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Arboretum critters appear for plein air event


JACKSONVILLE (April 2012)—The Arboretum’s wildlife joined the plein air festivities during the recent A Brush With Nature. A Barred owl posed for hours, to visitors’ delight, as his likeness was captured on canvas. An alligator kept one artist company at the marsh overlook, a few gopher tortoises strolled through the park and a pair of otters played in Jones Creek. In one dramatic event, a rat snake fell out of a tree after Mama squirrel bit it to defend her nest.

Held Mar. 29-31, 36 renowned regional artists painted in the Arboretum’s beautiful outdoor settings during event. Besides watching artists at work, visitors took guided nature walks, saw artist demonstrations and heard live music. Children engaged in their own “plein air” painting in the popular children’s art tent.

Although the event was rained out Saturday afternoon, A Brush With Nature still proved to be a successful fundraiser for the Jacksonville Arboretum through art sales onsite and the ticketed Gala Reception & Sale held Saturday evening. Half of all the proceeds went to the Arboretum.

In the News

Here’s a list of articles about the Arboretum. We keep a list of these available for you in case you missed some of the coverage and to allow you to refer back to them later.

“Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens”, Metro Jacksonville – March 26, 2012

“A brush with nature: Step out, Paint out”, ARBUS – March/April, 2012

“Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens worth a visit”, Beaches Leader – March 9, 2012

“A brush with nature”, EU Jacksonville – March, 2012

“Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens Plein Air Painting Invitational “A Brush with Nature”, iwantabuzz.com – March, 2012

“A brush with nature at the Arboretum”, ARBUS – The Arts and Business Magazine of Northeast Florida, March/April 2011

“A brush with nature: Experience the Arboretum”,  Jacksonville Monthly, April 2011

“Open air painting benefits gardens”, The Times-Union, Southside, April 21, 2011

“A painting event raises funds for Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens.”, The Times-Union, Life Section, April 5, 2011

“Painters inspired by nature”, Photos in The Times-Union, Metro Section, April 9, 2011

“Hidden Jax: Arboretum & Gardens”, Jacksonville Magazine, April 2011

“Q & A with Mindy Hawkins: Arboretum to inspire ‘plein air’ art fundraiser”, The Time-Union, Southside, March 24, 2011

“First Coast high schoolers go outdoors for Envirothon”, Florida Times Union – March 18, 2011

“Bishop Kenny Students.March24.2010”, The Times-Union, Southside, March 24, 2010