Saturday, June 30, 2007

Salon of Seven July 13--August 12, 2007

Mark continues with his series of illustrated poems in a group exhibit at LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts. Come by the opening reception on July 13 and check out his latest work!

Artists' League at the Leon County Public Library July 2--July 31, 2007

Mark is exhibiting "Andy" at the downtown branch of the Leon County Public Library exhibit sponsored by the Artists' League. Many thanks to Jane Rae for organizing this!

Love Your Mother: a pictorial discourse on the environment June 8--July 6, 2007

LeMoyne said that this has been a popular exhibit! Mark has 2 pieces in this show: Earth Was Overpopulated and Cypress Ladies Dance. Visit LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts to view this exhibit, 222-8800.

Artists' League Summer Annual June 8--July 6, 2007

Currently, Mark has one piece in this exhibit, titled The Wild Man. He also has won the Professional Development Award for $100! The exhibit is at the FSU Museum of Fine Arts, 644-1299. Come by and take a look!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Cheraw State Park, SC June 3--10, 2007

For the 3rd year in a row, the SC State Park System accepted Mark as an Artist-in-Residence. This time, Cheraw State Park granted us a FREE week-long stay at their cabin #8. In exchange, Mark will submit a piece of artwork (inspired by our visit to the park) within 90 days.

Highlights include:

Lake Juniper--as a perk, Mark had free access to a kayak during the week so he went out onto the water as much as possible. He saw many wildlife, e.g. beavers, otters, mama osprey, green snakes, brown water snakes, fish, turtles, etc. Plenty of endangered yellow pitcher plants grew by the waterside in addition to blue flag irises, buttons (aka swamp cheetohs), sundew, waterlillies, etc.

Rolling green golf course--Audubon approved this park on many aspects such as water quality, conservation, etc.
Red-cockaded woodpeckers--yes, these endangered birds live at this park in certain sections of old pine forested areas.

Town of Cheraw--hometown of Dizzy Gillespie. We visited his homesite park, in addition to Old St David church, Riverside Park along the Pee Dee River, the community center art gallery and the chamber of commerce. We sipped iced coffee and mango smoothie at the Rawhouse Cafe.

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge--acres of pine and turkey oak trees!

Mcleod Farm's fresh peaches in the town of McBee
On our way back to Tallahassee, we stopped at Okefenokee Swamp Park to visit some alligators (we didn't see any at Cheraw) and check out the burnt forest.