Dick Bowers Sand Live Oak

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Dr. Richard T. Bowers Sand Live Oak


Parent tree location: MOSI


Dr. Bowers was director of athletics at USF for 19 years, and a friend and fundraiser for the Gold Shield foundation that raises money for the families of fallen police officers. In his last years Dr. Bowers helped to raise money at MOSI for the whole museum but especially for the BioWorks Butterfly Garden and also the Historic Tree Grove. When he passed away in 2007, the Historic Tree Grove was renamed as the Richard T. Bowers Historic Tree Grove. Dr. Bowers was a fantastic gentleman who has been sorely missed at MOSI and in the Tampa community since his passing.


A picnic area surrounded has been created beneath this tree so that staff and guests can enjoy this wonderful tree and the memory of a wonderful gentleman.


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Dick Bowers Sand Live Oak by Terry Klaaren

From traditional art to the extremely quirky, American born artist Terry KLAAREN draws on a 50-year innovative background as a self-propelled creative. His diverse abilities evolved from cartoonist and magazine illustrator into the world of amusements and movie industries as a scenic artist. In 1993 he built the MOSI Recyclosaurus in the front of this building while simultaneously building a career as an award-winning Fine Art artist, traditional Plein air painter and art workshop teacher.


Years of painting plein air whenever traveling has quickened his hand and natural abilities. Numerous trips to study in the Museums of Europe and North America, combined with his daily life as a muralist and a non-stop canvas fine artist, has advanced his style of “realistic impressionism.” As an award-winning Plein air artist, Klaaren created "Have Brush - Must Travel" opportunities to clients who collect his on site paintings from his travels. His quest to paint in National Parks here and abroad has led him to specific sites of historical and natural beauty where he sets up his easel and canvas to capture the moment in paint. He is often sponsored as “artistic entertainment” at fundraising events for charities and organizations and is sought after for appearances and commission paintings at weddings, social parties and other special events.


“I paint everyday. I truly enjoy meeting the challenge of creatively translating scenes with paint and other media. I love coaching other people to find and expand on their own personal talent. Being an all-around artist is a role I happily play.” – Terry Klaaren


TERRY KLAAREN, www.KlaarenArt.com, Tampa, FL  USA, info@KlaarenArt.com 





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