Santa Fe River Theme of Art Exhibit

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Sana Saare, Jaime Bach, gallery owner Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, artist Max Lee, and Billie Joe Benedict.

The Santa Fe River depicted  as never before is what you will see when you go to the art gallery at Rum 138 at 2070 SW CR 1 38, Fort White.

Opening last night March 23, 2019 from 6 to 8 pm was the special, unique and beautiful exhibit by the Wheelchair Highwaymen, represented in person by artist Max Lee.

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Max Lee

The unique perspective offered by the Highwaymen is that of overhead views of the river and its springs provided by drones.  The images are then morphed, by advanced computer technology, into creative interpretations of colors and impressions resulting in true works of art.

If you love the Santa Fe River, come and see these beautiful images unlike any you have seen before.  You have until April 24, at which time the exhibit will be taken down.

Art enriches our lives and should be available to everyone.   All the pieces from the Wheelchair Highwaymen are for sale at reasonable prices, enabling us to be consumers instead of mere occasional observers.

More information about the artists, Max Lee, JR Harding and Gordon Palmer, can be found at

Rum 138 Art Gallery,  owned and managed by OSFR  board member Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, has many art depictions of the Santa Fe River, and is the only art gallery specializing in North Florida’s springs, rivers and wetlands.  As many of you know, our area is unique with its many beautiful springs comprising a valuable asset to our state, but unfortunately our water is under siege and in decline due to decades of incompetent mismanagement.

  Merrillee describes her gallery:
“Rum 138 created a gallery developing a regional art movement in which the springs and rivers in North Central Florida are being depicted by many artists in their own vision and style.
It is the only gallery in Florida which displays only springs and river artwork. 
Keeping in mind as art history goes…100, 200, 300 years from now the art work our local fine artists are creating will perhaps have even more meaning than today. “

The gallery is open 9 – 5 every day except Tuesdays.  Delicious food is also available, and it is probably the only art gallery where you can also rent a kayak for a paddle down the river.

The Wheelchair Highwaymen – Photography by:
JR Harding, Gordon Palmer, and Max Lee
Bringing nature back into the lives of persons with disabilities through technology.
J. R. Harding
Testing his Abilities has always been a driving force for this two-time quadriplegic (1983 and 1998). As a five-star author (Now What? & ADA Adventure), Speaker and Advocate he has served in both Presidential and Gubernatorial capacities to remove barriers and to create opportunities for individuals with disabilities; he knows no limitations. With a three-plus-decade track record of shaping public policy at the federal, state and local levels, he is recognized as a disability subject matter expert. As both a full-time faculty member at Florida State University College of Business and a private consultant, he is constantly on the move. Through adaptive recreation he loves exploring the possibilities of life and through technology he is able to explore the outdoors with photography
Gordon Palmer
Gordon Palmer has been a quadriplegic for more than 40 years, worked for the state of Florida as an attorney for almost 30 years, and is a Florida native. He enjoys volunteering and supporting the disabled community through such groups as Florida Disabled Outdoor Association. He channels his passion of his youth enjoying the Florida outdoors and all its activities through his photography of Florida’s natural environment.
Max Lee
Max Lee, is president of Koogler and Associates a registered professional engineer in the state of Florida with experience in the field of compliance with accessibility standards for building design, including the requirements under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Lee trained as a photographer in his youth with Brian Rogers in Atlanta, GA. Later in life he had the unique experience of personal training with Martine Franck, photographer and wife of Henri Cartier Bresson. He carries on the tradition of the photography of his youth through drone technology.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life: once taken, it cannot be brought back-

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