Okeechobee Main Street Arts and Culture Committee’s current
"Artist Series" exhibit is The Smithsonian Museum Waterways Exhibit and also featuring artwork of acclaimed artist Guy Harvey!
Okeechobee County has been 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. This wonderful opportunity began with a local visit from a representative of the Florida Humanities Council who said he was scouting for a Smithsonian Museum on Main Street exhibit that was all about water. Considering Lake Okeechobee is the center piece of a vast watershed running from Orlando to Florida Bay and connected to both coasts, it is only fitting that this great lake and the community of Okeechobee was selected.
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 our local waterways but to educate the community on the importance of water in our lives. Okeechobee County TDC has joined in partnership with Okeechobee Main Street and the local Heartland Library Cooperative to develop a program that will make this exhibit one to remember.
In addition to the main exhibit, Okeechobee Main Street Arts and Culture Director Bridgette Waldau was able to connect with the well-known and respected water conservationist Guy Harvey. Through the Guy Harvey team and the Main Street Arts and Culture Director, the Okeechobee exhibit will also feature a series of Guy Harvey freshwater prints varying in size and subject.
The local library, who is a part of the Heartland Library Cooperative, has been hosting a smaller exhibit of model steamships used to tell the story of waterways throughout Florida. This exhibit will be included in the showing as well as a special opening night only (December 17th) aquatic adventure with a large aquarium that will host a variety of fish on loan from the Florida Wildlife Commission.
As this exhibit will be gracing the halls of our Historic County Courthouse located at 304 N 2nd St., Okeechobee, FL, 34972 during the holidays, all decorations will be coordinating with the water theme in blues and silvers.
For more information please contact Sharie Turgeon, Tourism Coordinator at 863-763-3959 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Large educational groups are especially welcome though please contact Sharie for arrangements. This is an event your family won’t want to miss!
The free exhibit is open to the public and runs
hrough January 28, 2017
We are asking that patrons of the arts come forward and help us to continue these highly successful exhibits and opening art receptions by donating to the Okeehcobee Main Street Artist Series. The donations will be used toward the exhibit costs and special receptions that introduce the artists and/or the exhibits to the public.
There are two ways you can be a patron:
1 - Be a Reception Sponsor. If you would like to sponsor a reception, a suggested donation of $200.00 will give you exclusive mention at the reception, on social media and in articles regarding the event.
2 - You may also donate any amount you wish to support this program. Your name will be listed at the event and our social media as an Artist Series patron.
All patrons will receive an personal invitation to all exhibits and receptions.
Support the Arts today by donating online.
You may also submit your donation today to
Okeechobee Main Street
Attn: Artist Series
55 S. Parrott Ave.
Okeechobee, FL. 34974