"New Beginnings"

Original Oil by Internationally Respected Environmental Artist George Sumner - Featured in the Smithsonian Exhibiton "Ocean Planet" in the Private Collection of Sir Michael Muldoon


Living Oceans

by the Cultural Affairs Services League at 

Falkirk Cultural Center


Opening Reception

Friday, March 17, 2017 beginning at 6:00 pm 


Exhibition dates

March 17, 2017 through April 29, 2017


Presentation Dates

March 24, 2017 through April 21, 2017


Ticket information:

To register, click on event dates links below


The Show

An artist perspective of our oceans, and their inhabitants, from charismatic mega fauna to plankton, and the impact we as humans have on our coastal waters- The galleries of Falkirk are filled with the sights and sounds, of the marine environment feature differing artistic mediums depicting our oceans, their inhabitants and our coastal waters.  

Contributing Artists Include 

Tanja Geis, Tess Felix Greene, Lauren Hartman, Josie Iselin, Jane Kim, Richard Lang, Judith Selby Lang, Jaime McHugh, Birgit O’Connor, Camille Seaman, George Sumner, Mary Wagstaff, Peter Winch, the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary and Ocean Conservation Research.


The Presentation

Friday Evenings at 6 pm (Including refreshments)

"An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed"
Featuring Josie Iselin, Artist & Author 

As part of the Living Oceans exhibit join one of our featured artists, Josie Iselin, in a presentation based on her book "An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed"

In her presentation the author, artist and avid beachcomber Josie Iselin reveals the unexpected diversity and beauty of seaweed. Iselin's vibrant portraits of ocean flora reveal the exquisite color and extraordinary forms of more than 200 specimens gathered from tidal pools along the California and Maine coasts. Her engaging conversation blends personal observation and philosophical musings with scientific fact.

"An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed" will also be available for purchase.

Light refreshments will be served and the galleries will be open to all guests


“Citizen Science and the California Coastal BioBlitz"
Featuring Rebecca F. Johnson PhD
Alison Young, California Academy of Sciences

As part of the Living Oceans exhibition, please join our guests from the California Academy of Sciences: Rebecca F. Johnson, PhD and Alison Young. Learn how you can help by becoming a Citizen Scientist.

As Co-Managers of the Citizen Science Program at the California Academy of Sciences, the "dynamic duo" are building and facilitating a community of naturalists working together to discover nature, in special places and in their everyday lives. They work with a team of volunteers to discover, document, and monitor invertebrates and seaweeds in the intertidal habitats of central California, primarily along the Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo coasts.

Citizen science is an excellent way to:

    Involve people everywhere directly in research and in
      answering some of the most pressing questions of our time.
    Build natural history skills.
    Connect people to the natural world - and each other.
    Help strengthen our sense of place.
    Foster stewardship.
    Build community.

The California Coastal BioBlitz is statewide effort to document our coastal biodiversity with a series of Bioblitzes held up and down the California Coast, focusing on intertidal zones in marine protected areas known as MPAs. Working together with the MPA Collaborative Network and other partners, they are creating a "snapshot" in time of where species are located along our coast.

Light refreshments will be served and the galleries will be open to all guests.


"Exploring National Marine Sanctuaries on the Marin Coast”
Featuring Jennifer Stock,
NOAA/Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary

As part of the Living Oceans exhibit join one of our featured guests and exhibit contributor, Jennifer Stock, the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

Located just off our coast you will find an underwater paradise known as the Cordell Bank National Marine Sactuary. In addition, most of our local coastline is a marine protected area and part of the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary which stretches from Point Arena down to San Francisco and the Farallon Islands where it joins the northern border of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

These diverse and fertile ocean areas are home to a multitude of plankton and krill up to a healthy population of whales, including blue whales - the largest mammal on the earth. Learn about the our local sanctuaries, their history, their inhabitants and how we can all be "good neighbors" to these treasured areas.

Light refreshments will be served and the galleries will be open to all guests.


 Ticket information:
Brownpapertickets.com or (800) 838-3006.


        All lectures will be held at the Falkirk Cultural Center with a reception and access to the art galleries.
Seating is limited so reserve your space at brownpapertickets.com


Children’s Earth Day/ Ocean Day

April 22, 2017
The ocean comes to the lawn of Falkirk. Join us for a hands on marine science adventure with local environmental education groups, artists and ocean advocates. Learn more about plastics in our oceans, whales, sharks and all things marine.



Exhibit underwritten by Wells Fargo Advisors and the Cultural Affairs Service League, Inc.



 Falkirk Cultural Center
1408 Mission Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901