Posted on July 16, 2022
Artwork from The Wonder of Whales: Two Artists’ Perspectives. (Courtesy picture)
July is the last chance to catch the whales are superheroes! exhibit at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM). The exhibition focuses on the diversity of whales in the sea and the role they play in the ecology of the oceans.
The multi-part presentation – which includes paintings and drawings of whales and other sea creatures by professional artists and school children, as well as an immersive experience that allows visitors to explore a whimsical underwater environment – is ends July 31.
A selection of artwork, text, drone footage and creative graphics from the exhibition will remain on permanent display in the museum’s main galleries.
“We undertook this uplifting project as part of an alliance with other museums focused on creating a conversation about climate change,” said Greg Gorga, Executive Director of the Maritime Museum. “We are lucky to have whales in our channel year-round, and they are a vital part of our evolving ecosystem.”
Individual presentations featured as part of Whales Are Superheroes! until July 31 are:
The Wonder of Whales: Two Artists’ Perspectives – curated by SBMM, the art exhibit features a selection of recent works on paper and whale paintings in a variety of media by Santa Barbara-based artists John Barran and Kelly Clause.
A Whale of a Tale – SBMM invited K-6 students to learn about whales and then create their own artwork celebrating whales and other sea creatures, such as seahorses, sharks and dolphins. Life-size reproductions of the artwork were set up in the museum’s theater amid dramatic lighting and a soundtrack of whale songs to create a multi-sensory underwater experience.
Whales are superheroes! Saving the Planet One CO2 Molecule at a Time — A selection of children’s drawings of whales and ocean-related artwork, produced in museum-led educational workshops, offer a diverse view of species and its habitats.
“These nearly 200 pieces showcase the talents of Santa Barbara County students,” Gorga said. “Through our close relationships with dozens of schools, our educational staff inspires young people to love and care for our oceans.”
The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum thanks donors for sponsoring programs and exhibits:
A Whale of a Tale: Chevron, Dreier Family, Emmett Foundation, Hank and Mary Mitchel, Jack Mithun and Mercedes Millington
Whales are superheroes! Saving the Planet One CO2 Molecule at a Time: Brown Family Foundation, Chevron, Dreier Family, Emmett Foundation, Hank and Mari Mitchel, Jack Mithun and Mercedes Millington, June G. Outhwaite Foundation and the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation.
The Wonder of Whales: Two Artists’ Perspectives: Chevron, Dreier Family, Emmett Foundation, Mimi Michaelis, Hank and Mari Mitchel, June G. Outhwaite Foundation and the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation
Whales Are Superheroes (permanent exhibition) Chevron, Dreier Family, Emmett Foundation, Nancy and Frederic Golden, George H. and Olive J. Griffiths Charitable Foundation, Hank and Mari Mitchel, June G. Outhwaite Foundation, Alice Tweed Tuohy Foundation, Donna Weinstein, and the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation.
SBMM is at 113 Harbor Way, Ste. 190 Santa Barbara. Visit sbmm.org or call 805-962-8404 for details.