Third Thursday Lectures are presented by the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society in partnership with and held at the Mandarin Community Club, located at 12447 Mandarin Rd. Refreshments begin at 6:30 pm with the lecture at 7 pm. It is free and all are invited and encouraged to attend.

Mandarin Community Club, 7 pm
May 17, 2018: The Wilderness of North Florida’s Parks

Jacksonville artist Kathy Stark offers a unique and family-friendly exploration of the extensive system of natural parks in North Florida. Her book 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. The Wilderness of North Florida’s Parks was published in partnership with the Timucuan Parks Foundation, with a portion of the proceeds supporting that nonprofit, which advocates for North Florida’s parks.

Kathy will give a very visual presentation using her park paintings and photos from her adventures in our parks, highlighting information most people don’t know about the various parks. She will touch on the history contained within them and will offer tidbits about how she as an artist goes about painting the large scale watercolors. She will bring a print of her large project map to show and a few original park sketchbook pages and watercolors. Kathy’s book will be for sale at the event, and she offers a chance to win a small print when you buy a book. She will be happy to sign books purchased at the event or elsewhere.