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A Sweet! Partnership with The Wyland Foundation Spreads Conservation Education in Los Angeles


If you’re a frequenter of Laguna Beach, you are more than likely very familiar with the artist, Wyland. His large murals depicting whales and other marine life are prominent.

Wyland Mural in Laguna Beach

With galleries in Southern California, Hawaii, Florida, Nevada, as well as Northern California, and murals across the country and internationally, Wyland is a world renowned environmental artist and conservationist. Through the work of his organization, The Wyland Foundation, he has made it his mission to educate the public, particularly parents and their children, on the importance of protecting the health of our world’s oceans and waterways.

Wyland Galleries in Hollywood

Now his message and his art have a new home for the first time in Los Angeles, through a partnership forged between The Wyland Foundation and Sweet!, a massive 28,000 square foot candy “emporium” located at Hollywood and Highland. This first of its kind, Wyland Gallery located within Sweet! features a new line of Wyland candy, chocolate, chocolate sculpture as well as art by Wyland.

The Sweets Candy Shop in Hollywood

To celebrate this partnership, Sweet! and The Wyland Foundation hosted an all day event, Saturday blending art and candy.

Kids and adults alike were invited to grab their “passports” and participate in several creative and educational activities including:

Wyland Teaching about conservation

A learning station with several interactive exhibits.  This mobile bus, tours the country and through schools and other organizations reaches out to mostly grade school aged kids at a time when they are learning about the environment and taking biology for the first time.

Wyland Educational Event

A candy decorating station, manned by Wyland’s mom, Darlene.

Kids painting with the Wyland Artist

A canvas mural painting station.


An art contest to design the new packaging for Wyland’s chocolate bars.


Each activity earned the participant a stamp on their passport, redeemable for a chocolate prize!


It’s hard to think of a better way of captivating the hearts and minds of kids than through the magical combination of sea creatures and candy!

Sweet! is located at Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles. For more information about the important work of The Wyland Foundation, visit

Dana Wilde grew up playing “sous chef” for her father as he churned out one amazing meal after the next for family and friends. She inherited her father’s life long passion for cooking and has spent the past two decades studying, reading, practicing, experimenting, and creating in the kitchen. Together, she and her sister, Shan are Simply Wilde, a small boutique catering business focusing on in-home entertaining.
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