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Park volunteers display artwork drawn from nature

When Will Pers and Angela Berbert decided to volunteer with the Broward County parks system, they figured they would be doing the kind of stuff unpaid employees usually do: assisting on tours, cleaning up after visitors, making repairs. But it turned out their duties led them down another path.

The beauty of the twisted, dark-water mangrove tunnels and brightly feathered tropical birds at West Lake Park, in Hollywood near their home, rekindled their artistic leanings. That awakening is on display through Tuesday at the park's Anne Kolb Nature Center.

Their photographs and drawings feature the park's animals, plants and spectacular scenery. The work also is on Pers and Berbert's website:

It's the first time the couple — "latent artists" for years, Pers says, but not professionals — have had a show. "It's been a good learning experience for us," says Pers, who works for a small publishing house and formerly owned a restaurant.

Dedicated environmentalists, they made the exhibit frames from discarded construction supplies and driftwood.

Both Pers and Berbert are lifelong outdoor enthusiasts. Berbert is earning her master naturalist certificate. While neither is originally from South Florida, Pers says they have come to love their urban oasis.

"There is so much here that's fascinating," he says.

"A Tribute to Anne Kolb Nature Center" is on display through Tuesday at the center in West Lake Park, 751 Sheridan St., in Hollywood. The hall is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission is $2. Call 954-357-5161.

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