“Reserve Inspiration” Exhibition Travels to Newport Visual Arts Center
Public opening scheduled for October 2, noon to 4pm, with artists speaking at 2pm
The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents the exhibition, “Reserve Inspiration,” from October 2 to 30 in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center (777 NW Beach Dr.). The group exhibit will feature nine regional artists reflecting on the importance of the marine reserves located along the Oregon coastline. Artistic mediums will include painting, ceramics, photography, science illustration and mixed-media. A public opening will be held on Saturday, October 2, noon to 4pm, with available artists speaking at 2pm.
The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife manages five marine reserves totally over 75 square miles, with each reserve also enjoying an adjacent marine protected area. The reserves are located at Cape Falcon, Cascade Head, Otter Rock Cape Perpetua and Redfish Rocks.
According to ODFW, marine reserves are areas in coastal waters dedicated to conservation and scientific research. All removal of marine life is prohibited, as is ocean development. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are adjacent to the reserves. Ocean development is still prohibited, but some fishing activities are allowed.
The nine artists participating in the “Reserve Inspiration” exhibit are Julie Fiedler, Scott Groth, Cynthia Longhat-Adams, Helen Kropp, Victoria McOmie, Ernie Rose, Nora Sherwood, Jill Perry Townsend and Dennis White.