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“Florida is Nature” Talk: “FLORIDA IS… Mangroves”

November 29, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am


Pinecrest Gardens
FIU School of Environment, Arts & Society
FIU College of Communications, Architecture + The Arts

FIU Libraries
FIU Digital Library of the Caribbean

cordially invite you to join us for

FLORIDA IS… Mangroves

our monthly Florida is Nature Artist Talk


Xavier Cortada

with special guest

Dr. John Stephen Kominoski
Department of Biological Sciences and
Southeast Environmental Research Center
Florida International University


Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
10:30 am


Hibiscus Gallery
Pinecrest Gardens

11000 S.W. 57th Avenue
Pinecrest, FL 33156


Talk is free with $5 admission to the Gardens.
After the talk, walk the garden and participate in “Florida is Nature.”  



“Florida Is…” by Xavier Cortada

Through Florida is Nature,”  Pinecrest Gardens artist-in-residence Xavier Cortada portrays Florida’s environment to connect viewers with our state’s natural beauty.  Come see the works on permanent display at the Hibiscus Gallery in Pinecrest Gardens.

You too can participate in “Florida is…”

Help others understand and appreciate Florida’s natural beauty.  Upload an image of your favorite animal, plant or place to www.floridaisnature.com and tell us why we should all care for it and strive to protect it.  We will share it on our website and social media.  We will also ask you to help us spread the word and get others to see that “Florida is… Nature.”

About Florida Is Nature

Conceptualized during Xavier Cortada‘s residency at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist Residency in Captiva, Florida, “Florida is…” is an evolving body of work that depicts the natural beauty of Florida.  It asks Floridians to define their state by its actual nature, not by things we do and build to displace it.  Some “Florida is…” works hang as public art in public venues, admonishing viewers to find better ways to coexist with nature.

The project invites participants to capture and share their images and perspectives on the project’s online platform.

You can learn more about the artist by visiting www.cortada.com


Other “Florida is…” exhibition events at Pinecrest Gardens include:

Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen and the International SeaKeepers Society host the closing of “Florida Is…” exhibition
October 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

“Florida is Nature” Artist Talk in Pinecrest Gardens: FLORIDA IS… Mangroves
October 16th @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

FIU School of Environment, Arts & Society presents: Hurricanes, Climate Change & The Everglades
October 20th @ 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm



The Hibiscus Gallery at Pinecrest Gardens
11000 SW 57th Avenue
Pinecrest, FL 33156 United States
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