Enid Smith Becker
Lori LaBissoniere O’Neil
Who We Are
We are a community of artists interested in contemporary art practices and the possibilities presented when innovation is combined with the artist’s need to address the urgent issue of ocean health. Like a symphony, we as a group can orchestrate – through this project – complexities difficult for the lone virtuoso’s vision, an effort both collective and individual.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
A Visual State of the Ocean Address
Perhaps each of us has a favorite spot along the coast. Looking out over it, we may find ourselves asking, will it survive? For this reason, 1,320 artists are joining to create For the Seventh Generation, a free-standing, two-foot by mile-long painting dedicated to ocean protection. When the panomural is complete, every mile of the California, Oregon, and Washington coastline will be represented by an artist who has created a four-foot section of the total mural – conceptually a continuous landscape, a panorama of the western coastline.
Why Seven Generations
The ocean will always be under siege by humans. Problems today will be compounded by the unknown problems of the future. There will always be problems that must be addressed - and short term commitment will not suffice.
The ocean is continually under threat. Pollution, coastal development, and over fishing all tax the health of its finite system. Without our strong environmental conscience and a voice to express it, threats to the ocean will be left unchallenged and its health subject to the whim and manipulations of politics and industry. This project, extending through the twenty-first century, provides such a voice.
Why We Do It
We are artists inspired by living things and the landscape, and we want to express this inspiration in an effort that is both collective and individual. Each artist’s creation is one voice in a chorus of ocean paintings. Each painting argues the ocean’s value. The mural is a positive painting of our coastline that lets us speak to people across the nation about the beauty we experience, wish to preserve, and want to use in a rational manner.
How it works – each person chooses a mile, to revisit and paint each year, joining a system of self-sustaining coastal watchers. To be renewed annually, this process work gives the artist the opportunity to intellectually and emotionally connect with the land and to take the role of both sentinel and chronicler of a specific ocean location.
Beautiful Creatures of Oregon’s Marine ReservesA collaborative art and education mobile project Surfrider Foundation and The Elisabeth Jones Art CenterTo celebrate thespirit of science and art, Surfrider Foundation and TheElisabeth Jones Art Center collaborated to offer five virtual workshops topeople of all ages. Each workshop highlighted one of Oregon’s five MarineReserves:Cape Falcon, Cascade Head, Otter Rock, Cape Perpetua andRedfish Rocks. Surfrider’s ocean experts discussed the unique species thatinhabit each location, after which John Teply instructed participants in thecreation of wire miniatures, depicting many of the species found in eachreserve.Allof the artwork was collected and turned into thetwenty-footmobile you seein the center of the gallery. This collaborative installation aims to celebrate theunique ecosystems found attheOregon Coast while educating participantsand the public about the importance of preserving marine life habitats.In 2023, the Marine Reserve system will be reviewed by the State. It is moreimportant than ever that we understand their value for the sake of the creaturesthat live there and for all of us who love thecoast. Join Surfrider and EJ Art aswe celebrate Oregon’s beautiful coastal ecosystems and help us take an activerole in their preservation!
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