Wayne Garber at ArtsFest!

Wayne Garber will be at the 2015 ArtsFest sponsored by The Arts Council of Martin County! Come by the Local Artist Tent and check out our our exhibition. Wayne will also be taking customer information for future productions.

From martinarts.org…

What is ArtsFest 2015? The downtown festival brings out more than 15,000 people into the heart of Downtown Stuart for fun, food, entertainment, and fine art and amazing crafts from all over the world.
What type of event is ArtsFest 2015? It is a fun and interactive outdoor art festival for people of all ages.
Who may attend? Everyone. This event is open to the general public.
When is the festival? Saturday March 28, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday March 29, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where is the festival located? There are two points of entry to the event this year both located on East Ocean Blvd. The West Gate is locate at Ocean Blvd and Detroit while the East Gate is Ocean and Georgia Ave. Artist will enter the event at Ocean and Florida (access from Osceola and Florida).
What is the cost? General admission is $5. Tickets may be purchased online prior to the event. (Please visit https://martinartsorg.presencehost.net/news_events/artsfest/event-form/artsfest-tickets/7605/tickets for online ticketing)



Interview from the artist, Wayne Garber:

My mother has always been a collector of giraffes, even since she was a child. Her mother, my grand mother, gave her giraffes and I guess it just stuck as a hobby. My mother now has several giraffe figurines and collectibles ; enough for a whole house. It’s never enough though, right?

My mother recently turned 90, and that is a huge milestone. I wanted to do something special, and knowing how much giraffes mean to her, it was something I had to do.

So I began, and after several days of work, I had made a great pointillism of a giraffe. Well, just the head… It was wrapped and brought to her and it was amazing to watch her discover what was under the gift-wrapping. Though, the first thing she said when she looked at it was…

“Where’s the rest of it?!”

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Atlantic Sailfish

The Atlantic Sailfish is a pelagic fish of tropical and temperate waters in the Atlantic and Caribbean Sea. It is a migratory species and moves about the open ocean and into the Mediterranean Sea. Its depth range is from warm surface waters down to about 200m (656 ft).

Atlantic Sailfish are related to the marlin. They hunt schooling fish, such as sardines, anchovies and mackerel although they also feed on crustacean s and squids.

A highly prized game fish known for its speed and spectacular jumps and “tail-walking”.


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Sea Turtle

The green sea turtle is a large sea turtle of the family Cheloniidae. It is the only species in this genus. Its range extends throughout tropical and subtropical seas around the world, with two distinct population s in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The common name comes from the unusually green fat found beneath its carapace.

Like other sea turtles green sea turtles migrate long distances between feeding grounds and hatching beaches. Many islands worldwide are known as Turtle Islands due to green sea turtles nesting on their beaches. Females crawl out on beaches, dig nests and lay eggs during the night. Later, hatchlings emerge and scramble into the water. Those that reach maturity may live to eighty years in the wild.

C. mydas is listed as endangered and is protected from exploitation in most countries. It is illegal to collect, harm or kill them. In addition, many countries have laws and ordinances to protect nesting areas.


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Blue-Ringed Octopus

Three, perhaps four, species that live in tide pools and coral reefs in the Pacific and Indian oceans from Japan to Australia.

They are recognized as some of the world’s most venomous marine animals. Despite their small size (will fit in the palm of your hand and weigh about as much as a golf ball) and relatively docile natures, they can prove a danger to humans.

The octopus produces venom containing tetrodotoxin that is 1200 times more toxic than cyanide. Their venom can result in nausea, respiratory arrest, heart failure, severe and sometimes total paralysis and blindness and can lead to death within minutes, The blue ringed octopus carries enough venom to kill 26 adult humans within minutes. Their bites are tiny and often painless, with many victims not realizing they have been envenomed until respiratory depression and paralysis start in.


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Pterois, commonly known as lionfish, is a genus of venomous marine fish found mostly in the indo-pacific. Pterois is characterized by conspicuous warning coloration with red, white, creamy or black bands showy pectoral fins and venomous spiny fin rays. The potency of their venom makes them excellent predators and poisonous to fishermen and divers. In humans, the venom can cause systemic effects such as extreme pain, vomiting, fever, convulsions and breathing difficulties. Their venom is rarely fatal to healthy humans, but some species have enough venom to produce extreme discomfort for a period of several days.

Two of the nine species of pterois, the red lionfish (P. volitans) and the common lionfish (P. miles), have established themselves as significant invasive species of the east coast of the us and in the Caribbean. Studies show that lionfish could be decreasing Atlantic reef diversity by up to 80%.


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Jellyfish or jellies are the major non-polyp form of individuals of the phylum cnidaria. They are typified as free-swimming marine animals consisting of a gelatinous umbrella-shaped bell and trailing tentacles. The bell can pulsate for locomotion, while the stinging tentacles can be used to capture prey.

Jellyfish are among the most spectacular marine species in the world. They can be found in all of the seas and oceans of the world at every level of the water, from the surfaces to the very depths. Different species thrive under different climatic conditions and the jellies are known to exist in the coldest waters of the arctic to the warm waters of the equator.

Very few species of animal are able to survive across different climatic conditions, and most species can only be found in specific locations under specific conditions. Not so for the jellies; they thrive just about everywhere.


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The common snook is the largest of the four members in its family. Also called the robalo or sergeant fish, it can grow it 4.6 feet but common length is 1.6 ft. It possesses drab coloration except for a distinctive black lateral line. It can possess bright yellow pelvic and caudal fins, especially during the spawn.

Snook are widespread throughout the tropical waters of the western Atlantic Ocean from the coast of North Carolina to Brazil including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. Occurring in shallow coastal waters, estuaries and lagoons, they often enter fresh water. It is carnivorous, with a diet dominated by smaller fishes, and crustacean s such as shrimps and occasionally crabs.

Considered an excellent food fish, the common snook is fished commercially outside the US. It is prized as a game fish, being known for its great fighting capabilities.


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Wahoo are found worldwide in tropical and subtropical seas. It is best known to sports fishermen, as its speed and high quality flesh make it a prize game fish. In Hawaii, the wahoo is known as ono. Many hispanic areas of the Caribbean and central America refer to this fish as peto.

The flesh of the wahoo is white to grey, delicate to dense and highly regarded by many gourmets. The taste is similar to mackerel, though arguably less pronounced. This had created some demand for the wahoo as a premium priced commercial food fish. In many areas of its range, local demand for wahoo is met by artisanal commercial fisherman who take them primarily by trolling as well as by recreation sport fisherman who sell their catch. Wahoo have been recorded up to 8ft 2in in length and weighing up to 183 pounds. Growth is rapid and they are some of the fastest fish in the sea.

In most parts of the range, the wahoo is a highly prized sport fishing catch. It reaches a good size, is often not too far from land, and is a very good fighter on light to medium tackle. It is known in sports fishing circles for the speed and strength of its first run, The aggressive habits and razor sharp teeth of the wahoo make them a great challenged when hook ed.

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Mahi Mahi


The mahi mahi or common dolphinfish is a surface dwelling fish found off shore in temperate tropical and subtropical waters worldwide.

Also known widely as dorado. The name mahi mahi means very strong in Hawaiian. Mahi Mahi can live up to 5 years although they seldom exceed four. They are among the fastest growing fish and females can reach sexual maturity by 4 or 5 months old and cam spawn 2 or 3 times a year.

Mahi Mahi can swim as fast as 60 mph and are highly sought for sport fishing and commercial purposes. Sport fisherman seek them due to their beauty, size, food quality and healthy population. Mahi Mahi is very popular in many restaurants.


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