EVERGLADES CITY - Museum of the Everglades is pleased to present Indomitable – the Life & Art of Camille Brock Baumgartner – a retrospective exhibit recounting the colorful story of the late artist who made Everglades City her home from 1977 until 1994, focusing as much on the artist and the events that shaped her life and work as it does on the art itself. This exhibit explores her journey from adventures as a Playboy bunny in 1960s Miami to her groundbreaking work lifecasting dignitaries of the Seminole tribe in bronze thirty years later. A fixture in the Naples art community, Camille’s paintings of her friend and colleague Paul Arsenault’s historic home were selected to represent the Fine Arts Society’s Decade of Arts campaign in 1989.
After overcoming struggles with alcoholism and other personal issues, Baumgartner was determined to pay back her gift of sobriety and became a licensed addiction counselor, working both in that capacity and as a public relations agent for the Willoughs at Naples. She wore many hats (quite literally) and served our community in many ways before returning to her native Georgia where she died in 2015.
Examples of Camille’s work in a variety of mediums and along with numerous photos from her storied career bring the Pauline Reeves Gallery at Museum of the Everglades to life - capturing the essence of an artist whose irrepressible spirit inspired the exhibit’s title.
Indomitable – the Life & Art of Camille Brock Baumgartner opened on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, and will run through Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021.
Originally a commercial laundry established during the building of the Tamiami Trail, the Museum of the Everglades features exhibits that proudly tell the stories of the area’s pioneer past and its transformation into Barron Collier’s company town. Placed on the National Register in 2001, the building itself brings the region’s history to life, an extraordinary example of Everglades City’s evolution from a frontier fishing village to the Birthplace of Collier County.
For more information about Museum of the Everglades’ Indomitable – the Life & Art of Camille Brock Baumgartner, please contact the museum at (239) 252-5026 or visit www.colliermuseums.com/exhibits