Eye on the Gulf Coast: The View From a New England Artist

28 June – 27 August 2011

Apalachicola Bay by Paul Gaj
Paul Gaj, Apalachicola Bay

In November of 2010, a Paul Gaj of West Groton traveled along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico between Florida and Louisiana, to document the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill through his photographs, sketches, paintings and conversations with the residents of that area.

Gulf Clean Up
Gulf Clean Up

Gaj has recently published a book documenting his 19-day, 3,200-mile trip along the Gulf Coast.  It is a unique perspective on the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the remaining devastation from hurricane Katrina along the Gulf of Mexico—as well as the resiliency of the people and the beauty of its land and waters.

Through his watercolors, photographs, sketches and conversations with residents along the coasts of western Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, Gaj has compiled his observations and images into an 80-page story of human character, cultural appreciation, and historical and technical insight. He hopes his “view” will impact continued awareness, focus, and understanding of the consequences and results of this economic and environmental disaster.

Deborah Santoro, Curator

All are welcome to a reception with the artists on: Tuesday, August 9, from 6:30-8:00 pm.  This event is free and open to the public.

This exhibit is supported by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust.


Father and Son with Net

West Florida Panhandle by Paul Gaj
West Florida Panhandle