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Wild at Heart: Conserving Nature Through Art & Archives

Spring 2022 Gallery Exhibit

Women & Conservation

"Who owns Cross Creek?

The red-birds, I think, more than I, for they will have their nests even in the face of delinquent mortgages..

It seems to me that the earth may be borrowed, but not bought. It may be used, but not owned.

It gives itself in response to love and tending, offers its seasonal flowering and fruiting.

But we are tenants and not possessors, lovers, and not masters.

Cross Creek belongs to the wind and the rain, to the sun and the seasons, to the cosmic secrecy of seed, and beyond all, to time..."

- Majorie Kinnan Rawlings


Women have been at the heart of the conservation movement in Florida since the early days.  With such luminaries as the "three Marjories" (Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and Marjorie Harris Carr), Doris Leeper, Joy Postle, and many more it can be hard to choose who to highlight.  The women depicted here are from all walks of life, including artists, writers, and scientists. In this case, you will be introduced to some of the women working hard to shed light on the conservation issues in Florida as well as the art of Joy Postle and Rachel Simmons which illustrate what we are at risk of losing and the manmade threats to our environment.

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