A new exhibit in Biscayne National Park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center gallery features mixed-media sculptures, paintings, linocuts and etchings of marine life and shipwrecks by Boca Raton artist Ron Garrett. The “Between the Tides” exhibit is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Apr. 6.
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,” Garrett said. “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.