BY MARCY SHORTUSE - Artist Diana Runyon finished a tarpon masterpiece this past January, and it will be for sale at the Boca Grande Invitational Art Festival next weekend, May 24 and 25.
What started out as a rather sad, old tarpon mount that hung on the fence at 311 Tarpon Avenue for many years turned into a stained glass mosaic work of art.
It took about 2,000 hours of work between the fall of 2010 and January, 2013, but this ol’ tarpon is more than resplendent now. View More images >>
Artie Brooks was the former owner of the house, and didn’t remember specifically where he got the tarpon, only that it was found in a dumpster on the island.
“Her shine was gone by the time I met this fish,” Diana said. “All of her fins were gone, her eye was gone, the mount was split. We did find her eye while cleaning up the backyard, though.”
After some fiberglass and bondo work, as well as piecing together about 6,400 small stained glass bits, this tarpon is ready to rock and roll at the art show ... and we she will find a new home. After all, this tarpon can’t spend the rest of her life on the guest bed in Diana’s home.
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