Washed Ashore Re-opening

sea dragon sculpture

Gallery Grand Re-Opening for Summer 2021

Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea gallery opens to the public June 15, 2021. On display are many familiar, dramatic and colorful examples of Washed Ashore’s famous “Art to Save the Sea” sculptures created from marine debris collected from Oregon beaches.

Washed Ashore is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about plastic pollution in the ocean. Many pieces on display in Bandon are part of Washed Ashore’s Traveling Exhibit, seen at zoos, aquariums and public gardens throughout the US and Canada.

Summer season hours are 12 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The gallery is located at 325 2nd Street SE in Old Town Bandon. Volunteers, groups, teachers with classes, or visitors who would like to help build the next Washed Ashore sculpture, please call 514-329-0317 to reserve group or individual workshop time.

“We’ve recently remodeled the entire gallery with a new look and feel, offering eco-friendly refreshments, and upgraded it to include eco-friendly LED lighting, as well. We will require mask wearing and now have pathways to include all Covid compliant signage and sanitation stations to keep the public safe,” said Gallery Manager Cameron McGrew.

McGrew is also pleased to announce new additions to the gallery’s Eco Shift Market gift shop.

“Visitors will also find new products in our popular retail area. These are efficient and fun ways to help everyone to reduce, reuse and recycle, as well as refuse single-use plastics,” he said.

The Washed Ashore Project is sponsored by the Artula Institute for Arts and Environmental Education, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2010 by Angela Haseltine Pozzi.

Featured image: Steve the Weedy Sea Dragon, a 10 feet tall x 18 feet long marine debris sculpture, greets visitors at the re-opened Washed Ashore Gallery. Photo courtesy of Washed Ashore.