Many people call the deep sea the final frontier, and based on what little we know about the organism in the depths, they may be right. Curious creatures lurk in those deep waters and chances are we can only imagine them, but the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island has a new art exhibit that gives you a chance to glance into the dark depths of the ocean.
The exhibit is called “The Deep,” art of the ocean depths, and it was created by the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Carolinas Chapter especially for the N. C. Aquariums. Accurately detailed paintings of vampire squid, Venus flytrap sea anemones, hydrothermal vent scale worms, and other denizens of the deep bring these unusual animals to light.
The Guild is a nonprofit organization founded at the Smithsonian Institution in 1968 to promote the field of naturalist illustration. It has several chapters in the United States and hundreds of members around the world. The Carolinas Chapter is made up of over 30 illustrators throughout the Carolinas. Its home base is the N.C. Botanical Gardens in Chapel Hill. GNSI-Carolinas encourages member education by hosting bimonthly meetings where members share portfolios and participate in mini-workshops and demonstrations. It also helps promote public awareness and understanding of scientific illustration by producing several group exhibitions each year.
Aquarium Director Maylon White observes, “These artists have created images that could pass for alien creatures from science fiction. Considering that these represent real animals, you can’t help but be amazed.”
The Deep, on display at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island’s Nautilus Gallery through June, 2015, is included with regular Aquarium admission. The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, adjacent to the Manteo Regional Airport, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Aquarium admission is required!