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Underwater photographer Karen Glaser coming to Sanibel's Watson MacRae Gallery

Dustbowl by Karen Glaser.
Dustbowl by Karen Glaser.
Tom Hall, 2011

Landscapes: Different Views opens at Watson MacRae Gallery on Sanibel Island on Tuesday, February 11. The opening reception takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Three of the exhibiting artists will attend the opening: Greg Biolchini, Alejandro Mendoza and Karen Glaser. An Artists' Talk is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. the following (Wednesday) morning.

Sanibel's Watson MacRae Gallery.
Tom Hall, 2013

"In my latest work, I continue to reconsider landscapes," says Glaser. "Some are pretty funky. Can't wait for you to see them."

February 11 is a busy day for Florida's best known underwater photographer. Her Mark of Water: Florida's Springs and Swamps photo exhibition also opens at the Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville. The exhibition, which runs until July 6, 2014, consists of thirty-eight large, color photographs that Glaser made “inside” Florida’s springs and swamps, providing a unique and personal interpretation of these distinctive environments.

"What a thrilling venue," says Karen of the Harn. "Many of the pictures were taken in the surrounding springs."

Following the Sanibel opening and Gallery Talk, Karen's heading for Gainesville, where's she will be giving a Gallery Talk at the Harn Museum on Sunday, February 16 at 3:00 p.m.

Incidentally, The Mark of Water exhibited locally at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery on the Lee campus of Edison State College from October 7 through December 3, 2011 and resulted in the highest attendance recorded by the gallery in two years. FGCU’s indoor public art collection includes four of Karen's photographs:

  • Dust Storm, a 2006 pigment print photo hanging in the 2nd floor corridor of Academic Building 5;
  • Fire in the Pines #1, a 2010 pigment print photo hanging in Conference Room 210 in Academic Building 5;
  • Ichetucknee Fog, a 2010 pigment print photo hanging in the 3rd floor corridor of Academic Building 5; and
  • Ichetucknee Cypress, a 2010 pigment print photo hanging in Conference Room 309 of Academic Building 5.

Dust Storm, Ichetucknee Fog and Ichetucknee Cypress come form a series of pictures that Glaser shot predominantly in the pristine freshwater rivers and springs of north and central Florida - places like the Orange Grove Sink in the Peacock Springs Cave System in Suwannee County, Silver Glen in the Ocala National Forest in Marion County, Manatee Springs State Park and the crystalline Ichetucknee River that flows for six glorious miles through shaded hammocks and wetlands before it joins with the Sante Fe River.

But Glaser didn’t trek to the Ichetucknee to tube the river with hordes of students from nearby University of Florida. “My husband and I snorkled the Ichetucknee in winter, when the air was 40 degrees and the water 68,” Glaser recalls. “But we didn’t go then merely to avoid the tubers. That’s when the garfish spawn.”

Not only is Glaser at the top of her genre, she is an entertaining storyteller both behind the lens and behind a microphone. So save yourself a trip to Gainesville. Catch her on Sanibel February 11 and 12 at Watson MacRae Gallery. For more information, please telephone Maureen Watson at 239-472-3386 or email her at

Watson MacRae Gallery is located in Suite B3 of The Village Shops, 2340 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, Florida 33957. Gallery hours are 10:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.Monday – Saturday 10:30 To 5:00

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