Myth & Magic of Florida Springs

Please join us this fall for two events highlighting the myth and magic of Florida springs. Both events will be held at the Barry University School of Law, 6441 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando, in the Legal Advocacy Center, room 311, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

On September 19, 2013, springs artist Margaret Ross Tolbert will present her unique artistic perspective on the Floridan aquifer and the numerous springs of central and northern Florida.  Margaret began painting the springs after experiencing their beauty through a diving mask. She was then moved to action because she could see the springs changing before her eyes.  One result was the acclaimed book AQUIFERious, which received a Florida Book Award gold medal in 2010.  Read more about Margaret’s work on her website, MargaretRossTolbert.com.

We are delighted that award-winning nature writer and documentary filmmaker Bill Belleville will be introducing Margaret and joining her for an informal question-and-answer session following her presentation. Bill and Margaret will be collaborating on a new film, Hidden Secrets of Florida Springs, produced by Equinox Documentaries. Bill will also talk about his new book, now in the final manuscript stages.  Stay abreast of Bill’s work by visiting his website, BillBelleville.com.

On October 17, 2013, graphic designer Rick Kilby will showcase his “Old Florida” viewpoint in a presentation that traces his journey from an obsession with Ponce de Leon collectibles and ephemera through history and culture to realizing the importance of Florida’s natural wonders to the state’s tourist and newcomer economy.  Rick’s book showcasing his collection, Finding the Fountain of Youth: Ponce de Leon and Florida’s Magical Waters, has just been released.  Learn more about Rick’s kitschy perspective via his website, FloridasFountainofYouth.blogspot.com.

Two nights, two opportunities to connect with these committed folks, with what they care about, and with ways we can all better protect Florida’s waters. CEJ is so pleased to host them!