Today you can get reacquainted with the underwater kingdom while keeping your feet on dry land at newest exhibits at Old School Squares Cornell Museum (51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach), Paintings Beneath the Sea by Jason Mathias, and The Maritime Art of James A. Flood. A graduate of Ringling School of Art and Design, Jason Mathias blends his love of aquaculture with his artful tutelage (see a review in Artbeat). He begins by videotaping the strangely beautiful fish he encounters during snorkeling and diving expeditions, then he studies their structures and unique forms and recreates them on brilliantly colorful canvases. Aqua-lovers have been taking note; Mathias was recently selected as the featured artist for the International Game Fish Association museum and hall of fame. Now, you can see his latest works, along with Floods (who, with a name like Flood, was born to be a maritime artist) through August 30. Tickets cost $6 and under; at least one thing in your life is still affordable.
July 17-Aug. 21, 2008