“Rhythm in the Jungle”
Opening June 23 from 6-8 p.m.
Rosario Levine has lived and studied most of her life in the US and frequently returns to her native Colombia. Her professional career started as editor-in-chief of a Spanish-language teen magazine. She then ran Blue Mango Creative, a design and marketing outfit, she founded and edited Miami Health Letter and Miami Health Letter en español and during this flurry of activity raised two wonderful boys while painting and developing her ceramic sculptures. She is now dedicated nearly full time to the arts, with the exception of her love of gardening. She has recently begun to exhibit her work (The All Florida Show, Border’s Art Gallery, Williams Island, Space 104 Installation Art Exhibit in the Miami Design District, Everglades National Park and Deering Estate). She has sold a number of paintings and ceramic sculptures to Florida collectors. Rosie is married to Barry Levine, a founding professor of FIU.
Rosario’s show running June 23 through August 23 is entitled “Rhythm in the Jungle.” Her flights of fancy celebrate the exuberance of life and the intoxicating sensuousness of nature. Illusion and reality intermingle happily in her diverse microcosms, but it is color, fluidity, and repetition that give her work its complex energy. While she attains a balanced cohesiveness within her rhythmic panoramas, it is the duality of the “bounded” yet “unbounded” forms that captures her imagination as she seeks possibilities of change and chance. Ultimately, she strives to make the world a little happier by transforming life’s confusing journey into brilliant displays of hope and interconnected joy. At the opening, she will also have examples of her ceramic sculptures: Moments in a Series of Ripples. Join us at the exhibit’s opening on Thursday evening, June 23 from 6-8 p.m.
Gardens Summertime Recreation…Oh Yes!
There is nothing more beautiful than a tropical botanical garden in the summer. Leaves are at their most lush, flowers are in full bloom and the natural beauty of the Gardens is at its peak. No matter the temperature, there is relief from the sun walking amongst the shady canopies of our paths. In fact, no matter what part of Pinecrest Gardens you happen to be in you will always find a shady spot to sit, relax, reflect and enjoy the sites of turtles, koi, peacocks, swans and other waterfowl and an occasional iguana sunning on the bank of Swan Lake. And the best part is that all of the recreational activities listed in this article are included in the cost of general admission.
Splash ‘N Play Fun with Friends
Our water playground is designed for the enjoyment of children ages 2 through 12. It is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Even if you have a pool at home our “Splash” is a welcome relief for parents who are not in the mood to go swimming along with their kids. Benches are available surrounding the numerous water features for you to sit and enjoy watching your child at play. Be sure to purchase a Pinecrest Gardens Bucket at our admission booth to make playing among the whimsical fountains a whole lot more fun.
Located adjacent to the picnic table area and concession, the colorful playground offers kids a wide variety of fun and exercise. And on the subject of concession stand, it is now open daily from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Interact with our playful farm animals. The petting zoo is open daily at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to take a selfie with our goats or our sheep or our pigs—oh my!
Feed the Fish
The waterways throughout the garden offer children a unique opportunity to feed fish in their native environment. The incredible size and beauty of our Koi will amaze you. Fish food is sold at the admissions booth, and we guarantee that our gilled swimmers get plenty of exercise to work off the calories.
Swan Lake provides the perfect place to watch wildlife in a spectacular setting and the most iconic view of the park. Kids can sit and watch our beautiful pair of swans as they gracefully glide across the water, the iguanas and turtles sunning themselves on the grassy bank or the native birds that stop to cool down at the water’s edge.
Bring your friends and test your domino playing skills with a beautiful garden setting as your backdrop. Please inquiry at the admissions booth, a valid driver’s license will be held during time of reservation.
Giant Chess & Checkers in the Gardens
You’re in for some gigantic fun when you play our complimentary 25” tall chess or checkers game. Challenge a friend to a friendly game of chess played out on our grassy Meadow and get ready to draw the attention of spectators and gaming enthusiasts alike. Please inquiry at the admissions booth, a valid driver’s license will be held for the duration of the game’s usage.
For information visit www.pinecrestgardens.org.