An Ogeechee Tupelo spreads its branches over a shallow sandbar colored orange by tannin-stained water flowing from the Okefenokee Swamp. The Suwannee River runs 240 miles from the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southern Georgia through the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge to the Gulf of Mexico near Cedar Key.
An Ogeechee Tupelo, called the Ogeechee lime due to the tart nature of the fruit, grows as an island in the Suwannee River. On day one, the Expedition team paddles from Turner Bridge Road upstream toward the Georia line. Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition. From January 17 through April 25, 2012, a team of explorers including photographer Carlton Ward Jr, cinematographer Elam Stoltzfus, bear biologist Joe Guthrie and conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, set out to trek 1000 miles in 100 days to showcase the opportunity to protect a connected corridor of natural lands and waters throughout peninsular Florida for the benefit of wildlife and people. Learn more at Photograph by Carlton Ward Jr / Carlton Ward Photography /

Florida Wild

Through May 28


Florida Wild presents a collection of landscape and wildlife photographs by acclaimed conservation photographer and eighth-generation Floridian Carlton Ward. Photo available.


Translated Forms

Through June 10


This exhibition features the artwork of St. Petersburg artist Rachel Stewart. Stewart is inspired by the markings of nature, the results of changing formations caused by the nuances of time and seasons. Photo available.


Roberto Estopiñán

Through Aug. 27

Born in Cuba in 1921, sculptor, draftsman, and printmaker Roberto Estopiñán is a celebrated artist and considered a pioneer of modern sculpture in Latin American art. His work featured haunting faces and strained forms filled with despair in the 1960s, conveying his pre-occupation with, and compassion for, those who have experienced injustice. These artworks in many ways run counter to his later works that focus more on beauty and the exploration of form.




Monkey Business: Ruben Ubiera at Polk Museum of Art

Ending May 14


For the first time in its 50-year history, the Polk Museum of Art partnered with accomplished Florida artist Ruben Ubiera to produce “Monkey Business,” an on-site, large-scale interior mural. Ubiera designed and created a unique mural measuring 16’ x 24’ onto one of the Museum’s most prominent walls. Ubiera has adopted the gorilla as an iconic power animal for the current state of street art. “Monkey Business” depicts that gorilla finally at home in a respected art museum. As an homage to the community that made this project possible, Ubiera uses Polk County-related imagery to form the gorilla’s body.

Photos available.




Transcendence: Polk County High School Exhibition

Through May 21


Artwork by students grades 9-12 from Polk County School District high schools.


Art Out Loud: Artwork by Middle School Students

May 27-Aug. 27

Awards ceremony: Saturday, Aug. 26, 11 a.m.


An exhibition highlighting the artwork of Polk County School District middle school students.



Creative Yoga with Karen Seggerman

Sunday, May 7, 3-4 p.m.

Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members


MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire by-the-Lake

Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: Free


Mayfaire Saturday Night

Saturday, May 13, 5-11 p.m.

Cost: Free


Creative Yoga with Michelle Pugh

Friday, May 19, noon-1 p.m.

Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members



Art Lab- FULL

Saturday, May 20, 10:30 a.m. – noon

Cost: Free

Pre-registration required: