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3/18/2019 Member News

Famous “speed painter” Michael Israel performing in St. Pete



Saint Petersburg, Florida – On Monday, March 18th Michael Israel, a world-renowned American artist, entertainer, speaker, and humanitarian famous for “Speed Painting” performances, will be at Admiral Farragut Academy to paint underwater with the scuba students (estimated time of 10:00 a.m.).

This is all part of promoting Admiral Farragut Academy’s community-wide entertainment event of the year “Reach for the Stars” which will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 6:30-10:30 p.m. This event will be the first time Farragut will open its doors to its new performing arts facility, DeSeta Hall. Attendees can expect to be surprised and delighted when they see this amazing state-of-the-art event space and witness art-in-concert by Michael Israel. Watch this video to see Michael in action. DeSeta Hall will also be available for rent for weddings, large meetings, performances, and more.

With two graduates who have walked on the moon and course offerings from scuba to aviation, Farragut is proud to offer students the opportunity to quite literally “Reach for the Stars”. As a diverse community with students coming from 30 countries, 17 U.S. states, and various cultural backgrounds, Farragut provides financial assistance for deserving and qualified families.

Learn more about the event, artist, and register on the website:

Media Contact for Monday, March 18th: Chris Field at 813-610-4733 or

Contact for RFTS Event: Jessica Van Curen at 727-384-5500 x 266 or



About Admiral Farragut Academy - Admiral Farragut Academy, established in 1933, is a private, college prep school serving students in grades PreK-­12 with an international boarding program for students in grades 8­-12. Farragut is world-renowned for its signature academic programs including Aviation (including Dual Enrollment with Embry-­Riddle Aeronautical University), Engineering, Naval Science, Leadership, Scuba Diving, and Marine Science. The campus for the 501(c)3 tax-exempt school is located on Boca Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg. For more information about the school, call (727) 384-­5500, or visit:

About Michael Israel - Michael Israel is a world-renowned American artist, entertainer, speaker, and humanitarian famous for “Speed Painting” performances and inspiring compassion and support for many charities including the Special Olympics, Make-A-Wish, Komen Breast Cancer, and Ronald McDonald House Charities. Michael was born in 1960 in New York and began painting at age 2. His childhood was split between a nomadic life traveling across America with his father and an aquatic life aboard a houseboat with his sea captain mother. By age 6 he was obsessed with martial arts and became a national black belt champion by 17; he credits martial arts training for his super-fast painting. He has shared the limelight with celebrities, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and world leaders alike painting at prestigious venues including Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo, the Olympic Medals stage in Salt Lake with Brooks & Dunn, the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting with Warren Buffett, and Presidential events in Washington, DC. A testament to the emotional and inspirational power of his art is that paintings completed in minutes have sold as high as $250,000!