Avant Gallery and Shark Savers Present "Art for Sharks Sake"

Posted on January 7, 2013
Written by: Shark Savers



An art, film and ocean awareness gala event

artforsharks.jpgMiami Beach, FL – December 20, 2012 – Avant Gallery and Shark Savers are pleased to present Art for Sharks Sake, a breakthrough collaboration event for art, science and ocean awareness.

This gala fundraising event will take place on January 24th at Avant Gallery in Miami’s South Beach to raise awareness and funds for Shark Savers’ conservation efforts by featuring shark art and film while celebrating the artists who help protect sharks through artistic representation.

The evening will feature the work of artist Kevin McHugh who is renowned for his opulent shark and sailfish sculptures. Kevin is also a conservationist hoping to transform how people perceive trophy fish. Kevin’s artwork celebrates the beauty of sharks and sailfish while bringing attention to their dwindling populations.

A third of all shark species are threatened or near threatened with extinction with some shark populations depleted by as much as 90-99%. Shark conservation is vital to maintain healthy reef and ocean ecosystems. Florida tourism, local dive and travel commerce all depend on keeping this vital biodiversity. Shark Savers’ programs help shark populations at risk around the world.

tiger_shark.jpg“This event is meant to blend the line between art and conservation,” says Dmitry Prut, Avant Gallery’s President and Founder. “It’s important to play a part in community outreach, especially with nonprofits where we see a fit with our customers’ passions.”

There will also be a showing of Shark Savers’ short films with stunning visuals and engaging conservation messaging. The evening will include cocktails as well as activities with special sponsors, appearances by well-known shark biologists, conservationists and celebrities.

“We are thrilled that Avant Gallery has joined us to promote the concept that art is a rewarding and everlasting way to give back to the environment,” says Angela Smith from Shark Savers. “There is an age-old fascination with sharks, we plan to celebrate this at the event via the culture of the gallery and themes running throughout the evening. We’re looking forward to an amazing night that will heighten awareness for the sharks!”

When: Thursday, January 24, 2013, 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Where: Avant Gallery, 309 23rd Street, Miami Beach, FL  33139

Donations requested at the door and a portion of proceeds to benefit Shark Savers

RSVP at http://artforsharkssake.eventbrite.com or on Facebook


About Avant Gallery: Avant Gallery’s mission is to electrify your spirit, and to deliver inspiration through forward-thinking art and design. Avant Gallery offers a curated selection of extraordinary objet d'art with limited availability and unlimited personality. The evolving collection includes furniture accent pieces, lighting, sculpture, wall and floor decor, fine art, photography, mixed media design, and other unique collectibles. All of these special pieces can be quintessentially described as wondrous and illusion-filled. Avant Gallery has a roster of world-renowned as well as emerging talent from the disciplines of art, design, and passionate manufacturing. For more information: www.avantgallery.com


About Shark Savers: Shark Savers is dedicated to saving sharks and mantas through building awareness, education, and action. Founded in 2007 by six long-time divers with a shared passion, our mission is to save the world’s dwindling shark and manta populations. Today, more than 25,000 members from 99 nations share that passion. Focusing on action and results, Shark Savers’ programs result in more protections for sharks and mantas, locally and globally. By leveraging broad professional experience and ocean expertise, Shark Savers brings this important issue to the public in many compelling forms, motivating people to stop consuming sharks and shark fin soup, working for the creation of shark sanctuaries, and empowering divers as advocates and citizen scientists for sharks. Shark Savers is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information: www.sharksavers.org.



Angela Smith

Shark Savers


954 789 0762



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