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

Sally K. Fairfax and Friends

Fri. June 18 This event has passed


Streaming soon! A video of this recorded talk will be posted to the website in mid-June.

Moderated by Elia Haworth

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. Her current exhibition in the  Coastal Marin Artists Gallery, Sally K. Fairfax: Ice & Glass, presents her sculptural glass and photography inspired by time spent visiting the Arctic and the Antarctic observing the impact of the planet’s melting ice caps. She is joined by Mary Ann King, natural habitat restoration expert and artist and gifted glass artist Gina Zetts, both of whom collaborated with Fairfax on numerous art, academic, and environmental projects.


  • Sally Fairfax: Inspired by her many trips to the Arctic and Antarctica, Inverness glass artist Sally K. Fairfax creates polar bears and ice images that highlight one of the most significant environmental issues of our time—the rapid melting of our planet’s ice caps. Fairfax is deeply invested in natural resource policy, a distinguished professor emerita of environmental science, policy, and management at the University of California, Berkeley. 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: Mary Ann King has over twelve years of experience managing fish passage, cooperative streamflow, and other projects with landowners and water users across the California coast, focusing on the Russian River watershed. She is a member of the Sonoma County Center for Ag Sustainability and served as chair of the Russian River Coho Water Resources Partnership for five years. Mary Ann has written extensively on water and natural resources law and policy and has been published by the MIT Press and Harvard Environmental Law Review. Director of TU’s California Water Project, Maryann, was a co-winner of the SRF Nat Bingham Memorial Restorationist of the Year Award in 2019 honoring grassroots salmonid habitat restorationists.
  • Gina Zetts: Gina Zetts was born and raised in northwestern Pennsylvania. She holds a BFA in sculpture from Alfred University and an MFA in glass from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She has been a Niche Award Finalist, UncommonGoods Glass Award Finalist, recipient of Alfred University’s Purchase Award, and winner of the Bronze Award in Bullseye Glass Co. Emerge 2014 competition. Her work has been featured in New Glass Review 29 and 36. She has shown at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Bellevue Art Museum, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, Bullseye Gallery, RCBA, the Pittsburgh Glass Center, and Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts. Zetts has worked as an instructor and teaching assistant at the California College of the Arts, the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, Alfred University, The Rochester Institute of Technology, the Pilchuck Glass School, Bullseye Glass Co., and Public Glass in San Francisco. She currently lives and works in Richmond, CA, with her husband and collaborative partner, Spencer Pittenger.