The ocean and the life it supports have provided inspiration for artists throughout the ages. On July 19, guests to the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island can be part of that tradition at “Art and the Ocean.” Throughout the day, guest artists and aquarium staff will lead participants in art activities and cool crafts. Learn how to sketch an animal with an up-close session with one of the aquarium’s ambassador animals! Find out how an artist makes glass art inspired by sea coral! Participate in art and craft activities that spotlight our oceans and ecosystems.
Visits by legendary historical figures will abound, including a live appearance Juan Bonilla, Spanish Captain and host of the aquarium’s Sea Treasures Gallery. You can even meet the infamous pirate Blackbeard and hear him talk about his life and exploits.
Art and the Ocean Day was conceived by the aquarium’s education staff as a way to bring art activities into the unique surroundings of the aquarium. It is also a good way to make personal connections to the ocean. “Art, music and performance have always allowed us to have a closer and more intimate understanding of the subjects that inspire us,” said Educator Paul Mazzei. “We want people to have fun, get creative and engage with the fascinating world of the ocean.”
“Art and the Ocean” will take place at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island on July 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Special thanks to the Dare County Arts Council for its participation in this event.