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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Marine Conservation Congress: Art Show

Moon Jellies Trio 4, Kirsten Chursinoff

‘From Starfish to Sticklebacks: Seven BC artists explore the oceans’ wonders’

Art exhibition at the International Marine Conservation Congress
Victoria Conference Centre (Victoria, BC, Canada)
May 14 to 18, 2011

Press release:
MAY 4, 2011, VICTORIA, BC –There’s something magical and mysterious about life under the sea. The deep ocean is a little like outer space—largely inaccessible, inhospitable, and little understood. Unlike the rest of our solar system, though, the sea is teeming with life: whales and sharks; giant squids and strange luminescent jellies; crabs, prawns, and lobsters. It hosts familiar fish like salmon and cod, and strange ones like rough-scaled grenadiers and quill fish. It is home to starfish and sea anemones, barnacles and plankton. The list is endless.

An upcoming art exhibition in Victoria will give the public a chance to explore some of these wonders through the eyes of seven BC artists. The exhibition is part of the Second International Marine Conservation Congress (“Making Marine Science Matter”), to be held at the Victoria Conference Centre from May 14 to 18.

"Those of us who spend most of our time on land don’t often get to experience life underwater," says exhibition curator and artist Robi Smith. "This show is an amazing opportunity for the artists to share their passion for the ocean with scientists and others who are working to protect marine ecosystems, including our own here in BC. We would love to inspire the public to learn more about the fascinating creatures who live in our waters."

Vicky Bowes http://oceanroots.org

Robi Smith www.blue-lantern.ca/studio

Leanne Hodges www.leannehodges.com

Anne Hansen - Oystercatcher Girl http://oystercatchergirl.blogspot.com

Cam MacDonald www.cammacdonald.ca

Ian McAllister (Great Bear Rainforest, BC), photography www.pacificwild.org

‘From Starfish to Sticklebacks’ is a free event open to the public. It will be on view in the Westcoast Room of the Victoria Conference Centre on Saturday, May 14 from 2 pm to 6 pm, and Sunday, May 15 through Wednesday, May 18 from 11 am to 6 pm. The public entrance to the exhibition is off Douglas Street.

***Note to my friends: I will have four pieces in this group exhibition so I encourage you to attend. However, our baby is due May 13 so I probably won't be able to attend in person. Hope you all enjoy the show!

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