‘Ode to the Tides’ exhibit at the VAC

This collage panel of Yaquina Bay, by Marcy Baker, is part of the “Ode to the Tides” exhibit that is running concurrently at the Newport Visual Arts Center, the Pacific Heritage Maritime Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. (Courtesy photo)

An exhibition called “Ode to the Tides” is showing through Sept. 26 in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Select works from this statewide traveling exhibit are also on display at the Pacific Heritage Maritime Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

The “Ode to the Tides” exhibition, sponsored by The Wetlands Conservancy, includes more than 90 Pacific Northwest artists working in an array of mediums, all exploring or depicting Oregon’s coastal estuaries, tide pools and the organisms that inhabit these ecologically important areas.

The Wetlands Conservancy and other project partners have organized the “Ode to the Tides” exhibit to highlight the beauty and ecological and economic value of near-shore coastal habitats. Estuaries are the rich mixing zones where freshwater from the land meets salt water from the sea. The blend — known as brackish water — creates an environment with abundant life and is a critical link to ocean health through their role in providing high-quality water, fish/shellfish rearing, refuge and production and habitat for a host of wildlife and plant species.

For additional information, visit https://wetlandsconservancy.org/stewardship/ode-to-tides-art-exhibit/

The Upstairs Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m. The Newport Visual Arts Center is located at 777 NW Beach Drive.

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