Legendary marine artist Guy Harvey is always happy to talk about how he got his merchandising start at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show some 30 years ago—and how he’s had a booth at the show every year since, becoming as much of a fixture as the yachts themselves.
Today, Harvey’s celebrated t-shirt and other designs of fish and boats are known the world over, and he has created special-event designs for everything from NASCAR to country music festivals. This year, he’s making the designs that will be used on official merchandise including hats, shirts and more for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show—a first in Harvey’s storied career.
“The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show holds a special place in my heart, as it helped to launch my career as an artist and has allowed me to be in the public eye ever since,” Harvey says. “I’m honored to see my art used for this year’s official souvenir merchandise and hope to continue our professional relationship for years to come.”
In addition to the FLIBS 2017 designs that Guy Harvey fans can pick up at the boat show November 1-5, additional new designs just went on sale to support victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida.
The artist drew those two new designs—“Texas Strong” and “Florida Strong”—to benefit Feeding America, which runs food banks and organizes storm response in battered regions. All profits from those Guy Harvey shirts, being sold for $24 apiece, will go to Feeding America.
“In the aftermath of these devastating storms, organizations like Feeding America are stretched incredibly thin,” Harvey says. “With the funds we raise, Feeding America can continue to provide the resources needed in Florida and Texas. We must come together to help those who need it most.”