This year Project Watershed wrapped up their estuary focused Keeping It Living Campaign in collaboration with Elevate the Arts adding a new dimension to both endeavours. Elevate the Arts was inundated with estuary information and estuary art from both local artists and family artists; the Keeping It Living Campaign was inundated with people out to enjoy Elevate sights and activities.

Elevate coordinator Meaghan Cursons reported “We were happy to have Project Watershed come play with us at the Elevate Arts Festival. Restoring and protecting the Estuary is an important cause and engaging with the arts community to elevate that message is totally in line with our vision of using arts and culture as a way to re-imagine the future of our community.”

Estuary-Mural_web1Project Watershed launched the week of activities with a fundraising dinner at Zocalo Cafe on Tuesday. The dinner was sold out and Project Watershed has received many compliments about the dinner, music and estuary inspired ambiance.

Over 110 different estuary artworks were created and hung on the Estuary Net Mural erected at 5th and Duncan as a gateway to the Elevate activities. Salmon, starfish and shells were painted, jellyfish, eelgrass and bull kelp made by children of all ages. Project Watershed had also organised family photo’s with Unique Roots Photography in Simms Park and a book reading of Penelope Piper’s Great Adventures by Marlet Ashley and Kate Brown as well as having the art auction and competition at Zocalo Cafe.

While the auction has wrapped up it is not too late to support the restoration and protection work Project Watershed is doing in the K’omoks Estuary. They are still selling limited edition art prints ($100) and art posters ($25) created from previous year’s winners as sponsorships. Full sized giclees ($1000) and art cards ($3ea/set of 4 for $10) are also available . Artworks include Bev Byerley’s View From the Airpark # 34 (only two limited edition prints remaining), Jennifer Weber’s Mingling Waters, Rena Rogers’ Morning Mist and Shirley Dickie’s Blue Forest.


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