Swarovski Marlin by Rene Gibson On Display in Tequesta

Beginning on June 16th, 2017, West Palm Beach artist Rene Gibson undertook a project the entire sportfishing and art community has been watching intensely since then. Starting with adorning a single Swarovski Crystal to the tip of the marlin bill, Gibson meticulously placed over 100,000 crystals to create the most brilliantly glistening full-sized taxidermy marlin you will ever see.

Throughout the two-year process, Gibson shared her progress on Instagram for enthusiastic fans, and on June 29th, 2019, Gibson let her daughter place the very last crystal to complete this beautiful piece of art.

“It takes a village to crystal a marlin.” Rene Gibson said, “It’s been a long journey and I want to thank those of you who have followed along. Special thanks to my family for tolerating a big mess for two years.”

Measuring 10 feet long, Gibson’s crystal marlin took over 535 hours total to create. She exclusively used Swarovski Crystals in 36 colors, some of which have special coatings. She originally had been doing crystal and bead work on cow skulls, but after being diagnosed with breast cancer she decided not to work on skulls.

“My motivation has always been to bring something back to life,” Gibson explained to Waterfront Properties, “So when I saw the fish mount, I knew I had to do it! It was a complete market turn around, but I’m very happy with the results.”

Rene Gibson’s work has been featured in multiple publications including Elle, Vogue, Western Art & Architecture, Palm Beach Magazine, and Cowgirl Magazine. Most of her sales are to private collectors and two of her skulls have been shown on the Food Network’s show, Restaurant Impossible. 

To our delight, the Swarovski Crystal “Marlin” by Rene Gibson is now on display in Tequesta, Florida! Lighthouse Art Center will be featuring “Marlin” in the exhibit “H2O Trickle Down” from now until February 12th, 2020. On January 16th, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Rene Gibson will even be in attendance if you would like to meet this incredible artist in person.

For more information about Rene Gibson, visit her website. >

Lighthouse Art Gallery is located at 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469, and is open Monday through Friday, 10 am – 4 pm, and Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm. The gallery is closed on Sundays.

Everglades Day 2020

The Florida Everglades National Park is located within a two-and-a-half-hour drive south of Palm Beach County. The National Park is considered to be one of Florida’s most cherished state parks. The 98-year-old park is the third largest park and the third largest tropical wilderness areas in the country.

The Florida Everglades is a massive 1.5 million acres of wetlands that houses more than 2,300 miles of natural habitat for alligators, birds, snakes, the Florida panther, and other wildlife. In addition to the numerous types of wildlife, the park offers biking trails, hiking trails, canoeing, kayaking, campgrounds, picnic areas, boat ramps and much more.

The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is hosting the Everglades Day Festival this Saturday, February 8th. The Wildlife Refuge area has more than 145,000 acres of protected habitat with more than 250 species of birds, 60 species of reptiles and amphibians, more than 40 species of butterflies and 20 types of mammals. Several alligators, bobcats, snail kites, wood storks, pileated woodpeckers and more have been spotted there.

The 2020 Everglades Day Festival will focus on “Habitats of the Everglades”. The fun filled day includes wildlife presentations, interactive games, guest speakers, conservation exhibits, demonstrations, live music, food trucks, canoeing, hiking and much more.

The 21st Annual Everglades Day Festival Details:
When: Saturday, February 8th
Time: 9 am to 4 pm
Location: The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge located at 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach.

For more details, click here to visit their website.

Help Us Send Off Our Jupiter High School Band The Right Way!

10333237_10205485273117808_5875934300923657346_oYou are invited to the Velocity Community Credit Union Stadium at the Jupiter High School in Jupiter, Florida tomorrow night Thursday, November 13 at 8:00pm for a full dress rehearsal from our wonderful Spirit of Jupiter Marching Band before they head for the state championships. They will be performing their fabulous show “One Tribe” which took first place out of many other competing bands last week at the Striking Cobra Invitational even bands that were much larger than theirs. The event is free to the public and there will be happy grams and light concessions available for purchase. There will also be a fantastic bake sale to help fundraise for this great band at the event, so please consider donating some homemade or store bought goods to benefit the band. Volunteers are also needed before the show so please contact them if you are interested in helping out in some way.

The Spirit Of Jupiter:

Phone: (561) 744-7921

Email: jupiterbands@gmail.com

Web: http://jupiterbands.com/


It Is Manatee Awareness Month!

manateeAll year round you can see the gentle giant that is the Manatee roam throughout South Florida and their magic is sure to exceed all of your expectations. However, sightings do tend to be more frequent during the months of November to April.

During these months Manatees tend to head to warmer water in places like freshwater springs and other places where the water temps stay more constant year round. These endangered species despite their size have very little body fat and need warmer water to survive and thrive. As the winter months bring colder weather and colder water we see Manatees travel inland offering kayakers, paddle boarders, and boaters the perfect opportunity to catch a glimpse of these truly majestic creatures. Seeing a large gathering of Manatees in one place is an absolutely magnificent thing but it is very important to mind your “Manatee Manners” and remember that these gentle see cows are there for survival so please enjoy looking but do not disturb them.

It is very important during Manatee Awareness Month and throughout the months from November to April that you obey all speed zones in order to protect our beloved manatee sanctuaries. Before you go out boating during manatee season be sure you become familiar with Florida’s rules for boating on waterways during this time of year. Keep your vessel away from the manatee sanctuaries and find a safe place to anchor while manatee watching. Please help us as we concentrate our efforts in order to protect and amplify the healthy habitats for our growing manatee population.

Event At Roger Dean Stadium

abacoa1Victoria Events LLC. and the Roger Dean Stadium are hosting the 3rd Annual Neighborhood Food And Business Showcase Sunday November the 2nd from 11am to 3pm. The event is free to the public and this family fun day is sure to exceed any and all of your expectations. There will be sample foods donated by 35 fabulous local restaurants and 200 local businesses will be giving away coupons, discount cards, and a variety of promotional items making this an event you truly cant miss. The event will also play host to an outstanding chili cook off with prizes for first, second, and third places. A silent auction and a raffle will be held to benefit the wonderful organization Speak Up! For Kids. There will also be a fantastic kids zone where the kids can hang out and play fully equipped with a clown, bounce house, balloons, face painting, prizes, and so much more. For more info on this event please call (561) 385-3736.

Roger Dean Stadium:

Address: 4751 Main Street Jupiter, Florida 33458

Phone: (561) 775-1818

Web: http://rogerdeanstadium.com/