MDC’s Columbia Bottom visitor center features art exhibit merging water color and nature journaling

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SPANISH LAKE, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering a way to discover nature through art with a special exhibit at its Columbia Bottom Conservation Area.

The Columbia Bottom visitor center is featuring the work of artist and MDC Volunteer Naturalist Angie Jungbluth through Oct. 14.  Jungbluth’s talents in nature journaling and watercolor converge in an exhibit that combines elements of both.  Jungbluth also teaches journaling programs at Columbia Bottom. 

“Art is definitely an outlet for this passion I have.  It deepens my sense of connection with the natural world around me.  I see nature with fresh, observant eyes, ready to record,” said Jungbluth.

Jungbluth has created unique artwork that features Missouri wildlife depicted in watercolor paintings - with journaling observations written on the mat around the painting. Her subjects range from collard lizards to songbirds such as wood thrushes and rose-breasted grosbeaks. She said she gains inspiration for her art from the time she spends in nature hiking, biking, floating and camping.

Columbia Bottom is located at 801 Strodtman Road in Spanish Lake.  It can be reached by taking the Riverview Drive exit from I-270 and travelling three miles north. For other events in St. Louis, go to