The Gardens Mall, PNC Bank and Loggerhead Marinelife Center have joined forces to bring awareness to our sea-bound reptile neighbors while supporting the arts from talented Palm Beach County high school art students. Art Arribada is a unique art exhibition and fundraiser in which select area high schools each designed and painted sea turtle sculptures (36 inches tall, 30 inches wide and 18 inches deep), merging art and conservation into a fabulous menagerie of colorful and imaginative sea life representations.
Originally on display in early August at local PNC Bank branches, the sea turtle sculptures all migrated on August 10 to The Gardens Mall Grand Court—an arribada, or "mass nesting," if you will—where they will be on display through August 19. The Art Arribada exhibition is open to the public, and shoppers and art enthusiasts can vote for their favorite sculpture through August 15. The winners will be announced August 16 at a special reception for students, art faculty and parents from 4-5 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded to participating school’s art departments ($1,500 for first place; $1,000 for second; $500 for third).
After the reception, the Gardens Mall will host a private cocktail party and auction from 6-8 p.m. Each turtle sculpture will be auctioned off, with proceeds benefiting LMC. Tickets coast $50 and can be purchased at LMC's website or by calling 561-627-8280, ext. 102. Guests will enjoy sips and bites from Sandy James Catering as well as a chance to own one of these fabulous works of art—and its all for a good cause!
An arribada is a natural phenomenon in which sea turtles nest en masse, with hundreds or thousands coming ashore to lay their eggs. This encourages a mass hatching, which allows for higher rates of success in hatchlings that make it to the water and begin their life at sea. More commonly attributed to Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, this is a true natural wonder that has seen diminishing numbers over the years because of fishing practices (long-lining and trawling) and pollution (plastics mistaken as prey; discarded nets entangling turtles and causing drowning), negatively affecting turtle populations worldwide.
To further LMC's mission of sea turtle conservation, in addition to Art Arribada, The Gardens Mall will host Marinelife Day on August 18. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., LMC will lead fun and educational presentations while interactive stations will enlighten children and adults about its mission of research, rehabilitation, education and conservation.
The Gardens Mall will also operate a “Shop & Share” funding opportunity August 18. Shoppers are encouraged to bring their same-day receipts to the mall’s information desk that day, and The Gardens will donate 5 percent of tracked sales to LMC.
- Art Arribada will be on display through August 19. Tickets for the August 16 cocktail reception and auction cost $50 and are available at LMC's website. Marinelife Day will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 18, with a “Shop & Share” fundraiser opportunity coinciding (visit the mall’s information center for details).
3101 PGA Blvd.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410