Books & Books Bookstore In Coral Gables Presents “Small Worlds” Exhibit By Acclaimed Conservation Photographer, Phoenix

Books & Books Bookstore in Coral Gables announces a Solo Exhibit by award winning, acclaimed conservation photographer, Phoenix, from September 4 through September 30.  The public is invited to a free Opening Reception and to meet the artist on Friday, September 6 during Coral Gables First Night. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this awe-inspiring photography!






Books & Books Bookstore in Coral Gables





Small Worlds Solo Exhibit




Acclaimed Conservation Photographer, Phoenix





Free  Opening  Reception  &  Meet  the  Artist

Friday, September 6

7  –  10 pm

During Coral Gables Gallery Night



Exhibit Times:    SundayThursday: 9am-11pm; Friday-Saturday: 9am – Midnight

 The exhibit runs from September 4 to September 30, 2019

Books & Books Bookstore  

265 Aragon Avenue    Coral Gables, FL 33134

For more information:  3054424408




“Before the Storm” by Phoenix



Books & Books Bookstore in Coral Gables is proud to showcase “Small Worlds,” a stunning exhibit that captures the soul of nature and wildlife as seen through the eyes of acclaimed conservation photographer Phoenix. From the majesty and frailty of the Florida Everglades to the haunting beauty of Ireland, each fine art photograph shares a story of our collective small world.  Miami native and Fort Lauderdale resident Phoenix saw within many of her larger, collected works compositions that fit the popular square shape. Thus began her experiment with the “small worlds” 12 inch X 12 inch pieces. 



“Yosemite Daybreak” by Phoenix



“With this exhibition we are inviting viewers to connect with the beauty and power of each small world, our world, captured in each of Phoenix’s art works,” said Mitchell Kaplan, founder and owner of Books & Books Bookstores.  Phoenix has a great sense of oneness with the natural world and understanding of composition, light and timing in photography. Very much in the manner of French humanist photographer Cartier-Bresson, she seems to capture the ‘it’ moment, the ‘decisive moment,’ that makes the photos worth the shot, said Juliana Forero, Ph.D., curator for Phoenix’s most recent solo exhibitat Bailey Contemporary Arts Center in Pompano Beach.


“Ballybunion Castle” by Phoenix




Phoenix, who only goes by her first name, established a love of nature as a child during family vacations to national parks. Although, she taught film-making and photography early in her career she left them for some twenty year. Returning to photography in the digital age, she developed an exceptional talent and a passion to help protect nature and wildlife. Today she is an internationally collected, award-winning conservation photographer who was recently named an Artist in Residence at America’s most visited national park, Great Smokey Mountains National Park.




“Flamingo” by Phoenix




“Being a nature photographer is a mystical experience,” she tells The Rickie Report. “Like a meditation of light –color, texture, structure, pattern, and composition — it awakens an inner peace and knowingness. With each image, it is my desire that viewers are inspired to love, cherish and protect the fragile beauty and wonder that is nature as they reconnect with that inner peace. For me, preserving nature and wilderness areas is not a luxury, but a necessity for the human spirit. In protecting the world’s nature and wildlife, the environment, we are really protecting the family of humanity. The importance of nature is more than a scientific necessity for creating air, clean water and producing food. It is a sacred necessity for healing and bringing peace to the human soul.”




About Books & Books Bookstore in Coral Gables:

Since its founding by Mitchell Kaplan in 1982, the store has become one of the most, well-respected independent bookstores in the country. It’s a local landmark, located in an exquisite 1927 building listed in the Coral Gables Register of Historic Places, and an inspiring gathering place for writers as well as readers. The philosophy at Books & Books has remained constant throughout the years: it’s about neighbors, books, history, quality, tradition and creativity.




About Phoenix, The Photographer:

For Phoenix the extraordinary beauty of nature and wilderness are a wonder. Attempting to fix them in time is her passion; photography is her art. Known for her painterly approach to composition, light, color and texture in her photography, her works have been honored in numerous juried exhibitions, showcased in 18 solo exhibitions, including Everglades National Park Gallery, featured in magazines and calendars worldwide and can be found in private collections internationally. The featured artist for the ENDANGERED exhibition in England, Phoenix is the recipient of numerous awards including the Broward Cultural Council’s Creative Investment Program Grant two times; two artist residencies, a month in Ireland at the Olive Stack Gallery and this fall at America’s most visited national park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park; and curator of eight exhibitions. Phoenix is in her fifth year serving as president of the National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch. She is a principal in the Innovative Public Art Group. A native Miamian, Phoenix lives and works in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

President, Project COAT

President, National League of American Pen Women

Principal, InnovativePublicArtGroup

Curator, DBA Chrysalis Exhibit

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Save The Date! Shop ‘Til You Drop Event Benefits Natural Science Education Program Through Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park

Shop ‘Til You Drop is THE Shopping Event of the Season! The Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park will host its 5th Annual Shop ‘Til You Drop event on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at The Country Club at Mirasol. Attendees will shop top fashion, accessories and home décor while sipping on complimentary mimosas and enjoying a beautiful buffet lunch.  The Rickie Report shares the details. Support this FUNdraiser which underwrites the Natural Science Education Programs, providing free, hands-on field experiences to over 5000 Palm Beach County Students annually!






S H O P   ‘Til

You   D R O P



December 10, 2016

10:00 am – 3:00 pm


Call to Make Your Reservation:


Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park

561-776-7449 Ext 111





MacArthur Educators And Students –  This Is Why We Fundraise!


“We are looking forward to another great event” says event chairs Michael and Margot Brozost. “We have invited back many of the amazing vendors from last year and have found several new ones to create an exciting event at which our guests can find the perfect gift for everyone on their shopping list,” they add.







“Last year’s event was a huge success, raising funds to benefit the Natural Science Education Program, which provides free, hands-on field experiences to over 5000 Palm Beach County Students annually. We are grateful for the support we receive not only from our sponsors, but our friends and the community,” says Executive Director of the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park, Cheryl Houghtelin.




Beauty Market Plus



Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park in a non-profit corporation with a mission of generating supplemental resources to preserve restore and interpret the natural and cultural assets of the Park for present and future generations.



Patty Lipscomb Jewelry



John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, Palm Beach County’s only state park, is situated on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Lake Worth Lagoon. The Park is made up of 438 acres of pristine coastal land and contains four different communities or habitats including seven species of plants and twenty-two species of animals on the endangered or threatened list. MacArthur Beach is truly an “Island in Time.”



Gretchen Scott



About MacArthur Beach State Park:


Exploring almost two miles of pristine beach and swimming, snorkeling and fishing in the clear blue waters of the Atlantic are only the beginning of the fun you can have at the Park.  Other amenities include the Nature & Welcome Center, Beach Outfitters Gift Shop, Kayak Rentals, a children’s playground, nature trails, and picnicking facilities.You might want to take advantage of the many Special Events offered in the Park throughout the year: children’s programs, guided adventures, recreational skills lessons, MacArthur Under Moonlight concerts, Summer Camps, and Blue Grass concerts.  







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