Monday, September 21, 2009

Arts and Healing Network Award 2009

We are pleased to be in receipt of the Arts and Healing Network Award for 2009. The theme this year is WATER which connects us with the other fine artists who are working with water issues. The Arts and Healing Network has posted interviews with all of the award recipients.

The main award page at

Coastal CleanUP Day

What a dazzling day to be on the Bay!!!

Richard and Megan Foulkes, a HSIC staff naturalist, took an early group out to the shore. At the Center as folks arrived for the CleanUP, Judith spoke to them about the Shore Stories exhibit and the art workshop. She showed them samples of the “jewelry” they could make and told them about the participatory public sculpture project.

By late morning folks were returning to the Center with bag loads of trash. They transformed their trash into colorful arrangements of plastic that they took home as sculptures and necklaces.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Evidence from the Gyre

A twisted mass of rope, tangled nets and buoys, a “ghost net” arrived on Tuesday direct from the North Pacific Gyre. Project Kaisei returned from their three-week ocean voyage to study the gyre and needed a place to store some of their tremendous finds. We are thrilled to be in receipt of these treasures. As Doug Woodring, project founder described it, “These samples are ‘like moon rocks.’” This precious evidence from the gyre describes the horror that we have all suspected was true. There is debris, great quantities of it. Now, deposited in our yard, is tangible proof.

Dennis Rogers, Doug and I tied a long rope to the mass of the ghost net and then strapped the rope around the sand filter for our septic system then like a come-along winch dragged the net out of the trailer.