South Padre Island, TX, August 25, 2020 – Sea Turtle Inc., South Padre Island’s very own rescue, rehabilitation, and educational facility dedicated to sea turtles, is debuting the fourth member of the Sea Turtle Art Trail. This hatching is a unique one for Sea Turtle, Inc. The organization often releases sea turtle hatchlings from mid-June to early August in early morning releases on the Island, but none of them are at the scale, or as colorful as, “La Sirena.”
Painted by local artist Beth Fedigan, the newest turtle on the South Padre Island Sea Turtle Art Trail features a mermaid, done in the style of La Sirena, one of the images on Loteria (Loteria is commonly referred to as “Mexican Bingo”). Fedigan’s rendition is a more contemporary and brightly colored mermaid who is tenderly holding a baby turtle – a tip of the fin to the work of the volunteers at Sea Turtle, Inc.
Fedigan’s work often includes bold colors, tropical scenes, and sea life, but this is the first time she’s worked with a sculpted turtle as her canvas. “I see life in colors and the subjects of my art reflect this,” said Fedigan. Her greatest satisfaction comes from the impact her art has on others. “I enjoy watching the faces of those who see my work, especially if it brings a smile to their faces.” La Sirena is Beth’s second turtle on the Art Trail; her first turtle on the Trail is a collaboration with her daughter, Chelsea Fedigan, which is on display at Beach Park, South Padre Island’s waterpark.
Because La Sirena is located outside the facility, visitors can take photos anytime, however, a tour through Sea Turtle, Inc. is not to be missed. Locals encourage visitors to plan their visit to coincide with Sea Turtle, Inc.’s operating hours currently limited to Tuesday through Sunday. Visitors are also encouraged to check the website for safe visitation rules.
Thanks in no small part to the work of Sea Turtle, Inc.’s founder, Ila Fox Loetscher, 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 now midway through the roll-out of the Sea Turtle Art Trail which serves as an ideal photo backdrop on an Island that celebrates, rescues, and works together to protect sea turtles.
“The hatching of La Sirena is a very special one,” said Ed Caum South Padre Island’s CVB Director. “It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the incredible work of the Sea Turtle Inc., which, over the years, has released over 4,000 hatchlings into the Gulf. We appreciate all they do to care for sea turtles and to educate the public on everything we can do to keep these beautiful creatures safe and healthy.” All turtles on the Trail are arranged for ease of both social distancing and selfies.
# # #