The Wetlands Conservancy and partners are sponsoring Ode to the Tides, a traveling art exhibit and sale in 2019 to highlight the beauty, ecological, and economic value of near-shore coastal habitats. The exhibit will focus on the plants, animals, and fish that live in estuaries and tide pools where fresh and salt water combine. The goals of the exhibition are to celebrate the aesthetic and ecological significance of Oregon’s estuaries, tide pools and intertidal habitats, and build a diverse community of Oregonians and coastal visitors to promote protection and conservation for generations to come.
May 2nd – May 28th, May 2nd Opening Reception 5:00 – 7:00 pm Oregon State University – Giustina Gallery, LaSells Stewart Center, Corvallis OR
June 1st – June 30th, June 1st Opening for Seaside Art Walk, Fairweather Gallery, Seaside OR
August 2nd – September 25th,August 2nd Opening Reception 5:00 – 7:00 pm Newport Visual Arts Center & Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center, Newport OR
November – December,November 12th Opening Reception 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Beaverton Library & Beaverton City Hall, Beaverton OR
Ode to the Tides will contain original art in a variety of media, created by Northwest artists, and will be displayed at seven venues on the Northern Oregon coast and Willamette Valley from May-December 2019. Ode to the Tides goals are to recognize the aesthetic and ecological significance Oregon’s estuaries, tide pools and intertidal habitats, to spark community and creative interdisciplinary engagement, promote conservation and enhance visitor experience and support of coastal resources and communities. In addition to the exhibition and sales of art to support coastal conservation, each venue will offer scientific programs, student led events, outdoor and food experiences for visitors throughout the time the show.
The exhibit focuses on the plants, animals, fish, land formations and the magic of estuaries and tide pools, the rich mixing zones where freshwater from the land meets salt water from the sea. This blend – also known as brackish water – creates a unique environment with abundant and diverse life. Estuaries gather nutrients from both land and sea, forming an ecosystem that contains more life per square inch than the richest Midwest farmland. Oregon’s 22 major estuaries are ecologically essential for many fish and wildlife species, including salmon, herring, flounder, crab, oysters, clams, wading birds, ducks, and otters, providing habitat for reproduction, rearing, resting and foraging.
Photo Credit: Top left: Bill Shumway,Stacy Adrienne Bottom from left to right: Mike Brown, Marcy Baker, Karen Lewis, Dave Boni Deal, Pam Haunschild