The Palm Coast Arts Foundation will unveil its sixth turtle sculpture at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the park at Colbert Lane and Waterfront Park.
“Quilty,” the sixth sea turtle sculpture to join the Palm Coast Arts Foundation’s “Turtle Trail,” will be unveiled to the public beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at Colbert Lane and Waterfront Park.
Inspired by the works of 1700s quilt artist Betty White, according to a news release from the foundation, Quilty was painted by Bettie Eubanks, the first female artist to paint one of the sculptures, and was sponsored by Pat and Bill Verhagen, owners of the Cut Up and Sew quilt shop in City Market Place, and by Innovative Financial Solutions.
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“Quilty and I have spent over 80 hours together in my studio,” Eubanks said in the release. “I’m not sure I’m ready to let her go … but all children grow up and go out into the world. I’m sure she will enjoy her new home and I will miss her not being in the studio.”
Nancy Crouch, executive direction of the arts foundation, said, “We are excited that Bettie was our first female artist to take on the challenge of painting on a ‘nontraditional’ surface. The community reaction to the Turtle Trail has exceeded our expectations. Bringing the art of quilt-making to life on a turtle shell is astonishing and adds yet another educational dimension to the Turtle Trail.”
The next turtle sculpture unveiling will be “Garfield” by artist Andy Sovia at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Palm Coast Historical Society office at James F. Holland memorial Park, 18 Florida Park Dr.. Garfield is sponsored by Kathy Reichard-Ellavsky.
Other turtles on the trail include Claude (Monet), Tiff (Louis Comfort Tiffany), Marc-Sea (Marc Chagall), Pablo (Pablo Picasso) and Nadia (Edgar Degas). For information on their locations and how to sponsor a turtle on the Turtle Trail, visit palmcoastartsfoundation.com.