Source: Manatee County School District

A special event with renowned artist and conservationist, Dr. Guy Harvey, highlighted partnerships, and artwork done by Manatee County students.

On Sunday, December 3rd, Anna Maria Elementary Principal Michael Masiello and two student artists were invited to the Bealls Florida store, located on Manatee Avenue West in Bradenton.

 The Guy Harvey Foundation teamed up with Bealls Florida to host an event to celebrate the connection between art and conservation.

Photo Credit: Guy Harvey Foundation (Facebook)

The Bradenton-based department store has been known for selling Guy Harvey’s colorful marine-related merchandise for decades.

A coloring contest was held for students from the Guy Harvey Academy of Arts and Science at Anna Maria Elementary.

Two designs were chosen and adorn 20-ounce steel tumblers, which were sold during the event.

In return, Dr. Harvey donated $1,000 each to Anna Maria Elementary School and an arts education non-profit, Embracing Our Differences.

The winning cup designs featured a Hawksbill Turtle and a Dog Snapper.

The winning artists, 8-year-old Silas, and 10-year-old Jane, each received a $100 Bealls gift card and a private meet and greet with Guy Harvey.

Afterward, fans had the chance to get merchandise signed and paint a Guy Harvey mural outside the store.

Photo Credit: Guy Harvey Foundation (Facebook)

Meanwhile, Anna Maria Elementary School art teacher, Beth McIntosh, is making waves with her new masterpiece.

She created an 8 foot, 3-D manta ray from natural materials (part of a palm tree), Styrofoam, paper mache and epoxy.

Kindergarten and first grade students used their thumbprints to create a unique pattern of spots on its surface.

What an incredible, innovative addition to the school! 

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