"Merging Art, Archaeology and Conservation", Artist Ron Garrett has created mixed media sculptures, paintings, linocuts/woodcuts and etchings of marine life and shipwrecks . Ron’s work in Between the Tides stems from his love of the National Parks and his fascination with sunken ships, marine life, relics, and tales of ancient mariners and pioneers.
In celebration of Biscayne National Park’s 50th Anniversary in 2018, Garrett collaborated with park rangers and archaeologists to bring to life the many wrecks now preserved as the
Maritime Heritage Trail.
The show in its entirety was at the Elliott Museum - May 21 to Dec 1, 2019.
Upcycled Materials: Significant portions of Biscayne Lady and Mandalay are created from marine debris found in Biscayne National Park waters as an Alternative Spring Break cleanup project in 2017, while Georges Valentine and Manatee Lament have recycled oyster shells from his family’s volunteer day at Florida Oceanographic Center’s FLOOR project,
and debris from the beach at the House of Refuge - the only one still in existence since 1830! Come dive the wreck which is only 100 yards from the House!
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Printmaking: The HMS Fowey shown here is a multi-color reductive woodcut. The large ships in the show are monoprints using oil paints and pulled on a press, while others are reductive linocuts, created by cutting away one linoleum block multiple times for each color and running a very limited edition through a press. Also showing are etchings and woodcuts.
Don't see your favorite shipwreck or South Florida marine life or birds?
Ron is available on a commission basis to create it just for you.!
Hanging in all its majesty in the Atrium at the Elliott Museum, this sad and scarred life size gentle giant of South Florida waterways has made a comeback, but last year been under attack by green algae proliferation, boat motor lacerations and plastic waste. I have sculpted and created her from marine debris and recycled materials including shells collected from nearby beaches and from the Florida Oceanographic Center’s FLOOR program where I volunteered last summer, to understand the area and threats to our waters. I hope to bring attention to the plight of the manatees by creating a focal piece for this show.
The areas closest shipwreck – the Georges Valentine lies just 100 yards off the rocky shore of the House of Refuge. While discussing the creation of this piece with the resident archaeologist, she shared debris from the area that was not usable, as well as the history that this House played during the storm of 1904. Bound for Buenos Aires with a load of lumber and a crew of 12, she sailed out of Pensacola under fair skies, but as she approached the Florida Straits, gale force winds swept her up the Gulfstream and after battling the storm for 3 days, Capt. Mortola, could not prevent her from hitting the shoals, and being battered and ripped by the reefs and the breakers near shore. 7 crew members survived while 5 succumbed to the perils of the sea. This piece pays homage to her wreck and has been sculpted to resemble the proud brigantine during her last moments of glory.