On Thursday, June 27 in Chelsea, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society celebrated its inaugural East Coast art show “Waves of Change”. As the gallery doors opened, the crowd quickly grew to view works donated by over 30 artists from around the world focused mostly on ocean and animal themes. From whimsical to thought provoking, artwork ranged from paper-cutting and mobiles to wood paintings and photography. Highlights of this one evening benefit included a silent and live art auction, Sea Shepherd merchandise sales, and music performed by the Emotional Wrecks. All proceeds from the event support their ocean conservation initiatives.
Sea Shepherd members Susan Hartland and Ethan Wolf, inspired by successful art shows the West Coast chapter had previously organized, started planning this event several months earlier. They enthusiastically spoke about the organization’s activities, explaining that chapters around the world, from the US to Europe to Australia, work together to safeguard the biodiversity of our ocean ecosystems. Most recently the organization’s work to expose the slaughter of dolphins in Japan laid groundwork for the film “The Cove”, which won an Oscar for Best Documentary, and Best Film Awards at both Sundance and Seattle film festivals.
The evening’s excitement not only showcased artwork with unique viewpoints but also generated an eco-conscious outreach from the NYC art scene. Sponsors for the benefit included Riedel Wine Glass Company, Chickpea & Olive, Blue Point Brewing Company,
Maine Root Handcrafted Beverages, Perelandra Natural Food Center, Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, among many others.
Several detailed images of artwork can be seen at http://www.seashepherd.org/
For more details about SSCS: www.seashepherd.org