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Gallery Features the Art of Carey Chen
Contact: Gary Bremen, 305-230-1144, x3084
Contact: Michelle Oehmichen, 305-224-4203
Renowned marine artist Carey Chen will be the next featured artist at Biscayne National Park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery. His show Paradise for Marine Life opens with a wine-and-cheese “Meet the Artist” reception from 7-9 pm on Friday, November 3. The show continues daily from 9:00 to 5:00 through January 28, 2007. The gallery is located at 9700 SW 328 Street, near Homestead. Admision is free.
Chen’s near-photographic paintings portray a realism few artists can match. Chen, though, is quick to point out that a painting can capture much more than a photo ever could. The signature piece for the Biscayne National Park show is a perfect example. The bottom half of the painting is a diverse scene featuring animals and plants from three of the park’s ecosystems: the mangrove shoreline, Biscayne Bay and the coral reefs. Above the waterline, a great white heron flies past the Boca Chita lighthouse, tying in the remaining significant parts of the park. Paradise for Marine Life will feature this original painting, and over 20 additional original paintings and prints.
A native of Los Angeles, Chen was raised in Jamaica where he took an early interest in fishing, boating and marine life. When his family moved to Miami in the mid 1970s, he pursued varied interests like motorcycle and auto racing while running the family business, a chain of Miami video stores. Throughout these successful ventures, he knew his heart remained with the ocean, and he returned to fishing and boating, etching into his memory many spectacular encounters with billfish and other marine life. Eventually he decided to try and capture some of his memories by sketching and later painting them. After years of honing his skills as an artist, he has now been the featured artist for over 200 of the world’s most prestigious fishing tournaments. He is always quick to share his success by working with various conservation groups and other charities.
Paradise for Marine Life: Paintings by Carey Chenis made possible through the support of the South Florida National Parks Trust, the First National Bank of South Florida, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor, the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners and the Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council.
The Dante Fascell Visitor Center is located nine miles east of Homestead at 9700 SW 328 Street. For more information, call 305-230-7275, x0.
Did You Know?
In 2001, scientists taking a plant inventory in Biscayne National Park discovered a population of semaphore pricklypear cactus, one of the world's rarest plants. Previously known as only 9 plants in the lower Florida Keys, the new population numbered 570 plants...over 60 times the previous count.