Thanks to some of the artists of our island’s arts community, we have a wonderful opportunity to support the arts and support the global health we all enjoy. Tybee Island is Forever Blue and we need your support to continue our good works!
The owners of gallery brajon, John Deahl and Brad D. Hook, and Rebecca Rice, artist and owner of The Irritable Pelican, have decided to join forces, combining their galleries under one roof, to support their vision of making Tybee Island an art destination for tourists and artists alike. Now, they are tackling another task to do their part to save the “Blue Heart of the Planet”, the world’s oceans. Our Mission is to preserve and protect the source: of our inspiration.
When Kristine Kennedy, owner of KKennedyDesigns, saw a video from Dr. Sylvia Earle on TED talk she was immediately inspired to take part in this world wide effort. Dr. Sylvia Earle founded, “Mission Blue”, a 501c3 non -profit organization. Dr. Earle urged people “to use all means at your disposal – films, expeditions, the web, new submarines – to create a campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas; Hope Spots large enough to save and restore the blue heart of the planet.”
“What struck me in particular about Dr. Earle is her sense of Hopefulness, her humor in the face of grim statistics and her all inclusive approach of what it is going to take to save our planets oceans. When she was listing the people that needed to be involved in saving the Planets Oceans, she said artists, and from there forward I knew I was in and had found my way to give back to what inspires me so deeply as a storyteller and artist. I brought the video and the idea to The Irritable Pelican and it took off from there to try to create an event that would engage people and inspire change. ”-Krisine Kennedy, Founder and Owner of KKennedyDesigns
Kristine will be developing a new line of handcrafted jewelry, called the “H — Spot”, with “Mission Blue” and its core values in mind. She will be auctioning off a piece of original, wearable art with the profits going to a Mission Blue “Hope Spot” program. Along with Kristine, Nancy Adams, a mixed media artist, will also be creating a large “Sea of Life” piece to be auctioned off, as well as a new line of artwork. Nancy has always been inspired by nature and the ocean for her intricately carved and painted gourds. “I am excited to be a part of the “Forever Blue” event at “gallery brajon” for many reasons. This event offers the opportunity to share my love of nature with others, to highlight “Mission Blue’s global endeavor, and to create an event to involve others in a continued awareness of the need as individuals to preserve and protect our environment”, states Nancy.
Brad D. Hook, is also a watercolor artist and instructor for the Tybee Arts Association. He will be creating a “One of a Kind” watercolor painting which will also be auctioned off for Mission Blue. Brad’s love of nature, attention to detail and creative style, are emanated in his realistic interpretation of his “Hope Spot”, the Bahamian Reef. “I realize that I am just one person, but if all of us do one little thing to help, Dr. Sylvia Earle’s vision will be closer to a reality”, says Brad
Rebecca Rice is an accomplished artist on Tybee and when Kristine was inspired to create this event, Rebecca was another artist that was thought of right away. Her realism, love of nature and passion for the arts, can be seen in any of the paintings that she creates.
The dates and times for the event are as follows:
Friday March 7th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday March 8th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday March 9th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Along with the auction and raffle, there will be a schedule of speakers, business owners and informative literature to entertain and educate. Tybee Island is Forever Blue and Mermaid Cottages invites you to support and enjoy this wonderful celebration of the arts!