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Nudibranchia: Butterflies of the Sea
New Paintings by Isabella Kirkland

September 27, 2014 - January 4, 2015 / Curated by Jennifer Gately

 

 Isabella Kirkland, 206 Nudibranchia, detail, 2014, oil on canvas. Photo courtesy the artist.

Isabella Kirkland, 206 Nudibranchia, detail, 2014, oil on canvas. Photo courtesy the artist. 

This exhibition debuts a new series of paintings by Sausalito artist Isabella Kirkland entitled AQUAE that examines lesser-known life inhabiting the Earth’s aquatic realms. While the ocean is nearly 70% of the surface area of Earth, much of it still remains a mystery. Nudibranchs, commonly called sea slugs, are widely believed to be some of the most colorful creatures on earth. More than 3,000 species live at virtually all depths of the ocean with the greatest diversity seen in shallow reefs, much like Bolinas’s own Duxbury Reef. Meticulously researched and rendered, these paintings remind us of the great wonder living within the sea and why we should care about the health of the ocean and the countless life forms that depends on it.

 

Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary coral reef detail. Courtesy Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary/NOAA
Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary coral reef detail.
Courtesy Cordell Bank National Marin Sanctuary/NOAA

Color photographs of the seafloor at the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary accompany Kirkland’s paintings. Taken about 20 miles off the shores of the Marin/Sonoma coastline, these stunning images reveal the significance of this rocky reef that was designated as a National Marine Sanctuary by NOAA in 1989. Cordell Bank is a hotspot for ocean life with nutrient-rich waters that swirl around the reef, providing food and shelter for a wealth of resident fish, invertebrates, and migratory visitors from across the Pacific Ocean.

 

Learn & Engage related event:

September 27-January 4, 2015

POP UP SHOP
THE 4 R‚ÄôS: REFUSE, REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE   

October 18 / 4PM

Great Minds Talk: Ocean Wonders

 Artist Isabella Kirkland in Conversation with Invertebrate Zooligist Dr. Rebecca Johnson

October 25 / 4PM

Tide Pool Etiquette with Bruce Bowser

November 8  10-2PM

Take the Plastic Challenge

November 8 / 4PM

Great Minds Talk: Ocean Wellness

5 Gyre Stiv Wilson in Conversation with Artists Judith Selby Lang & Richard Lang and Marine Debris Researcher Kate Brimrose.

November 15 1-11:30PM

Saturday Morning Art Workshop