The twice-monthly workshops are held in the natural setting of Marineland Dolphin Adventure and offer instruction from two of the area’s top artists, Stewart Maxcy and Ed Siarkowicz, whose artwork is displayed at Ocean Art Gallery. Each four-hour course is open to aspiring artists and photographers of all levels.
“Nature has always served as a great source of inspiration for artists,” said Kurt Allen, vice president and general manager of Marineland Dolphin Adventure. “Marineland’s partnership with Ocean Art Gallery pairs two of the area’s gems, creating a truly unique experience where people can combine their passion for the arts and nature together in one experience.”
Acrylic painting workshops, held at Marineland and along the Intracoastal Waterway, is led by professional artist and well-known educator, Stewart Maxcy. Maxcy believes in learning through laughter more than lecture, which gives him a unique approach to his two passions: teaching and art. Maxcy has extensive knowledge of plants, animals and beaches, and enjoys incorporating his knowledge of both art and science into his workshops. His easy, step-by-step method to teaching painting techniques allow students to use their new knowledge to paint in the future without need for an instructor.
Photography workshops are lead by award-winning photographer Ed Siarkowicz. Siarkowicz’s work is featured in the offices of former President George W. Bush, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and U.S. Congressman Ron DeSantis. An innate teacher, Siarkowicz hopes to open students’ eyes to the natural world around them and sharpen not only their photography skills, but also editing and overall photo composition. Taking advantage of the natural setting, participants will take pictures of flowers and wildlife found on-site at Marineland.
In addition to guidance from professional instructors, attendees have access to Marineland Dolphin Adventure and receive a pass good for one free Touch and Feed dolphin interactive program. The participant whose work is considered the best of the day will receive a pass for a Behind the Seas guided tour of Marineland.
The series offers two workshops per month through the end of 2015 and each workshop is $149 plus tax. To register or get more details, visit Marineland.net.
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ABOUT MARINELAND DOLPHIN ADVENTURE
Marineland Dolphin Adventure’s goal is to utilize interactive educational experiences to inspire visitors to value and respect marine mammals and their environment. Located south of St. Augustine, Florida, Marineland Dolphin Adventure opened in 1938 as Marine Studios and marked its 75th anniversary celebration in 2013. In addition to its status as one of Florida’s first and most beloved attractions, the park also pioneered marine science studies, animal training and water chemistry, and is known for establishing the world’s first successful dolphin breeding program. At today’s modern facility, the focus is on intimate, unhurried dolphin interactions, swimming with dolphins and a variety of engaging dolphin encounters. Marineland Dolphin Adventure also hosts memorable oceanside events. Marineland Dolphin Adventure is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit and is affiliate of Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit www.marineland.net.
ABOUT OCEAN ART GALLERY
Ocean Art Gallery is Flagler Beach’s fine art destination for contemporary art by talented local, national and international artists. With almost every art medium represented by its 40 artists, Ocean Art Gallery is recognized as the perfect place to find high quality art at reasonable prices. Whether seeking a vacation reminder or a special item to complement one’s existing art collection, Ocean Art Gallery has it all. Gallery owner Frank Gromling is well-known for his long commitment to ocean protection and conservation, including offshore whale research, sea turtle preservation, and other projects designed to retain northeast Florida’s unique natural environment.