Three Creative Contests Attract Great Talent and New Fans to the Show

Arrive in Style
entrance artA spectacular, marine-themed entry arc at the show’s main entrance at the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel welcomes attendees to this year’s show.  Click for $5 Off Admission

Designed and produced by Lighthouse Point, Fla. resident Emily Pinnell, the impressive 23-foot wide, 9-foot tall archway is constructed of steel, aluminum and composite material. Emily began the design process by projecting the image she created in large scale onto a wall, then tracing it onto cardboard to create a template. Aluminum pipe was then bent to form the intricate shapes that she welded together. The fabrication process involves TIG and MIG welding, grinding, and plasma cutting the metal inserts. From design to fabrication and installation, it took her about three months to complete.
Emily recently graduated from the University of North Florida with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and sculpture and now plans to pursue a master’s degree.  Before being selected to design and build the new archway for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat show, she was selected to build her first large-scale outdoor sculpture, “Still Swimming,” on display at the new public Seaside Sculpture Park in Jacksonville Beach.

“The boat show archway was inspired by the South Florida sport fishing lifestyle,” said Pinnel.  “All my work is influenced by a lifetime of growing up along the coast.”

Get With the Program

cover artistSouth Florida fine artist, yacht chef and island explorer Danielle Perry was selected to design the cover of the 2016 official FLIBS show program.  Danielle’s luxury yachting experience, combined with her talent to capture detailed views of colorful, healthy, bountiful reefs and secluded tropical islands, adds an artful element to this helpful show resource.

Providing guests the information they need to make their time at FLIBS easy and enjoyable, the show program includes maps with exhibitor locations, alphabetized and categorized directories, seminar schedules, important information about transportation and parking, and much more. 

In keeping with one of the themes for this year’s show, Danielle’s design highlights reef conservation and the need to eliminate the non-native invasive lionfish, which has no natural predators and is wreaking havoc on tropical reefs, feeding voraciously on small fish, baby lobsters and other vital creatures.

Lionfish are available in gourmet fish markets and have become popular on restaurant menus. Yacht crew are spearing them whenever possible, the only way to harvest them, and featuring them on their menus. Danielle has been selected as part of a team of five competitive local chefs who will present their best lionfish creations at The Blue Wild ocean adventure and marine art expo's Lionfish Cook-Off in 2017.

In partnership with the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, owners of FLIBS, Danielle has chosen to donate the $2500 prize money she was awarded for her design to the Coral Restoration Foundation in Key Largo, Fla.

Danielle has been inspired by the ocean, art and travel since her childhood in Canada. She is a self taught painter and chef with a background in graphic design and has been living in Fort Lauderdale for the past 20 years working as a luxury yacht chef and fine artist. Over the years, she has worked on countless beautiful yachts in the Mediterranean, New England and the Caribbean.
Danielle’s love of all things nautical and the ocean inspires her predominantly blue paintings. An advocate for sustainable fishing methods, her art sales have helped numerous nonprofit organizations raise funds for reef conservation and turtle rehabilitation since 2008.

Her paintings have graced the covers of Jupiter, Tequesta, and Hobe Sound magazines and she has been featured in Dockwalk and Tempus Jets. During the boat show, her  work will be on display at the Blue Wild ocean adventure and marine art expo at the Broward County Convention Center. To view Danielle’s entire art collection and order prints, please visit

Bring a Friend to FLIBS

There’s no better way to learn about the joy of boating than to experience it with a friend! The show’s first ever travel contest, “Bring a Friend to FLIBS,” in partnership with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and, the show’s official travel partner, awarded one randomly selected lucky winner and a friend a trip to FLIBS!  The winner received domestic airfare for two to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, a two-night hotel stay at the B Ocean Resort Fort Lauderdale and tickets to the show. Contestant’s submitted their entry through the show’s official Facebook page  at

“Finding new ways to engage people who love boating has been a win-win for everyone involved,” said Brett Keating, vice president of consumer marketing for Show Management. “We found talented partners with fresh, creative visions for the show’s main entrance and for the official show program, and we created lots of buzz and engagement on social media over the travel contest.”   

Stay tuned for next year’s contests and innovative ways to get involved!