SCCF Brush of Excellence Reception Features Sanibel Students’ Photos

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Brush of Excellence students at Pick Preserve

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 SCCF’s Bailey Homestead Preserve.

The SCCF “Ding” Darling Brush of Excellence Environmental Art Program (BOE) provides a continuing tribute to J.N. “Ding” Darling’s legacy and an annual recognition of environmental artists following in Darling’s footsteps. This 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, SCCF partnered with the Sanibel School as part of the BOE to introduce students to nature photography. Award-winning nature photographer Sallie Rich, the 2019 BOE award winner, was thrilled to lead a workshop with 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,” said Rich.

SCCF Volunteer & Education Coordinator Alexis Horn, who is also an accomplished nature photographer, led students on a photography hike in SCCF’s Pick Preserve after their classroom session with Rich. To deepen their appreciation of photography as an art, the students 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 photo, 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,” said Horn.

The public is invited to come celebrate the students’ foray into nature photography at the reception. Light refreshments will be served.

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