The Museum of Florida Art and Culture (MOFAC) at South Florida State College opened the first exhibition of its 2016-17 season with works that capture the splendor of Florida’s lakes, streams, and coasts.

“Florida Waterworks: Friends, Teachers, Students” runs now – Dec. 1, at MOFAC’s gallery located in the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts on the SFSC Highlands Campus in Avon Park.

“What began as a canoeing trip among several artists evolved into this exhibition,” said Megan Paquette Stepe, MOFAC’s curator. “These artists then came together to interpret through art such Florida treasures as the Peace River, Lake Istokpoga, Charlotte Harbor, and Arbuckle Creek.”

Several of the artists will be familiar to regular patrons of MOFAC or admirers of an increasingly prominent cadre of Florida artists, Stepe said. The exhibition will feature works by Janet King, Jaye Whitehead, Rose Besch, Dustin Angell, and Alice Hansen.

Adding their works to the exhibition are two artists with a connection to MOFAC and teaching art at SFSC that stretches back years: Mollie Doctrow and Cathy Futral.

Doctrow, who turned over the curatorship of MOFAC to Stepe upon her retirement in June, will display her print “Peace River Interlude.” Futral, who retired in May after teaching art at SFSC for 20 years, will show her painting titled “Peace River with Yellow Brush and Trees.”

“This exhibition presents a wonderful opportunity to bring back two award-winning artists and, what’s more, two creative individuals who have called MOFAC and SFSC home,” Stepe said.

The exhibition includes works by SFSC alumni Max Gooding, Chase Smith, Barbara Wade, and Allen McPherson, all of whom have moved on to successful careers producing art.

“The spirit of the exhibit is one of reverence for the area waterways,” Stepe said. “Each artist reveals his or her own connection to the land via a chosen medium and technique which, in turn, facilitates a similarly personal experience for the viewer.”

MOFAC is located in the Wildstein Center at SFSC, 600 W. College Dr., Avon Park. The museum is open to the public on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., or by appointment for group tours. Patrons of the Wildstein Center may visit the museum one hour prior to matinee and evening performances.

For more information about MOFAC and its programs or to request a museum tour, contact Stepe at 863-784-7240, or email stepem@southflorida.edu. Visit the MOFAC website at mofac.org.