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Brush of Excellence reception to feature youths’ work

By Staff | Feb 10, 2020


The nature photography of 30 students from art and yearbook classes at The Sanibel School will be featured at a reception on Feb. 19 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bailey Homestead Preserve on Sanibel.

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s “Ding” Darling Brush of Excellence Environmental Art Program provides a continuing tribute to J.N. “Ding” Darling’s legacy and an annual recognition of environmental artists following in Darling’s footsteps. The program aims to highlight artists who bring exemplary awareness to the natural world and highlight the uniqueness of Sanibel.

For the first time this year, the SCCF partnered with the school as part of the program to introduce students to nature photography. Nature photographer Sallie Rich, the 2019 Brush of Excellence award winner, led a workshop for students on the techniques of nature photography, including composition, lighting and ethical approaches to the medium.

“It’s such a wonderful opportunity for these students to choose their favorite photos for the exhibit based on which of these techniques they found to have the most merit,” she said.

SCCF Education Coordinator Alexis Horn, who is also a nature photographer, led students on a photography hike at SCCF’s Pick Preserve after their classroom session with Rich. To deepen their appreciation of photography as an art, they used cameras with film rather than digital cameras. After the photos were developed, Horn worked with students in the classroom to choose and mount their favorite one, which will be shown at the gallery-style reception.

“I hope that by getting kids into nature and exploring the photographic medium, it will build an appreciation for the arts and the natural world, as honored in the BOE Program,” she said.

The reception is open to the public; light refreshments will be served.

The Bailey Homestead Preserve is at 1300 Periwinkle Way.