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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.

Intracoastal Waterway in Jupiter Florida

There’s nothing like a “Sunday Funday” on the water (or Saturday Funday for that matter). Warm Florida sunshine and blue water pairs perfectly with Jupiter’s spectacular waterfront restaurants. Here are a few worth adding to your bucket-list!

Stop #1: Dive Bar Restaurant, Jupiter

Dive Bar is located on the East side at the Jupiter Yacht Club Marina, and offers the best sushi and sashimi on the water, as well as a full grill menu and tropical cocktails. If you’re in awe of giant saltwater aquariums, this is a must-see!

Stop #2: Guanabanas Restaurant, Jupiter

Venture North under the Indiantown Bridge and go right at the fork for Guanabanas, a tropical hide-a-way covered by banyan trees and tiki huts. This Costa-Rican inspired local seafood restaurant is one of the most “instagrammed” restaurants in the area.

Stop #3: U-Tiki Beach, Jupiter

Cruise from Guanabanas West, then North to the Loxahatchee river, and East under U.S. Hwy 1 to U-Tiki Beach. Featuring Caribbean food and drinks in an island setting, order fan-favorite appetizer tuna tostadas and must-try U-Tiki potatoes as a side with any meal. The food’s delicious, and the view of the famous Jupiter Lighthouse is even better.

Stop #4: Square Grouper Tiki Bar, Jupiter

A stone’s throw west of U-Tiki is Square Grouper, the laid-back pirate-themed tiki bar on the water known for live music, good bar eats, and the recording location of “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere” by Jimmy Buffet and Alan Jackson. This bar is 21-and-up, so leave the kids with a babysitter and bring your drinking shoes!

Stop #5: Tiki 52, Tequesta, ICW Marker 52

If you’re still not ready to go home, Tiki 52 is about 1.5 miles up the Indian River at Blowing Rocks Marina in Tequesta. Beer, Wine, and casual bar food is available, as well as the live music of local favorite Anthony James. If you’ve made it this far, you’ll have a lot to talk about on Monday morning!