Biscayne National Park’s popular “shipwreck” trail comes to life in “Between the Tides,” a new exhibition by artist Ron Garrett at the park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center gallery. The show celebrates Biscayne’s 50th anniversary and the park’s maritime heritage, including the historic shipwrecks that make up the park’s popular Maritime Heritage Trail for divers and snorkelers.
Join us Saturday March 3 from 6 to 9 PM to meet the artist and learn about the park’s “shipwreck” trail during a full-moon reception sponsored by the SFNPT and featuring live music, free food and refreshments, and a talk on underwater archaeology by park archaeologist Joshua Marano.
“Between the Tides” can be seen daily at the park through April 6, 2018.
Read more about the show in the park’s news release below:
Biscayne National Park Exhibit Merges Art, Archaeology & Conservation
HOMESTEAD – A new exhibit in the Dante Fascell Visitor Center gallery features mixed-media sculptures, paintings, linocuts and etchings of marine life and shipwrecks by Boca Raton artist Ron Garrett. A free “meet the artist” reception occurs from 6 – 9 p.m. on March 3, 2018. The reception includes food, drink, live music and a talk by park archaeologist Joshua Marano on the wrecks of the Maritime Heritage Trail. The “Between the Tides” exhibit is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. through April 6, 2018.
Garrett’s work stems from a love and fascination with national parks, sunken ships, marine life and relics, tales of ancient mariners and pioneers, and a visit to Boca Chita Key. “Through art, I hope to educate people about centuries of marine heritage,” said Garrett. “That heritage exists right here in our own historic national treasure in South Florida.”
Garrett is an artist, printmaker and educator who exhibited in numerous shows during his 30 year art career including Bangalore, India, where he curated a touring international exhibition of American printmakers. He has an MFA in printmaking from Kent State University and a BFA from Guilford College. He studied drawing and painting at Ringling College of Art and Design, teaches visual art at St. Andrews School, conducts workshops at the Art Armory in West Palm Beach, and founded Raga Press, a fine art printmaking atelier in Boca Raton.
The community artists program is an outlet for artists inspired by the beauty of the park. It is made possible by the South Florida National Parks Trust and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation through the Knight Arts Challenge, The Guerra Family Foundation and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs.