Artist Jeanine Michna-Bales and Audrey Peterman in discussion at AIRIE Nest Gallery

Sundays in the Park: Everglades as Sanctuary Talk

Jeanine Michna-Bales and Audrey Peterman


Date + Time
Reception: March 1, 2020 1:00 pm
Free and open to the public.
AIRIE Nest Gallery Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center Everglades National Park 40001 State Hwy 9336 Homestead, FL 33034
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Sundays in the Park: Everglades as Sanctuary Talk

Artists in Residence in Everglades presents 2018 AIRIE Fellow Jeanine Michna-Bales in conversation with environmental and public lands advocate Audrey Peterman. Talk to be followed by a nature hike at Anhinga Trail.

On view at AIRIE Nest Gallery: The Four Moments of the Sun: Hidden Lands of Florida’s Maroon Communities,  by Jeanine Michna-Bales.

Sharing information from her research into the Everglades as place of physical refuge for communities of color and indigenous people, Michna-Bales will speak on the subject of her solo exhibition at the AIRIE Nest Gallery, Four Moments of the Sun. Peterman, President and Co-founder of Earthwise Productions, Inc., an environmental consulting and publishing firm focused on connecting the public lands system and the American public, will speak about the future of the park as a place of spiritual refuge and well being for all communities.

The talk is free and open to the public. Park entrances fees apply for access to Anhinga Trail.


Images of Jeanine Michna-Bales and Audrey PetermanJeanine Michna-Bales is a conceptual fine artist working in the medium of photography. Her work explores the relationship between past events and their continued impact on contemporary society. She meticulously researches each topic — considering different viewpoints, causes and effects, political climates — and often incorporates found or archival text into her projects.

A comprehensive publication of the Underground Railroad series, Through Darkness to Light, was released in 2017 by Princeton Architectural Press and includes a foreword by Andrew Young. An accompanying traveling exhibition through Mid-America Arts Alliance is currently touring the country through 2024.

Audrey Peterman is President and Co-founder of Earthwise Productions, Inc., an environmental consulting and publishing firm focused on connecting the public lands system and the American public. Since 1995, Earthwise has generated multiple stories in media ranging from the African American-focused National Newspaper Publishers Association and the Tom Joyner Morning Show to Audubon magazine and MSNBC’s Weekends with Alex Witt.

Audrey serves on the board of the National Parks Conservation Association, the Association of Partners for Public Lands, and the National Parks Promotion Council. She is co-author with her husband Frank of Legacy on the Land: A Black Couple Discovers Our National Inheritance and Tells Why Every American Should Care, and the recently-released travel guide, Our True Nature: Finding a Zest for Life in the National Park System! In her newest book, From My Gully to the World: The Environmental Journey of Audrey Wright Peterman, Audrey journeys from her beloved gully in her backyard where, to the United States where she and her husband Frank explore the spectacular National Parks and forests and the boardrooms where she strives to help protect their future.


Photos by Oriol Tarridas
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