Feature Articles

July 2013

Seacoast Artists Guild in Myrtle Beach, SC, Offers Works by Nick Mariano

The Seacoast Artists Guild in Myrtle Beach, SC, will present an exhibit of works by artist/photographer Nick Mariano, on view in the Seacoast Artists Gallery, located in The Market Common, from July 1 - 31, 2013. On July 6, from 1-8pm a limited edition print signing event will be held to benefit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Mariano will be signing limited edition prints of photographs taken during his recent trip to Kenya, the Masi Mara and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Proceeds from the sale of these prints will benefit the Wildlife Trust which helps to save orphaned baby elephants in Africa; and to spread the word on wildlife conservation and anti-poaching.

Mariano spent most of his life working as a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Department of State. His work took him on assignments to Turkey, The Netherlands, Denmark, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Italy and the Island of Malta. Following his retirement, Mariano and his wife, Pat (a multi-media artist) moved to Myrtle Beach, where he began a second career as a photographer and a professional diver, working on one of the local dive boats in Murrells Inlet, SC.

Mariano continues to work and travel throughout the world, giving him the opportunity to photograph a wide array of countries and peoples and do underwater photography at numerous dive spots. A number of his photos show some of the local sea life on wrecks just off the coast of South Carolina.

Today, with financial help of many caring folk world-wide, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is proud to have saved what amounts to a herd; over 60 orphaned infant calves that would otherwise have perished. More importantly, every one of these orphans can look forward to a quality of life in wild terms, living free in Tsavo East National Park encompassed by their new extended orphaned family and friends amongst the wild herds in a National Park that offers elephants the space they need - the 8,000 square miles of pristine wilderness that is TSAVO. For more information, go to (www.dswt.org).

The Seacoast Artists Gallery exhibits the original artwork of over 70 local artists. Mediums include: oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, fiber art, photography, engraved silver and pottery. The Guild is a 501(c)(3) non-profit visual arts organization dedicated to promoting and advancing excellence in the visual arts through teaching, exhibits, workshops and special events. It is focused on developing and nurturing young artists-to-be through training programs, sponsorship of art scholarships and art shows. The Seacoast Artists Guild is all about encouraging creativity in the community. The Guild opens its exhibitions to all member artists and photographers, professionals and non, in a wide range of media. Guild membership benefits include monthly meetings; programs & presentations, opportunities to participate in Spring & Fall Art Shows and web gallery.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 843/232-7009 or visit (www.seacoastartistguild.com).

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