Those of you who attended last years sea otter art show The Otter Zone might remember this guy:
This great shot was featured right in the center of last years’ show. It’s by Sebastian Kennerknecht, a local wildlife photographer who does amazing work. We’re hoping he will participate in next year’s show, as well as tell all his artist friends to go out and create sea otter inspired work. In the meantime, Sebastian is putting together his own exhibition called Endangered Neighbors. Additional support is needed to make the show happen. Check out the link for more information. Sebastian says, “These species and this geographical area is something I care deeply about and I have had many amazing experiences with all the animals. I would now like to share them with you through the exhibit.” The exhibit will be more than just the photos (although those are worth it alone)–they are working on putting together interpretive panels, educational programs, docent led tours for students, and Saturday programs.
What I love about this project is the focus on local endangered species–photography really brings these species closer to us, but in this case they are literally in our backyard. The emotional connection that art can create will hopefully inspire us to do more to protect these “neighbors” of ours.
On a similar note, we will be hosting a second annual sea otter art show for Sea Otter Awareness Week in the fall–hopefully this year we will be able to exhibit on the Monterey side of the bay in addition to Santa Cruz. If you are an artist and want to contribute, start thinking about those sea otters! The show is mixed media–all you have to do is convince us it was inspired by sea otters, and we’ll consider including your piece in the show. Contact me at allison at otterproject dot org for more information or to inquire after submitting work.