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ARTober at ELC

This October, we celebrate art in nature. The Environmental Learning Center (ELC) and guests will rejoice by featuring artists who have exhibited at the ELC both past and present.

Meet & Greet - October 24th – from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Join us for a night celebrating ELC's resident artists. Meet the artists whose work is on display on campus. There will be an outdoor cocktail hour with complimentary wine and beer, live music and so much more! Safety measures will be in place, and masks are required indoors and when not able to keep 6 feet physical distance from other patrons. There is a $5 suggested donation. Please email to RSVP.

Exhibits and Artists

Come visit the new Lisa Rose exhibit Nature in Pastel adorning the walls of our tidal gallery, and take a stroll through our Lagoon Room to check out Photographer, Brian LaPersonerie's “An Outdoor Revolution.”

Artist, Lisa Rose, is a well-known interior designer whose work has been featured in in prestigious publications including House Beautiful, House Beautiful Home Decorating, Florida Design, Interior Design, Maison Francaise, and Cosmopolitan. Recently introduced to pastels and oils as art mediums and becoming inspired by the beauty of the natural landsc ape, has led to the creation of her first pieces with a delicate blend of representational art with a bit of abstraction. “I discovered the art of pastels when touring an artists studio several years ago, and fell in love with her pastel box. Through this medium, I became inspired by the beauty, serenity and complexity of nature- landscapes, seascapes, and skyscapes.”

A nature enthusiast at heart, Brian LaPersonerie always had a love of the outdoors. His studies in art and three-dimensional sculpture landed him at New York Institute of Technology with an art education major. From there, he developed a bigger adoration for textures and color – realizing all the natural beauty that surrounds us. “Every person has their own connection to nature,” Brian said. “Whether it's your love of the beach, a curiosity to explore or the sound of the rain tapping at your window. ARTober isn't just for the artist, it's for anyone who can feel the tranquility or the healing powers of nature. And with our nation in pieces we must retreat to what makes us feel whole again. This is my motive to start an outdoor revolution.”

These artists see the importance of the ELC’s mission to educate, inspire and empower all people to be active stewards of the environment and their own well-being.

Stay up to date with ARTober

Each week in October, the ELC will feature one of our artists so you can learn about their passion and creative process for portraying nature through various mediums of art. Follow our blog and social media to get a behind the scenes look at the art you see around the ELC campus!

An after party at Captain Hiram’s will follow the event. A special thank you goes out to our sponsors Wink Pr, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, Beach Bites and Captain Hiram’s Resort.

The Environmental Learning Center is a 64-acre 501(c)(3) not-for-profit nature center. Our mission is to educate, inspire and empower all people to be active stewards of the environment and their own well-being. The ELC serves the community through school field trips, camps, lecture series, professional development and more. Our campus includes native plant gardens, boardwalks, kayaks, canoes, a pontoon boat, children’s play area and many other amenities that help increase access to nature for people of all ages.


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