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Artists and community organizers are gathering to reclaim the future and ignite powerful social change in consumer and visitor behavior.

Washed Ashore builds and exhibits aesthetically powerful art to educate a global audience about plastic pollution in oceans and waterways and spark positive changes in consumer habits. Everyone who has seen Washed Ashore’s stunning pieces of public art made from reclaimed marine debris has wondered “How’d they do that?”

Art to Save The Sea will occur in Gleneden Beach, Yachats and Brookings. The Gleneden Beach exhibit will be May 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Eden Hall, 6675 Gleneden Beach Loop, Gleneden Beach. The exhibit will feature Bella the Angelfish on a Reef.

Attendees of these gatherings will learn the process behind these masterpieces and see a visual presentation by John Tannous, Executive Director of Washed Ashore which explains everything. Over the next two years several large pieces of public art will be created and sighted in various communities on the Central and Northern Oregon Coast. Communities interested in securing such a piece of public art should attend and inquire about the sitting process.

After learning about the unique process Washed Ashore has championed, interested artists and community organizers can apply for a multi-week artist residency in Bandon to dive deeper into their process and support the creation of future pieces of public art from marine debris.

Some scholarships and living stipends are available by the generous support of the Oregon Coast Visitors Association and Travel Oregon.

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