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From the prairies of Big Cypress National Preserve to the rainforests of Madagascar, Naples Zoo and its staff engage in long-term efforts to conserve rare plants and animals. To better connect zoo members and visitors with these projects, the zoo welcomes researchers, directors, and biologists to present their work at the Conservation Lecture Series offered in the evenings during the winter months. Along with seeing a formal presentation in the Safari Canyon theater, guests mingle with these experts and ask questions to better understand the complexities of conservation and how each of us can contribute to making our world a better place for wildlife and people.
November 15, 2018
Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea
Meet the Artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi
Born of a lifetime passion for art and education and driven by personal tragedy, the Washed Ashore Project creates aesthetically powerful art from debris washed onto beaches. Washed Ashore educates a global audience about plastic pollution in oceans and sparks positive changes in consumer habits. Meet the founder and Artistic Director of the Washed Ashore, the traveling exhibit being featured this season at Naples Zoo. We will feature 11 large pieces from this stunning collection from November 17, 2018 to April 21, 2019. RSVP.
About Angela Haseltine Pozzi
Angela has always believed in “art for all” and helped spearhead many public art projects, community art and artist-in-residency programs wherever she has gone in her 30-year career. Recycling and repurposing materials were part of her life from the beginning and was the basis for her first body of exhibited work entitled, “Undetermined Species”, a collection of coral reefs, and invented invertebrates.
Her artwork was thriving and her work fulfilling when tragedy hit in 2002 with the sudden death of her husband of 25 years. Looking for meaning in life she went to the ocean to heal, but what she found was an ocean that needed healing. By 2010, Angela found her life’s calling: to make Art to Save the Sea. Today over 10,000 volunteers have helped clean beaches and worked with Washed Ashore to process over 20 tons of debris into over 70 sculptures of the animals affected by plastic pollution.
These sculptures now tour as the “Washed Ashore Project” traveling exhibits educating and inspiring countless people from diverse backgrounds to take action in their own lives and prevent contributing to this global problem. Her work continues as Artistic Director, designing and creating multitudes of sea creatures from the ongoing tons of marine debris with the goal to have a global impact. As the leader of a team of dedicated employees and hundreds of volunteers, Angela has vowed that this effort is her life’s work, and “until we run out of plastic on the beach, we will keep doing our work.”
Cost: General Public: $10 (pay at door) | Naples Zoo Members: Free | RSVP TODAY.
Many thanks to SOME OF OUR RECENT inspirational speakers:
- Dr. Amy Dickman, Director, Ruaha Carnivore Project
- Dr. Luke Hunter, President and Chief Conservation Officer, Panthera
- Dr. Tara Harris, Coordinator of the Tiger Species Survival Plan® and Tiger Conservation Campaign
- Dr. Julian Fennessy, Co-Founder, Giraffe Conservation Foundation, Namibia
- Dr. Luke Dollar, National Geographic Explorer, Big Cats Initiative
- Dr. Arnaud Desbiez, Project Coordinator, Giant Armadillo Conservation Project | Anteaters & Highways
- Ian Bartoszek, Wildlife Biologist/Florida's Invasive Pythons, Conservancy of Southwest Florida
- Dr. Liz Braun de Torrez, Researcher, University of Florida
- Dr. Eric Miller, Chair, Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group
- John Leary, Executive Director, Trees for the Future
- David Shindle, Florida Panther Coordinator, US Fish and Wildlife Service
- Dr. Frank Ridgley, Director of Conservation and Research, Zoo Miami
- Dan Strechay, US Representative for the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
- Dr. Robert Rice, Co-Creator of Bird-Friendly coffee certification, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
- Mike Orlando, Assistant Coordinator of the Bear Management Program, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission