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Art comes to the wildlife refuge

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 The kids at Suwannee Tech Center celebrated summer with world-renowned photographer, artist and beloved teacher, Evon Streetman, last week.  

Each youngster arrived knowing the day would be special. In April, the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge Ranger, Pam Darty asked Streetman if she might help her with an art project for the summer library program.

Darty’s job is connecting youth to Lower Suwannee wildlife and natural resources seen along the Dixie Mainline, and at Salt Creek, developing an ethic of stewardship. 

Knowing Ms Streetman’s creativity and her over twenty years of being a University of Florida professor, the Ranger knew it would be the perfect partnership. 

Suwannee Librarian, Kathy Trujillo eagerly agreed to coordinate the event and invite the children.  The Friends of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys Refuges provided funding for the paints, brushes and paper for the young artists.

Streetman was the 2010 Penland School of Crafts Outstanding Artist Educator. She has been a Penland resident artist, trustee, frequent instructor and long time friend of the school. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fine Arts Council of Florida. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including the Ringling Museum of Art, the Polaroid Corporation Collection, the Harn Museum, and the White House.                                                                                        Ms. Trujillo prepared a nutritious lunch and healthy snacks to keep the young artists energized while they answered Streetman’s call for imagination.  Bright colorful paints went from palette to paper as the youngsters recreated their favorite critters from the Lower Suwannee Refuge.  

Artist Evon Streetman, left, prepares a paint palette.

(If your club or scout group would like a field trip or a Ranger visit, call the Refuge Ranger at 352/493-0238 for more details.)