The South Carolina Aquarium Opens Guy Harvey Art Exhibit Today
Marine wildlife artist and conservationist Dr. Guy Harvey is partnering with the South Carolina Aquarium to display a complete range of his artwork in Canvases for Conservation, an art installation opening today, January 17, 2014. The South Carolina Aquarium is honored to be the first aquarium to feature a large collection of Guy Harvey's artwork. Canvases for Conservation will additionally feature one of Dr. Harvey's loggerhead turtle originals. This original will be displayed alongside pieces featuring wildlife native to South Carolina, such as a bald eagle, rainbow trout, alligator, redfish, marlin, and sharks.
Canvases for Conservation will be a collection of framed art, including original canvases and giclee reproductions. Each piece will be available for purchase with proceeds directly supporting conservation and education programs at the South Carolina Aquarium and research by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.
"These amazing works of art will inspire our guests to see the natural world in a profoundly new way," remarked Kevin Mills, Aquarium president and CEO. "Together, the Aquarium, Guy Harvey and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation share the belief that we can protect the natural world through a concerted call to action."
"We are thrilled to be able to work with the South Carolina Aquarium to host this special Exhibit", stated Steve Stock, president of Guy Harvey Inc. and the Ocean Foundation. "The opportunity to educate the Aquarium's visitors and hopefully to sell some artwork that will benefit both the Aquarium and our Foundation makes this exhibition even more special."
After completing Guy Harvey's artistic journey, guests are invited to browse through a selection of his merchandise in the Aquarium Gift Shop, such as his popular T-shirts and prints of his artwork. Canvases for Conservation will be open to the public from January 17, 2014 to July 2014 and is included with admission to the Aquarium.
For all media inquiries or to request photos, please contact Kate Dittloff at (843) 579-8660 or kdittloff(at)scaquarium(dot)org.
About the South Carolina Aquarium:
The South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston's most visited attraction, features thousands of amazing aquatic animals from river otters and sharks to loggerhead turtles in more than 60 exhibits representing the rich biodiversity of South Carolina from the mountains to the sea. Dedicated to promoting education and conservation, the Aquarium also presents fabulous views of Charleston harbor and interactive exhibits and programs for visitors of all ages.
The South Carolina Aquarium, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and is open Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Aquarium is closed Thanksgiving Day, half day Dec. 24 (open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Dec. 25. Admission prices are: Toddler's (3 and under) free; Youth (4-12) $14.95; Adults (13+) $24.95. The Aquarium plus the 4-D Theater experience is free for Toddler's, $19.95 for Children, $29.95 for Adults. The 4-D Theater experience only is $6.95 for Children and adults, and free for Members. For more information call 843-720-1990 or visit scaquarium.org. Memberships are available by calling 843-577-FISH.
About Guy Harvey
Guy Harvey is a marine wildlife artist and conservationist who earned a Ph.D. in Fisheries Biology. His depictions of marine life, especially of sportfish such as marlin, are very popular with sport fishermen and have been reproduced in prints, posters, t-shirts, jewelry, clothing, and other consumer items. Harvey is also a very vocal and active advocate for marine conservation, having established the Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University of Fort Lauderdale, Florida as well as the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, an organization that funds marine conservation research and educational initiatives.
About the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation
The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation funds inspired scientific research and innovative educational programs to encourage conservation and best management practices for sustainable marine environments. The GHOF will help ensure that future generations will enjoy and benefit from a naturally balanced ocean ecosystem where fish and other marine wildlife flourish.