Icon of the Moment featuring Bill Belleville

Wednesday, 2/20/2013

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Meet the Artist Reception begins at 6:30pm
Adult Ticket: $12; Youth: $7 (ages 4 to 14)

Bill Belleville, Environmental Writer and Filmmaker, presents "Salvaging the Real Florida: Lost and Found in the State of Dreams" while connecting to our Icon, the late John Kunkel Small, Botanist. In the early 1900s, John Kunkel Small lived on the second floor of the Richmond Cottage, using the Deering Estate at Cutler as a base for his explorations through the hammock and the Everglades. For over a decade, JK Small documented the development and destruction of Florida. Author Bill Belleville wrote the introduction to the new edition of “From Eden to Sahara – Florida’s Tragedy” which parallels his own travel, study and writings on the regions rich flora and fauna.

Background: Bill Belleville is an environmental writer & documentary filmmaker, living in North Florida. According to Carl Hiaasen, "Bill Belleville writes gorgeously and straight from the heart." In his own words, Belleville believes “You just have to allow yourself the luxury of immersing the senses fully in the moment. This particular place is at the edge of a slow oxbow of a nearby springfed river. In the rainy season, the swamp here rises and old back-island branches and dry creeks are revitalized again.”

Please join us for our other Deering Estate FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Events!

Friday, February 22 - Living Artist Concert Series "Dreams of Biscayne Bay"
Saturday, February 23 - Concerto Competition
Sunday, February 24 - Red Carpet Wrap-Up

With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.