“Save Our Oceans” Series of Paintings on Silk Depict Endangered Marine Species
Judy Elliott, the talented Grants Pass silk artist behind Dragonfly Designs West, responded to Art Presence Art Center‘s call for member art in May 2014’s “The Sea, the Ocean” theme with a new series of gorgeous handpainted silk wall art depicting endangered marine life. We’ve watched her work undergo several evolutions over that past few years, and this could be the most detailed and artistic work we’ve seen from her yet!
Elliott, a native of Hawaii, is a natural to step forward as a voice for the world’s oceans. Growing up with many of the species of marine life she has showcased in her paintings, she has witnessed the ocean’s decline in her lifetime. This series of paintings reflects her deep concerns about the pollution contributing to loss of habitat and other life threatening issues arising primarily from the vast amount of plastic refuse found all the way into the ocean’s deepest canyons.
Judy is also showing more new silk paintings from her studio, including traditionally rendered Japanese cranes, koi pond scenes and moths…and as always, dragonflies. Stop in to view these beautiful pieces and more outstanding works by Art Presence member artists in person any Friday, Saturday or Sunday from 11am – 5pm through the month of May. There will be a reception for the artists on May 9 from 5-7pm.
World’s Ocean Floor Is Now a Vast Garbage Dump: Study (Found at EarthWeek.com)
Litter from modern civilization has become so pervasive that scientists conducting the first comprehensive study of its undersea distribution couldn’t find any place they looked, including in some of the deepest oceans, where it didn’t exist. Using video from underwater drones and samples dredged off the seabed, researchers from 16 European organizations say they found rubbish everywhere from the Mediterranean to the mid-Atlantic ridge, about 1,250 miles from land.
They found that plastic was the most common type of litter found, with items associated with fishing coming in second. But an extensive distribution of glass, metal, wood, paper and cardboard was also observed.
Writing in the journal PLoS ONE, the researchers said the most dense accumulations of litter were found in deep underwater canyons.
“Submarine canyons form the main connection between shallow coastal waters and the deep sea,” said mapping team leader Veerle Huvenne.
“Canyons that are located close to major coastal towns and cities … can funnel litter straight to water depths of 4,500 meters (14,800 feet) or more,” he added.
He added that the accumulation of marine litter is now a worldwide problem.
Photo: Hermione Project – Plymouth University
Here is Judy’s 2014 gallery exhibit and art festival schedule – catch her at one of these fine southern Oregon venues and take home one of her exquisite silk paintings! You can purchase in advance at her Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/DragonflyDesignWest or Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DragonflyDesignsWest
May 2-June 1 Art Presence Art Center in Jacksonville: Seashore and ocean themed paintings on silk, with an emphasis on preservation of endangered marine life.
May 1 – 31 Gallery One in Grants Pass: display of paintings on silk of egrets, cranes, blue heron and dragonflies, luna moths and butterflies. I will be the featured artist for June 2014, when I will be displaying my hand-painted silk jackets!
June 1 – August 31 Southern Oregon Guild in Kerby: “Wild Blue Yonder” with an emphasis on the ocean.
April 11 – July 11 Thomas Lee Gallery in Ashland: Display of hand-painted silk scarves and wall hangings.
August 2014 Artist Alley in Brookings: I will be the featured artist for August!
Upcoming Art Festivals:
South Park, Brookings: Saturday August 2 from 10am – 5pm and Sunday August 3 from 10 am – 4pm
Jacksonville Celebrates the Arts, Jacksonville: Saturday August 30 and Sunday August 31 from 10am – 5pm (both days)
ARToberfest, Kerby: Third weekend in October, details and times TBA
GoodBean Coffee, Jacksonville: Solo show of silk wall hangings during the month of October and an “Angel” silk wall hanging in a group show during the month of December.