The Cascade Head Biosphere Collaborative (CHBC) is pleased to announce its second annual “Art on the Beach” weekend, a three-day event taking place July 16-18. The summer event 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 our coastal communities and 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 from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, July 17 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 Josie Iselin, a renowned artist and seaweed expert based in San Francisco, as well as the Elakha Alliance, which is a non-profit organization working to reintroduce sea otters into their native waters, in order to create a more robust and resilient marine ecosystem.
“Art is a great way to instill a sense of appreciation for the natural world around us. We’re thrilled to help promote ocean conservation through this creative project with the Cascade Head Biosphere Collaborative,” said said Chanel Hason, director of outreach and community relations. for the Elakha Alliance.
Later today, the collaboration will offer a two-hour “Forests of the Sea” seaweed print and education workshop at the Lincoln City Cultural Center from 2:30-4:30 p.m. An artist and algae expert from San Francisco will teach cyanotype/solar printing and Duncan Berry will offer the Gyotaku technique of printing algae and creatures that inhabit the near shore, including Octopus, Rock Fish, etc. Iselin is known for her most recent publication, “The Curious World of Seaweed (2019)”, which chronicles both the artistic and biological nature of seaweed and Nature calls “a fascinating swim through a liminal world”.
On Sunday evening, CHBC and its partners at Oregon State University’s Marine Studies Initiative 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 amazing underwater world of kelp forests and the sea otter reintroduction effort that is so essential to their long term health. This event is free and open to the public.
Finally, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday July 18, artists and rakers will join the beach in front of the casino to stage giant ocher starfish parading on the beach.