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ROFFS Press Release
Press Release – November 16, 2017
Kelly Reark Wins Artist of the Year for 2017-2018
At ROFFS™ we annually select an artist that we would like to feature as our “Artist of the Year.” The purpose of this honor is to develop a mutually beneficial relationship with relatively new and up and coming artists in the marine community. We select artists based on a variety of objective and subjective criteria. Previous recipients have been Don Ray, Steve Goione, Cary Chen, Kevin Brant, Barry Barnett, Daniel Jean-Baptiste, Mark Ray, Tony Ludovico, Judy Shillingburg, Larry Rackley, David Mellor, Dustin Cole, Dennis Friel and Adrian Gray. This year the ROFFS™ “artist of the year 2017-2018” is Kelly Reark of Gulf Cove Studio, Port Charlotte, FL
We hope that it will promote the artist and their art in that our web visitors will tell other people about the art and generate sales for the artist. We hope the samples of their art will make our website a more interesting place to visit. ROFFS™ does not get a commission or any direct financial benefit from this. We do not charge any fee for anything or ask for commission on any sales we bring to the artist. Any sales derived from our “Artist of the Year” site belong to the artist. We will not take orders, but instead refer people to the artist’s website directly. Go first to the ROFFS™ website, https://www.roffs.com/about-roffs/roffs-artist-of-the-year/ and then go to Kelly’s website to see more of her work. Think about how you can use her art at home and office, as well as, for creating new trophies and other awards. Those customized fish molds would be great to use as would her paintings.
Award-winning marine artist Kelly Reark draws much of her inspiration from fishing in Boca Grande and Chokoloskee. Growing up in an adventurous family provided endless opportunities while fishing and hunting to explore her native Florida. What started as poking about oyster bars and mud flats grew into her degree from the University of Miami.
Pursuing her creative passion, Kelly uses her art and marine biology background together to advocate for sustainability, ecosystem management, and conservation of resources. “My mission is to motivate people to think about what they do, and act accordingly to preserve creatures and habitats for the enjoyment of all,” Kelly explains, “Borrowing the earth from our future is a phrase that has taken on an even deeper meaning since having my own boys.”
Kelly’s work is both bright and nostalgic for that reason. She paints silks, creates “tattooed” fiberglass fish and paints traditional canvas works. The tattooed pieces are an indelible reminder that the permanence of our unique wildlife depends on the effectiveness of our efforts to be sustainable and responsible. Kelly has created work on many species from sea turtles to bonefish. Tarpon continue to be the most popular mount. Sepia toned paintings and fish mounts have become her sought-after trademark style. “Sepia tones look like woodcarving or scrimshaw in the way that I apply the paint,” Kelly says, “And I like the challenge of incorporating full color expressions of light, water and texture with that timeless style.”
"Ink Tarpon" was so much fun to create. I went crazy with the background and used washes, salt, blotters, alcohol and watercolors to create an abstract environment for these beauties. Tarpon are so darn beautiful. My pen and ink drawing is detailed and each scale articulated. In conjunction with the World's Richest Tarpon Tournament coming up in a few months, I am showing new art pieces in the Invitational Art Show held in downtown Boca Grande on May 18-…
Are those tarpon scales real silver?It sure would seem that way! Congratulations to Alex Shouppe's team on the HEY MOMA! with Captain Wayne Joiner for their $32,400 first place win in the 2017 World's Richest Tarpon Tournament. Captain Wayne also took home the Jay Joiner Memorial Belt Buckle.
The first fish caught and second place prizes went to the Wise team aboard Captain Charlie Coleman's CASUARINA. Combined winnings collected by Howard Wise's team amounted to $48,600.
Captain Nat Italiano and SPOOK hosted Howard Franklin's team. They caught the last fish of the tournament and won $27,000. Nat joked with me that their fish was probably worth about $1,500 per inch. Maybe an exaggeration, but still proving it doesn't have to be a record-setting fish to win a record-setting prize. Goodbye, my love. Many of you braved the heat to catch up with me at the Boca Grande Invitational Art Festival, and I am SO thankful for that! Great to see your smiling faces! My beautif…
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