August 18, 2020

South Padre Island, TX, August 18, 2020 – The third – and largest – of South Padre Island’s Sea Turtle Art Trail turtles has “hatched” at Beach Park on South Padre Island.  Painted by mother and daughter artists Beth and Chelsea Fedigan, the enormous turtle is near the entrance of Beach Park Water Park. 

The eleven-foot-tall sea turtle depicts the beauty of living on the island, complete with sea life, palm trees, and, of course, a set of islands. The mother and daughter team have spent months on the design, only completing the final finishing touches in the last few days. Beth Fedigan, primarily a watercolorist, and Chelsea Fedigan, well known for infusing her paintings with a comic flair, chronicled part of their journey in an online gallery on Instagram.

Artist Chelsea Fedigan and the 11 foot tall sea turtle at Beach Park on South Padre Island
Artist Chelsea Fedigan and the 11 foot tall sea turtle at Beach Park on South Padre Island

Living in the tropics is reflected in Beth’s paintings with her bold and vibrant use of color and tropical subject matter.  She keeps busy with commissions and participates in a number of art shows every year.  Her daughter Chelsea is best known for her colorful and lively dog portraits. “I have combined my background in cartoons and graphics with my painting.”, Fedigan says of her work. Chelsea continued her education at the University of Texas at Brownsville, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art.  Both artists live on South Padre Island.

Access to the largest turtle on the trail will be preserved for all Island visitors. “Although our park is closed, we are committing to offering Island visitors access for photos with our turtle,” said Jimmy Hawkinson, general manager of Beach Park. The park ended its season earlier this summer in light of the coronavirus for the safety of visitors and staff. However, since the giant turtle is near the entrance of the park, providing access is very doable. ”It’s the largest member of the Sea Turtle Art Trail, so we don’t want people to miss it,” Hawkinson explained.

South Padre Island is renowned for being one of the world’s foremost spots for the rescue and rehabilitation of sea turtles including the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle. The City Of South Padre Island and the South Padre Convention and Visitors Bureau are rolling out the Sea Turtle Art Trail as an ideal photo backdrop (Selfie Station) on an Island that celebrates, rescues and works to protect sea turtles. 

“Here on the Island, we have a special place in our heart for sea turtles and artists. With the addition of Beach Park’s sea turtle we are almost halfway through what will be an engaging trail showcasing great work by local and regional artists,” said Ed Caum South Padre Island’s CVB Director. “We can’t wait to share even more in the next few weeks. Exploring the Sea Turtle Trail will be a great way to ‘coastal distance,’” he quipped. Turtles on the trail are hatching every week or two.

For more information about the Sea Turtle Art Trail and more activities on South Padre Island, please visit

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