Nature Center Displays Nature Center Displays & Art Exhibits

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 here. The 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.

Children 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.

Back 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 Clearwater Artist

Lorraine Ulen
Fine Art Exhibit


At the Rotary Centennial Nature Center
Honeymoon Island State Park
1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin, FL 34698

Center Open Daily 9 am to 5 pm
Park Open Daily from 8:00 a.m. to Sunset

About the Artist:

Artist - Ulen - Osprey“I 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 them.

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 dance.

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.

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.”

Bio:
A 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.”

In 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 rotating basis.

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.

Ulen 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,

Ulen displays 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.

Lorraine-Ulen.com
Facebook: Lorraine Ulen Fine Art
Instagram: Lorraine Ulen
Twitter: Lorraine Ulen

Memberships:
-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’
-‘Lorrealism: 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
-‘Abstract & 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

Publications:
– “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-

Gallery Representation:
-Thistle, Dunedin, FL
-Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
-(past) Soleil Galleria, Dunedin, FL

Judging:
-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
Email: lorraine@lorraine-ulen.com

About this exhibit:  Friends of the Island Parks would like to thank PAVA for volunteer exhibit support services.

PAVA
   Professional Association of Visual Artists
PO Box 2665 Dunedin, FL 34697-2665

Proceeds 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.

PAVA 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.

Work 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.

PAVA hosts 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.
In 2016, 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 each exhibit.