Ode to Tides Art Exhibit

The Wetlands Conservancy and partners sponsored 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 focused on the plants, animals, and fish that live in estuaries and tide pools where fresh and saltwater combine.  The goals of the exhibit were 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.

The exhibit sold 49 pieces totaling $18, 875 sales with $9,300 to the artists and approx $4,000 in proceeds to The Wetlands Conservancy with the rest in gallery fees.

Thank you to the 56 volunteers who shared their time and talents.  

A SPECIAL THANKS To Sara Vickerman, curator extraordinaire and Jeff Gage. 

The following volunteers contributed their talents to the events:

Ode to the Tides Volunteers

Toni Avery     

Jane and Joe McGeehan

Chris Bell

Emily Miller

Duncan Berry

JoAnn Pari-Mueller

Paul Brent

Molly Reeves

Mike Brioli

Jan Rimerman

Mike Brown

Mary Skully

Mary Burgess

Krissy Sonniksen

Diane Copenhaver

Linda Sprau

Susan Curington

Adrienne Stacey

John Cusack Neville

Randall David Tipton

Dave and Boni Deal

Jill Trninich

Christine Downs

Sara Vickerman

Rene Eisenbart

Sandy Visse

Denise Fairweather

Iris Weaverbell

Agnes Field

Mark Williams

Jeff Gage

Tom Willing

Anji Grainger

Lisa Wiser

Rich Guadagni

Pat Wollner

Dotty Hawthorne

Steve Zack

Marcella Hinkels

Mike Mason and Anny Sears

Jani Hoberg

Neal Maine

Kirsten Horning

Lala McKenzie and Mark Erlander

Pat Johns

Barbara and Ed Martin

Jana Johnson

Roy Lowe

Leah Kohlenberg

Esther Lev

Chris Kondrat



Ode to the Tides contained original art in a variety of media, created by Northwest artists, and was displayed at seven venues on the Northern Oregon coast and Willamette Valley. Ode to the Tides goals were 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

Unsold pieces may still be available, please contact us at 503-227-0778 for more information. 

Listing of Art in Exhibit


Why Estuaries?

The exhibit focused 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. 

Thank you Generous Sponsors


Photo Credit: Top: Emily Miller; Next Down: Adrienne Stacey; Left: Mike Brown, Next: Marcy Baker, Next: Karen Lewis, Right: Dave and Boni Deal