It has been my great pleasure to work with the President, Founder and Director of Beneath the Waves Film Festival, Austin Gallagher. The vision for this poster came about last fall, and we have been collaborating and planning its unveiling since then. It is so great to finally see it all come together as the official 5 year Anniversary Poster, and I am so proud to have been a small part of this organization's mission!
Tell me about your organization
Beneath the Waves(TM) Film Festival is part of Beneath the Waves, Inc, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which aims to raise public awareness with regards to ocean conservation and marine science through the use of visual and digital media such as videos. We also seek to promote science communication and scientific literacy by encouraging and inspiring scientists, ocean enthusiasts, and members of the general public to produce, promote and communicate research and conservation through open-access, engaging short films. Thus, the approach of the organization is two-pronged: (a) to educate the public about issues facing our oceans, and (b) to inspire scientists to broaden the communication of their work, a critical need due to the status of oceans worldwide.
Over the past 5 years, we have reached over 5,000 people in-person, around the world. Festivals take place in venues ranging from small theaters to youth hostels to large auditoriums and universities. In late 2013, we launched a new initiative within Beneath the WavesTM called Youth Making Ripples. The purpose of this endeavor is to inspire K-12 students to learn about ocean conservation issues, and to tell their stories through short films. In future years, it will become a global initiative that continues as a film competition, but also develops scientific curricula based on the content of the Beneath the WavesTM films.
Beneath the Waves is run and operated by graduate students in the marine sciences.
What is the purpose of this commission?
This unique and limited-edition piece commemorates the 5 year anniversary of the festival, which has now expanded to over 6 continents and impacted thousands of people. We chose the Southeastern US and Gulf of Mexico for the piece as this is where the majority of our events in the US have been held, and where we really got our start. We wanted to not only celebrate the festival, but also highlight the amazing species that call the ocean their home thru the gorgeous and talented work of artist Carly Mejeur. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of this print will go to ocean conservation and helping the Beneath the Waves non-profit achieve their goals.
What is one of your favorite stories from interacting with these film stars in the water?
One of our team's most favorite recent experiences was diving with great hammerhead sharks in the Bahamas. They are, in our eyes, a total celebration of the diversity of life in the oceans and the evolution of life on this planet. However, this species is also highly threatened due to finning and overfishing, so getting the word out on their plight is important.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to be involved, Austin. I know that you and your team will accomplish great things and inspire millions! I hope that you all enjoyed learning the story behind the painting and if you are interested in supporting the cause, order your limited edition poster online today!
Hello Fellow Artists,
My name is Carly Mejeur and I am the Creative Director of Be Happy Walls: A community of artists interested in becoming "benevolent contributors" to the community and its needs. I am curating an inaugural exhibition at Startup Palm Beach on Clematis, April 18th. If you are interested in being involved, please email me an image of the work you wish to submit and donate at least one, small print to the cause. Your print will be used to achieve our Be Happy Walls mission- to make the world a happier place, one wall at a time. Your work could be displayed anywhere within the community with a specific need, from a children's hospital to an impoverished family's living room. There is no specific theme or style that we are looking for, we just want to make sure that it is appropriate for all ages with a "happy" subject or mood.
The deadline for submissions is March 28th and Prints must be postmarked April 1st.
If you are interested, send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
1. jpegs of images you wish to submit 1-4 total.
2. Name, contact email, and phone number
3. Photo of yourself and an artist statement or brief biography
4. Website URL (if applicable)
5. Please specify if you will be showing an original along with your donated print(s), and which image is for which part of the exhibition (print or original).
6. Dimensions of original (if submitting one)
You will receive information about where to send your print(s), and when and how to drop off your original artwork if accepted for exhibition in a follow-up email after submission. By donating a print, you will automatically become an exhibiting member of the Be Happy Walls Artist Group (Please also join our Facebook group), and will be featured in our directory to eventually be advertised online and in print. You will also receive free advertising for your artwork and be contributing to this great cause- making the world a happier place, one wall at a time. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. If you are not yet making prints of your artwork, I can provide contacts so please don't let it hold you back from joining this beautiful movement and being a part of our first exhibition!
Creative Director of Be Happy Walls
Carly Mejeur is a floridian artist, inspired by her ocean hobbies and travels. This Blog is for news, events, and just for fun. Click here for the artist's Bio.