today only the largest, most obvious and accessible inhabitants have been described by scientists.”

The 23 photos highlight invertebrates from the sunlit reef surface and the complex reef interior, including animals rarely seen by humans.

Paulay has studied tropical invertebrates for more than 25 years. He leads the reef biodiversity program at the Florida Museum, which is maintained by students and faculty of the Division of Malacology and Marine Invertebrates at the University of Florida.

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The Florida Museum of Natural History is Florida’s state natural history museum, dedicated to understanding, preserving and interpreting biological diversity and cultural heritage. It is located near the intersection of Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza in Gainesville. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Florida Museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Butterfly Rainforest admission is $7.50 for adults and $4.50 for children ages 3-12. For more information, including directions and parking information, call (352) 846-2000, or visit the museum online, www.flmnh.ufl.edu.

Fla. Museum hosts new John Moran photography exhibit Sept. 24

July 12th, 2005

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host John Moran’s “Journal of Light: A Photographer’s Search for the Soul of Florida” traveling exhibit from Sept. 24 – Jan. 2, 2006. The exhibit features more than 50 color photographs of Florida wildlife and environments with an emphasis on Florida waters.

The exhibit is based on Moran’s popular book, “Journal of Light: The Visual Diary of a Florida Nature Photographer,” a 20-year collection of photos and essays published in 2004. Inside the exhibit guests will view alligators’ eyes glowing at dusk, crystal-clear springs, silhouettes against sunsets and sandhill cranes dancing to their own tunes. Other images include the Florida beaches, black-water rivers, palms, live oaks, turtles, flowers and night-time landscapes that make Florida a natural gem.

“Truly a universal language, photography can help us better understand and appreciate the many gifts of nature bestowed upon this great state we call home,” Moran said.

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Fla. Museum displays photography exhibit on Ordway Preserve

May 20th, 2005

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.— The Florida Museum of Natural History will display “The Ordway Preserve” temporary photography exhibit from May 25 – Sept. 18. The exhibit showcases work by Florida Museum photographers Jeffrey Gage and Tammy Johnson, and is free and open to the public.

“The Ordway Preserve” is comprised of more than 20 color photographs of landscapes, wildlife and teaching environments at the 9,300-acre Katharine Ordway Preserve-Carl Swisher Memorial Sanctuary in western Putnam County. Photographs include a close-up of a milk weed plant, a dragonfly resting in a field and students conducting studies.

The show illustrates the importance of preserved land to the public and what goes on behind the scenes at this facility, which is used for University of Florida research, teaching and extension programs related to natural resources. The preserve has hosted 40 graduate projects and inspired 85 research publications.

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