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New Mural by Liza McElroy Celebrating Ocean Life is Featured at the Alaska SeaLife Center

Window on the Bay in Seward at the Alaska SeaLife Center

Window on the Bay in Seward at the Alaska SeaLife Center

MURAL: By Liza McElroy, Courtesy of Alaska SeaLife Center

Seward, AK – June 1, 2012 – An inquisitive sea lion now playfully watches visitors who approach the Alaska SeaLife Center from 3rd Avenue in Seward. A new mural by artist Liza McElroy was installed by the Center this week. Entitled “Window on the Bay”, this 36-foot mural looks beneath the waves of Resurrection Bay to peek at rockfish, octopus, a school of herring, a female sea lion, and beautiful fronds of kelp. The intense blue and green colors celebrate the active and abundant summer days in the bay and will brighten up the corner of Railroad and 3rd Avenues in the winter.

McElroy came to Seward in 2009 as an intern for the Alaska SeaLife Center’s exhibits department. She now lives in Seward and is an active member of the Seward Mural Society. “Window on the Bay” is the latest mural installed in Seward, which was officially designated the “Mural Capital of Alaska” in 2008.

“Window on the Bay” will be officially opened as a new exhibit during the June 8th World Oceans Day celebrations at the Alaska SeaLife Center. Festivities on June 8th begin for families at 1 p.m. with art projects, face painting, story time, diving demonstrations, and more until 5 p.m. These activities are free with admission.

At 6:30 p.m. the Alaska SeaLife Center will host a fundraiser in support of their mission to generate and share scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems. The evening will begin with ceremonies opening “Windows on the Bay”, an exhibit about research on Cook Inlet Belugas, and an I.Sea.U intensive care unit. Appetizers made with sustainable Alaskan seafood will be served with beer and wine as participants enjoy an auction featuring artwork created in celebration of the ocean. Tickets for this evening event can be purchased online at www.alaskasealife.org. Contact Nancy Deel at 224-6375 for more information about the artwork to be auctioned.

The Alaska SeaLife Center is a private non-profit research institution and aquarium which generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems. For more information regarding the Alaska SeaLife Center and World Oceans Day activities, please reference the Alaska SeaLife Center website at www.alaskasealife.org.

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