I've always relied on the ocean to be one constant I could depend on, ever-changing yet always the same. And yet the evidence is building that the ocean is in trouble.
Several years ago I read the book entitled Sea Sick by Canadian author Alanna Mitchell. I was shaken by her overview of scientific findings from around the world. Many of these ideas and concerns have been echoed by others even more recently as well. Certainly great damage has been done to fish populations, corel reefs and the very chemistry of the ocean waters. What the future holds remains to be seen, but mercifully there are those fighting to help where and when it is possible.
One such group is Project Seahorse, a marine conservation organization based in Vancouver, B.C. and London, U.K. And so I was very pleased when AyrSpace Gallery, who carry my artwork, announced their own Project Seahorse in support of this conservation work. Working with glass artist Jessie Tesolin of Montreal, AyrSpace Gallerist Jill Yuzwa has launched a fund-raising campaign offering one-of-a-kind glass seahorse pendants. Just in time for Christmas, each pendant is uniquely hand-crafted, in one of three colour patterns. A portion of all sales will go directly to Project Seahorse.
Our awareness matters. Every effort matters. Wherever the coastline, the ocean's waters are in motion touching us all.
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Anna Horsnell SCA
Canadian painter of contemporary abstract art