A newly released book by Jacksonville artist Kathy Stark offers a unique and family-friendly exploration of the extensive system of natural parks in North Florida.
The Wilderness of North Florida’s Parks combines Stark’s lush and expansive watercolor paintings with sketches, notes, historical facts and maps to create a work that is a both a guide and handbook, as well as a tribute, to the great unspoiled stretches of the region.
Former Governor and Senator Bob Graham and Florida Times-Union columnist and author Mark Woods both provide commentary.
The book is an outgrowth of Stark’s personal passion for the outdoors and her love of the natural beauty of North Florida. Stark, accompanied by her dog Tanner, spent years exploring the region’s parks, capturing the wild scenery in sketches that became the basis for a large collection of paintings.
In the last two years, she organized this extensive portfolio into a book that documents, educates and inspires.
The Wilderness of North Florida’s Parks is being published in partnership with the Timucuan Parks Foundation, with a portion of the process supporting that nonprofit, which, advocates for North Florida’s parks.
Merrill Lynch is the title sponsor for the project, supporting both the book and an accompanying exhibit at MOSH - the Museum of Science and History that will run from Feb. 25 - Sept. 6, 2017. The exhibit will then travel to other gallery venues around the area.
As part of the project, Merrill Lynch is underwriting the cost of over 300 books to be donated to public libraries and public school libraries in Duval, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns counties. This donation will increase the impact of the project.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The Wilderness of North Florida’s Parks by Kathy Stark
PAPERBACK BOOK $25 + 7% sales tax = $26.75
HARDBACK BOOK $40 + 7% FL sales tax = $42.80
Approximately 120 + full color pages
Fold out Project Map -
showing all of the parks, preserves, conservation areas and forests where you can get a ‘sense of wilderness’, all within one hour of downtown Jacksonville.
19 large scale watercolor paintings of these parks
60 parks represented by sketchbook journal page entries
about their features, history and trail map.
3 nonprofit groups featured
that “preserve and protect our land and water” with sketchbook journal page entries about their mission, goals and how to help them.
Timucuan Parks Foundation, St. Johns Riverkeeper
and North Florida Land Trust
Foreword by Mark Woods, FL TU columnist
Afterword by Bob Graham,
Former Florida governor and US Senator
Family friendly resources in the back of the book
WHERE TO BUY:
From the artist: www.kathystark.com - purchase online or contact her
or you can find it at: MOSH, San Marco Bookstore, Cummer Museum, Book Mark, Black Creek Outfitters, North Guana Outpost, Edge City, more coming…
|Panoramic photo of Kathy's exhibit at the Museum of Science and History - MOSH - runs through Sept.6, 2017|
|Kathy Stark standing at the entrance to her MOSH exhibit|
|Come to the Downtown Art Walk this Wednesday to buy the book and have it signed!|