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Shell museum announces winners of art exhibit

By BMNSM - | Mar 12, 2021


On display now though April 30, the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum’s “H2O Art Exhibition” aims to bring many interpretations to the infinite individual and communal connections to water.

Judging has been completed, and the museum announced the winners as follows:

– First place: “Heteromorphic Baptism” by Mila Bridger and Pamela Beckman

– Second place: “Oh, Precious Roots of the Sea, How Thy Nourishes the Life of the Oceans” by Mary Voytek

– Third place: “Light on the Water I” by Kristin Herzog

MARY VOYTEK “Oh, Precious Roots of the Sea, How Thy Nourishes the Life of the Oceans”

– Museum Staff Choice: “Tide Going Out at Blind Pass” by Suzanne G. Bennett

The museum reported that water is the source of all life and has been an inspiration for artists, writers and philosophers around the world for thousands of years. To celebrate the exhibit, it is presenting a free lecture series for an extended conversation regarding humans’ relationship and dependence upon water in all its forms. The next lecture will be held on March 25 at 5 p.m. via Zoom with José H. Leal, interim director and curator of the museum.

“Our goal for the H2O lecture series and art exhibition collaboration is to build momentum on addressing the great importance of water quality to our ecosystem,” he said. “During my upcoming talk, ‘Shells and Bad Water: Ocean Acidification and its Effects on Mollusks,’ I will share some of the most recent finds about the influence of ocean acidification on mollusks, which are a critical link in the oceans’ food webs.”

Registration for the lecture series can be found at ShellMuseum.org/ h2o-lecture-series.

KRISTIN HERZOG “Light on the Water I”

SUZANNE G. BENNETT “Tide Going Out at Blind Pass”