Nature on display in Rookery Bay photo show

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A new photography exhibit at the gallery in the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, open now through April 2, is a natural partnership between the United Arts Council and Rookery Bay.

Internationally acclaimed photographer Clyde Butcher served as juror for the exhibit. A total of 152 photographs were submitted for consideration and 46 were chosen.

The first place award goes to Marc Damon for his black and white photograph of a Naples beach scene. Capturing second place is a photograph by Cheryl McClure, and third place goes to Jim Freeman. Each of these winners will receive a prize package from the United Arts Council and the Friends of Rookery Bay.

Photographers receiving honorable mention awards are: Jack Brady, Connie Bransilver, Tom Burns, Angie Chestnut, Edwin H. Cohen, Jim Freeman, West Friedman, Dianne Magrone, Katie Mazer, Len Messineo, Susan Patton and Rod Wiley.

Works were also selected by Mr. Butcher for the exhibit from these photographers: Wendell Brown, Victor Caroli, Paul Cole, Laura DePamphilis, Muffy Clark Gill, Dennis Goodman, Carol Haberkern, William Hofer, Jennie Kendrick, Dick Larson, Karen Lektzian, Katie Mazer, Kelly McCarthy, Jacke McCurdy, Russ Morrison, Constance Parry, Alex Saputo, Jay Staton, Brad Womack and David Wood.

The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is located at 300 Tower Road, just off Highway 951, one-half mile south of U.S. 41.

There is no charge for entry to the art gallery; admission to the Learning Center is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

For information about the Rookery Bay Center, call 239-417-6310.

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