Smithsonian Waterways featuring Guy Harvey


Okeechobee County was selected as one of thirty-six communities throughout the United States to host an interactive and unique exhibit that speaks about our relationship to water. The Smithsonian Museum Waterways exhibit graced the halls of the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse in Okeechobee, FL from December 17, 2016 -January 28, 2017.  


Okeechobee County Tourist Development Council (TDC) applied to host the event and was awarded the exhibit along with a State Grant from the Florida Humanities Council. The request was to encourage the community to come together in a cooperative effort to not only celebrate the local waterways but to educate the community on the importance of water in their lives.


The Smithsonian Museum Waterways exhibit featured poster panels and interactive touch screens, all which explores the close connection between humankind and access to clean, fresh water.  There’s no place better to explore that connection than with Lake Okeechobee.


Bridgette Waldau, Okeechobee Main Street Arts and Culture Director, was able to connect with the well-known and respected water conservationist Dr. Guy Harvey. Working with the Guy Harvey team, Waldau arranged for an art exhibit to be included along side the Smithsonian interactive display. The art exhibit was a series of Guy Harvey’s salt and freshwater originals and giclees. Dr. Harvey’s works included paintings of blue marlin, snook, redfish, largemouth bass, manatees and other aquatic creatures, all decorating the walls surrounding Smithsonian display.


Okeechobee County Public Library, who is a part of the Heartland Library Cooperative, presented a smaller exhibit of model steamships used to tell the story of waterways throughout Florida. 


On loan from the Florida Wildlife Commission was a 50-gallon aquarium with living examples of some of the fish that are found in the local waterways were also items and pictures on loan from the Okeechobee Historical Society as well as private citizens that represent Okeechobee's historical connection to the local waterways.  


An opening reception for the Smithsonian Museum Waterways exhibit was held opening night, December 17, 2016.  The reception was well attended and hosted by Okeechobee Main Street. 


From January 29 - February 28, 2017, the Guy Harvey exhibit continued to be shown.


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Attn: Artist Series
55 S. Parrott Ave. 
Okeechobee, FL.  34974



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