The Cascade Head Biosphere Collaborative (CHBC) has announced its second annual “Art on the Beach” weekend, a three-day event taking place July 16-18. This celebration brings together community science and artistic expression to raise awareness of the interdependence of humans on the oceans, as well as the impacts of climate change on coastal communities and the environment. With the help of Chinook Winds Casino Resort partners, the Elakha Alliance, community volunteers and guest artist Josie Iselin, this year’s events highlight kelp forests, sea otters and the crucial role they play in marine ecosystems.
This year, participants and volunteers can expect a wider range of activities, from starfish watching to sand art raking a 100-meter-long Bull Kelp and Sea Otter design. “The sand is the perfect canvas for everyone to enjoy large-scale art that illuminates the beauty and function of the ocean and how its amazing creatures are connected to each of our lives,” said Duncan Berry, Co-Director and co-director of CHBC. founder.
Starfish monitoring will take place during extremely low tide at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, at the tidal pools at the north end of Lincoln City’s Roads End Beach. Scientists and volunteers will measure how quickly ocher starfish rebound after a debilitating disease swept through their ranks. Look for the information boards to learn more and how you can help with CHBC’s ‘Wrack Line’, another community science research project.
The first sand raking event will take place on Sunday, July 17 from 9:30 a.m. to noon on the beach in front of the Chinook Winds Casino Resort (admission to Art on the Beach is free). CHBC is proud to partner with renowned San Francisco-based artist and seaweed expert Josie Iselin, and the Elakha Alliance, a non-profit organization working to reintroduce sea otters to their waters. natives to create a more robust environment. and resilient marine ecosystem. “Art is a great way to instill a sense of appreciation for the natural world around us. We are thrilled to help promote ocean conservation through this creative project with Cascade Head Biosphere Collaborative,” said Chanel Hason, Director of Outreach and Community Relations for the Elakha Alliance.
Later in the day, the collaboration will offer an educational and seaweed printing workshop “Forests of the Sea” at the Lincoln City Cultural Center from 2:30-4:30 p.m. It will feature cyanotype/solar printing and offer the gyotaku printing technique. algae and creatures that inhabit the near shore. The cost for this gyotaku and solar printing workshop is $60. To learn more, visit CascadeHead.org/events/underwater-forests.
On Sunday evening, CHBC and its partners in the Marine Studies Initiative at Oregon State University and the Elakha Alliance will host an “Art and Science” presentation from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. It will be an immersion into the incredible underwater world of kelp forests and the effort to reintroduce sea otters that are so essential to their long-term health. This event is free and open to the public.
Finally, on Monday July 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., artists and catchers will join the beach in front of the casino to stage giant ocher starfish parading on the beach.