Rising up for the oceans

"Eccentric people are very hard to organize," says Julia Zuniga, the art coordinator for tonight's ocean-inspired art show at the Green Room. "Artists are everywhere. They're scatterbrained."

But despite their flightiness, Zuniga rallied eight local artists to exhibit pieces representing their passion for the seas. "Celebrating Our Oceans" is an effort by the nonprofit Oceana, which aims to preserve marine life.

All exhibitors are volunteering their work to the organization, and some of them are involved in environmental groups of their own. Zuniga has helped set up Oceana events at the FAU campus in Boca Raton, and exhibiting artist April Holland works with Hands Across the Sand.

Zuniga's work, mainly sculptures and paintings, will also be on display at the Green Room. She's fond of octopuses, and is presenting a sculpture of a human-cephalopod hybrid.


Pictures: Hollywood Beach Broadwalk

"It's kind of how we're all together," she says. "We're all affected by the things we do, including the environment."

Oceana Florida rep Rebecca Marques says the event stems from concern about wildlife affected by seismic air guns used in offshore oil exploration.

"The No. 1 problem with the issue is that people don't know about it," Marques says. "This is everybody's issue. We want to expand the type of community that is perceived as caring about these things."

Celebrating Our Oceans will take place 9 p.m. at the Green Room, 109 SW Second Ave., in Fort Lauderdale. There's a $5 cover, but mention Oceana at the door for a drink ticket. Go to Facebook.com/OceanaFlorida.