Jan and Jay Barber, Sara and Jeff Gage with Neal Maine
“On Thursday, June 13th, the Friends of the Seaside Library welcome award-winning biology instructor and naturalist, Neal Maine, sponsored by the Fairweather House and Gallery. Joann Pari-Mueller, Leah Kohlenberg, and Paul Brent will talk about their creations for the Ode to the Tides exhibit at Fairweather Gallery and Beach Books.
Neal will speak on estuaries and how they gather nutrients from land and sea, forming an ecosystem that contains more life per square inch than the richest Midwest farmland. He will detail how Oregon’s major estuaries are ecologically essential for fish and wildlife which includes salmon, herring, flounder, crab, oysters, clams, wading birds, ducks, and otters, providing habitat for reproduction, rearing, resting and foraging.
After a thirty-year career as a teacher at Seaside High School, Neal Maine has pursued his passion for nature photography through Pacific Light Images. “Dedicated to raising awareness of coastal ecology and the wildlife with whom we share the region’s estuaries, freshwater wetlands and forests.”
The program will be presented in the Seaside Public Library, 1131 Broadway Street, in the Community Room at 6:00 p.m. A selected grouping of the Ode to the Tides art will be displayed and the gallery will provide refreshments.
If you haven’t visited Fairweather Gallery and Beach Books to see the exhibit, you have until the end of June. It features 90 artists and 200 pieces that focus on coastal estuaries and tide pools, and benefits the Wetlands Conservancy.” Sara Vickerman-Gage, Ode to the Tides art curator
For more about the nature photography by Neal Maine, please visit the artist’s tab Neal Maine and Michael Wing at http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com