Guy Harvey is perhaps best known for his artwork depicting images of swordfish, blackfin tuna and other sea life found in the Southeast, so the South Carolina Aquarium is a fitting venue to display his latest collection of works.
Harvey's "Canvases for Conservation" display will be unveiled Jan. 17 on the second floor of the aquarium, next to the bald eagle exhibit. The art installation features wildlife native to South Carolina, including an original painting of loggerhead turtles.
The works will be on display through July.
"These amazing works of art will inspire our guests to see the natural world in a profoundly new way," said Kevin Mills, Aquarium president and CEO.
Sales of each piece, and any Guy Harvey merchandise sold in the gift shop, will help raise funds for conservation and educational initiatives at the Charleston aquarium and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, a marine research organization.
"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," said Steve Stock, president of Guy Harvey Inc. and the Ocean Foundation.
This is the second time in the past six months that Harvey has helped raise money for the aquatic organization.
In October, the artist and marine conservationist donated $75,000 on behalf of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation to help pay for the aquarium's upcoming shark exhibit, "Shark Shallows."
The interactive exhibit will feature bonnetheads and black nose sharks, and is expected to open by Summer, according to Kate Ditloff, spokeswoman of the aquarium. Further details about the attraction have not yet been released.
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