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Gulf of Mexico

Artists Use Their Talents to Benefit the Gulf Coast


Hope Floats in the Gulf of Mexico

Photography by Merry Waldroup

“As artists, we wanted to contribute to restoring the Gulf and inspire people at the same time.”

— Patrick Taylor, artist and co-owner of Taylor Kinzel gallery

For just a few hours, the Taylor Kinzel Gallery in the Atlanta suburb of Roswell, Georgia, was a portal to the natural beauty and unique culture of the Gulf of Mexico for more than 70 guests during a benefit for the Gulf of Mexico. 

Using navigational maps of the Gulf as a unifying theme, 13 artists created 15 inspiring pieces of art that were offered in a raffle and silent auction, raising nearly $4,000 for Gulf Coast restoration efforts.

Artist and co-owner of the gallery Patrick Taylor created the show’s signature piece, aptly named Hope Floats. “Watching the news and seeing the devastation caused by the spill, it just hurt our hearts,” Patrick said. “As artists, we wanted to contribute to restoring the Gulf and inspire people at the same time.”

Mary Kinzel, gallery co-owner and Conservancy member, researched several organizations to contribute the proceeds of their benefit. “The Nature Conservancy was the obvious choice,” she said.

See a slideshow of the art work and make your own donation to support restoration in the Gulf of Mexico.

Each of the participating artists was invited by the gallery owners to participate and asked to use the maps to  create a unique piece in less than 2 months time. According to Mary, no one said, “No.”

Long-time Louisiana residents Bill and Tedra Cheatham, owners of the newly opened North of NOLA restaurant in Roswell, contributed their own brand of art to the event – a New Orleans style tasting featuring  pork and rice boudin.

“I’m so glad we did this,” said Mary. “We just got so much positive feedback from our customers and friends. Everyone wanted to be a part it.”

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