''Where Desert Meets the Sea'' Card

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This elegant matte card measures 5.5" x 8.5" and is a reprint of artist Joe McAuliffe's original artwork.

About the piece: The Sonoran Desert wraps around the Sea of Cortez like an elongated, misshapen horseshoe.  Juxtaposition of desert and sea creates one of the most wondrous of all of earth's landscapes. There are 1500 miles of desert coastline of the Sea of Cortez in Baja California and Sonora, Mexico.  Much of that coast is remote and desolate, but spectacularly beautiful. These spotted sand bass and Mexican barracuda were caught from a sea kayak in the beautiful Sea of Cortez.

Now - January 4, 2015 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Daily 
Ottosen Gallery in Dorrance Hall

Join artist Joe McAuliffe and the Desert Botanical Garden as we celebrate the water that sustains present-day societies in Arizona. With gyotaku impressions of fish from local canals, rivers, lakes and ponds, Dr. McAuliffe uses this ancient Japanese technique to tell stories that reflect his interest in natural history and conservation, and the relationships of fish and human culture. 

In addition to the pursuit of this art form, McAuliffe is a research ecologist and director of research at the Desert Botanical Garden. Before he began working in desert environments in the 1980s, his research and publications included studies of aquatic life, including fish, amphibians, turtles and insects.