december, 2019

08dec3:00 pmLecture: Art and Science in the Marine Micro WorldPort Townsend Marine Science Center3:00 pm Chapel at Fort Worden Event Organized By: Port Townsend Marine Science Center

Event Details

Presented by the Port Townsend Marine Science Center

Sunday, December 8
3 p.m.
The Fort Worden Chapel

Admission: $5
(students & teachers FREE)
FREE admission for Octopus and Orca Donor Circle Members
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Carla Stehr
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, retired

Carla Stehr’s artist statement: I use cloth, paint and stitch to express my fascination with aquatic life and natural patterns. My work is inspired by a life-long obsession for exploring tide pools and a career as a Marine Biologist where I had the opportunity to photograph amazingly beautiful aquatic creatures with a scanning electron microscope.

I am especially drawn to organisms that may be hard to see, like the tiny Moonglow Anemone partially buried in sand, or single-celled plants such as diatoms that are so small they can only be seen with a microscope. Many of my pieces are influenced by microscopic images I photographed as a scientist.

The textural properties of fabric and stitch lend an organic quality that I am compelled to use in my art. I may use overlapping layers of silk organza to suggest transparent structures such as anemone tentacles. Or, to suggest the multi-layered cell walls of diatoms, I may use multiple layers of fabric, creating openings in the top layers to reveal textured patterns below. My intention is to illustrate features of plants, animals or natural patterns that might be unnoticed without looking really close.

More info about the lecturer:

This is the third installment of The Future of Oceans lecture series.
This event is offered with generous support by the Darrow Family.

Assisted Listening Devices available




(Sunday) 3:00 pm


Chapel at Fort Worden


Port Townsend Marine Science CenterExplore the mysteries of the Salish Sea at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center! Get up close and personal with sea stars, anemones, urchins and other fascinating creatures at PTMSC’s Aquarium. Our Museum features Hope, one of the few articulated orca skeletons in North America. Volunteer and education opportunities are also 532 Battery Way, Port Townsend WA, USA 98368

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