More than 50 artists, from near and far, will be donating their original sea level rise themed artwork for the Artist Boat’s annual “Float the Boat” gala, which enables the local nonprofit to continue its work to inspire and educate people through unique coastal experiences.
The gala, which also will include a silent auction, food, wine and beer, and live music will be from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at The Trolley Station, 2021 Strand St., in Galveston.
Lifelong artist Martha Terrill will be merging her artistic passions by creating and donating her graphite drawing “The Last Clean Water” for the silent auction. The accomplished artist and former corporate curator is one of more than 50 artists from around Texas, including about 30 from Galveston County, who will be creating and donating artwork to the benefit.
“Float the Boat is a fun way to support Artist Boat and one of the nicest galas in Galveston,” Terrill said. “It’s an opportunity for everyone to eat good food, hear good music and buy exceptional art — all for a worthy cause.”
Gala proceeds go to help fulfill the nonprofit’s mission to promote awareness and preservation of coastal margins and the marine environment through the sciences and the arts.
Terrill, who is passionate about the transformative power of art, nature and the Artist Boat, expressed how saving the wetlands is a very important endeavor for the nonprofit.
Terrill’s drawing shows a half-filled glass water pitcher, a half-filled drinking glass and a scallop shell. She said she wanted to convey how sea level rise threatens to contaminate underground freshwater sources along coastlines.
“We need to have an Artist Boat in every coastal city across the country to teach children and adults about ecology,” Terrill said. “Art is a way of capturing nature and bringing it home. It’s the reason, along with many others, why I began serving as an Artist Boat founding board member in 2003 and continue to volunteer.”
Artist Boat’s “Float the Boat” is an amazing event where people share their love of nature, art, community and a good time in support of Artist Boat’s mission to raise awareness and preservation of coastal habitats, said Karla Klay, founding executive director of Artist Boat.
“Painting outdoors is an opportunity to pause, reflect and fully absorb the experience,” Klay said. “It helps us see nature in a whole new way. And people who want to learn more about our coastal marine habitats and how to help us protect them can participate in one of our engaging programs like our eco-art kayak adventures, volunteer or donate.”
The sea level rise theme, in which some artists were influenced by personal experiences during Hurricane Harvey, was chosen to raise awareness about how people influence the climate through their actions and how art can help people understand climate science, Klay said.
For tickets and information, visit www.artistboat.org/float-the-boat or call 409-770-0722.
“Artist Boat needs people to come to learn more about our work and help us fuel our mission,” Klay said. “We have 800 more acres to save, 10 percent of the length of our island, and we cannot remotely do it alone. We need everyone to help.”