"As a tool for creating change, art can bring about awareness and draw attention to the things we find important to express."
We’ve asked Maia Negre, one of O’Neill Sea Odyssey’s long-time supporters, to share her thoughts about her unique connection to, and history with, the OSO program. Here’s what she had to say….
Witnessing the educational experience students received while participating with O'Neill Sea Odyssey was very inspiring. In 2013, I painted an oil painting, based on an iconic photograph taken by Steve Lawson, depicting the beauty and serenity of our ocean environment. OSO donors, Tricia and Reed Geisreiter, hosted a wonderful fund-raising event at their home in Santa Cruz, where we showcased this and a few other sea life and ocean paintings. A portion of the proceeds from the giclee prints that sold at the event were donated to OSO.
Currently on my website's online shop, there's an O'Neill Sea Odyssey Series where 20% of sales from this category benefit the 100,000th Student Campaign.
As a professional artist and volunteer judge for OSO's annual Ocean Steward Art Contest, I believe art is a great form of communication. It is a powerful tool for conveying ideas, concepts, and individual expression. As a tool for creating change, art can bring about awareness and draw attention to the things we find important to express.
It is important that we remember how connected we are to our environment, and to each other. We all share the responsibility of making good choices when it comes to protecting our natural environment, and being kind and respectful to all living things.
Please join O'Neill Sea Odyssey at the R. Blitzer Gallery on Friday, January 5, 2018, from 5-9pm, for their 4th annual Beach Industry art exhibit. Featuring Maia Negre and 16 other local artists, this opening reception is in conjunction with First Friday Santa Cruz and 10% of all sales during the month will benefit OSO.
Thank you, Maia, for your continued support through your artwork and as an OSO art contest judge. We greatly appreciate it.