Florida Museum ‘Blue Path’ exhibit explores, promotes protection of state springs

August 4th, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History presents its newest galleria exhibit “The Blue Path: Protecting Florida’s Springs” from Aug. 12 through Dec. 12.

Explore the state’s spring system and water cycle that shapes the landscape through photographs, paintings and displays by north central Florida’s best artists, writers, filmmakers, educators and scientists. The exhibit examines how everyday choices can either deplete and destroy or restore the state’s water supply. It is suitable for all ages and admission is free. (more…)

Florida Museum presents Nature Coast conservation photo exhibit through Aug. 8

June 28th, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will display its newest photography exhibit “Life on the Edge: The Story of Florida’s Nature Coast” by Eric Zamora through Aug. 8.

Zamora uses the visual power of photography in this exhibit to share the story of Florida’s Nature Coast with the goal of helping mold a sustainable future for the region. (more…)

‘CSI: Crime Scene Insects’ opens Saturday at Florida Museum Special activities include painting with maggots, forensic demonstrations

May 6th, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History Saturday for the opening of its new temporary exhibit “CSI: Crime Scene Insects” and delve into the mysterious world of crime-solving entomology.

With many TV shows focusing on crime scene investigation, the exhibit uses hands-on activities, educational panels and mock investigations to show visitors how maggots, flies and beetles help solve crimes every day. (more…)

Fla. Museum opens new quilt exhibit Feb. 6 with activities, demonstrations

January 20th, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Experience the natural beauty of Florida in a new way beginning Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest temporary exhibit, “Quilting Natural Florida II.”

The exhibit features more than 100 original quilts showcasing Florida’s wildlife and plants. From sea creatures to birds and everything in between, each quilt depicts part of the state’s landscape or wildlife. These stitched designs vary from literal to abstract creations. (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…)

‘Quilting Natural Florida II’ exhibit to open at Fla. Museum Feb. 6

November 12th, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History and the Quilters of Alachua County Day Guild will open the “Quilting Natural Florida II” exhibit Feb. 6, 2010.

The exhibit features 105 quilts from 13 states and Sweden that illustrate Florida plants, animals and environments. The quilts were selected by jurors from the Florida Museum and the Quilters Guild, and vary greatly from traditional designs to the more artistic and abstract.

“It’s a challenge for the entrants’ skill level and creativity to meet the criteria, but their quilts uniquely express the beauty and wonderment of natural Florida,” said Florida Museum assistant director of exhibits Darcie MacMahon. (more…)

‘Amazon Voyage’ interactive exhibit opening Oct. 3 features special activities

September 25th, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Travel into the rainforest beginning Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest temporary exhibit, “Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches.”

Opening day activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. include various hands-on learning and crafts for children, story time with the Alachua County Library District and a presentation on Amazonian indigenous peoples.

Children can compare household tools to mouths of fish to understand adaptations for different diets and feeding methods, learn how imprint fossils develop, make a piranha rubbing and create a masterpiece on the wall with art from the “Amazon Voyage” exhibit. (more…)

Florida Museum announces fall programs, exhibits

August 26th, 2009

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“Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches” – Oct. 3 – Jan. 17, 2010
Visit seven ports of call along the most biologically diverse river in the world, the Amazon. Encounter amazing creatures including notorious piranhas, enormous anacondas, beautiful stingrays and mysterious pink dolphins. Admission is $8 for adults ($7 Fla. residents), $5.50 for ages 3-12 and free to museum members and children 2 and under.

“Charles R. Knight: Studies of Lost Worlds” – through Jan. 31, 2010
Seven study paintings by Charles R. Knight, the first and the most renowned “paleo-artist” of all time, are on display in the Hall of Florida Fossils. Knight’s murals depicting ancient life grace the halls of America’s greatest natural history museums. The paintings include many animals that once lived in Florida.

“Butterflies and Moths in Contemporary Zuni Art” – through Jan. 3, 2010
This exhibit highlights the role of butterflies in the belief system and art of contemporary Zuni people, Native Americans who live in the high desert of the American southwest. Many Zuni traditional arts feature butterflies and moths, and this tradition continues today in their fine arts, crafts and tourist art forms. Pieces in the exhibit include jewelry, paintings, small carvings and various selections of pottery. (more…)

Florida Museum to open ‘Amazon Voyage’ exhibit Oct. 3

August 25th, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — This fall, travel into the rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History with “Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches” showing Oct. 3 – Jan. 17, 2010.

This family-friendly exhibit educates visitors about the Amazon rainforest with a fascinating journey through this untamed land, including information about the plants, animals and people who live there.

“For many Americans, the Amazon is a storied place full of exotic animals, plants and cultures,” said Darcie MacMahon, Florida Museum assistant director of exhibits. “This exhibit brings the Amazon to life with beautiful art, hands-on experiences, good science and fascinating stories.”

Visitors will travel through seven unique ports-of-call while learning about the incredible biodiversity of the Amazon River. Discover the “Seven Perils of the Amazon,” including the electric eel, piranha and the infamous anaconda. Each stop focuses on one of the seven perils and a common type of Amazon terrain. Experience the zap of an electrifying eel in the “Flooded Forest,” learn how catfish adapt in the “Deep Channel” and meet other interesting and sometimes dangerous water-dwelling creatures in the piranha area. (more…)

Florida Museum "Family Nature" wildlife photo exhibit opens Thursday

August 17th, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Bring those you love to a special photography exhibit focused on families by Jeff Smith at the Florida Museum of Natural History. The show, “Family Nature,” opens Thursday (Aug. 20) and runs through Dec. 13.

Smith, a Melrose-based dentist since 1980, captures everyday family life in the wilds of north central Florida through his captivating photographs. His collection of photos includes courting rituals between barred owls, leisure time among alligators and mother eagles nurturing their recently hatched eaglets.

“I enjoy showing the beauty of family ties within every landscape and species,” Smith said. “I hope some of the images will inspire others to be more appreciative of families found in nature and to help them thrive.” (more…)

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