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Artwork by Pasta Pantaleo, Sean Kelly Conway, and Dustin Harewood on view at The Hale Gallery. CONTRIBUTED

Coral Restoration Foundation and The Hale Gallery have partnered to offer Coral Conversations: Community & Conservation from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9. 

Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and CRF representatives will offer an update on the coral reef’s status and lead a question-and-answer session. 

“After an unprecedented bleaching event that decimated our coral reefs this summer, Coral Restoration Foundation is eager to rally the community and share information about what happened and insights into the lessons they’ve learned, and to reveal why coral restoration efforts have never been more important. The coral-inspired art in the gallery’s current exhibition serves as a perfect backdrop for our upcoming event,” said Martha Roesler, CRF’s chief development officer. 

In addition to coastal-inspired pieces by local painters Taylor Hale and Pasta Pantaleo, the show features coral sculptures by ceramic artist Jess Burbridge and mixed media depictions of coral by Dustin Harewood.

“The current exhibition, ‘Modern Tropical’, celebrates the tropical beauty that we love, while also considering the complicated relationships between humans and nature,” said Kelly Hale. “We are thrilled that the art can help people to examine how we can be a part of preserving the coral reefs that we love so much in the Keys.”

The exhibition will be on view through Nov. 27. The Hale Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. and by appointment. Call 305-204-1216.