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Press Release
Contact: Liz Young
May 25, 2017


Encounters: Friend or Foe? A Tropical Botanic Art exhibit to open at the Gato Building June 2nd

Tropical Botanic Artists, a collective of South Florida botanical illustrators, created an exhibit highlighting some of the many interactions between species. This exhibit, called “Encounters: Friend or Foe?” will be featured during an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017 on display in the Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Friday, June 2nd through the summer season. Admission to the show and the reception is free.
“The interaction of plants and animals in South Florida’s terrestrial and aquatic environments is a subject that deserves closer scrutiny by all,” the artists said in a statement. “In this exhibition, artists from the Tropical Botanic Artists collective bring these interactions to the forefront through a series of illustrations using various artistic approaches. Their aim is to increase awareness of the vital interdependence among species, both on land and in the water, and to focus attention on how these complex interactions affect the world we live in.”

The exhibit is part of the Arts Council’s Art in Public Buildings program, designed to offer an opportunity for local artists to exhibit their work beyond a traditional gallery space and enhance the environment of those who work and visit the Gato Building. Please stop by to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments. Free parking is available
This exhibit was sponsored in part by the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, the State of Florida: Division of Cultural Affairs, as well as other supporters. Additional support comes from donations by show visitors. For more information, please call the Arts Council at 305-295-4369 or email