LuLu, the Sea Venice turtle sponsored by Lueanne Wood, PA, supporting the Venice Art Center for over 20 years.

LuLu was brought to life by local artist Mary Jo Floryjanski, who created a detailed sea life and mosaic design for the 6-foot fiberglass statue.

At the left, you can see the front of LuLu, painted with sea shells, grass, coral and seahorses. The painting took many hours to complete, as did the mosaic on LuLu's shell. You can see here how the tiles wrap around the edge of her shell, so they are visible from the front and the back.

LuLu is a part of Sea Venice, a public art project here in Venice. Many local sponsors and amazing artists contributed their money, time and talent to bring these beloved sea creatures to life. Turtles and dolphins will remain on display at locations inside and out for several months to come.

All proceeds will ultimately benefit the programs of Venice Art Center. The 20 turtles and dolphins are on display throughout downtown Venice, on sidewalks and inside businesses, for the enjoyment of all.

In addition to taking the Sea Venice tour, you can stop by the art center, located on Nokomis Avenue by the library, to pick up Sea Venice memorabilia including t-shirts, hats, and custom Tervis Tumblers with the Sea Venice logo. T-shirts are available in both adult and child sizes.

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