Raising Money and Awareness Through Art
Sug. O’Shen has teamed up with the Everglades Foundation to create 30 new artworks with water from 16 different locations from the Everglades. These 30 new pieces will be created using alcohol ink, water from the glades, and mixed media in the unique style of Sug. O’Shen. The artwork will be offered for sale on Space324 beginning April 1, 2019. A portion of each sale will go directly to the Everglades Foundation. Each piece is named for the water sample that was mixed into the inks to create each artwork.
In this unique offering you will be able to take home a piece of this beautiful National Park and help support the efforts to restore and protect the greater Everglades ecosystem. Florida's Everglades National Park remains the most endangered natural world heritage site in the United States. Be the first to own these Limited Edition artworks for a meaningful cause and help save the glades through art.
For this worthwhile project, I made a conscious decision to create brighter, more whimsical artworks to reflect a positive and optimistic outlook for the future of the Everglades and bring attention and the support that the Everglades so desperately needs at this moment. The smallest original artworks include indigenous animals and plants of the Everglades such as the blue heron, great egret, orchid and of course crocs and gators. The medium and larger artworks are truly abstract and my intention with this is to convey the challenges that the Everglades face such as blue-green algae and red tides by using rich reds, greens and browns. I have been creating artwork with global ocean and lake water to raise money for worthy and sustainable causes for over a decade. I became involved initially with the Everglades Foundation through a serendipitous moment when a family member of a scientist with the Everglades approached me at an art event and shared with me the challenges facing the Everglades and their preservation and restoration needs. Without hesitation I knew that this was a cause in which I could make a difference. I want to help in the best way that I can and that is by raising funds and awareness through my art. I hope you will join me in this worthy effort.
The St Lucie Estuary has experienced blue-green algae in 2018 and 2016, making international headlines for the guacamole-thick accumulations in marinas and along private properties. This should be an estuary—a balance of freshwater and saltwater—however discharges from the lake result in freshwater conditions extending past downtown Stuart, damaging seagrass and oyster habitats. The algae only exacerbates these problems.