Island Museum to host Paint Night on April 29

Gayle Garner Roski in submersible as she paints the remains of the Titanic from life. Photo courtesy of Catalina Islander Museum

Event honors work of plein-air artist Gayle Garner Roski

Courtesy of Catalina Island Museum

The Catalina Island Museum is excited to host its first in person event of the year next Thursday, April 29 at 6 p.m. The event “To the Depths: Paint Night Honoring the Work of Gayle Garner Roski” will take place on the museum’s second level and will follow all safety protocols.

A plein-air watercolorist and avid world traveler, Roski explored some of the most remote parts of the globe, always with paints and a sketchbook in hand. In 2000, Roski boarded the MIR I submersible to explore 12,500 feet below the surface of the North Atlantic Ocean to view and paint the remains of the Titanic from the ocean floor. Roski was the first artist to paint the notorious ship from life.

The museum’s current special exhibition, Gayle Garner Roski: Journey to the Titanic, is the first public display of the watercolors that document her journey to the bottom of the sea, poignantly revealing the power that the Ship of Dreams still holds today. Through the pages of her sketchbook diary, Roski’s descent into the depths brings the thrill of adventure and the humanity of Titanic back to the surface for viewers to experience.

Event attendees will have the opportunity to view the exhibition and then head upstairs for a guided painting experience with Lola Di Miele from the Catalina Art Association. She has chosen Roski’s “Down, Down, Down” painting of the remains of the Titanic’s bow on the sea floor as the subject.

The event will take place outside in the museum’s open-air plaza with everyone appropriately spaced. Masks are required. Capacity is limited so register early to ensure your spot. Visit to register. This event is offered to museum members for $15 and non-members for $20. All supplies are included.

Wine, beer and the specialty cocktail, Deep Blue Sea Martini, will be available for purchase. No outside food or drinks allowed.

The museum is open and welcoming visitors Wednesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at reduced capacity with enhanced health and safety precautions to ensure the safety of all. For more information, visit

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Island Museum to host Paint Night on April 29