When you hear “South Florida,” one of the first images that pops into your head is of the beach and the ocean – you can’t think of one without the other. The relationship between the South Florida community and its beaches and the ocean is undeniable – from both an economic as well as research standpoint.
To that end, Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Marine Environmental Education Center (MEEC) at the Carpenter House is dedicated to understanding and protecting one of the ocean’s most beloved creatures – the sea turtle. As part of their mission, MEEC staff interact with visitors year-round educating them about these majestic animals, and part of those efforts include the center’s “forever” resident green sea turtle, Captain. She calls the MEEC home as she was injured and is unable to be returned to the open ocean. And it is Captain who has inspired a local artist’s latest gallery exhibit: "Captain is Hollywood” by artist Maria Isabel Lazo .
The exhibit consists of a series of original acrylic and oil paintings of marine, mangrove and tropical art work by the artist. The day of the reception, a group of artistically designed recycled lobster trap wood art will be in display. Because of her love of the ocean and involvement at the MEEC, Lazo has created various artworks that are for sale, with a percentage of the proceeds going to the education center.
Open to the Public
Monday-Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
One Young Circle, Hollywood, FL 33020
Admission is free