Abaco photographer and artist Rhonda Pearce is auctioning a colourful, mixed-media creation entitled “From the Sea” to raise funds for the rebuilding of the iconic Cherokee Long Dock, which was destroyed by Hurricane Dorian.

Crafted with acrylics and local driftwood, shells and pebbles on a 16″x20″ canvas board, the art piece depicts the beloved Cherokee pier and the shimmering shallow waters that surround it.

All proceeds from the sale of “From the Sea” will support the rebuilding of Cherokee’s Long Dock, a historic landmark and popular tourist destination.

Bids are being accepted on the Cherokee Long Dock Facebook page until 7pm (EST) on Thursday, March 4th, with a starting bid of $250.

If you don’t have a Facebook account, but would like to participate in the auction, get in touch with me and I’d be happy to post your bid. (Shipping to the U.S. can be arranged for foreign bidders.)

Rhonda and Ted Pearce

Rhonda, a well-known Abaco photographer, branched out into mixed-media creations in 2018. “I love collecting sea glass,” she explains, “and I needed something to do with it.”

She began making garden stepping stones, then expanded into creating pictures on canvas and cards using sea glass, pebbles and various other beach finds. “I loved it,” she says, “and it was relaxing.”  

Before long, her husband Ted joined in. Not only does he help collect sea glass and other natural elements, but he makes driftwood frames for Rhonda’s artwork.

Currently, Rhonda’s creations are available at the gas station in Cherokee, Ponderosa in Spanish Wells and Abaco Freight in West Palm Beach.

Rhonda also participates in art shows at Pete’s Pub and Gallery in Little Harbour, and shares photographs of her works in a public Facebook photo album. For more information, contact her at rhondapearce@gmail.com or call (242) 375-8078.

Please help rebuild the Long Dock by bidding often, and sharing this post with anyone you know who might be interested. (Note: please remind folks to post bids on the Cherokee Long Dock Facebook page only, and not in comments to other social media posts.)

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