Sally K. Fairfax and Friends
Sally K. Fairfax in her Inverness studio.
Virtual Talk

Sally K. Fairfax and Friends

Thu. June 3 - Thu. June 3 This event has passed

Moderated by Elia Haworth, Curator of Coastal Marin Art and History, June 3, 2020

Enjoy a fascinating virtual conversation with Sally K. Fairfax—Inverness glass artist and Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor Emerita in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley. The exhibition in Bolinas Museum’s Coastal Marin Artists Gallery, Sally K. Fairfax: Ice & Glass, presents her sculptural glass and photography inspired by her many visits to the Arctic and the Antarctic, observing the impact of the planet’s melting ice caps. Sally is joined by Mary Ann King, natural habitat restoration expert and artist, and Gina Zetts, a gifted glass artist and instructor. Their collaborations with Fairfax are included in the exhibition.


SALLY K. FAIRFAX is an Inverness-based glass artist whose many trips to the Arctic and Antarctica inspired her to create sculptural glass and photographic images highlighting one of the most significant environmental issues of our time—the rapid melting of our planet’s ice caps. A distinguished professor emerita of environmental science, policy, and management at the University of California, Berkeley, Fairfax is deeply invested in natural resource policy. She began working with glass in the 1970s and this exhibition displays her current use of diverse techniques to create works of practicality, pure aesthetics, or social commentary.

MARY ANN KING, California Water Project Director at Trout Unlimited, manages fish passage, cooperative streamflow, and other projects with landowners and water users across the California coast. She has written extensively on water and natural resources law and policy and has been published by the MIT Press and Harvard Environmental Law Review. A former student of Fairfax’s at UC Berkeley, Mary Ann and Sally have co-authored many papers and a book. In the ensuing years, Sally and Mary Ann have collaborated academically, intellectually, and artistically. Mary Ann has been making art her entire life.

GINA ZETTS holds an MFA in glass from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is an award-winning glass artist who exhibits nationally and has taught at many prestigious schools, including the California College of the Arts. Of Gina, Sally says she is one of the best teachers she has ever had. She says Gina is smart and teaches not from ego but from how to best get knowledge across to her students. She has a deep understanding of glass and tracking complex processes.


Presented as part of “Sally K. Fairfax: Ice & Glass,” Bolinas Museum Coastal Marin Artists Gallery, May 8 – August 15, 2020.

Free artists’ talks are supported in part by a generous grant from the Stinson-Bolinas Community Fund.