Meet the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District’s Board Chair

 Photo Courtesy of WPB DDA

Photo Courtesy of WPB DDA

Gisele Weisman hails from Blowing Rock, North Carolina. In addition to being an accomplished artist with her work showcased at several local galleries in Blowing Rock and surrounding areas, she is also a tenured College Professor and Counselor, as well as a published Author. Gisele's education background includes a B.A. in German and English and a teaching certification from the University of Nebraska, as well as a Ph.D. and M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University.

During her time in Palm Beach, Gisele's award-winning works of art have been showcased in solo exhibitions at the Society of the Four Arts, and at the Pierce-Archer's Fine Art Gallery. She was one of 9 artists chosen to paint a cat (she created "Cleopatra") for the "Worth Ave. Catwalk" and live auction to benefit the Palm Beach Island Cats Society. Gisele's painting and sculptures have also been exhibited with Continuum WPB Arts, and at the Lois Brzezinski Gallery. She has also exhibited in galleries and museums in Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, and Jupiter.

 Photo Courtesy of WPB DDA

Photo Courtesy of WPB DDA

Gisele's art exudes her vibrant inner energy which is expressed through her lively colors and confident brush strokes. Her unique whimsical sculptures and paintings have a local, national and international following.

Her long-term vision is to build a world-class program to advance the arts, culture and entertainment offerings to the residents and visitors of Palm Beach. Plans include the creation of a centralized events calendar...a "go-to" list for all of the arts and entertainment happenings downtown, as well as an expansion to the boundaries of the District, which currently consists of 20 venues located within a mile of the WPB Downtown Development Authority Office.

Harvey Talks Art, Passion For Sea Life

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Diving with tiger sharks off the coast of Mexico, exploring the coral reefs along Panama or painting sea creatures on the hull of a massive cruise ship, these are some of the ways Dr. Guy Harvey spends his days.

The marine biologist who gained international recognition for his paintings of sea creatures, spoke Wednesday at the Palm Beach State College Foundation’s sixth annual STEAM luncheon. He took the more than 500 attendees on a journey through his 32-year career. The event was held at the Kravis Center for Performing Arts Cohen Pavilion, which was decorated with pictures of coral reefs and sea life.

Harvey showcased more than 20 pieces of his artwork of birds, turtles, sharks, bill fish, dolphins, stingrays and more that he said were painted from personal experience. He spoke fondly about his early childhood in Jamaica, where his love of nature developed.

“Both my parents loved fishing,” said Harvey, a 10th generation Jamaican. “We spent many hours fishing and diving together and caught all kinds of fish. Those early experiences built a love of the sea in me and I became fascinated with fish.”

Harvey, who grew up in a military family, eventually moved to England when he was eight years old. After graduating high school, he earned a degree in marine biology from Aberdeen University in Scotland. He then went back home and earned a Ph.D. in fisheries biology from the University of the West Indies.

He served as a professor for a short time; however, he never stopped drawing and painting sea life. In the early 1980s, Harvey decided to exhibit his artwork in a few hotels in Jamaica.

“I sold some of my art and my career began,” Harvey said. He then sold all of his work at his first appearance at a Fort Lauderdale boat show. The Guy Harvey brand developed from then on. Today, his artwork is seen all over South Florida and beyond at SeaWorld, the Norwegian Escape cruise line, Ford Motor Company, as well as on license plates, jewelry, clothing and more.

Harvey told the crowd that his passion is not limited to art; he is also very involved in conservation efforts. For years, he has been making regular trips throughout the Caribbean and beyond to collect data.

“There is a lack of research on so many different species,” Harvey said. “Without data, you can’t really study them. With data, you can educate people and effect conservation.”

To help in these efforts, Harvey established the Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Inc.

One of his research projects is to tag sharks to study their travel patterns. These sharks include tiger sharks, oceanic white tips and shortfin mako sharks, which Harvey described as the “coolest and fastest” of the species.

“These sharks are not wandering aimlessly,” Harvey said. “They know where they are, where they’ve been and where they’re going. Some travel thousands of miles to up to five different countries.”

Harvey and his team of researchers also track many other species throughout the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and beyond including blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish and stingrays.

Harvey also encourages creating more homes for these species with artificial coral reefs, such as with Palm Beach State’s Reef Hope Project.

According to Harvey, the reefs are being threatened all over the world by many factors including climate change, overfishing, poor agricultural practices and disease.

“There is a lot to do,” Harvey said. “I team up with a lot of people, and we like to collaborate together. It’s our collective responsibility to help with these efforts.”

As his speech came to a close, Harvey encouraged the crowd to contribute to conservation efforts.

“The first thing is to educate yourself,” Harvey said. “You must educate yourself about the issues. Learn about the fish that you consume. And then once you arm yourself with knowledge, you must try to educate people around you. Become an influence and then do something about it.”

Harvey said one easy way people can contribute to conservation efforts is by purchasing specialty license plates such as with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation plate where annual fees are donated to the foundation to fund marine-related scientific research.

Proceeds from the luncheon went toward the College’s STEAM initiative, a multi-year initiative to impact the projected shortage of local, skilled professionals in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) fields. To date, the initiative has raised $2.5 million to fund new student scholarships, develop academic program enhancements, provide new internships for students and build new business and community partnerships.

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