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Ode to the Tides

Exhibition September 3 – 28, 2019
Opening Reception: September 6, 6-8pm

Exhibit Statement/Bio:

To celebrate the aesthetic and ecological significance of Oregon’s estuaries and tide pools, The Wetlands Conservancy is sponsoring a traveling art exhibit. A portion of the collection will be on display at the Columbia Center for the Arts September 3 – 28.

The traveling exhibit includes artwork of all kinds, from paintings to fiber, wood, stone, glass and ceramics. With regional and local artists displaying their work, the exhibit and sale bring together a multitude of styles and creativity.  A portion of the sale of each piece of art supports The Wetlands Conservancy’s program to conserve Oregon’s Coastal estuaries.

The exhibit focuses on the plants, animals, fish, land formations and the magic of estuaries and tide pools, the rich mixing zones where freshwater from the land meets salt water from the sea.  This blend creates a unique environment with abundant and diverse life. Estuaries gather nutrients from both land and sea, forming an ecosystem that contains more life per square inch than the richest Midwest farmland. Oregon’s 22 major estuaries are ecologically essential for many fish and wildlife species, including salmon, herring, flounder, crab, oysters, clams, wading birds, ducks, and otters, providing habitat for reproduction, rearing, resting and foraging.

What makes this exhibit unique is the collaboration between scientists and artists, and the degree to which the artists researched the topic in detail as part of the creative process. What emerged is a collection of more than 200 delightful pieces by 84 artists.

About The Wetlands Conservancy:
Founded in 1981, The Wetlands Conservancy is the only organization in Oregon dedicated to working in partnership with communities statewide to permanently protect, conserve and restore Oregon's greatest wetlands– our most biologically rich and diverse lands. The mission of The Wetlands Conservancy is to conserve, enhance and restore the physical and ecological values of Oregon’s greatest wetlands for current and future generations. For more information please visit

All of the 2019 Gallery Exhibits are generously sponsored by Cathedral Ridge Winery and Windermere Realty