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Lost Springs Postcard


The University of North Florida and Lufrano Intercultural Gallery proudly present "Lost Springs", a collaboration between Gainesville painter and activist Margaret Ross Tolbert and St. Augustine-based environmental filmmaker Matt Keene. This project chronicles the tragic demise of the iconic springs along the Ocklawaha River in North-Central Florida. This exhibit will show from September 14 to October 24, 2017.

Paintings by Margaret Ross Tolbert depict her reaction to the 2016 draw-down of the Rodman Impoundment.  Tolbert's images memorialize her commitment to restoration of the Ocklawaha system.


Opening Reception
Lufrano Intercultural Gallery
Thursday, September 14 from 5 - 8 p.m.

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Florida Springs

Margaret Ross Tolbert

Margaret Ross Tolbert is an artist based in Gainesville, Florida. Over the last twenty years she has executed series of paintings, drawings and lithographs from studios in the U.S., France and Turkey. Her commissions include projects for series of paintings with residencies in Turkey, Azerbaijan and Oman, enabling her to continue her research for her series, Doors and study of language and dance from the regions of the ancient trade routes. Another continuing focus is the Springs of North Florida, whose paradisiacal presence provides a sense of ideal destination and the exotic in the here- and-now that counterpoints the sense of passage, time and journey implicit in the Door paintings.

Tolbert received her BFA and MFA in painting from the University of Florida, where she studied under Hiram Williams. She also minored in Linguistics.

AQUIFERious: 12 Florida Springs by Margaret Ross Tolbert, Fidelity Press, Orlando, 2010.

This edition of "Alachua County Talks" features an in-depth interview with renowned artist Margaret Ross Tolbert. Tolbert discusses her new book "Aquiferious," which took a Florida Book Awards gold medal in the non-fiction category and silver medal in the fine arts category.

Matt Keene

Matt Keene is an award-winning filmmaker and journalist based in St. Augustine, Fla. His storytelling focuses on environmental and social justice issues, particularly those affecting his home state of Florida. Keene has written news, features, profiles and personal essays that have been published in the Earth First! Journal, the Florida Times-Union and the Flagler College Gargoyle.In 2016, he was honored as St. Johns Riverkeeper’s 2015 Advocate of the Year. In 2014, his investigative article State Road 313 threatens St. Augustine’s Twelve Mile Swamp received a Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence award in the Southeast region, for In-Depth Reporting. Keene’s multimedia project, River be dammed–a 17-minute mini-documentary and 10,000-word investigation on the Kirkpatrick (Rodman) Dam in north-central Florida, went on to wide acclaim and awards.

In addition, Keene is a long-distance adventurer that has spent more than 13 months in a tent, writing and raising awareness of environmental and social concerns. Keene has hiked more than 3,500 miles, paddled more than 2,000, and holds the world record for being the first person to complete Florida’s 1,515-mile-long Circumnavigational Trail. He is regularly invited to speak at environmental events, seminars, rallies and workshops.

Florida Sunset on the Ocklawaha River

Florida Sunset on the Ocklawaha River

Florida sunset on the Ocklawaha, unknown artist, ca. 1899

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