This Examiner has exciting news about South Floida’s own Phoenix. You may read his earlier article about her here. She was teaching Language Arts and Journalism in Dade County, when she received the offer for a high-level position in the fifth-largest School System in the United States, in the Houston, Texas School Department. A change in Government Administration left her jobless. In the same year, she went through a difficult divorce, and had to deal with her mother’s passing. Shortly thereafter, she had a Spiritual Experience, and was told that she was to call herself “Phoenix”. This nickname stuck, and she began accepting motivational speaking engagements. Soon she returned here to South Florida in triumph.
She is now a nationally-recognized author of several spiritual guidebooks like Messages from God, and a much sought-after Public Speaker. She gives Spirit Messages, talks to hurricanes, and leads seminars and workshops. She delivers a daily talk, and gives a daily meditation, available for free on her website. Like her legendary namesake, she brings Peace into the lives of those who come in contact with her.
In the last two-and-a-half years, she has gained a new notoriety. After a twenty-year hiatus, she returned to her love of photojournalism, and her photographs have been on display all over South Florida, often receiving awards. For example, her works have been shown at the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens Impressions Exhibition and the Broward Art Guild’s Art Florida. Her Touching Heart’s greeting cards, currently featuring over seventy nature images, are sold in fine gift stores throughout south Florida’s tri-county area, including Everglades National Park.
Phoenix has recently received the honor of being chosen for a solo exhibit at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center Art Gallery in Everglades National Park. Phoenix’s images show her deeply-felt love for the Wilderness.
In a recent interview, Phoenix made the following statement: “For me, the importance of nature is more than a scientific necessity for creating air, clean water and producing food .It is a sacred necessity for healing and bringing peace to the human soul. Practicing my art is a privilege and honor. South Florida’s subtropical wetland is my photographic sanctuary. I love to capture that wondrous spiritual feeling of awe that nature awakens in me that’s reflected in sunsets, landscapes, flowers, birds, insects and wildlife in general. I have been the greatest beneficiary of nature’s healing therapy. Every time I go out to photograph nature I find myself really going within. Photography is my way of communing with the Universe, Source or God–whatever one may call that divine essence. I’ve rediscovered my passion for photography and love of south Florida’s unique and fragile ecosystem, The Everglades. My art allows me the sacred privilege to reveal the extraordinary wonder and beauty of the wetlands while touching hearts and healing the human soul. It seems that my various careers, from English, journalism and film-making teacher, to public and media relations administrator to business coach, award winning author, professional speaker to spiritual advisor and meditation leader and even caregiver for three family members, have coalesced in who I am today…professional photographer.”
“Wild Florida” will open at the Ernest Coe Visitor Center Gallery on August 1, 2012, and continue for the entire month, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday, August 4, 2012, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., a special “Meet the Artist” reception will be held at the Gallery. Food will be provided by Big Cheese and White Lion Cafe, both of Homestead. The Ernest Coe Visitor Center gallery is located at 40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, Florida. Admission to the show is free. For more information on the exhibit, visit: www.PhotographsByPhoenix.com. You may also call the park, (305) 242-7700.
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