The Polk Museum of Art joins the #RestoreOurEarth Art Museum Project with Margaret Ross Tolbert's work, "Juniper Return Reentry", reflecting the beauty of the natural springs of Florida, and the importance of conserving their water.

Please consider giving to Proje SU:
Water Project about ancient cultures earliest beginnings with springs that flow to this day.

We have been exploring sites in ancient Lycia, places where the springs waters delivered prophecy, where people still discuss the tastes of different spring water, where even today people make long pilgrimages to special springs.

We are artists, writers, poets, scientists and historians and we are working to share the stories of Proje SU:Water Project with you through exhibits, events, and a book— you can see some of the page layouts below. Help us fund this project about springs and culture by donating to . Your donation is tax deductible through Fractured Atlas.

Florida Springs Film Series: "Lost Springs"

This is a FREE event, but pre-registration is required.

Film: “Lost Springs”- Available to watch until Nov. 9!

Discussion: Nov. 9, 7-8:30 p.m.

Panel Speakers:

Watch "Drawn Underwater"

Margaret Ross Tolbert discusses her recent exhibition "Drawn Underwater" at LeMieux Galleries New Orleans, May 2019.

Video by Matthew Paul Spriggs

Drawn Underwater at LeMieux Galleries

March 6 - April 13, 2019

Saturday, March 9th & Saturday, April 6th
6:00-8:00 P.M.

LeMieux Galleries
332 Julia Street
New Orleans, LA
tel: 504-522-5988

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries at NWF State College Announce New Exhibition, AQUIFERious

Northwest Florida State College and the Mattie Kelly Arts Center are pleased to announce the upcoming gallery exhibit, AQUIFERious. This exhibition will run from August 20-November 2, 2018, in the McIlroy, Holzhauer and Corridor Galleries.

More info here >


Under Water Comics

Aquifer Adventures with Margaret Ross Tolbert
& Cartoonists from SAW

Opens May 5th at 6 pm at Rum 138, High Springs.

Runs through June 18th

Sequential Artists Workshop

More info here >


Opening reception  Feb 15,  5:30-7:30 pm 

Runs through Feb. 24th

373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469
Monday - Friday, 10 am - 4 pm
​Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm
Sunday, closed

Cinema Verde Film Screening

Sunday night, Feb. 11th, 6:20 pm,  at the Heartwood Soundstage. for schedule and tickets. 

Lost Springs at Thornebrook Gallery

The art of Margaret Ross Tolbert & Karen Chadwick

Opening Night: Friday, Feburary 9th 6-9 pm

Lost Springs Exhibit Opening at Jacksonville MOCA

More here

Lost Springs – Film Screening and Discussion
Fri, June 23, 6 PM
Matheson History Museum
Gainesville, FL

If you are interested in learning more about the drowned springs along the Ocklawaha River, come to the Matheson History Museum June 23rd and see the first screening of the Lost Springs film created by Matt Keene. Several of Margaret Tolbert's paintings, inspired by these little known springs are included in the film along with insights from other Ocklawaha restoration advocates who took the journey to see the springs with Margaret.

Review: Dual shows at Leepa Rattner map beauty in Florida and beyond
By James Chapin, Times Correspondent

AQUIFERious: Florida's Springs

Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 E. Klosterman Rd., Tarpon Springs.

Through May 14:
Tues., Wed. & Sat.: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.;
Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.;
Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.;
and Sun., 1-4 p.m. $7.

Florida's Springs Panel Discussion
Apr. 5: 12:30-2 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m.


Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art
at St. Petersburg College


February 19 – May 14, 2017

Saturday, February 18, 2017
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Florida's Springs Panel Discussion
Wed., April 5, 12:30-2:00 p.m. and 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Included with admission
With support from an SPC Foundation Innovation Grant

Renowned artists, scientists, writers, cave divers and cartographers will share their experiences, scientific findings and raise awareness of Florida's aquifer springs and waterways by fostering discussion on critical environmental issues throughout the state.

Panelists: Margaret Ross Tolbert, Jill Heinerth, Mark Long, Eric Hutcheson, Craig Pittman, Tom Morris

Moderator: Jennifer Fernandes, SPC Associate Professor of Biology

Stetson University Today

AQUIFERious runs through Oct. 22 in the Gary R. Libby Gallery at the Hand Art Center, 139 E. Michigan Ave., DeLand. Designated parking is available in the lots at East Arizona Avenue. Hours and information: 386-822-7270. Admission is free and open to the public.

A panel discussion with contributing artists will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 in Sage Hall, Room 257. An artist talk with Margaret Ross Tolbert will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 in the duPont-Ball Library, Room 25L.

More informationThe Ybor School of Visual and Performing Arts Gallery presents


Margaret Ross Tolbert, Jill Heinerth, Eric Hutcheson,
Mark Long, Tom Morris, Georgia Shemitz

February 4-26, 2016

Opening Reception Thursday, February 4, 4:30 - 7:15 pm

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Sirena Encountered V3

"AQUIFERious" Short Film - Preview Version

Connected Worlds

Austin Cary Learning Center

An original work commissioned by the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.


Thomas Center Galleries

Enter The Springs

Oct. 1, 2015 - Jan. 6, 2016

Opening Thur. Oct. 1, 2015

Gallery Viewing 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Concert by Patchwork 7:30 - 9:00

Featuring the work of Margaret Ross Tolbert

Contributing Artists
Jill Heinerth,
Mark Long and Tom Morris;
Springs maps by Eric Hutcheson, Georgia Shemitz and Jhwum Ki-ak

Forest Art Workshop at Austin Cary Forest, Saturday, June 20 8:30-11:30 am.

Come out to the magical Austin Cary Forest for an art workshop led by Margaret Ross Tolbert. Learn about the Macrocosm and Microcosm of the forest; art workshop follows.

Basic drawing explored as a way to portray the uniqueness of this forest world. Draw in ways you never even dreamed of. Artists and those who love forests are welcome. Supplies provided, or bring your own B/W media. Free of charge.

Santa Fe Springs

Three springs paintings purchased by Santa Fe College for their permanent collection.

Shown here in the Fine Arts Hall.

Photo: Randy Batista

Connect Worlds - Spring 2015 Installation

Excerpt from a recent commission proposal

Margaret Featured in Turkish Documentary

GEZI pieces installed in US Embassy Residence in Ankara

Thanks to Ambassador Ricciardone, Belgin Vanderploeg, and Grayson Evans. These 8 GEZI pieces have been purchased for the US Embassy Residence in Ankara. They are intended as a limited edition of my book GEZI, silkscreened from my travel sketches by Atlas Screenrprinting on odemis cloth from Turkey; I then watercolor them, and my collaborator Hulya Efe Ertan in Izmir adds the embroidery component. Thanks to all who helped with this project. Very gratifying for me!


See Margaret in Hidden Secrets of Florida's Springs


Water infuses SF College Fine Arts Hall activities on Feb. 8, 2014

The inspiration of water infuses all three activities planned for the Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 8—a free improvisational dance and free gallery talk in the lobby as well as a performance by the Joffrey Dance Group in the theatre, for which admission is charged.

At 6:30 p.m. in the lobby—one hour before the performance of the Joffrey Dance Group—members of Dance Theatre Santa Fe will perform an improvisational dance with a water theme and Gainesville painter Margaret Ross Tolbert will offer a gallery talk about "AQUIFERious: Enter the Springs," an exhibition of three of her large paintings that are now on view on the lobby's north wall.

Melissa Canto, a faculty member in the SF College Dance Department, is working with six dance students—four women and two men—to create what she describes as a "structured improvisational dance" in which the dancers are drawing inspiration from Tolbert's paintings. Part of their dance will involve interaction with water bowls. "As we work to create the framework for the dance, the students are talking about water and movement and considering how visual art conveys movement as well," Canto explains.

At 90 x 90 inches, Margaret Ross Tolbert's paintings communicate the experience of immersion in Florida's freshwater springs. "Immersion is a metaphor that partners with the activity and energy of painting and the creative force," Tolbert says. In addition to creating paintings and installations that are exhibited internationally, she writes, dances and advocates for Florida's waters. Tolbert's book, "Aquiferious," won two Florida Book Awards in 2010 and she has participated in performance groups for Turkish and Romanian dancing as well as other forms of dance.

The Joffrey Dance Group's performance begins 7:30 p.m. and will include "Light Rain," a signature piece that was created for the Joffrey Ballet's silver anniversary by choreographer Gerald Arpino. Tickets are $25 orchestra, $15 balcony, or $9 for all Santa Fe students and employees. For ticket information, call the SF Box Office at 352-395-4181 or Bob Fetterman at 352-395-4133. Tickets may be purchased on line at:


Sirena swims in the Urban Aquifer Bus series!

Lesley Gamble's urban Aquifer Bus project has just generated another RTS bus in Gainesville. Sirena will appear for a year on different routes around Gainesville, bringing the images of the springs to those in urban areas.

Check the QR code to take you to the Springs Eternal Website with ways to help our springs.

Thanks to Lesley Gamble, photographers Mark Long and Tom Morris, and Gilchrist Blue Springs for their beautiful work.



Using a combination of film, paintings, and sketches, “SU” will follow a journey of cave divers, artists, and filmmakers through Turkey to explore the country’s many connections with water. Read the full article here.

Read the Turkish interview by journalist Yusuf Yavuz

Writing To Save Our Waters
of Thirst Beauty and Vision

7pm April 22nd, 2013
Santa Fe College

An evening of readings with four of Gainesville's Florida Book Award winners.

Cynthia Barnett
Jack E. Davis
Lola Haskins
Margaret Ross Tolbert


Reimagining Leonardo's Legacy

A demonstration of the practical imagination
applied to the ecology of water.

February - May, 2013
Dean's Gallery, Cambell Hall, University of Virginia
Gallery talk on March 29.

Sept. 15 - Nov. 4, 2012


Presented are lush and beautiful portraits of natural Florida as interpreted by three of the state's most prominent artists. Messersmith's opulent, hyper-colorful paintings of Florida's tropical flora and fauna comes together with Ross Tolbert's abstract expressionist interpretations of our freshwater springs and Tomczak's nostalgic large-format photographic prints of antiques and native plants.

Greater Everglades Conservation Atlas: Fakahatchee Strand

Sirena in Rapture

Installation by Margaret Tolbert

Friday, April 20th

6th street container
1155 (rear) SW 6th street
Miami (little havana), FL
Tel: 786-587-5279

Orlando Airport Installation
by Margaret Ross Tolbert and Jarrod Ryhal

Project Contributors:

  • Billl Belleville
  • Stefan Craciun
  • Eric Hutcheson
  • Mark Long
  • Nancy Morris
  • Tom Morris
  • Georgia Shemitz
  • Wes Skiles

Photos by Randall Smith

Click Here to view the table stand display

Eight From Florida

Mennello Museum
Winter Park, FL.

The exhibit runs until January 1st.

Videographer: Tom Morris
Video editing: Josh Cajinarobleto
Screen construction: Tim Elverston.

Sirena on the cover of Florida Humanities Council FORUM magazine

Read A Repository for Dreams by Jon Wilson

Orlando Springs, at the Orlando International Airport

Commissioned installation by Jarrod Ryhal and Margaret Ross Tolbert is slated for early August.

Art in Embassies at the embassy Residence, Ankara Turkey

Ambassador and Dr. Ricciardone on May 26 unveiled an exhibition of American art work loaned to the Embassy as part of the U.S. Department of State’s “ART in Embassies Program.” The exhibition showcases paintings, glass, ceramics and Turkish calligraphy by American artists working on their own or in collaboration with Turkish artists.

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