Bits & Pieces: 'Washed Ashore' at Oregon Zoo is an exhibit of creatures made from ocean debris
The Oregon Zoo has a new art exhibit, "Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea," a series of giant sea-life sculptures made from ocean debris.
The exhibit has been staged throughout the country. Sculptures were designed by Angela Haseltine Pozzi of Bandon. She creates each piece using debris collected on the beaches of Oregon and assembles them in her studio with the help of volunteers.
Each sculpture has a theme. Some of the sculptures are "Chompers the Shark" and "Hugo the Humpback Whale."
Others are a fish made entirely from flip-flops, a sea jelly bloom created with plastic water bottles and a seal named "Lidia" for the plastic lids used in her design.
"One of my favorites is the 'American Red Star,' which was made using fireworks found on the beach," said Tom Gaskill, the zoo's conservation learning program manager. "When you realize how much of the waste that ends up in the ocean could have been prevented by simply taking responsibility to clean up or perhaps rethink what we are buying to begin with, you begin to understand that we can make a difference."
The Regional Arts & Culture Council has reorganized — eliminating five positions, laying off 15 employees, and hiring for 15 new positions — for the purpose of establishing a new vision and priorities. RACC wants to expand advocacy and fundraising and focus more on underserved communities, led by Executive Director Madison Cario.
Cario has led the organization's movement to spread money around to more companies. RACC will continue its core grantmaking programs, public art projects and arts education.
To make substantial changes, "RACC needs to become more fiscally sustainable, diversify our funding sources and streamline our organization," said Cario, who has been executive director for one year.
For more from Cario's perspective, see racc.org/2020/01/30/change-and-growth-at-racc.
For more: www.racc.org.
Six Portland-area senior living communities are partnering on The Great Portland Cupcake Challenge at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Fieldstone Cornell Landing, 9860 N.W. Cornell Road.
Proceeds go to the Oregon chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. It's open to the public.
Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle leads a panel of judges to critique each team's creations. Teams race against the clock to decorate and display their cupcakes, and visitors can purchase the desserts.
Fieldstone Cornell Landing's contingent of bakers will be joined by others from The Ackerly at Timberland, Brookside Memory Care, Laurel Parc, Regency Park and West Hills Village.
A reminder: More than 10,000 people are expected at the Vortex2020 music festival, Aug. 22-23, at Milo McIver State Park in Estacada. It's a tribute to the August 1970 festival called Vortex I, when then-Gov. Tom McCall partnered with antiwar demonstrators for a weeklong "biodegradable festival of life" that aimed to take attention away from a scheduled visit by President Richard Nixon.
For complete info: www.vortex2020.org.
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The local Cupid's Undie Run, in which people run through streets without pants, takes place from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. There'll be prerun and postrun parties at the Barrel Room, 105 N.W. Third Ave. For more: www.cupids.org. ... Oregon Zoo's oldest resident, the Sumatran orangutan Inji, recently turned (thought-to-be) 60. She's thought to be the oldest orangutan in the world. "Inji's in amazing shape for her age," said Asaba Mukobi, the zoo's senior primate keeper. ... Disjecta Contemporary Art Center has been awarded an $80,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. It helps support many things, including the Portland2021 Biennial.
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