Friends Of Loxahatchee Invite You To Plein Air Exhibit At Visitor Center And Call For Photo Contest

The Friends of Loxahatchee continue to show the many sides of this National Wildlife Refuge that is right in our own backyard.  The Plein Air Palm Beach Artists hosted a paint-out at Loxahatchee and are exhibiting 33 paintings until April 14th at the Visitor’s Center.  Beginning on May 1st, the Exhibit will focus on Photography at Loxahatchee. The Rickie Report shares the details of the Plein Air Exhibit, the Photography Contest and Exhibit at this National treasure, to which everyone is invited. 

 

 

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Friends of the Arthur R. Marshall

Loxahatchee

National Wildlife Refuge

Invite You:

 

Plein Air Paintings:  

Now through April 14, 2016

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Photography Exhibit: 

Opening Reception/Awards

Sunday, May 1, 2016

1 PM

Wine and cheese reception to follow

 

The Visitor Center

Open daily 9-4

The Loxahatchee NWR is at 10216 Lee Road Boynton Beach 33473

The main entrance and Visitor Center are located at:

10216 Lee Road      Boynton Beach, FL 33473

 

 

Main entrance: 2 miles south of Boynton Beach Blvd, West off US 441/SR7

Plein Air at Loxahatchee

 

 

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Organized by Ralph Papa, Donna Walsh and Plein Air Palm Beach Artists

 

 

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The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge preserves a portion of the once vast northern Everglades.

 

 

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It provides habitat and protection for endangered wildlife such as the snail kite and the wood stork and the formerly endangered American alligator.

 

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It is 143,954 acres of northern Everglades and cypress swamp, protecting the integrity of the remaining Everglades ecosystem.

 

 

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“There are no other Everglades in the world. They are, they have always been, one of the unique regions of the earth; remote, never wholly known. Nothing anywhere else is like them.” – Marjory Stoneman Douglas

 

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PHOTO CONTEST

 

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge 33rd Annual Photography Contest

Sponsored by The Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge

 

 Photo contest coordinator is Cathy Patterson, and photo judge panel from the Everglades Photo Society.

For additional information AND MODEL RELEASE FORM

please visit

http://www.evergladesphotosociety.org/loxcontest/

Deadline: Entries will be accepted from Saturday, January 9, 2016 to Sunday, April 17, 2016. Entries can be dropped off or mailed to the Refuge Visitor Center. Entries sent by mail must be received no later than Saturday, April 16, 2016.

Rules: Entries that do not comply with the rules will be disqualified.

  • ß  The contest is open to all photographers except members of the Everglades Photographic Society.
  • ß  All entries must be taken within boundaries of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge (LNWR), StormwaterTreatment Area 1 (STA-1W and STA-1E), Wellington Environmental Park, Strazzulla Tract Wetlands, and Water Conservation Area 2(WCA 2A and WCA 2B).
  • ß  Each submission is limited to a total of no more than 5 images.  No more than 2 submissions per photographer.
  • ß  Submitted entries must be the original work of the photographer, and the photographer must own the copyright to the image. The photographer retains the copyright of the submitted images but must agree to allow the LNWR to use and publish the submitted entries without further compensation to the copyright holder.
  • ß  Photos that have won awards in previous LNWR photo contests may not be resubmitted. Photos that have been published or sold may not be submitted.
  • ß  Photos containing recognizable images of people must be accompanied by a model release. More information about the model release and the release form can be obtained at the contest web site: http://www.evergladesphotosociety.org/loxcontest/
  • ß  Submissions must be digital, and they must be submitted on a CD, DVD, or USB flash drive. Photos that were taken with a film camera must be scanned in and submitted on a CD, DVD, or USB flash drive. Digital support is available if needed by contacting the EvergladesPhotographic Society at loxcontest@evergladesphotosociety.org
  • ß  High-resolution JPEG images, measuring at least 2000 pixels on the longest side, may be copied on as many CDs, DVDs, or USB flash drives as needed. These will be the images used for final judging and publication/exhibition. If you prefer, you may simply submit the original JPEG image as taken by the camera.
  • ß  Each image must be labeled with your first and last name, image title, and category it is to enter. For example: FirstLast-Title-Category.jpg. If you know the common name of the species photographed, please include it in your title.
  • ß  Each CD, DVD, or USB flash drive must bear the photographer’s name, phone number, and e-mail address. Media used to submit entries will not be returned.All photographs, except those submitted as Artistic, should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified. Acceptable: adjustments to color, contrast, brightness and sharpness; removal of dust and scratches; cropping; black and white conversions. High Dynamic Range imaging is acceptable in all categories. Stitching is acceptable in Landscapes. Unacceptable, except for Artistic: composites (combination of two or more photos, not of the same scene); the addition, duplication, deletion or moving of objects in the photos; digital effects that do not show the scene in its natural way.1 People may be included in photos in all categories except Avian, Fauna, and Flora.

Categories: Entries will be judged on technical excellence, originality, creativity, visual impact, and artistic merit. All decisions of the judges are final.
ß Avian – Birds in their natural habitat.

ß Fauna – Animals (other than Birds) in their natural habitat, including close-ups of invertebrates.

ß Flora – Plants in their natural habitat, including close-ups of flowers, fungi, lichen, and algae.

ß Landscapes – Expansive and dramatic views of the land and its features.

ß Artistic – Artistic compositions in nature both natural and manipulated in post processing (infrared, unlimited digital manipulation).

ß Youth – Any entry of up to 5 photographs by photographers under 18 years of age. Each photograph must fit into one of the categories above.

Entry Fee: A check or money order in the amount of $20 (US) must be included with your entry and made out to Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge. Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge members and Refuge Staff may enter the contest for $10 (US). Participants in the youth category may enter the contest for free.

Entry Form: Each submission MUST be accompanied by a completed entry form with ALL information clearly filled out.

Submission: Entries can be dropped off or mailed to the Refuge Visitor Center at:

Prizes: If there are less than ten entries in any category, the judges may choose not to award prizes in that category. One grand prize of $150 (US) will be awarded. Awards for each category:

ß 1st Place – $75 ß 2nd Place – $50 ß 3rd Place – $25

Winning images may be cropped to 8×10 or other sizes for exhibition at the Refuge Visitor Center and other venues.

1 As stated by the National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest, with small modifications.

Loxahatchee Photo Contest
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge 10216 Lee Road
Boynton Beach, Florida 33473-4797

Name:
Address:
City:
Telephone:
Entry Information:

Sponsored by The Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge

Contest Entry Form

State:

E-mail:

Zip:

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge 33rd Annual Photography Contest

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Title or Species Name

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Categories: Artistic, Avian, Fauna, Flora, Landscape, Youth

 

 

I am a Friends Member, Refuge Volunteer, or Refuge Staff Member (Entry Fee $10)

I am entering in the Youth (Under 18) category (FREE)

None of the above (Entry Fee $20)

 

Entering the 2016 contest grants the Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service the right to reproduce, modify, publish, and publicly display the submitted photographs in print or electronic form for educational and promotional purposes without compensation and without notice to the photographer. The submitted photographs will become the property of the Refuge. All other rights to these images will be retained by the photographer. Photos containing recognizable images of people must be accompanied by a model release.

 

 

More information about the model release and the release form can be obtained at the contest web site: http://www.evergladesphotosociety.org/loxcontest/

 

 

Entries will be accepted at the Refuge Visitor Center on Lee Road between January 9, 2016 and April 17, 2016. Entries sent by mail must be received no later than April 16, 2016. Please note: The contest ends on a Sunday.

I understand and agree to the contest rules and conditions and certify that all photo entries were produced by me. Signature: Date:

For additional information please visit http://www.evergladesphotosociety.org/loxcontest/

For participants under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must complete the following:

I have read the contest rules and his/her participation is with my permission.

Print Name  __________________

Signature _________________________

Date _______________

ABOUT LOXAHATCHEE:

 

The Refuge is open from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every day.

The Visitor Center is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Christmas Day and Thanksgiving.

Automobile……..$5.00
Pedestrian …….. $1.00
Several kinds of entrance passes can be purchased for those who frequently visit National Wildlife Refuges and other federal recreational fee areas.
An annual pass to this Refuge can be purchased for $12.

No pets or camping are allowed on the Refuge.

Contact Information

Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge
P.O. Box 6777
Delray Beach, FL 33482-6777
Email Us – info@loxahatcheefriends.com
Visitor Center, Gift Shop, General Information:
Tel: (561) 734-8303

 

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Steve Horan in SOLO Exhibit Shows Unique Views of Yellowstone, Introduces “Environmental Portraiture”

Steve Horan is a photographer living in the thriving artist’s community of Lake Worth in Palm Beach County, but over the last four years he’s also been visiting Yellowstone National Park to work on an ambitious photography project. The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County will exhibit some of Steve’s “environmental portraiture” in a SOLO show which opens February 15th.  The Rickie Report is honored to share this article with you.  Steve’s artistry gives us insight into a world few have understood or spent much time exploring.  Kudos to Steve!  We urge you to bring family and friends to share this experience.  More details are in this article.

 

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YOU ARE INVITED TO:

A SOLO exhibition of portraits by

 

Steve Horan

 

“People of Yellowstone”

 

at the

 

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

 

601 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth, FL 33460


(561) 471-2901

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OPENING

 

 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15   3 – 5 PM

 

Light refreshments, all welcome. Meet the artist!

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

 

Exhibition from February 15th  through March 15, 2014

 

“Environmental portraiture ” is how Steve Horan describes his latest series, “The People of Yellowstone”.  Horan’s goal is to capture the spirit of the people whose lives and work center around Yellowstone National Park and its surrounding ecosystem.  The project pairs Horan’s portraits and text by award-winning writer, Ruth W. Crocker for a forthcoming coffee table book.  Ninety subjects have been documented to date with over 30 more expected.

 
 
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“Tough Enough”

Horan collaborates with his subjects to photograph them in a setting that immediately tells the story of their connection to Yellowstone’s wilderness.  Yellowstone National Park covers the largest geothermal area in the world, a super-volcano, and is home to geysers, grizzlies, wolves, eagles, elks, and huge herds of wild buffalo. This project has involved over 40,000 miles of car travel (the Park covers three states) and has been entirely self-financed on a shoestring.

 

 

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“Wolf”

 

 

 

Steve has photographed a range of subjects: a naturalist guide sleeping in an abandoned wolf den, a super-volcano expert near ancient lava flows, and a wolf skin-wrapped biologist who has led the re-introduction of wolves into Yellowstone Park, to name a few.

 

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“Fish”

 

Crocker is listed in “Best American Essays 2013,” and was nominated for a Pushcart prize. Her warm and empathetic text will help us get to know these unusual people.  Since 2005, it has been Horan’s focus to work on long-term projects that engage and stimulate the viewer, creating a personal connection with each subject. Horan, trained as a photographer, has worked in many genres but finally found a kind of photography that unites his passion for community and its connection to the natural world.

 

 

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“Horse”

Since February, 2012, Horan has been working on a new series of another diverse and unique ecosystem: the rapidly expanding arts scene in Lake Worth and Palm Beach County. He plans to create “environmental portraits” of the cultural scene, choosing a wide range of subjects from art patrons to bohemian street artists. The “Lake Worth Artists” project is expected to evolve over several years and will include visual artists, dancers, musicians, patrons and collectors of art.

 

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ARTIST’S STATEMENT:

Steve Horan tells The Rickie Report, “My goal is to engage the viewer by creating photographic series of life in North America that are contemporary and unusual. My photography captures an ambiance, whether it is Lake Worth street-painters; portraits of Yellowstone National Park people; bikers at Daytona Beach or on the ground with grassroots presidential campaign workers”.

 

 

Steve Horan’s photography has been exhibited across the United States and Canada.  For more information about his freelance photography please contact  Steve  (406) 224-5177 or  email  info@stevehoranphotography.com.  Please visit www.stevehoran.com   www.palmbeachculture.com  or http://shoran.zenfolio.com/

About the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County:

The Cultural Council is the official arts and culture support agency for Palm Beach County serving non-profit organizations, individual artists and arts districts. The Council markets the county’s cultural experiences to visitors and residents, administers grants, expands arts and cultural education, advocates for funding and arts-friendly policies and serves the arts community through capacity building training and exposure to funders and audiences.   Connect with the Council at www.palmbeachculture.com   or 561-471-2901. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291