From Here to Eternity
May 20 through June 25
 Image: Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang featured artists of From Here to Eternity
Show Events
From Here to Eternity
Tuesday, June 7th, 5:00 to 7:00 PM
142 Throckmorton Theater
Meet the artists and join us for wine and cheese.

Special Additional Event
Saturday, June 25th
At the Marine Mammal Center
 Come to the grand opening of Washed Ashore:  plastics, sea life and art.  This special exhibit is the vision of artist and educator Angela Haseltine Pozzi. Washed Ashore is a community art project that has turned the ugly reality of ocean trash into 15 gigantic sculptures that will inspire you to action through simple everyday changes to your routine that can dramatically reduce your ocean trash footprint.  This family fun day will include children’s art activities, old-fashioned games, food and drinks.

Nurdles and Rubber Duckie on California Beach.

From Here To Eternity explores the silent drama of our plastic world. A global story revealed through three intrepid artists on Stinson and Kehoe beach. We could have also titled this show, Nurdle Alert. Nurdles are  the tiny preproduction plastic pellets that float from here to eternity in the belly's of birds, babes and fish, and cover once pristine beaches around the world. The playful art of the artists in this show illustrates our need to address the dangers and disasters of plastic. These artists bring home a strong message to all of us through what is truly composed fine art, our most powerful political address. A wreath of washed up forks is an olive branch of hope. They demonstrate ironically how this flotsom is indeed a part of our daily food chain. We can each begin to protect our natural environment and all living organisms by using less plastic or at least be inspired to make art out of that which we have used.  Enjoy the Show!  - Daisy Carlson (Curator)
Special Thanks to artists around the world that speak about environmental issues with their work, Lucy Mercer whose vision of community keeps 142 Throckmorton Theater alive & Gordon Edwards who skillfully installed the show.
The Artist’s in this show use Marine Refuse and everyday trash as a medium to create their work to clarify their singular environmental message, plastic is damaging our environment and the health of our marine life and in turn our lives. 
Beach Plastic Photo Montage by Judith Selby and Richard Lang
Judith Selby-Lang and Richard Lang have been visiting 1000 yards of remote beach in the Point Reyes National Sea Shore since 1999. They have rambled this one beach hundreds of times to gather plastic debris washing out of the Pacific Ocean. By carefully collecting and "curating" the bits of plastic, they fashion it into works of art— art that matter-of-factly shows, with minimal artifice, the material as it is. The viewer is often surprised that this colorful stuff is the thermoplastic junk of our throwaway culture. "As we have deepened our practice we’ve found, like paleontologists, each bit of plastic opens into a pinpoint look at the whole of human culture. Each bit has a story to tell." They have had over 40 exhibitions ranging from the SFMOMA to the US Embassy in the Republic of Georgia. Although our work speaks about a real environmental problem, art is the central theme. This multifaceted exploration is also a two-part love story. The love of a place in a magnificent national park just 25 miles from San Francisco, a major American megalopolis. This beach is also the sight of our first date opening to an ongoing marriage of two souls dedicated to the notion that beauty can contribute to righting a world out of balance.
Beach Plastic Portrait by Tess Felix
Tess Felix, A painter from Stinson beach, California was inspired to make this work after a big storm in February, 2010 washed tons of plastic garbage out of the Sacramento Delta and flooded the shores of Stinson Beach with colorful fragments of plastic. The sight of it was shocking to her. She said, “ The beach looked like a mosaic. I picked up some garbage that day, went home and made a portrait out of the plastic. I returned the portrait to a little shack on the beach as a gift back to the sea. Someone found it and took it home, so I made another one. This is how the  plastic debris portraits came to be. Fortunately, while the garbage on the beach reminded me that we consumers are destroying our environment, I also saw shapes, color, and a potential to create something positive. I wanted to give order and meaning to it.”Felix’s portraits are magnificent in both her mastery of painterly style as well as her ironic genius, that reminds us that these plastics seep into the food stream and return as toxins into our bodies.
Can top Dress
Elise Cheval, Susan Kelly, Jen Byrne and Christine Culver were selected by the curator in recognition for their couture creations entered into the Whole Foods Creative Reuse contest. Each has expanded our sense of style with these wonderful up-cycled pieces.
Trash Couture throughout the gallery. Some very creative up-cyclers have fashioned banners, packaging and can tabs into delightful fashions that truly make a statement. Eachof these artists were entries in the Whole Foods Creative Reuse contest and the winners won $1000 from Whole Foods for their favorite charity. My love seat didn't win my prize was discovering many creative works to share with you. I selected these to illustrate, we don't only have to eat our trash we can wear it too. 

Daisy Carlson Curator Here with her Young Maasai Climate Activists
Daisy Carlson the show curator, founded Daisy Arts in 1992 to support the integrity of hand made Italian crafts and book making arts in retail markets. Her designs have been sold in major department stores and museums around the world. Carlson’s focus has always been to produce timeless and sustainable product. Carlson’s concern for the state of the environ ment and the paramount importance of solving climate challenges have led her to develop a retail model that supports fair-trade initiatives and deep systems sustainable development. She stresses the importance of achieving carbon neutrality in commerce and manufacturing. Carlson has also produced a film & published several photo essays on the plight of children in East Africa as they face greater environmental challenges. She hopes to clarify the connection between climate issues and sustainable development. “Aid matters, the type of aid matters more. We can end hunger in our lifetime with a robust carbon market that supports deep system sustainable development. For more information please visit her site

Nurdles on the beach with coin.
Nurdle Alert! in the front room you will find large images of tiny Nurdles, sometimes referred to as “mermaid’s tears,” they are almost impossible to see until one learns what they are and how to differentiate them from a piece of shell or a fish egg. Once recognized, you see numbers of them scattered across the sand. Nurdles, pre-production polypropylene resin pellets, are the raw plastic material that is shipped to manufacturers of bottles, car parts, toys, almost anything made of plastic. They are a particularly noxious component of the plastic flotsam. Because of they are chemically “open,” they are magnets for metabolites, PCB's, breakdown products of DDT—DDE and other dioxin-like substances. They are poisonous little bombs loaded with tens of 1000's of times more poison than the ambient sea, and because they are translucent they are mistaken for fish eggs and enter the food chain. With this, and all our projects our intention is to make something splendid out of something troublesome; to focus on our indiscriminate use of plastics.

Beach Plastic Portrait by Tess Felix
Our bodies our plastic! In the front room you will find several marine debris portraits by Tess Felix that illustrate that we are what we produce. That "Away" place we throw our garbage to is ending up being back in the food chain, in animals and in turn in our bodies.These Portraits in plastic are about becoming our debris. I discovered Tess Felix's work while preparing to mount this show at the Whole Foods creative Reuse contest and had to make room for it.This is Tess's first major show of this exciting body of work. She has artfully illustrated that marine debris not only has extremely harmful consequences for wildlife and ecosystems it damages our health as it enters the food chain. The irony of these portraits clarified the message put forth in the rest of the show. I am so happy to be able to share these wonderful works with you. I hope we all leave the gallery with the commitment to use less single use plastic in our lives. 

Show Events 

Official show opening Tuesday, June 7th  
5:00 to 7:00 PM. 
A special event, organized in conjunction with this show, come explore the 
Marine Mammal Center 
June 25 
All day viewing of art, and tours of the marine mammal center with old fashion games and events.  Get a sneak preview of exciting sculptures, make some art, after combing the beach for “art supplies” enjoy a picnic 
sponsored by Whole Foods.

The Work of Tess Felix

Tess Felix - Captivating painterly portraits made entirely of Stinson Beach Refuse.

Links of Interest

Related Upcoming Bay Area shows

Art by Angela Haseltine Pozzi made with Marine Refuse 

Coming in June 22 - Oct. 2011
Marine Mammal Center on the Marin Headlands 
will be showing art made completely from
Marine Refuse to highlight the dangers and problems 
associated with single use plastics and other refuse.
A “whale skeleton” made from Styrofoam containers and other junk.

Where is Away?

Where is the away we throw things to? Are we using the oceans as a junkyard?

Single use Plastic is really an amazing invention.  Inexpensive, colorful, lightweight material that can
be fashioned into unlimited shapes and create moving parts. Unfortunately it is very toxic and persistant
in the environment. Less than one percent are biodegradable.

Millions of tons of plastics that have been thrown into the oveans are degrading ( breaking down into tiny parts that are toxic to animals when ingested. ) They degrade slowly when exposed to sun and the elements and turn into tiny particulates that are now pervasive in our oceas. Confused fish and birds
see it as food not toxic plastic.

These toxins have now entered into our food chain  and are causing health problems in humans as well as ecosystems.

Over 50% of the Marine Mammals rescued by the Marine Mammal Center are directly affected by marine wast.  They have either been entagled by nets and other garbage or have ingested this undigestable stuff in their stomaches. Others have developed cancers associated with the toxins in plastices.
Imagine if your food snack choices consisted of plastic milk tops, water bottles, plastic bags, flip flops.

Please consider trying to eliminate single use plastic from your life as much as possible.