Artist and marine conservationist Guy Harvey will be the keynote speaker for the Palm Beach State College Foundation’s lunch focused on science, technology, arts and math, the college announced last week.
Harvey grew up fishing and diving with his father along the south coast of Jamaica. He earned a doctoral degree in fisheries biology and taught for a short time before quitting to focus on art, according to the college’s bio.
His depictions of marlin and mahi mahi are especially well-known.
Harvey will talk about his travels that have allowed him better understand the habits and environments of the sea creatures he paints. He’ll also speak about his efforts to save coral reefs, many of which are already seriously damaged.
One of the college’s professors, Jessica Miles, began the Reef Hope Project off the Jupiter coast this summer. On a recent dive, she sunk the last three of five “mini-apartments,” PVC structures to resemble reefs. She and her students will haul up and study them three years from now to contribute to a global biodiversity project.
You can read more about her work here.
The lunch is 11:30 a.m. Feb. 7 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts Cohen Pavilion, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets are $150. A table of 10 is $1,500.
The money raised goes to scholarships. You can buy tickets online at www.palmbeachstate.edu/Foundation/STEAM.