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"Paintings for a Purpose" at the South Carolina Aquarium Celebrates Local Art and Wildlife
10/27/2015 2:36:23 PM

Paintings for a Purpose, the art of Laura Palermo

Experience the magnificence of the ocean, sea turtles, and other marine life in a new art installation at the South Carolina Aquarium. Paintings for a Purpose, which features the works of Charleston-based artist Laura Palermo, is now on display at the South Carolina Aquarium through February 2016.

The Aquarium has been presenting the work of several well-known artists within the building’s Great Hall, a space that also provides unrivaled views across the Charleston Harbor. To date, the works of Dr. Guy Harvey, Miner Metal, and Wild Carolina, the art of Scott Penegar have been featured in this space. Now, Palermo’s beautiful and brightly colored paintings may be found here.

Palermo captures the nuances and spirit of her animal subjects through intense study, using acrylic on canvas to create her masterpieces. The animal she most passionately seeks to protect is the sea turtle. After encountering a sea turtle in the wild, Palermo was inspired to learn more about their plight. She hopes that by capturing their beauty in her art, others will be moved to do the same.

She spent numerous hours observing the Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital patients, including loggerhead, green and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, to ensure she created the most accurate representation of each species. Palermo was able to spend time with many of the turtles, some of which later became the stars of her paintings on display at the Aquarium. Turtles are not the only animal represented in her art; her other subjects include lionfish, jacks, whooping crane and a new series of red knot shorebirds.

The artwork is available for purchase with part of the proceeds benefiting the Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program. Paintings for a Purpose is included with general admission to the Aquarium. For more information visit or call (843) 577-FISH (3474).

Fast Facts:

  • Paintings for a Purpose is now on display at the South Carolina Aquarium

  • The installation features the work of Charleston-based artist Laura Palermo

  • The art featured in Paintings for a Purpose is available for purchase, with part of the proceeds going to the Sea Turtle Rescue Program

  • The installation is included with general admission to the Aquarium

  • For more information visit or call (843) 577-FISH (3474)


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