In a fusion of art and literature, Ocean Publishing will hold its summer Art Opening Reception 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at 200 S. Oceanshore Blvd., Flagler Beach.
Frank Gromling, Ocean Publishing's founder and publisher, described the event as "A terrific way of showcasing Rick Cannizzaro’s art, as well as inviting the public to join in Ocean’s long-running conservation education program."
Cannizzaro is known for his oil, pastel and acrylic paintings. Gromling signed Cannizzaro as Ocean Publishing's commissioned artist in July 2010 and recently announced that they have extended the arrangement for another year.
Cannizzaro has created and will continue to craft paintings featuring the subjects of Ocean's books, all of which focus on nature, marine life, environment and conservation.
"Rick's artistic ability to capture the very essence of his subjects in a colorful and almost whimsical style adds a new and dynamic dimension to what we bring to the public in both our books and art shows," Gromling said.
Also on display will be Ocean’s newest book, “Explore the Southeast National Marine Sanctuaries with Jean-Michel Cousteau,” the first installment in a four-book project with the famous ocean protector.
Ocean Publishing was honored in May with the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Award for excellence in independent publishing for its work on Cousteau’s book.
The collection will remain on display through Aug. 15.