FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 10, 2015) – The Southwest Florida Community Foundation hosted Florida nature photographer John Moran’s Springs Eternal Project exhibition “Florida’s Fragile Fountains of Youth” and the work of News-Press photographers Mark Bickel, Sarah Coward, Jack Hardman, Ricardo Rolon, Andrew West and Amanda Inscore during the Foundation’s ‘For the Love of the Environment’ art exhibit reception on Wednesday, Feb. 4.

The Springs Eternal Project documents the beauty, history and increasing ecological devastation of Florida’s springs and aquifer. In 2012, Moran partnered with artist and art historian Dr. Lesley Gamble and designer Rick Kilby to create the Springs Eternal Project after coming to the realization that his “beauty” pictures of Florida weren’t really changing anything and that he had an obligation to more fully show and tell the truth as he sees it. Their collaboration fills museum walls and continues to develop creative forms of educational outreach inspiring Floridians to value, conserve and restore our precious waters.

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Work from Moran and News-Press photographers will remain on display through the month of February and is available for public viewing hours Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule a tour, call Kim Williams at the Community Foundation office at 239-274-5900.

As leaders, conveners, grant makers and concierges of philanthropy, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation is a foundation built on community leadership with an inspired history of fostering regional change for the common good in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Community Foundation, founded in 1976, connects donors and their philanthropic aspirations with evolving community needs. With assets of more than $80 million, the Community Foundation has provided more than $60 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves. Last year, the Foundation granted more than $2.8 million to nonprofit organizations supporting education, animal welfare, arts, healthcare and human services. The Foundation granted $782,000 in nonprofit grants including more than $400,000 in regional community impact grants and additional $450,000 in scholarship grants.

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Susan Hedge, Sarah Owen & Rose Young

Sarah Coward & Amanda Inscore

Rosemarie & Bill Hammond with Bob Stoner

Ric Rolon & Brian Tietz

Paul Carlisle & Electa Waddell

Kathy Greenberg & Carolyn Antonovitz

John Moran, Bent Kaaber & Terry Deegan

John Moran & Bill Hammond

Andy Getch & Tessa LaSage

Andrew West & John Moran

Andrea McKiddie & Debbie Bradley

Aline Flynn & Winnie Hoffman