Guest Speaker for March 15, 2016 Meeting – Laura Palermo, Artist

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will welcome Local Artist Laura Palermo as our guest speaker for the Tuesday, March 15, 2016 meeting.

Laura moved to Charleston after graduating from Mercyhurst University in 2012 with a degree in studio art.  ​

While studying abroad in Florence, Italy for five months, Laura filled her schedule with all art classes. In her free time she went on excursions to study the beauty of other places such as France, Greece, and England.

Since moving to Charleston Laura has been deeply inspired by sea turtles, and thus has started a collection of sea turtle art.  She spends countless hours painting and studying sea turtles and visiting the S.C. Aquarium and turtle hospital.  With the goal to further increase the awareness of today’s dangers threatening these magnificent creatures, Laura posts turtle facts with each piece of art in addition to donating ten percent of her profits to the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program.  She is also an education volunteer at the SC Aquarium.

Laura’s growing curiosity of threatened species has led her in the direction of endangered birds.  She has begun doing research on the threatened and endangered birds of North America, and with 192 species classified as critically endangered there is a lot to learn and a lot to paint!  10% of the proceeds from the endangered bird collection are being donated to BirdLife International and the National Aviary.