Artists-Naturalists in Florida: Then and Now is scheduled to be on display in The Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center Gallery, October 30 through December 11, 2015. This exhibit explores the rich history of wildlife art in Florida throughout the past 250 years.

North Central Florida is filled with natural beauty and is a popular eco-tourist destination. The community is proud of its natural resources, and is also home to the Florida Museum of Natural History, the Butterfly Rainforest and the Harn Museum of Art. Art and Nature are the strengths of our region. Artists-Naturalists in Florida: Then and Now includes several facsimile prints of works by William Bartram, Mark Catesby and J.J. Audubon (from the University of Florida library) along with works by 20 contemporary Florida artists. This past year has been a very exciting time for friends of John and William Bartram, because 2015 is the 250th anniversary of their first visit to Georgia and Florida. In response to this anniversary, The Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center has organized an exhibit of wildlife art in painting and photography. The Doris is a new art center that enjoys broad-based community support. The center is re-opening in Fall 2015 after purchasing and renovating a new facility and is planning a re-opening "gala" that will feature an art exhibit, music, reception and other attractions. The re-launch is scheduled for October 30 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in conjunction with Artwalk Gainesville.