The Nature of Impermanence Art Show

The Nature of Impermanence – A Do Not Miss Art Show & Sale

Palm Beach State College’s Art Gallery at Eissey Campus presents Carin Wagner and Yvonne Parker sharing their complementary artistic visions of change, transformation and our impact on nature in an exhibit titled “The Nature of Impermanence” from May 13 through September 5.

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“Shelter” by Carin Wagner

The exhibit takes place in partnership with the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park, and a percentage of proceeds from the sale of Wagner’s art will benefit the Friends’ Natural Science Education Programs.

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Stephanie Pew Receives President’s Call to Service Award


Stephanie Pew, outgoing President of the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park Stephanie and Meredith WS
earns the President’s Call to Service Award for her over 4100 volunteer hours.

Last night, at the Friends Annual Board Meeting, Stephanie was presented with an official President’s Volunteer Service Award Pin, a personalized certificate of achievement and a note of congratulations from President Barak Obama.

Congratulations and thank you Stephanie for your tireless dedication to MacArthur Beach State Park!!


FL Parks Win a Record Third Gold Medal Award

The Florida Park Service has received a record third Gold Medal Award from the National Recreation and Park Association, in partnership with the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. The award for Excellence in Park Recreation Management is presented to communities that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management and administrating a complex system of state parks.

This achievement makes Florida the only system in the nation to win a third Gold Medal award. In fact, no other system has ever won two Gold Medal awards and systems are not allowed to apply for the award within five years of receiving a Gold Medal. Considerations for this award were based on the agency’s ability to address needs of those it serves through collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials.

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Florida Weekly – Highlights MacArthur Beach State Park

An Embarrassment of Riches
By Leslie LILLY

Enterprising developers have come and gone in Palm Beach County. They left behind, as evidence of their passing, decidedly mixed results; but to some we owe acknowledgment and an expression of gratitude for the generosity to protect through their philanthropy a small portion of what is unique about the state of Florida’s landscape. A stunning example of a deed well done is John D. MacArthur’s donation of land for a public park, which along with the support of the state of Florida and others, enabled the establishment in 1989 of the John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, the only state park in Palm Beach County.

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Nature Photography Workshop Series

The  Nature Photography Workshop has been so successful, we are adding  more sessions! Join us  from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for technical and artistic instruction by two local professionals .

January 18 – The Art of Seeing the Picture

February 8 – Photographing People in the Park

April 26 – Shooting Sunsets and Sunrises

Bruce Bain’s work has been on exhibition at the Jupiter Art Gallery, Palm Beach Photographic Center, Dennis Dean Gallery, Lighthouse Art Gallery, 101 Gallery, Palm Beach International Airport, and Too Bazar Gallery.

Durga Garcia is a published, International Award winning South Florida based freelance professional photographer of art for artists, portraits, commercial projects & events.

– Appropriate for all photographers from beginners to advanced; bring your own camera equipment – point and shoot or SLR.
– Instruction in classroom and on the trail, the last hour will be a critique of individual photos shared with the entire group.
– Wear light clothing, bring sun block and mosquito repellent.
– Drinks and light snacks provided.
– Fee is $35.00, does not include Park admittance.
– Call 561-776-7449 Ext. 110 for more information

To register by mail, make your check out to:
Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park
10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

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International Coastal Clean-Up

On September 21st at 8:00 a.m. MacArthur Beach State Park will host a beach clean-up as part of International Coastal Clean-Up, the World’s largest volunteer effort for our oceans and waterways.

Ocean trash can entrap and strangle ocean wildlife including endangered sea turtles.

Beach cleanup Frost 08_webPlease join us as we protect and preserve our waterways and the beautiful wildlife that inhabit them.

Volunteers will receive t-shirts and gloves while supplies last.  Please bring sunscreen and water bottle.  Students will receive community service hours.

For more information contact
Arthur R. Carton
(561) 776-7449 Ext 109