In October 2012, New Jersey and much of the North East was hit by the worst storm in a century, Hurricane "Super Storm" Sandy. Shore towns were devastated and Atlantic City was one of them. Most of the seashore resort went underwater. Local artist Donna Elias, like so many others, was not spared Mother Nature’s wrath. Four to five feet of water flowed down the street fronting Donna’s bay front workshop and studio. Tragically, hundreds of Donna’s sketches and original paintings went under the encroaching salt water. The Governor closed the city, so there they sat for four long days before the artist could return and save what she could.
Donna Elias’ studio and much of her life’s work were destroyed. Some four to five hundred original paintings went under water and thousands of fine art prints. Remarkably though, many of the paintings that had sat in salt water for hours, then dried out on their own until the city reopened, were still intact, albeit altered by “Mother Nature” in some way.
Now, on the fourth anniversary of the storm, Donna Elias is presenting a first time showing of her surviving watercolor lighthouse paintings, renamed “Salt-watercolors.” Each is available for purchase with a special certificate of authenticity.