Guardians of the Everglades®

To introduce the public to the fragile beauty of the Everglades and its unique ecosystem; to honor today’s leadership in conservation and restoration through great art and compelling human stories; and to encourage the public and policy makers to participate in the protection of the Everglades.

Save the Dates!

Unveiling the Portrait of Guardian Mary Barley, Activist

Friday, January 8, 2016
5:30 at the Everglades Foundation Hosted Reception
Everglades Coalition - Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
AFTER PARTY at Guardians of the Everglades Studio
1719 Trade Center Way #3
Naples, FL 34109

Thank you Lane Wilkinson for your kind words!

"Truly an emotional experience viewing, learning and sharing the care with Connie Bransilver and Nicholas Petrucci- Guardians of the Everglades!!!! I am a huge fan of Connie's Photography!! And for the first time, I heard Nicholas speak about his paintings.

"I had seen the beginning of this collection in years prior, but they never hit me like tonight. Among all of the abstract and modern art I so love today, Petrucci's artwork takes me back to my roots of the Greats like Rembrandt, Vermeer, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, DaVinci... Incredible Remarkable art that just brings me to tears.

""My father once said to me that these artists had to be sent here by some higher power, that they are incredulous 'other beings.' Nicholas Petrucci is one of those Other Beings, and together w Connie Bransilver, an incredible artist in her own fabulous right, with the care and heart for animals and nature and a most Beautiful 'eye' ... NatGeo acclaimed Photographer! These two beings are creating awareness in the most spectacular way for the benefit of Florida's Everglades. Their works should be displayed in the largest most visible way possible for all to see and understand why the Everglades needs to be protected !!!!

Thank you, Donna Carty ❤❤ Connie Bransilver Nicholas Petrucci Guardians of the Everglades"

Photos: Lane Wilkinson

Photos: Lane Wilkinson

"Hell Has Frozen Over: Figurative Art is Poised to Become the ‘Next Big Thing’"

— or so says Prof. John Seed citing a New York Times article and writing that Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian, two "heavyweights" in the international art world, are showing a lot of figurative painting at Art Basel in Miami this month — for extremely high prices.

You can see — and buy — the best figurative art in our gallery right in Naples. Shop for Christmas — commission an oil portrait, or a painting for your home, or buy paintings or photographs right off the walls for yourself or as gifts.

Guardians of the Everglades Showroom, Naples, Florida ©Connie Bransilver

Fly Life Magazine loves us!  Really.  Fly means Fly Fishing not any of your other guesses.  Great coverage! 

If Robert Redford can do it, we can, too. 

“The New Environmentalists” is now airing on Public television with six stories.  We have eleven, closer home. Each of our Guardians’ stories is unique and filled with tales of adversity, tenacity, leadership and love. We MUST share them with the world! Now!

Our plot is simple but the issues are complex:

The protagonists are 11 living men and women walking divergent paths toward a united goal - to protect the central character, the star, the vast Everglades ecosystem. The antagonists are ignorance, indifference and greed in the form of poorly regulated development, predatory agriculture and careless exploitation. Can the Everglades provide clean water for homes, agriculture and recreation?  The outcome is in the balance. The Guardians provide a model for understanding, and the power of leadership.

It is now urgent. We must interview each Guardian soon to produce a documentary for our survival and as an inspiration for conservation leadership.  Each of the eleven interviews is budgeted at about $50,000 for director, camera, sound, and editing for the exhibition & the documentary film.

Guardian of the Everglades Clyde Butcher ©Connie Bransilver
The GOAL (see below) is to produce an exhibition to be housed permanently in a major museum or university and to travel throughout the world educating viewers in conservation leadership.

The budget to film, edit and post the unveiling of Mary Barley’s portrait January 8 is $5,000. We need your help. Giving season is now.

Contribute now for a 2015 deduction.  Foundation and individual taxpayers wanting charitable deductions can support Guardians of the Everglades® through the affiliated Fiscal Agent, Women in Film and Video. The IRS Determination Letter, Florida registration and other information can be supplied upon request.  4000 Albemarle Street, NW, Ste. 305, Washington, DC 20016. 202-429-9438.

Call for more information:  239-405-2010.

Guardians of the Everglades, filming the documentary ©Connie Bransilver



  • multimedia exhibition using fine art to reach peoples’ emotions and to show the Power of Leadership in Everglades conservation;
  • documentary which weaves the stories of each guardian working against ignorance, indifference and greed to preserve the Everglades ecosystem;
  • book which showcases the art and the stories of the Guardians and the artists.


  • Eleven living men and women who have continuously worked to protect the Everglades;
  • Ed Carlson described it best: “What makes the guardian project unique is that these are really the Guardians’ Guardians. Selected by guardians themselves.  Not by some politically correct committee.  Insiders who have been there. There is a 'genuine’ factor at work here that is unique.


  • life size classical portraiture - contemporary themes in Old Masters style;
  • interactive video interviews of each Guardian & of the artists;
  • written narratives, and
  • photography presented to show the fragility of endangered species & habitats


To identify

  • Benefactor/s (individual or family foundation; buy, name, donate), or;
  • Angel/s (individual or consortium expecting to guide and get ROI) or;
  • Underwriter, (corporation expecting publicity), or;
  • non-profit  (to name and incorporate into their mission);


  • financially support the completion of the exhibition (portraits, interviews edited for exhibit, screens, presentations structure, narrative panels);
  • purchase it from the artists, then;
  • secure a permanent venue to donate the exhibition to such as:
    Perez in Miami
    Norton in Palm Beach
    Artis-Naples (Baker Museum)
    A Florida Business School
    Von Liebig Museum of Art
    Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art


  • Secure objectives as above;
  • Secure TED Talk - Featuring the emotional connection through art to the power of leadership.  Focus on everyone having the power of being a leader, a Guardian, the old Power of One concept applied through art to conservation.


  • Exhibit - Production costs $350,000 already supported by artists; $250,000 more needed to finish;
  • Exhibit - to buy from artists $1,250,000 and donate;
  • Documentary - Full length feature $1mm including distribution; Other lengths and formats priced accordingly;
  • Book - $85,000 art edition produced, including distribution.

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