The Arts Council, Inc.

Serving Stuart and Martin County



Eco-Art Presentation by Lynne Hull: Trans-Species Art

Globally renowned and pioneer EcoArtist Lynne Hull will present her Trans-Species Art on Thursday, April 19, 2012 in the County Commission Chambers. Ms. Hull began her art career in Wyoming, and now lives in Colorado. Her Trans-species art focuses on sculptures that are usable by wildlife or enhance wildlife habitat Her web site is http:art//

Ms. Hull is currently working on EcoArt projects in South Florida and Martin County with local EcoArtist Jesse Etelson. Mr. Etelson was one of the apprentice artists for the 2009 EcoArt Project sponsored by the Arts Council of Martin County and EcoArt South Florida. In 2011 Jesse partnered with South Fork High School Art Teacher Tami Conrad to teach the principles of EcoArt to students at South Fork High School.

In addition to her presentation, Ms. Hull and Mr. Etelson will facilitate a discussion on emerging EcoArt projects in South Florida and Martin County. The talk will be hosted by Growth Management Department Director, Nicki van Vonno, who noted that the County’s Comprehensive Growth Management Plan contains policies supporting and promoting eco art.

The presentation will be in the Commission Chambers of the Martin County Administrative Center at 7:00 pm on April, 19th. The address 2401 SE Monterey Road in Stuart, Florida.

“Eco-Art:” Creating Environmentally-Friendly Art


A new era in art has begun. It meets at the intersection of Politics and Culture; where environment meets canvas. Environmentally-friendly art, or ‘eco-art,’ has been gaining popularity among artists due to its sensitivity to one of the largest, political issues in our world today.

For several months, eco-artist Jesse Etelson assumed the role of liaison between the students of South Fork High School and this turning-of-age genre. During Etelson’s participation with Tami Conrad’s classes, students gathered their supplies and creativity to begin the four-month journey into planning the first student eco-art exhibition in Stuart.

Student artist Victoria Wienke, a full-fledged environmentalist, considered the project “a good opportunity to … create an artwork that would have a greater meaning.”

Other artworks at the exhibition included a dress to raise coral reef damage awareness (Marissa Brown), a chandelier made from used light-bulbs (Tyler Trobert), a chair constructed out of used bamboo (Neeka Simpson), and environmental-friendly purses (Katie Smith).

Alison Ruby, who is “not an eco-art minded person,” also commented on her first exhibition. “Not one person’s going to change it [the environment],” and while this may be true, perhaps a group of students is one small step in the right direction.



Community Embraces EcoArt Treasure Coast

Many people and supporting organizations made EcoArt Treasure Coast a successful pilot project.

EcoArt Treasure Coast was a joint collaboration between the Arts Council, Inc. and the South Florida Environmental Art Project. It is was the first ever community eco-art education and apprenticeship in the state of Florida.

Ecoart Treasure Coast was funded by the State of Florida (Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs), Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, and private donations.

In January 2010, Betsy Damon and the project's apprentices began collaborating with a number of local organizations on a range of projects designed to illustrate how artists and citizens from a broad spectrum of disciplines can work together and significantly restore and remediate the local ecosystem.

FOS was a key partner wirking with the apprentices for an Earth Day project with EcoArt Treasure Coast. On Earch Day 2010 two floating islands were installed in the saltwater lagoon at the Florida Oceanographic Institute on Hutchinson Island.

  • RAM Real Estate Provided EcoArt Treasure Coast with Palm City Studio Space

    Ram Realty Services donated a studio space to EcoaAt Treasure Coast. Located in the Martin Downs Town Center in Palm City, the space will hosted exhibitions, apprentice and community meetings and serve as an "idea foundry" for the project's six apprentices as well as volunteers.

  • Suburban Subaru Sponsors EcoArt Transportation

    Suburban Subaru of Stuart and Ed Vossen are provided EcoArt Treasure Coast's mentor artist, Betsy Damon, with a hybrid Subaru Legacy for her visits to Stuart during the course of her work with the project.

Our Collaborator: South Florida Environmental Art Project

SFEAP MISSION: To catalyze the emergence of South Florida as a major center for the practice of ECOART.

For more information, please go to, or contact Mary Jo Aagerstoun, Founder/President of SFEAP, Inc. or 561-881-5658

Ecoart Treasure Coast attracted hundreds of people to a four-day symposium in April 2009. Artists, business professionals, government officials and local citizens learned about the Ecoart movement and its application on the Treasure Coast. Audiences gathered at locations around Martin County to hear speakers, watch documentaries and participate in panel discussions.