Annual “Watercolor Paintings from the Refuge” Art Show

The Brevard Watercolor Society (BWS) and the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (MINWR) are delighted to announce their “14th Annual Watercolor Paintings from the Refuge” juried art show, scheduled for November 1, 2019 through January 30, 2020. The theme for this years’ show is “Life Along the Indian River Lagoon,” with artists’ submissions on display at the MINWR Visitor Center.

Each year BWS artists present a collection of works that are created from images taken at the MINWR while on a special tour of the refuge, which allows them to take photographic reference material for their paintings. The paintings are juried by a selection of local artists and BWS members. Merritt Island Wildlife Association (MIWA) hosts an art reception and awards presentation at the MINWR Visitor Center, this year scheduled for Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 4:00 to 6:00pm.

The original watercolor paintings of native wildlife, flora and fauna from the refuge on exhibit in the Visitor Center are offered for sale, with a portion of the proceeds donated by the artists to MIWA. Matted prints of some of the paintings are also offered for sale in the Bookery.

For more details and to enter the show, click the buttons below:

Show Contacts
Darleen Hunt: 321-452-8433 or
Therese Ferguson: 321-749-6962 or

2018-2019 Award Winners

Refuge Award
“Baby Teeth” by Jane Steiner

Scrub Habitat Award
“Scrub Shadows” by Darleen Hunt

Best of Flora
“Berries Gone Wild” by Lori Pitten Jenkins

Best of Fauna
“Florida Scrub Jay” by Darleen Hunt

Merit Awards
“Colorful Seagrape Berries” by Therese Ferguson
“Peek-a-boo” by Therese Ferguson
“Swamp Gator” by Jeanette Drake
“Family Bliss” by Witha Lacuesta
“Babys” by Dorothy Koliba
“Day Dawns in the Scrub” by Cindy McKee



BWS/MINWA Show – “Life Along The Indian River Lagoon”

“Scrub Shadows” by Darleen Hunt, 2018-2019 BWS/MINWR Scrub Habitat Award.

Watercolor Paintings From The Refuge is a partnership show that BWS has done with the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge for the last 14 years, with emphasis on nature that is seen in and around the refuge. The show is at the Visitors Center during the prime birding months when they have visitors from all over the world, and also the Space Coast Birding Festival.

The theme for this years’ show will be “Life Along the Indian River Lagoon,” with three categories for art submissions:
1) Life Along the Lagoon, which can include scenes depicting kayaking, clamming, fishing, boating, sailing, netting, sailboarding, playing in the water or other activities on or along the water; 2) Flora; and 3) Fauna.

MINWR Visitor Center Hours
Open 8 am to 4 pm daily, November through April