ART EXHIBIT: SECENE FROM A SAILBOAT-PANAMA CITY RESPONDS TO BP OIL SPILL
Event Date: Through June 30
Location: The Panama City Publishing Museum and Visitor's Center, Beck Ave, Downtown St. Andrews, FL.
The Panama City Publishing Museum and Visitor's Center is pleased to present Scene from the Sailboat: Panama City Responds to BP Oil Spill, a collection of photographs and pastel paintings by Atlanta artist Donita Pendered. All items are available for purchase to take home and enjoy, with details available on the website penderedfineart.com.
Working from the deck of her sailboat, the artist presents a unique perspective of the boat captains and crews who monitored and contained the oil plume, along with the shore patrols on the beach. From her rolling vantage, the artist captured images of the nearly forgotten boom that was cast across the St. Andrew Cut, which was to open only on outgoing tides. Photos of the massive platforms erected on the east side of the Cut are not to be missed.
A collection of the artist’s pastel paintings provides sensitive views of the pristine environment the disaster workers labored to preserve. Locals and visitors alike will recognize the beaches and waters of Shell Island, as well as the weathered home that overlooks the entire scene at Spanish Shanty.
The collection concludes with a book titled Ben and BP Oil Spill. Ben is Donita’s Australian Silky Terrier. This is Ben’s story, told in fun pictures and just a few words, of Ben leading his fellow creatures in their own effort to protect the area from the oil spill. The self-published book contains photos by Donita Pendered and the story by her husband, David Pendered. Visit Ben at bentales.com.
Donita Welsch Pendered is an Atlanta artist who divides her time between her hometown and her family sailboat, moored just off St. Andrew Bay near Panama City. Her work here is strongly influenced by the area’s natural lighting, which cover the entire spectrum with a unique brightness and luminosity.
David Pendered is an Atlanta journalist who joins Donita in dividing time between the city and the sea. David created the series of books, Ben the City Pup!, as a way to share photos of the native beauty and warm spirit of the waters and land of Panama City and the entire St. Andrew Bay community.
Visit the exhibit through June 30 during the normal hours of the Panama City Publishing Museum and Visitor's Center. Located at 1134 Beck Ave., the museum is a main attraction in Historic St. Andrews, a community in Panama City, Fla., along the beautiful St. Andrews Bay. Visit us on the web at: www.historicstandrews.com