What's Inside the Nature Center
Learn about the island, its animals and plants,
and the different natural communities where they live all come to life
island's interesting past cultural history is represented as well.
Enjoy the shell displays, geology exhibit and touch tables. Watch short
videos, listen to the sounds, and discover hidden treasures.
and families can enjoy the free indoor scavenger hunt, puppets and
toys, treasure chest. Use the interactive station to learn about
weather, common birds and wildflowers, tides, nesting birds, sea turtle
nests and more.
Step outside and enjoy the expansive view of St. Joseph Sound, and the
mangroves and seagrass beds below. Take a casual walk along the new nature
center trail and discover native Florida plants and animals.
inside the nature center, numerous
birds are depicted in flight overhead, and friendly nature center staff
is here to answer questions about the discoveries of your day on the
island. Get a trail map, and find out about our different beach areas
and miles of walking and hiking trails.
Watch for our all new through-the-park bike trail coming soon.
Find out about upcoming classes,
nature walks and special events. Stop back again for fresh observations
and another brand new day on this dynamic barrier island.
Learn to love barrier islands:
Become aware of the dynamics of barrier islands: At Honeymoon Island, every day is different! The Island is always changing shape and size, and things come and go along the way.
Recognize the ecology of St. Joseph Sound: Learn
about animals and plants, on land and in the water. Find out about
different nature areas such as sand dunes, sea grass beds, tidal pools,
sunny coastal areas and shaded woody areas.
Understand the concepts of environmental ethics: Find out everything that makes this place so great, and learn to keep it that way and better!
Differentiate between seasonal subtleties: Cooler
days in winter make for great hiking weather, sunny summers are for the
beach and swimming in the gulf, or finding shade in the woods and
quietly watching wildlife. Windy days are for sailing and kite flying.
Rain makes the wildflowers bloom, and big storms bring the surfers. Low
tides and high tides bring shore birds and shells!
Identify human impacts on the island: We
can drive to the island, park our cars and picnic. We can get a snack,
rent a kayak, take a ferry ride, fish off the sea wall, and exercise on
the trails. It's fun to enjoy the beach, and our pets even have their
very own beach!
Become inspired to learn more about the region: What
other islands are in the area? How old is this island? Who lived here,
and what has happened in the past? What kind of fish can I catch? Can I
see dolphin and Manatees? How about sea turtles?
Art Exhibits at the
Rotary Centennial Nature Center
Lorraine Ulen About the Artist:
Fine Art ExhibitAt the Rotary Centennial Nature CenterHoneymoon Island State Park1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin, FL 34698
Center Open Daily 9 am to 5 pmPark Open Daily from 8:00 a.m. to Sunset
am fascinated with color and all of its nuances – how it appears to
change in different light and how it’s affected by the colors and
values around it. For me, everything about color is seductive and
lures me again and again to the easel. There, my world becomes a dance
of color, light, texture, form and the ever-shifting balance between
My art explores that dance, that balance, and expresses
the visceral connection I feel with everything I am drawn to paint. It
celebrates the singular thing I have found in each subject that
compelled me to capture it, and invites the viewer to cut in on the
Beauty is everywhere, but in our busy lives, it is often
overlooked. I hope my art will remind people to slow down to appreciate
and reconnect with what’s noteworthy in the ordinary things surrounding
My current body of work focuses on coastal life, zooming
in on the colors, textures, and patterns of the native flora and fauna
and expressing it in an almost abstract manner.”
native of Connecticut, artist Lorraine Ulen moved to Clearwater, FL in
1994. Although she began her art career at a very young age, she has
spent the past two decades focused on honing her artistic skills and
increasing her knowledge of color.
Ulen often works in series,
creating several related pieces that follow a particular idea or genre.
Her love of wildlife and nature is frequently represented in her work,
but she also enjoys showcasing the beauty in ordinary objects. “Beauty
is everywhere, but in our busy lives, it is often overlooked. I hope my
art will remind people to slow down to appreciate and reconnect with
what’s noteworthy in the ordinary things surrounding them.”
2011, Ulen opened Art Trysts Studio, a working art studio in
Clearwater, with three other artists. She teaches weekly classes and
occasional workshops there and displays a selection of her artwork on a
Ulen is an active member of the art community.
She holds several signature memberships and has held Board positions in
various local artist organizations. She is a past president of
well known PAVA (Professional Association of Visual Artists) and spent
several years on the committee and as Chair of the two large art shows
the group produces yearly, the Cool Art Show and 2Cool Art Show.
has received a number of awards for her work including a First Place
award from the International Society of Acrylic Artists – Florida
chapter (now Acrylic Painters USA) and a Merit Award for Wall Art in
the Boutique at the highly regarded 42nd Annual Art Festival Beth-El,
an invitational show. She was selected as a finalist from over 5900
entries in the 2016 Artist Magazine Annual Art Competition. Her works
have been included in the publications “AcrylicWorks 2: Radical
Breakthroughs”, “Art Journey Animals: A Collection of Inspiring
Contemporary Masterworks”, and “Acrylic-Works 5: Bold Values”, all by
Jamie Markel and published by North Light Books,
her work at exhibits and shows in the Tampa Bay area, and her art is
found in private collections throughout the US, Canada, and the UK.
Studio visits are arranged by appointment. You may also stop in during
any of her class times or attend one of the studio’s First Friday Open
Studio events. Dates and times for classes, shows and events can be
found on her website calendar.
Feel free to contact her for
studio visits, purchase inquiries, class information, commission
inquiries, gallery representation, or judging requests.
Facebook: Lorraine Ulen Fine Art
Instagram: Lorraine Ulen
Twitter: Lorraine Ulen
-Art Trysts – Founding member
-PAVA (Professional Association of Visual Artists)- Past President
-American Women Artists – Associate with Distinction
-Acrylic Painters USA – Signature Member
-ISAP (International Society of Acrylic Painters) – Signature Member
-Florida Watercolor Society
-Dunedin Fine Art Center
-Miniature Art Society of Florida
Recent Exhibits and Awards:
-PAVA Annual Members’ Exhibit, Pinewoods Gallery, Largo, FL
*Honorable Mention for “Things Are Looking Up”
-Westfield Countryside Mall, Solo Exhibit “Seaside Series”, November 2018 – January 2019
-Westfield Citrus Park Mall, Curated Group Exhibit, February – April 2018
-Dunedin Fine Art Center, “Big Eyes” Juried Exhibit, January 2018
-PAVA Annual Members’ Exhibit, Pinewood Gallery, Creative Pinellas Incubator, Largo, FL December 2017
*Honorable Mention for “Storm Watch”
-Clearwater Municipal Services Building Gallery, Student/Teacher Exhibit, May 2017
-American Women Artists Spring Online Juried Show, April 2017
-2016 Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition, Finalist “Wingman II”
-“Feathers & Fur” Solo Exhibit, Aging Well Center Gallery, The Long Center, Clearwater, FL 2016
-41st Annual International Miniature Art Show, Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL, 2016
-“The Birds of Paradise” Solo Exhibit, Rotary Centennial Nature Center, Honeymoon Island State Park, 2015
-42nd Annual Art Festival Beth-El, (Invitational) Temple Beth-El, St. Petersburg, FL, 2015
*Merit Award, Wall Art, Boutique
-PAVA Annual Members’ Exhibit, Osceola Gallery, Clearwater Library, Clearwater, FL 2014
*Honorable Mention for “Waiting Game”
– 41st Annual Art Festival Beth-El, (Invitational) Temple Beth-El, St. Petersburg, FL, 2014
– 39th Annual International Miniature Art Show Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL, 2014
– 8th Annual ISAP-FL Juried Exhibition Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 2013
*ISAP-FL (First Place) Award
-Pinellas Park Art Society Florida and Mayor’s Choice Exhibit, 2013
*First Place and People’s Choice
-7th Annual ISAP-FL Juried Exhibition, November ’12
*Anti-Pesto and Bright Award for ‘Detonate’
Every Picture Tells a Story’ Allegorical works by Lorraine Ulen, Solo
Exhibit, Blue Dahlia Marketplace Gallery, Clearwater, FL 2012
-6th Annual ISAP-FL Juried Exhibition, November ’11
& Allegory: Works by Donna Frost and Lorraine Ulen’, Stirling Art
Studios & Gallery, Dunedin, FL, November 2011
-PAVA Annual Members’ Exhibit, Beach Art Center, Indian Rocks Beach, FL, October 2011
*Honorable Mention for ‘Bruce’s Onions’
-Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL: Art Trysts Exhibit, March – May 2011
-2010 Florida Watercolor Society Juried Non-Signature Member Online Show
-3rd Annual ISAP Online International Open Juried Exhibition, November ’10
*Honorable Mention for ‘Blues’
-5th Annual ISAP-FL Juried Exhibition, December ’10
*AOE Merchandise/Certificate Award for ‘Blues’
-Studio 1212 Art Gallery, ’10-10-10@10′ 40th Anniversary Art Show and Boutique
-39th Annual Florida Watercolor Society Juried Exhibit, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Sept- Nov ’10
-4th Annual ISAP-Florida Juried Exhibition, November ’09,
*Erma J. Thomas Memorial Award for ‘Tempus Fugit’
-2nd ISAP Open Online International Juried Show, November ’09
-Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs, FL: PAVA Member’s Exhibit, June ’09
-Studio 1212 Art Gallery, ‘Another Day in Paradise’, Featured Artist, May ’09
-Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL: Studio 1212 Exhibit, March – May ’09
– “AcrylicWorks 5: Bold Values”, North Light Books, “Storm Watch”, 2018
– The Artists Magazine – 33rd Annual Art Competition, Finalist, “Wingman II”, 2016
– “Art Journey Animals: A Collection of Inspiring Contemporary Masterworks“, North Light Books, “Interlude (Bengali), 2017
– “A Walk Into Abstracts 2” by Sue St. John, “Balance” and “Tempus Fugit”, 2014, Cover
– “AcrylicWorks 2: Radical Breakthroughs”, North Light Books, “Interlude (Bengali)”, 2015-
-Thistle, Dunedin, FL
-Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
-(past) Soleil Galleria, Dunedin, FL
-Tampa Regional Artists, “Fin, Fur & Feather”, June 2018
-Pasco Fine Arts Council, ‘Zooper Art Show’, October 2017
-Largo Art Association Member’s Exhibit, October 2010
Artist Contact Information:
Website: Lorraine Ulen Fine Art - http:/www./lorraineulen.com
About this exhibit: Friends of the Island Parks would like to thank PAVA for volunteer exhibit support services.
Professional Association of Visual Artists
PO Box 2665 Dunedin, FL 34697-2665Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Island Parks.
About The Professional Association
of Visual Artists (PAVA)
PAVA is a state-wide
organization of working artists with over 160 members, a
large number of the artists are located in the Tampa Bay Area. PAVA is a
not for profit, 503C organization. Its mission is to provide
member artists with collaborative interaction and opportunities to
exhibit their work in a variety of public and private forums. PAVA
works with the communities to foster art education, to support the art
programs of the communities and to foster growth for emerging artists.
artists work in a variety of 2-D and 3-D media including but not
limited to: Oils, Acrylics, Watercolors, Colored Pencil, Charcoal,
Photography, Mixed media, Paper, Clay, Jewelry & Metal.
exhibited in PAVA shows must be original works of fine art quality and
professional presentation. No giclees or reproductions are permitted.
Buy / sell items and commercially produced items are strictly
prohibited. The PAVA exhibit committee curates all PAVA shows to insure
aesthetic presentation of a consistent body of work.
two indoor juried events yearly. The Cool Show is held each year in
July. The 2Cool Show is in February. Additional information about the
Cool and 2Cool shows is available at www.pava-artists.org.
PAVA partnered with Dunedin Fine Arts Center to fund a series of art
scholarships. PAVA also entered into a joint project with Westfield
Countryside Mall, to create an art exhibit area near the theaters and
Sears. The PAVA exhibit coordinator designed the display facility,
coordinated its construction and selects and installs the art work for