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The turtles are coming... The turtles are coming!

Giant fiberglass sea turtles are coming to Topsail Beach! Artist Jane Shaar started the fund-raising project. Like in many cities, artists in Topsail will paint large sculptures get local businesses to sponsor them. Naturally, the sculptures on Topsail Island will be of sea turtles. Next fall, the turtles on display will be auctioned off. Shaar is working on the first turtle, named "Starry Night", inspired by Van Gogh's famous painting. "It's extremely rewarding and I've found some wonderful people to help me out. Surf City Art's Guild has been great, some of the turtle people I know from Turtle Patrol, they're helping out, so it's just kind of bringing us all together, and everybody loves the sea turtles, you know it's just a given," said Shaar. All of the money raised at the auction will support the expansion of the Karen Beasley Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Topsail Beach. Interested artists who wish to participate may contact us at or send us contact information through our website at

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