"Sea Rites" gallery show at NorthWind Arts Center

After a year of carving and planning, my good friend and painter, Rebecca Wild and I launched a show here in Port Townsend for the month of July. Her elegant paintings of abstract ocean imagery and poetic text complement the graceful white forms of towering plankton. From 3” to 10’ there is a variety of ways to experience the scale and detail of these organisms while learning something of their fascinating marine science. Nick Thomas’ photographs enhance their dynamic presence.

We have been utilizing the exhibit for bringing attention to the oceans as much as possible. This week we invited a group of “Junior Discoverers” from the summer science camp at the NW Maritime Center to experience the show, handle the wood sculptures and get involved with the work of art and science. They lay on the floor under a suspended installation of pteropods and looked up at the ocean’s surface of hanging pebbles, immersed in the microscopic world of plankton. Next week we will host an Art/Science “SLAM” in the evening where 4 scientists and 4 artists go head to head in an impromptu fast-paced play of ideas and words from all sides of the brain. Should be great fun while generating some concepts for future collaborations.

Arrow worms ( chaetognaths ) in alder and on fabric.

Arrow worms ( chaetognaths ) in alder and on fabric.

“Vince and Carl” friends and phytoplankton ( Odontella )

“Vince and Carl” friends and phytoplankton ( Odontella )

Fabric panel of microscopic larval sea urchins ( pluteus ) and alder kelp.

Fabric panel of microscopic larval sea urchins ( pluteus ) and alder kelp.

Snapping a “Plankton Action Figure” ( Ceratium )

Snapping a “Plankton Action Figure” ( Ceratium )

World’s largest pteropod (Clione limacina) with plaster kelp forest.

World’s largest pteropod (Clione limacina) with plaster kelp forest.

Suspended pteropods among quartz pebbles ( Taylor Hanigosky )

Suspended pteropods among quartz pebbles ( Taylor Hanigosky )