Palm Coast Arts Foundation officials are planning to unveil turtle No. 5 next week, part of the group’s growing “Turtle Trail” public art project.

Palm Coast Arts Foundation officials are planning to unveil turtle No. 5 next week, part of the group’s growing “Turtle Trail” public art project.  

Named “Nadia,” the latest turtle sculpture is inspired by the works of 19th century French artist Edgar Degas, who was known for ballet-themed paintings, according to news release from the Arts Foundation.

The unveiling is scheduled for at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Palm Coast City Hall, 160 Lake Ave.

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The sponsor of the turtle, who wishes to remain anonymous, said, “This stunning turtle perfectly illustrates how art transforms any particular moment. As you walk by, admire the beauty, artisanship and joy on display, expressing, as do all art forms, the human capacity to portray emotion through creativity,” according to the release.

Local artist JJ Graham accepted the challenge and brought the sculpture to life.

“Suffice it to say I never dreamed I’d be commissioned to paint dancers inspired by the works of Degas on a sea turtle named Nadia or that I would actually enjoy the process as much as I did,” he said in the release. “For the most part, I treated the shell and fins like an unusually shaped canvas, turned up the music and went for it. In the end I can only hope that people feel the joy and playful nature that embodied my creative process.

“My thanks to the Palm Coast Arts Foundation and the mysterious sponsor that gave me the opportunity to participate in this ongoing project, and I hope our community continues to support their efforts.”

Nancy Crouch, executive director of the arts foundation, said response to the project has been gratifying.

“We are beyond thrilled that this public sculpture project has been so warmly embraced by the community,” she said. “It is our hope that this enthusiasm allows us to continue placing these works of art in prominent areas of Flagler County. It is a wonderful introduction to the world of these important historical artists being replicated here, and the talented artists that have come forward to participate is amazing.”

Other painted turtles that the foundation plans to unveil this year include “Garfield,” by artist Andy Sovia and sponsored by Kathy Reichard-Ellavsky for the Palm Coast Historical Society, Oct. 26, and “Quilty,” who will represent a historical quilt artist of the 1700s being created by Bettie Eubanks for sponsors Pat and Bill Verhagen, on Oct. 10.

Several others are in the conceptual stage with more turtles to be installed on the Turtle Trail by the end of the year, according to the foundation. A map identifying the locations of the turtles will be available after the first of the year.

Other turtles on the trail include Claude (Monet); Tiff (Louis Comfort Tiffany); Marc-Sea (Marc Chagall); and Pablo (Pablo Picasso).

Visit to find their locations and learn how to sponsor a turtle on the Turtle Trail.

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