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Collier County park, library to host events 

Written by Christina Cepero

Published by The News-Press on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, Naples, FL.

Collier County Parks & Recreation will host a Senior Social from 6-8 p.m. Friday at East Naples Community Park, 3500 Thomasson Drive, Naples. The cost is $5 per person.

The event will feature live entertainment by the East Naples Band, dancing and refreshments.

For more information, call Kathy Topoleski at (239) 793-4414.

Also, the FLOR500 Native Wildflower Art Exhibition at Collier County’s South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, opens on Monday with a reception starting at 6:30 p.m.

Exhibiting artists in attendance include Celeste Borah, Andy Brown, Pat Collins, Veron Ennis, Patricia Esposito, Lydia Fogaras MD, Muffy Clark Gill, David Hatchett, Lily Hatchett, Raymond Hernandez, Doug Heslep, Connie Killebrew, Megan Kissinger, Matt Lackey, Ann McCarty, Renee Rey, Carl Schwartz, Mary Voytex and Anita Wexler.

The exhibit runs through March 29 during regular hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

FLOR500 is a participatory art, nature and history project created by Miami artist Xavier Cortada to commemorate Florida’s quincentennial in 2013. The project marks the importance of the moment when the history of our state changed forever and gives us a glimpse of what its landscape was like 500 years ago.

Five-hundred Floridians are being invited to depict 500 native wildflowers – the same ones that grew in our state when Juan Ponce de Leon landed in 1513 and named it "La Florida" from "flor," the Spanish word for flower. The artwork, along with information about each flower, is being posted on the project website,

Xavier Cortada starts the evening off at 5:45 p.m. with the dedication of an onsite FLOR garden, followed by a FLOR500 presentation. Afterwards, Cortada will invite participants to transform his original drawing of a Florida wildflower on exhibit at the library into 100 living gardens.

His drawing will be cut into 100 tiled pieces; each tile comes with a packet of Florida wildflower seeds. Participants are asked to take the drawing and seeds home and plant a garden dedicated to a Floridian who is special to them. In the process not only will they pay tribute to someone special in their lives, but they will also help improve Florida’s biodiversity by growing native plants.

For directions or information, call 239-252-7542 or see

FIU College of Architecture + The Arts

Xavier Cortada
Florida International University
College of Architecture + The Arts
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 430
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.


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