The artist Wyland has been "green" since the early 1970s, so it is high time the rest of the world caught on to the idea that saving the planet is a way cool thing to do.
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Art against the wall: At 60, Wyland has his massive murals of whales, dolphins in 18 countries
For Wyland, it wasn’t about becoming a brand. Creating massive murals that cover the sides of 100 skyscrapers, sports arenas and large public buildings in 18 countries worldwide was done for one reason. Wyland, who turns 60 Saturday, wanted viewers to see the whales and dolphins that live in the world’s oceans in their actual size. “I was frustrated with painting whales on canvas,” Wyland said on a recent weekday sitting in his artist-live-work gallery on Coast Highway. “I knew if I really wanted to represent the gray whales, I had to paint them on big walls. I knew if I could paint enough, people would become advocates. Would it become a global brand? I didn’t know what a brand was.” “If a picture is worth 1,000 words, what would a 200-foot mural do?” he says. But murals aren’t all Wyland has done to promote conservation efforts. In 1996, he created the artwork for “Whale Tail,” a license plate for California that raised $60.2 million for the state Coastal Commission’s outreach and education programs. In 1993, he founded the Wyland Foundation to bridge the world of art and science. Through the foundation, Wyland develops programs teaching children to be ambassadors for the planet. In 2015, he launched a 10-year global campaign for water conservation to carry on the efforts of the United Nations International Decade for Water. And now, that passion is merging with his art. For more information visit http://www.ocregister.com/articles/wyland-721931-art-says.html
American flag mural in Florida is world\'s largest
An American flag mural painted on a marina in Florida was confirmed Tuesday by the Guinness World Records to be the largest flag mural in the world. The mural, which measures 554 feet by 299 feet -- or just shy of three football fields -- was painted by Robert Wyland, an artist known for his marine paintings, according to Northwest Florida Daily News.The flag, which was originally painted in 2004 at Legendary Marina in Destin, Fla., near Eglin Air Force Base -- one of the largest in the world. In 2015, the mural was expanded and dedicated to the U.S. military and first responders. “When we painted the first flag in 2001, it was only painted on the north end of the roof,” Peter Bos, Legendary’s owner. “Impressive as it was, I wished we could have done more to show our appreciation to all those that keep our nation and ourselves safe and free.” The flag was brought to life by Wyland, the Wyland Foundation, Legendary and Sherwin Williams.
Toyota, Toro, Texas Land Care, City of Dallas, and Wyland Foundation use native landscaping to create new learning platform for west Dallas school.
Water conservation and a little inspiration. That was all it took this to turn a weedy, unused courtyard at Cochran Elementary School in west Dallas into a water efficient outdoor classroom and native garden that will teach and delight thousands of students for years to come. The 20,000-square foot project was awarded to the school after the city of Dallas won the 2014 National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, a national community service initiative to promote smart water use in all fifty states. The campaign is presented annually by Toyota North America and the Wyland Foundation, with support from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Toro Company, Bytelaunch, National League of Cities, WaterSmart Software and Dallas-based landscape firm, Texas Land Care. “Prior to this, the school’s courtyard relied only on rainwater, but it was not functional for use by the school,” said Steve Creech, executive director of the Wyland Foundation. “Now, with minimal cost, it becomes a multi-use landscape for student to nurture and discover for years to come.”
Malcom Elementary 20th Anniversary Mural Celebration
Wyland will paint a mural at Malcom Elementary in celebration of the school's 20th anniversary on Jan. 28. The idea to invite Wyland came from fifth grade teacher Nona Reimer, who has been at the Laguna Niguel school since it opened 20 years ago with around 1,000 students. Wyland also donated two days of the Clean Water Mobile Learning Experience, a classroom on wheels with science exhibits, to the school in December. Back in 1994, the school was envisioned as having a marine science focus. The mascot is a mariner, school buildings are named after the Channel Islands, and an inner assembly area is called “the harbor." "We've always had a marine emphasis here at Malcom," Reimer said. Today, the school has 709 children who hail from Dana Point and Laguna Niguel. Wyland will be on campus from 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 28 to paint, but he won't decide what he paints until he looks at the wall. Wanting a wood surface, Wyland will paint on the side of a portable classroom near the playground. Twenty kids will be selected to paint in half-hour shifts with Wyland, and throughout the day all students who want to contribute to the mural will be allowed to paint.
“Whales, Wonders, and Wyland”
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is proud to join with renowned marine life artist Wyland for “Whales, Wonders, and Wyland.” The collaboration includes an overnight experience, a display of more than twenty-five Wyland original paintings, limited editions, and sculptures throughout the resort, as well as an exclusive reception for guests to meet Wyland and enjoy a special multi-media retrospective of Wyland’s Whaling Wall public mural project. Wyland is also the Grand Marshal for the 2015 Festival of Whales, taking place in Dana Point the first two weekends in March. WONDERS OF WYLAND RECEPTION: Friday, March 6, 2015 6:30 to 9 p.m. The Terrace Salon at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel $125 per person with $25 of the ticket price going to support the Wyland Foundation For more information visit: www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/LagunaNiguel/Epic-Bucket-List/Wonders-Wyland-Reception.htm WHALES, WONDERS, AND WYLAND: The “Whales, Wonders, and Wyland” overnight experience is offered nightly through April 30, 2015 and includes overnight accommodations, two tickets for a whale watching excursion with Dana Wharf, a special Wyland gift while on the whale watching cruise, an in-room Wyland amenity, a personal note from Wyland and resort fee. The experience starts at $620 per night. Guests who attend the Wonders of Wyland reception and book the “Whales, Wonders, and Wyland” overnight package that evening will also receive a Wyland coffee table book. For more information visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/LagunaNiguel/Reservations/Packages/Detail/Whales-Wonders-Wyland-Package.htm
Wyland Worldwide to Donate Conservation Art in Remembrance of Keiko
To celebrate the legacy of Keiko, Wyland has created a set of 100 Conservation Copies, as part of his limited edition release of “Keiko’s World,” to raise funds for charitable groups and organizations that support the health and well being of orcas and other large marine mammals. Each copy is hand signed by Wyland, numbered, and printed directly onto a museum quality canvas using high quality archival inks, then wrapped around an artist’s stretcher frame. “For the past thirty years, I’ve been supporting conservation groups with my art like my good friend wildlife artist Robert Bateman,” Wyland said. “The donations of this Conservation Edition is our way of helping the groups who are out there making a difference in the lives of these animals.” View “Keiko’s World” giclee on canvas at www.wylandgalleries.com/limited-editions/keikos-world/ Fine art donations of “Keiko’s World” will be awarded upon review, while supplies last. For inquiries, please call 1-800-WYLAND-0.
Wyland Records Releases Final Installment of Blue's Planet
Environmental themed blues albums featuring Taj Mahal and an all-star ensemble of blues musicians released for Earth Day, April 22
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — Three years after the 2010 gulf oil spill tragedy, the spirit of the people of the gulf endures. In remembrance, renowned artist and environmentalist Wyland announces the release of the third album in his all-star “Blues Planet” trilogy. Blues Planet III issues a call to action with a powerful collection of blues by notable bluesmen Taj Mahal, Rod Piazza and an all-star lineup of musicians. “There's healing in music," Wyland says. "These songs have a number of different themes, but it all comes back to encouraging people to stay positive and continue to make a difference for our planet." + Download The Full Story
Gray Whale Season Cause for Celebration
The migration season for the magnificent Gray Whales officially begins for Dana Wharf on Friday, Nov. 23 and continues through the end of April. Dana Wharf Whale Watching offers several daily excursions to view and learn about the massive creatures as they migrate south toward the warm waters of Mexico. As the originator of whale watching in Orange County, Dana Wharf provides whale watchers unique experiences by offering year round excursions aboard comfortable boats with experienced, knowledgeable captains + Download The Full Story
Wyland discusses Blues Planet on KX 93.5
Listen to Wyland's podcast with Tyler Russell as he discusses the Blues Planet project. Listen at: http://kx935.com/podcast/tylerrussellspodcast
Wyland Galleries Celebrates 35th Anniversary
In 2013, Wyland Galleries will celebrate its 35th Anniversary. This is a distinguished accomplishment in the art world — and one we look forward to sharing with great pride. That's because our mission of showcasing the world's finest marine life art, introducing people to the power of nature, and giving back to communities everywhere has redefined what an art gallery can mean to the world. Like many other success stories, Wyland started with a small gallery in the renowned art community of Laguna Beach, California. As the response to his art and mission grew, Wyland Galleries expanded, opening galleries across the United States, from Hawaii to Florida. Today, our galleries have become must-see destinations on the itineraries of millions of travelers. As Wyland Galleries has grown, Wyland, the artist, has helped shaped the way we see, understand, and appreciate our ocean planet. A celebrated painter, sculptor, muralist, writer, filmmaker, and music producer, he is one of the most prolific artists anywhere. With one-man shows at art museums and art collected by people and corporations in over 100 countries, he has been recognized by the world's most prestigious organizations, including the United Nations, the Guinness Book of World Records, the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, and the famous Explorer's Club. + Download The Full Story
FKCC Hosts Wyland Scholarship Fund-raiser (Featuring Wyland's New Documentary, Live Painting and Auction)
KEY WEST, FL, October 9, 2012—Florida Keys Community College and the FKCC Foundation invite the entire community to attend a special evening of art and education with world renowned marine life artist and environmentalist Wyland on Thursday, October 18 at 6:00p.m. in the Tennessee Williams Theatre on the college’s Key West Campus. The event will raise funds for the Wyland Marine Science Scholarship, established by the FKCC Foundation in 2010, after his generous participation in the college’s inaugural Shark Expo. Attendees will be able to meet Wyland, while enjoying a cash bar and gourmet popcorn, prior to the screening of Wyland’s new documentary, “Blues Planet: Sounds.” “Blues Planet” is a powerful film series featuring spectacular images and narrated by oceanographer, aquanaut, and author Dr. Sylvia Earle. The documentary includes interviews with some of the most prominent environmentalists of our day with an emphasis on the voices, music, and imagery that capture the state of our environment. After the film, Wyland will create sumi-e brush art live on-stage and then auction each original piece to the highest bidders. “This is a great investment opportunity,” said Dr. Patrick Rice, FKCC Dean of Marine Science and Technology. “Not only can you get a piece of art that you watched Wyland create right before your eyes, you can do so knowing that you are helping to educate future marine scientists.” General admission is $10, $5 for students, and free for children under age 12. To learn more about the FKCC Foundation or FKCC’s marine science programs, visit www.fkcc.edu
60 Ocean Leaders call on President Obama and Governor Romney to protect the Blue in our red, white and blue
In a letter delivered to their campaigns on August 14 leaders in marine exploration, conservation, law, science, media and business have called on Presidential candidates Barak Obama and Mitt Romney to recognize the economic and environmental benefits of protecting America’s coasts and oceans and asked them to commit to four broad action areas. In the international arena these include supporting global initiatives and agreements to restore fish and wildlife, reduce pollution, establish marine wilderness parks and encourage scientific collaboration. Domestically it calls for an ocean policy to coordinate the work of federal agencies responsible for the ocean with local, state and regional efforts now underway to assure healthy seas and sound planning for our public waters. It also calls for adequate funding of frontline agencies involved in marine stewardship, exploration and law-enforcement including the U.S. Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. As leaders and representatives of millions of concerned Americans they are looking forward to the candidates’ responses and will share that information once it becomes available. The letter can be found below or online via Blue Frontier Campaign’s website at http://www.bluefront.org/wordpress/?p=3865. For more information or follow up please contact David Helvarg, Executive Director, Blue Frontier Campaign at Helvarg@bluefront.org 202-491-6296 + Download The Full Story
World Renowned Artist, Wyland, Donated $25,000 Gretsch Guitar to the Musicians Cancer Fund @SweetReflief Charity Online Auction Ending This Thursday, July 26
Laguna Beach, California (PRWEB) July 24, 2012 The Musicians Cancer Fund @SweetRelief has been running a year long auction to raise money for professional musicians battling cancer. Hundreds of the worlds greatest musical artists have contributed personal items, tickets and one on one experiences to aid this worthy cause. One of the most valuable and exciting items donated thus far is a Gretsch hand painted guitar contributed by famed marine life artist Wyland. The guitar is viewable on the auction site here. "Connecting with Wyland was truly kismet," said Sweet Relief Executive Director, Rob Max. "We are big fans of his art and were also impressed by Wyland's recent music project, Blues Planet. Terrific music for an amazing cause. I happened to be sitting next to one of his foundation team members on a flight to Chicago and we discussed the idea of teaming up for our cause to assist musicians in need. The idea was proposed to Wyland and he was eager to assist." The G6136DS White Falcon is truly a beautiful bird, with a single-cutaway hollow body with arched top, oversized bound f holes and gold-sparkle binding (body, fingerboard and headstock). The three-piece maple neck has an ebony fingerboard with feather-engraved mother-of-pearl hump block inlays. Other features include dual DynaSonic™ single-coil pickups, three-position pickup switch, gold plexi pickguard with Falcon motif, gold-plated hardware, gold-plated Grover® Imperial™ tuners, vertical gold-sparkle Gretsch logo headstock inlay, gold-plated Synchro-Sonic™ bridge and Cadillac “G” tailpiece. Renowned marine life artist Wyland changed the way people think about our environment when he started painting life-size whales on the sides of buildings in the 1980s. Through his unique marine life paintings, sculptures, and photography, Wyland has inspired a generation about the importance of marine life conservation. His life – like his art – can find him anywhere around the world, at any time, from the Antarctic ice shelf on a photo expedition to document climate change to a grassroots journey down the Mississippi River on a mission of conservation. Wyland's paintings are highly sought after. There are only a few of this type of Wyland's artwork in existence making this a very unique piece. The Musicians Cancer Fund @SweetRelief is part of Sweet Relief Musicians Funds founded in 1994, a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit whose mission is to provide financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/7/prweb9730306.htm Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/807969#ixzz21kLQ7hX0 + Download The Full Story
Wyland announces recipients of the 2012 Wyland ICON Award
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Laguna Beach, Calif. — Renowned marine life artist and conservationist Wyland announces the 2012 Wyland ICON Award. The Wyland ICON Award, in conjunction with the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences (www.auas-nogi.org/), recognizes the achievements of those who have made a positive difference for our water planet. Wyland is honored to announce that the recipients of the 2012 Wyland ICON Award winners are: Greg MacGillivray, Award Winning IMAX Filmmaker Captain Charles Moore, Algalita Marine Research Foundation Dr. Drew Richardson, President of PADI Diving JoAnn Zigahn, President of Beneath the Sea Wyland founded the award in 2002 to acknowledge individuals who exemplify the adventurous spirit of conservation of our natural world - explorers, artists, writers, filmmakers, legends of the sea, and others who have been pioneers in their effort to protect our planet. This distinguishing award has been presented to Jacques Cousteau, Lloyd Bridges, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Hans and Lotte Hass, Rachel Carson, and many of the legends of the sea and heroes for the planet. The winners will be presented at the Academy of Underwater Arts and Science’s NOGI Awards Gala on Thursday, November 15. To learn more about this prestigious event or to get tickets, visit www.auas-nogi.org.
New from Wyland Records: A Second Helping of Global Blues
Wyland Records releases Blues Planet II, the second in a trilogy of environmentally themed blues albums featuring Taj Mahal and an all-star ensemble of blues musicians. LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — Renowned artist and environmentalist Wyland announces the release of the second album in his all-star “Blues Planet” trilogy. Blues Planet II turns up the volume on the artist’s musical call for healing in the wake of the tragic 2010 Gulf Oil Spill Disaster with a scorching 16-song collection led by notable bluesmen Taj Mahal and Rod Piazza that lingers long after the last notes have faded. Video clips, additional background information, and song samples available at www.wyland.com/wylandrecords + Download The Full Story
Blues Planet: Sound. A New Documentary Film by Wyland, Narrated by Dr. Sylvia Earle. World premiere slated for April 28 at the Newport Beach Film Festival
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — From renowned environmental artist, explorer, and filmmaker Wyland comes Blues Planet: Sounds, a new documentary narrated by famed oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle. Featuring many of the world’s leading voices for conservation of the planet, including Dr. Sylvia Earle, Chief Scientist National Geographic, Wyland, world’s premiere marine life artist, Willie K, Singer Songwriter, Larry Schweiger, CEO National Wild Life Federation, David Helvarg, Blue Frontier Campaign, Kyle Thierman, Surfing for Change, Captain Charles Moore, Algalita Marine Research Foundaiion, Jim Moriarty CEO Surf Rider Foundation, William Aila, Jr. Director of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Carl Safina, Author, Mati Waiya, Water Keeper, Taj Mahal, The Maestro, Nick-I, Singer Songwriter, Dr. Guy Harvey, Marine Artist/Conservationist, Roz Savage, Ocean Rower, and original music from the Wyland Blues Planet Project by Taj Mahal, Rod Piazza, Steve Turre, Nick-I, and 40 blues icons, recorded in New Orleans on the anniversary of the Gulf Oil Disaster. Blues Planet: Sounds is a powerful and moving visual masterpiece that sheds light on the environmental challenges of our day and the many people who through art, music, and science are today creating an environmental renaissance. + Download The Full Story
Calling all mayors - A challenge for water
National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation, March 30-April 30, asks mayors to take leadership role for future of water
With the nation facing $1 trillion in water infrastructure improvements in the next 20 years, a group of federal, non-profit, and local organizations are asking mayor's across the nation to compete next month to see who can inspire the most residents in their cities to become the most "water wise."
The mayors earn bragging rights about winning the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, a non-profit competition, March 30-April 30, to see which leaders can best inspire their residents to make a series of informative, easy-to-use online pledges aimed at drastically slashing water and energy use across the nation — and in return residents can win a new Toyota Prius Hybrid, water saving fixtures, and hundreds of other prizes. The program is in support of the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act.
“The mayor's challenge gives communities a way to come together for one very important reason — the future of our planet,” says famed marine artist Wyland, who piloted the Mayor’s Challenge concept to more than 200 South Florida and Southern California cities in 2009 and 2011. “We see mayors making gentleman's bets over who will win college football games. Here's a way for them to take on an even more important challenge in a friendly, competitive way.”
With support from Toyota, US EPA, US Forest Service, NOAA, National Geographic Explorer in Residence Dr. Sylvia Earle, and eco-conscious companies, mayors nationwide are encouraged to challenge their residents to conserve water, save energy, and reduce pollution on behalf of their city at www.mywaterpledge.com throughout the month of April. The cities of Los Angeles, Honolulu, Redondo Beach, and Honolulu were among the first to accept the challenge. Other mayors are following suit by issuing council resolutions, creating steering committees, and using the city’s “highest” seat to urge their residents to save water, energy, and reduce pollution.
Cities will be divided into four regions (West, Midwest, South and Northeast) and categorized by population (5,000-30,000 residents, 30,001-100,000 residents, 100,000+ residents). Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge win. Participants in the winning cities will be eligible to win over $50,000 in prizes, including a Toyota Prius Hybrid, custom-designed sprinkler systems from Rainbird, Eco-Flow Showerheads from WaterPik, Sterling water-saving toilets, and hundreds of gift cards from Lowe's. Residents will also discover resources in their area to take their commitment of conservation even further, from regional water and energy resource issues to cost-saving tips at home.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Mayor's can participate by signing online letter of support. For information, cities can call 949 643-7070 or email email@example.com and request participation information.
MARINE MURALIST WYLAND TEAMS WITH DANA WHARF TO DEBUT LANDMARK WYLAND DOLPHIN AND WHALE ADVENTURES “ART LESSONS IN THE WILD”
MARINE MURALIST WYLAND TEAMS WITH DANA WHARF
TO DEBUT LANDMARK WYLAND DOLPHIN AND WHALE ADVENTURES “ART LESSONS IN THE WILD”
Exclusive Trips Provide Hands-On Art Instruction in Drawing Like Wyland
DANA POINT, Calif. – Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching – www.DanaWharf.com will debut the landmark Wyland Dolphin and Whale Adventures, “Art Lessons in the Wild,” Saturday, February 4th featuring a hands-on art lesson from famed marine muralist and environmentalist Wyland. Participating kids will board Dana Wharf’s 63-foot catamaran, the Ocean Adventure, and take part in a 20-minute art activity with complimentary art supplies and video instruction from Wyland. A Whale Watching trip will follow the art lesson. Children can enter their art in an end-of-season contest for the most accurate portrayal of marine mammals to be judged by Wyland. The winning child and family will receive a Whale Watching trip accompanied by Wyland aboard the Ocean Adventure. Other prizes awarded to art winners include $50 Gift Cards to Wyland’s Gallery gift shop, and Whale Watching tickets. Every child who participates will also receive a coupon for a gift from Wyland Gallery that they can redeem in Laguna Beach.
A portion of proceeds from tickets sales from the whale watching excursions will benefit the non-profit Wyland Foundation for marine conservation education and outreach to underserved communities. The Wyland Foundation has served more than 1 million children since 1993:
“The Ocean Adventures will give kids a special opportunity to witness the beauty of the ocean and the best viewing platform to see the whales and dolphin they will be drawing," said Wyland, who was recently commissioned by the United Nations for a series of stamps celebrating the oceans. "The mission of these special events and the Wyland Foundation is to give children the tools they need to become more creative, positive, and solution-oriented through public art programs."
Tickets are $59.00 for adults and $44.00 for children, ages 14 and under. Tickets can be purchased at Dana Wharf – www.DanaWharf.com. Trips are a limited engagement, scheduled for February on the weekends, with two trips a day, each lasting three hours. Groups may privately charter the boat, and a larger donation will be made to the Wyland Foundation. Although it’s perfect for corporate outings, no art contest is involved for adults.
Dana Wharf donates thousands of free trips every year to schools and youth groups to get kids out on the water to experience the thrill of seeing marine life. Wyland Foundation also donates to schools and youth organizations to keep art lesson opportunities in schools so that every child can have the chance to express his or her creative energy. Dana Wharf and Wyland also have several other surprises for visitors during the month. Trips will sell out and advance reservations are required. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Wyland’s Foundation. For more on the foundation visit www.wylandfoundation.org.
Dana Wharf Sportfishing
Dana Wharf is celebrating over 40 years of Whale Watching, as the original, family-owned and operated whale watching landing in South Orange County. We remind you that in May we will celebrate our Birthday, and we will have an amazing rollback to the 1970s pricing.
Wyland Foundation Honored with the Outstanding Contributions to Education Award from the Orange County Department of Education
COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA, NOVEMBER 17, 2011 -- The Orange County Board of Education and County Superintendent of Schools, William M. Habermehl, presented four Outstanding Contributions to Education (OCTE) awards at the monthly board meeting on November 17, 2011. The OCTE program honors administrators, teachers, clerical staff, specialists, crossing guards, nurses, bus drivers, Parent Teacher Associations (PTA), volunteers, business leaders, and community organizations that have made significant contributions to education. Awards are presented six times annually and nominations are received year-round. The program, which began in the early 1980s, has made an impact in the community by acknowledging the value of giving and honoring those who have offered their time and talents to support education in schools throughout Orange County.
November 17 Honorees:
Gregg Goodhart, Fine Arts Chairman, revitalized the music history course, added a course in music theory, and instituted the first ever guitar program at Servite High School. He was the only music teacher on campus when he began in 2000, and since then he has developed a vibrant college preparatory music program, including a band and choir, as well as offerings in classical guitar.
Mr. Goodhart is a nationally recognized guitar teacher. He was awarded the Outstanding School Music Teacher of the Year 2009 by the American String Teacher’s Association Los Angeles/Orange County Chapter. He founded and currently serves as a member of the Pre-College Education Committee for the Guitar Foundation of America.
Dr. Jack Bedell, Board Member, stated, “We are pleased to honor Mr. Goodhart for his dedicated work that has enabled students to participate in the wonderful world of music. His perseverance has resulted in a music program that not only motivates and encourages students to develop important skills, but also enriches the lives of individuals through appreciation of the arts.”
Sylvia Mendez, is an educational motivator who speaks at schools and forums regarding her parents’ fight for desegregation of schools in California. Her father, Gonzalo Mendez, a Mexican immigrant, and her mother, Felicitas Mendez, a Puerto Rican immigrant, fought so that Sylvia could have an equal education through the landmark court case battle, Mendez v. Westminster. When Sylvia was in third grade, she and her siblings were denied admission to the segregated school near their Orange County home. The Mendez family fought back, and their 1947 victory desegregated public schools in California and became an example for broader decisions, such as the Brown v. Board of Education case.
In 1998, the Santa Ana Unified School District honored the Mendez family by naming a new school the Gonzalo and Felicitas Mendez Fundamental Intermediate School. On April 14, 2007, the U.S. Postal Service unveiled a stamp commemorating the Mendez v. Westminster case. This year, Sylvia Mendez was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, presented by President Barack Obama, and an exhibit honoring Mendez v. Westminster opened at the Old Courthouse Museum in Santa Ana. Known as ‘A Class Act,’ this exhibit is sponsored by the Museum of Teaching and Learning.
David Boyd, Board Member, stated, “We appreciate Sylvia Mendez and her family for the very important role they served in the history of education in Orange County and throughout the United States. Sylvia’s work continues to keep this piece of Orange County history alive and at the forefront of education programs.”
Orange County Business Council. For more than 100 years, the Orange County Business Council and its predecessor organizations have promoted economic development countywide and served as the voice of business in America’s sixth largest county representing businesses with nearly 250,000 employees in Orange County and 2 million nationwide. Of special recognition is Orange County Business Council’s contribution to education through the Latino Education Attainment (LEA) initiative. LEA works to assist Latino parents by providing them with strategies to advocate for their children, and to spark the importance of education in Latino neighborhoods.
Dr. Long Pham, Board Vice President, stated, “The Latino Education Attainment Initiative is dedicated to unifying the community, students, and parents to produce a highly skilled workforce for the future. This important program works to create neighborhood-based groups that provide navigational skills to parents in all areas of education.”
Wyland Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, was founded in 1993 by marine life artist, Wyland, to promote, protect, and preserve the world’s oceans, waterways, and marine life. The foundation encourages environmental awareness through education programs, life-size public arts projects, and community events. Since its inception, Wyland and the Wyland Foundation have painted 100 life-size marine murals known as the Whaling Walls and brought environmental art and education events to over one million children in the United States and in countries across the globe.
The Wyland Foundation uses art, science, and creativity to support an understanding of the importance of healthy oceans and waterways and is committed to giving children the tools they need to become more creative, positive, and solution-oriented individuals.
Elizabeth Parker, Board President, stated, “The Wyland Foundation is sharing the world’s knowledge about clean water conservation in a creative and dynamic way. Through its comprehensive programs, the Foundation is working to ensure students throughout the world have the tools necessary to meet the environmental challenges of the 21st Century.”
For more information about the Outstanding Contributions to Education Awards program, visit http://outstanding.ocde.us
Wyland issues holiday funding challenge for life-saving water wells
Environmentalist and artist Wyland’s non-profit foundation has issued a challenge to other organizations throughout Orange County to join them this holiday season to help fund drinking water wells for impoverished villages in Uganda.
The foundation has committed the first $1,000 toward a $4,000 fundraising goal for the first well. The wells are coordinated and installed through Wells of Life, a Laguna Beach-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to clean drinking water in African communities.
“The Wyland Foundation has long been committed to improving environmental conditions around the world – primarily through raising awareness about water issues,” said Wyland. “Many aspects of our environment from sustainability to human health are closely linked. The Wells for Life is a key program in this global awareness effort.”
Addressing the widespread lack of access to fresh water is one of the United Nations millennium goals. More than 6,000 children die daily due to sickness and disease from bad water. Additionally, 70 percent of hospital visits in East Africa are caused by unsafe drinking water. The continuous search for water in these communities impacts access to education and limits economic growth. Individuals or organizations who wish to contiribute or match the foundation’s contribution to the Wells for Life program can call the foundation at 1 800-wyland-0. Or visit www.wylandfoundation.org or www.wellsoflifeafrica.org
Theate Bethune presents Silent Roar, A Whales Journey inspired by the art of Wyland
This heartwarming oceanic story of friendship and survival unfolds in a multimedia adventure of music, special effects, aerialists, and live theatre.
October 7-9 & 14-16
The El Portal Theatre
5269 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601
For tickets call (866)811-4111 or online: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/852335
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Art of the Dive/Portraits of the Deep coming to IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum
The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum is pleased to announce the premiere of Art of the Dive/Portraits of the Deep, a special exhibition of aquatic life. Subjects range from game fish to marine mammals, turtles to tropicals, fresh water to salt as well as corals and crustaceans.
Art of the Dive/Portraits of the Deep will feature original paintings, sculpture and photographs by some of the world’s leading marine artists. Among these are Stanley Meltzoff, Al Barnes, Ian Coleman, Jean-Louis Courteau, Dr. Guy Harvey, Don Ray, George Schelling, miniaturists Wes and Rachelle Siegrist, Mark Susinno, Fred Thomas, Ronnie Williford, and urban muralist, Wyland. Marine sculptors include Charles Allmond, Renee Headings, Randy Puckett, and Kent Ullberg, whose Sword Dance fountain provides a stunning entrance to the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.
Art of the Dive/Portraits of the Deep will be on display in the Changing Gallery and Art Gallery from October 1 – November 30, 2011 and is included with regular museum admission.
Learn more at www.igfa.org.
Wyland announces recipients of the 2011 Wyland ICON Award
Renowned marine life artist and conservationist Wyland announces the 2011 Wyland ICON Award. The Wyland ICON Award, in conjunction with the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences (www.auas-nogi.org/), recognizes the achievements of those who have made a positive difference for the underwater world.
Wyland is honored to announce that the winners of the 2011 Wyland ICON Award winners are:
Eric Cheng, Underwater Photographer (http://echeng.com/photo/)
Jill Heinerth, Underwater Explorer & Filmmaker (http://www.intotheplanet.com/)
Tom Ingram, Executive Director, Diving Equipment & Marketing Assoc. (http://www.dema.org/)
Phil Nuytten, Subsea Explorer & Developer of Underwater Technology (http://www.nuytco.com/)
Wyland founded the award in 2002 to acknowledge individuals who exemplify the adventurous spirit of the ocean and inspire others to do the same – whether it be a photographer or filmmaker that encourages generations to appreciate the beauty of the sea, a researcher who increases knowledge and awareness about marine life, or pioneers in the dive industry. This distinguishing award has been presented to Jacques Cousteau, Lloyd Bridges, Dr. Sylvia Earle, and many of the legends of the sea and heroes for the planet.
The winners will be presented at the Academy of Underwater Arts and Science’s NOGI Awards Gala on Thursday, November 3. To learn more about this prestigious event or to get tickets, visit www.auas-nogi.org.
Like Crabs Pulling Down Our Environment: Wyland vs. the California Coastal Commission
We all know about crab mentality. You put a bunch of crabs in a bucket, and when one tries to escape all of the others try to pull it down, rather than allowing it to get free.
When Wyland, the famous environmental artist, loaned one of his signature works of art to the state of California’s Coastal Commission for a new license plate sixteen years ago to fund environmental awareness programs in the state, I’m sure the last thing on his mind would be attempts by the “friends of the Coastal Commission” to pull his years of environmental outreach efforts down.
On the contrary, since 1993, the artist and his foundation have donated thousands of dollars to support environmental education teachers, hosted mayor's challenge competitions for water conservation across all of southern California and south Florida, toured a 1,000 square foot clean water mobile learning center to 200,000 students in the last three years, created interactive water conservation maze exhibitions that have been toured by hundreds of thousands of people, hosted environmental education events in every state in the U.S., and held art clinics for more than 1 million kids. The foundation has worked with the Baja Mexico EPA, Baja Sure Department of Education, and the cities of Tecate, Mexicali, Tijuana, and Ensenada on educational programming about water as a shared resources among the U.S. and Mexico, and is currently working with the U.S. Forest Service, among other agencies, about water conservation and pollution reduction.
The foundation chugged along nicely thanks to a relatively modest stream of public and private contributions. In 2008, however, in the midst of the U.S. economic meltdown, the foundation, like many others, had to scramble for resources. A logical request was made to the California Coastal Commission, which by this time, had raised more than $40 million from sales of its Wyland designed Whale Tail license plate. Ten percent of these funds benefit environmental education. After years of loaning the image to the state of California, Wyland made the apparently grave mistake of asking for a portion of the coastal commission whale tail proceeds to help fund environmental education programs through his Wyland foundation (www.wylandfoundation.org) on an ongoing basis. Or, more precisely, he asked the commission to support the type of programs that the whale tail plate was designed to fund. Then the accusations started to fly.
How could this rich and famous artist ask for support from a poor, beleaguered and troubled state like California?
Wyland made the request, starting with 20 percent of net proceeds going forward to support environmental education program initiatives like his traveling clean water mobile center, clean water interactive maze exhibitions, and conservation mural projects in underserved communities. In American culture, asking for something in return for providing something of value is a generally accepted practice, often referred to as a negotiation. Wyland helped created one of the most significant environmental fund-raising projects in the state’s history and in return during a down economy he asked the coastal commission help support the foundation’s environmental education outreach programs. The Coastal Commission’s Peter Douglas quickly offered the foundation an unbelievably generous $100,000 year for ten years – an offer that was quickly leaked to the Associated Press on a Friday (as Wyland was in Norway giving a keynote address at the United Nations Environment Program’s International Youth Conference) with the implication that the Wyland Foundation was holding the Coastal Commission hostage, waited for the predictable public backlash against Wyland, then rescinded the offer two days later because of that very backlash.
That’s fine. Was the Coastal Commission’s offer genuine? Or a carefully orchestrated PR gambit? Playing with an agency as powerful as the California Coastal Commission is a big boy’s game, and we accept the consequences of that. But the state of California is suffering from numerous environmental problems - rampant overdevelopment along our coast, non-point pollution, and many other issues related to enormous population growth - and the Wyland foundation is working to raise awareness about those problems. We're happy to move forward and continue, as a foundation, to do what's best for the state's environment.
There was a very good reason we tried to negotiate with the coastal commission for funding for our foundation ... because the Wyland Foundation undertakes many, many environmental education projects across the state and across the country. Not a single solitary penny from the Whale Tail license plate that Wyland created and generously loaned to the Coastal Commission was ever intended to go to Wyland himself. The only time we ever asked for a dime was to underwrite a fraction of the cost of building a traveling exhibition about human impacts on marine habitats. That was a $20,000 grant. It's not chump change, but the maze ran several hundred thousand dollars. Our Clean Water Mobile Learning Center cost more half a million dollars, not including the annual operational costs. These programs take resources to make them successful.
The Wyland Foundation is currently working with the US Forest Service on a new program called FOCUS (Forests, Oceans, Climate — and us) to raise awareness about the function of forests and our ocean in regulating climate. We’ve created traveling art and educational programs from Anchorage, Alaska, to Puerto Rico in support of this program.
Maybe all of this is a shining example of no good deed ever going unpunished. The state elected to stop issuing the Wyland license plate and the artist was summarily brushed aside. A contest was held to find a new artist to paint the same plate. We still hear echoes of “greed” from people who’ve only heard the coastal commission’s side of this story. And, as far removed from the truth as that may be, our foundation will have to live with that. Wyland started his foundation to educate families throughout the state and the nation about marine life conservation and protecting our environment. In keeping with our conservation mission, we’re grateful that the artwork that Wyland loaned to the whale tail plate program for almost twenty years has been able to provide assistance to so many worthwhile environmental organizations throughout California. Unlike those crabs in the pot, we believe in the work we do and we will continue serving communities throughout the nation. The future of our environment is too important to let anything pull it down.
Steve Creech is Project Director for the Laguna Beach, Calif-based non-profit Wyland Foundation and Co-Author of "Hold Your Water: 69 Things You Need to Know to Keep Our Planet Blue."
Help raise funds to rebuild Missouri school damaged in May tornado
In a collaboration between Joplin, Missouri based Images In Tile and renowned marine life artist Wyland, two pieces of art are being auctioned off to raise money for the Joplin R8 School District which sustained major damage during the May 22nd Tornado. The funds will be used to rebuild the Joplin School District Art Department.
The first item is a custom tile mural reproduction of Wyland’s art, onto 12" x 12" commercial glass tiles. The total size is 70 square feet and measures 7’ x 10’. These tiles can be installed on a floor or wall.
Accompanying the tile mural is a giclee on canvas of Wyland's "Orca Calling." This is a signed and numbered 30" x 22.5" canvas, valued at $5,000.00
Both pieces will be on display at the NBM show in Long Beach on August 11-13, Booth #641, where Images In Tile will be exhibiting.
“We replicated some artwork of Wyland’s to make an impressive floor mural for our trade show booth in Long Beach” says Paul Whitehill, President of Images In Tile “ After it was laid out on the floor of our shop I got the idea of auctioning it off during the show to raise money for Joplin tornado relief. When I approached Wyland with my idea, he was eager to help and offered to donate a giclee on canvas to compliment the custom mural”
It was then decided, because of Wyland’s extensive involvement in children’s art programs that the proceeds of the auction go to help rebuild the Joplin School District’s Art Department.
Paul Whitehill contacted Dr. CJ Huff, Joplin School Superintendent, via email on Tuesday, who had this to say when informed of the auction “We can designate those funds for the rebuild of the art department. Thanks so much for thinking of us...very generous and much appreciated. CJ”
An Auction Site has been set up online so that people can bid on the artwork without being in Long Beach. On this site people can either bid on the auction or just donate what they can to help Joplin Schools.
Bid now at: http://www.32auctions.com/organizations/1906/auctions/2067
The auction started Tuesday evening and will conclude August 17th at 12:00 AM CDT.
Shark Celebrities Up for Auction During Shark Week
You've seen them on Discovery Channel's Shark Week, Animal Planet, Nat Geo and the BBC − they are the top shark experts in the world! Now meet them in person for lunch or dinner, learn why they love sharks, and why sharks need protection.
More than 50 of the world’s top shark experts are allowing themselves to be auctioned to raise funds for the Shark Research Institute's conservation programs. Up for auction are dinners (or lunches) with the world's foremost shark experts. Each winning bidder has the unique opportunity to "talk shark" face- to-face, one-on-one, with a real authority on sharks.
Celebrities being auctioned include: Wyland, premier ocean artist; Dr. Eugenie Clark, founder of Mote Marine Lab; Dr. Leonard Compagno, the world’s top expert on sharks; diving legends Jeremiah Sullivan and Valerie Taylor; Donald Schultz, host of Animal Planet’s Wild Recon; award-winning underwater photographers Amos Nachoum, Michael Aw, Matt Potenski; filmmakers Tom Campbell, Jonathan Bird and Christine Bird, Jeff Kurr, Maureen Langevin, Lesley Rochat, Joe Romeiro and Marty Snyderman; shark behaviorist Dr. Erich Ritter; shark bite forensic investigator Ralph Collier who wrote Shark Attacks of the 20th Century from the Pacific Coast of North America; Doc Anes and Stuart Cove; ocean activists Dr. Sylvia Earle, Jupp Kerckerinck, Georgienne Bradley, Stefanie Brendl, Robin Culler, Sonja Fordham, David Helvarg and Nancy McGee; molecular biologist Dr. Jennifer Schmidt and Dr. Debra Canabal; field researchers Mark Marks and Dean Fessler (white sharks), Jeffrey Gallant (Greenland sharks), and Debbie Smith (whale sharks).
Also being auctioned are: Dr. Richard Fernicola author of Twelve Days of Terror, the definitive book on the 1916 shark attacks along the New Jersey shore that was the inspiration for Jaws; marine painter and author Richard Ellis, sculptor Victor Douieb, painter and muralist David Dunleavy; and Jim Toomey, creator of the syndicated comic strip Sherman’s Lagoon.
These are just a few of the many “shark celebs” that are being auctioned during the week. Every one of them has a wealth of expertise and stories to share with their highest bidder.
How it works: Bid on a shark expert or celebrity that lives or works nearby, unless you are willing to drive or fly to their location. The winning bidder pays for the celebrity's meal, and may bring guests. (Exceptions are filmmaker Tom Campbell and David Shiffman who will also be taking their bidders out to sea on their boats to meet sharks face-to-face.) Shark Research Institute will introduce each winning bidder to his or her shark celebrity. The two of you then set a mutually convenient date, time and place to get together within 365 days of the close of the auction.
The auction starts today, August 1st at 7 p.m. EST, and will run throughout Shark Week, and close on August 10th. The easiest way to enter the auction is through the link Shark Research Institute's home page at www.sharks.org.
Shark Research Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The funds received from the auction will be used for SRI’s conservation programs. Winning bids are deductible as charitable contributions from US Federal 2011 income taxes.
Coming soon from Wyland Records — Blues Planet, A New Collection of Regional Blues Music for Our Environment
Wyland Records to release original three-CD album, Blues Planet, this fall
Wyland Records will release a three-CD set of original blues music from an all-star band of blues musicians, including Taj Mahal, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, and Common Sense vocalist Nick-I, as the Wyland Blues Planet Band.
Recorded in New Orleans at the famed Piety Studios following the one-year the anniversary of the Gulf Oil Spill Disaster, Blues Planet explores a new genre of “Global Blues” that spotlights environmental artist Wyland’s passion for conservation through the blues sounds of Chicago, Memphis, New Orleans, Texas and the Mississippi Delta. All music and lyrics for the album were written by Wyland, with guest arrangements by Leon Pendarvis, musical director for the Saturday Night Live Band and the original Blues Brothers band. Other SNL musical alums on the album, include trombone player Steve Turre, who will handle horn arrangements. Other musicians includes Miss Honey, Henry Carvajal, Rusty Zinn, Dave Kida, Jonny Viau, Hank VanSickle, Andromeda Turre, Willie K, Mitch Woods, Amy Hanialii Gilliom, Mick Weaver, Joe Sublett, Darrell Leonard, Tony Braunagel, Jon Cleary, Johnny Lee Schell, and Larry Fulchel.
Blues Planet features forty-eight original blues songs and follows up Wyland Records’ Rhythms of the Sea, a jazz-inflected tribute to ocean conservation, and is in keeping with the artist’s efforts to spread a message of environmental stewardship through the arts. Wyland’s pointed lyrics cover extensive thematic ground through a multi-layered spectrum of classic blues, from the recent Gulf Oil Spill to growing losses of natural habitat to human impacts on the environment. Slated for release in Fall 2011, Blues Planet will be an exciting continuation of the blues tradition and add a new chapter in our understanding our environment and conservation for the 21st Century.
Wyland Ohana Day at Sea Life Park
Environmental artist Wyland and musician Henry Kapono will be on hand for the official launch of the Hawai‘i Environmental Education Alliance and the culmination of Hawaii FOCUS at Sea Life Park on Saturday, July 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
FOCUS is a unique partnership launched on June 13, 2009 between the US Forest Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Wyland Foundation that inspires water conservation and natural resource appreciation from the forest to the sea. This year national coordinators decided to host the fun and innovative program in Hawaii with support of local sponsor and coordinator, the DLNR-Division of Forestry and Wildlife.
Entry is only $12 per person and $40 for four people with a Foodland Maika‘i card.
The day’s festivities include the following:
• Wyland’s public re-painting of the mural adorning Sea Life Park’s main walkway in the Park.
• All youth are invited to help Wyland paint six 16’ x 5’ murals at 11:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Wyland will also be available for autographs at 1:00 p.m.
• Over 20 environmental education booths with hands-on activities
• Dolphin shows will be held at 12:30, 1:45, 2:50 and 3:40.
• Henry Kapono performance at Sea Life Park Meadow at 11:15 a.m.
• Hawaii Loa Herb Lee performance at Sea Life Park Meadows at 1:00 p.m.
• Keiki reading stories and poems as part of the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance’s My Hawaii Story project.
• Free shirts for the first 100 keiki and native plants for the first 100 families courtesy of First Insurance.
Partners participating in the launch of the new HEEA are the Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Wyland Foundation, USDA Forest Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.
FOCUS empowers young people to become clean water ambassadors working within their communities to foster long-term natural resource conservation efforts. Through FOCUS’s concepts of study, exploration, and celebration, students and community gain a comprehensive understanding of water management, climate and the importance of sustainable ecosystems in everyday lives. Students across the state of Hawai‘i have painted 16 murals representing their connections to Hawai‘i’s unique natural and cultural resources.
HEEA is the only organization in Hawaii that supports all environmental education organizations by leveraging resources through a searchable database to provide information about grants, educational resources, professional development opportunities and more. The database, found at www.heea.org, is an active network developed by and for Hawaii’s partners in education and the community.
About Sea Life Park Hawaii
Sea Life Park offers a variety of marine-life shows, exhibits and educational programs for all ages and is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Among its most popular features are the swim-with-the-dolphins experiences and the one of a kind, wholphin. Sea Life Park also offers daily dolphin shows, a monk seal and penguin exhibit, a Sea Trek dive adventure and a chance to for guests to feed the sea turtles and sea lions. The Park is a member of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. Sea Life Park is owned and operated by Palace Entertainment. For more information, visit the Park’s website at www.sealifeparkhawaii.com
Hermosa Beach Wins Wyland Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation
Hermosa Beach, led by Mayor Peter Tucker, has won the title of Southern California’s greenest city for Earth Month. Hermosa Beach fended off strong challenges from Redondo Beach, Gardena, Long Beach, Villa Park, Agoura Hills, Torrance and Monrovia to claim the title after a 30-day competition among Southern California mayors to see whose city could be the most water wise for the month of April. As part of the competition, residents throughout southern California made a series of online commitments on behalf of their city at www.mywaterpledge.com to save water, energy, and reduce pollution over a one-year period. As the city with the highest percentage of residents to make pledges, residents who participated will receive prizes ranging from tickets to an Angels Game to Park Hopper Passes to Disneyland to reduced price admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific. Mayors from more than 20 cities, representing over 1.5 million people, actively participated in the challenge, which was developed by famed artist and conservationist Wyland. The challenge was part of the Earth Month Heroes Campaign to spotlight environmental heroes in our community and to encourage simple changes that residents can make to use water more efficiently. Participating Mayors such as Joe Carchio of Huntington Beach, Frank Scotto of Torrance, Bob Foster of Long Beach, Frank Tanaka of Gardena, Dave Leckness of Mission Viejo, and Ara Najarian of Glendale, all launched inter-city public awareness campaigns to promote local interest and participation in the challenge.
World Premiere of “This Is Your Ocean: Sharks” at Newport Beach Film Festival
Join Wyland for the premiere of his new documentary, “This Is Your Ocean: Sharks,” at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
April 29, 2011 | 6:30pm | Newport Beach Film Festival | Regency Lido Theater | 3459 Via Lido | Newport Beach, CA 92663
Three of the world's top artists shatter your perception of sharks. George C. Schellenger takes you into the world of sharks through the eyes of Wyland, Guy Harvey and Jim Abernethy. These amazing artists take you to the crystal clear waters of the Bahamas, one of the last shark sanctuaries on earth, to meet hundreds of sharks. You'll come face to face with sharks in ways you may not think possible in this story of adventure, passion and a new connections.
Short films screening in this program include: The Majestic Plastic Bag
Eco Spotlight Party presented by the Los Angeles Times. Please join us for the Newport Beach Film Festival’s Friday Night Showcase Party at Newport Lexus with top entertainment and hors d’oeuvres prepared by award winning Newport Beach restaurants. Hosted bar by Stella Artois and Absolut.
CLICK HERE for tickets or additional details.
30 Southern California teachers named Earth Month Heroes
Thirty teachers, grades K-12, have been selected for recognition throughout the month of April as “Earth Month Heroes” for their continued support of environmental education in Southern California area schools. Teachers from Los Angeles and Orange Counties were selected after an open nomination process by parents, students, and peers throughout February and March for their ability in their respective subject areas (Math, Science, Art, General Education) to spark environmental interest among their students. Each winning teacher will receive a $500 cash prize for their classroom and be recognized for one day in April as an Environmental Hero in their community. One teacher among the winners will also receive a $5,000 grand prize to support their environmental education efforts. The grand prize winner will be further recognized at a public reception at the Los Angeles County Science Fair on April 16 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
The Earth Month Heroes program was created by the Wyland Foundation and its educational outreach partner, Toyota, to recognize teachers who are continuing to provide environmental education in the face of budget cuts. Other sponsors include KCAL / KCBS and AES, with support from the LA Office of Education. “Instead of focusing on one activity for Earth Day, we want to celebrate the teachers out there who are changing attitudes year round about the environment,” said Wyland, an environmental artist best known for his monumental marine life murals. “These are selfless, dedicated, and extremely talented people who year after year invest their own personal resources to enhance the educational experience for their students.”
Congratulations to the top 30 Earth Month Hero Teachers:
Benjamin Kay, Santa Monica High School
Bill Kulencavich, Dodson Middle School
Candace Leuthold, Early College High School
Carol Kemp, Goddard Middle School
Dana Martens, Dale Junior High School
Delores Dang-Wright, Dana Hills High School
Elizabeth Kerr, San Clemente High School
Elyssa Zuer, Aliso Viejo Middle School
Fran Delaney Barron, Niemes Elementary School
Ginger Demers, Rio Hondo Preparatory School
Greg Gardiner, Huntington Beach High School
Jeff Cornelius, Lexington Junior High School
Jennifer Horton, Henry Clay Middle School
Jill Rivero, St. Anne School
John Karns, Cypress High School
John Teutimez III, Hope Special Education Center
Judy Riemenschneider, John C Fremont High School
Mary Simun, Redondo Union High School
Matthew Morrissey, Environmental Charter High School
Michael Gower, Environmental Charter High School
Mike Trimmel, Lakeside Middle School
Mimi Philips, Marina High School
Peggy Simpson, San Gabriel High School
Ramona Talampas, Suzanne Middle School
Sophia Derrig, San Juan Elementary
Sue Puccinelli, Vista Del Mar Middle School
Susan Norton, Esperanza Elementary
Vivian Okoro, San Gabriel High School
Jaime Kunze, The Pegasus School
Jason Huffman, Calvary Chapel Junior High School
Learn more about the winning teachers at: losangeles.cbslocal.com.
The World is Blue
I hope you will read Dr. Sylvia Earle’s new book, THE WORLD IS BLUE, published by National Geographic. She has inspired a generation to take action today and protect more of the heart of the planet, our world’s ocean. Congratulations, Sylvia, on what I consider the most important conservation book in history.
- Wyland, Artist of the Sea
To learn more about THE WORLD IS BLUE, click here.
Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, April 1-30
Mayors across southern California are squaring off in April to see whose city can be the most “water wise.”
The gauntlet was thrown down by several mayors in the South Bay who are leading efforts for a regional competition between cities to register the most people for an online water conservation pledge. The Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation was developed by famed artist and conservationist Wyland and introduces simple changes that residents can make to use water more efficiently.
The mayors are challenging their colleagues in Los Angeles County and Orange County to get into the act — and work together to encourage their residents to become proactive in reducing water waste and pollution. The pledge drive, April 1 – 30, not only helps cities meet conservation goals, such as AB32, it gives residents who make pledges on their city web site or at www.wylandfoundation.org a chance to win more than $15,000 in prizes, including hundreds of tickets to Disneyland Resort and Parks, the Los Angeles Angels and the Aquarium of the Pacific.
“Mayors often issue friendly challenges to see whose city has the best football team,” says Wyland, who piloted the Mayor’s Challenge concept to more than 80 south Florida cities in 2009. “We wanted this challenge to give them a way to build that same kind of excitement, but focus it on one of the most important issues southern California will face in the next decade.”
Mayor Mike Gin of Redondo Beach was the first city official in Southern California to accept the challenge. Other mayors, such as Frank Scotto of Torrance and Paul Tanaka of Gardena, have followed suit by issuing council resolutions, creating steering committees, and using the city’s “highest” seat to urge their residents to save water, energy, and reduce pollution. The challenge is part of a series of Earth Month initiatives for April that include a televised Earth Month kickoff event in Redondo Beach at noon March 31, and an Earth Month Heroes campaign to recognize the top thirty teachers in Southern California with individual cash awards up to $5,000. Sponsors for the events include Toyota, AES Corporation, and KCAL / KCBS. Other participants include regional water districts, Disneynature, and the Los Angeles County Science Fair.
The city with the highest percentage of residents who make pledges wins. The Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation will include a daily updated “Top Ten” list, so residents can follow along and encourage their friends, families, and neighbors to join in. + Download The Full Story
Wyland Foundation recognizes SoCal’s best environmental education teachers
Know an inspirational teacher who is making a difference for our environment? Throughout the month of April, the Wyland Foundation and its environmental education outreach partner, Toyota, will recognize “Earth Month Heroes” i.e. great teachers who are not only finding new, innovative ways to encourage students to work toward a sustainable, healthy planet, but who also believe that each student can make a difference.
Thirty teachers — one a day for thirty days — will be honored in celebration of Earth Month, April 1-30, 2011. Winning teachers from Los Angeles and Orange Counties, Grades K-12, will each receive a $500 cash prize for their classroom, with a chance to win a $5,000 grand prize to support their environmental education efforts. Additionally, the winning teachers will be recognized in their communities and honored at a special Earth Month Kickoff Event on March 31st by internationally renowned environmental artist, Wyland. The grand prize winner will be further recognized at a public reception at the Los Angeles County Science Fair on April 16 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
“Instead of focusing on one activity for Earth Day, we want to celebrate the teachers out there who are changing attitudes year round about the environment,” said Wyland, an environmental artist best known for his monumental marine life murals. “These are selfless, dedicated, and extremely talented people who year after year invest their own personal resources to enhance the educational experience for their students.”
The thirty winning teachers will be chosen based on their ability to foster interest in environmental studies in any academic subject (science, math, art, general education). Nomination forms and complete rules are available at www.wylandfoundation.org Deadline for submission is March 15, 2011.
Wyland's Ocean Blue Restaurant and Art Gallery Opens in Plano, Texas
Wyland’s Ocean Blue, an upscale, fine dining restaurant and art gallery inspired by renowned marine wildlife artist Wyland, has opened at The Shops at Willow Bend. To celebrate the grand opening, Wyland will host a reception at the restaurant on Thursday, January 27th from 6 to 10 p.m. The Plano restaurant marks the third U.S. location for the upscale seafood eatery and art gallery which premiered in Fairview, Texas this past July.
The new restaurant concept was developed by noted marine wildlife artist Wyland and Florida-based restaurateur Peter McFarland, principal of McFarland Management Company. The brand has an aggressive growth model with expansion plans that include openings in Texas, California and Louisiana in 2011.
The décor at Wyland’s Ocean Blue highlights two unique water features while murals and works from Wyland’s art gallery are showcased on African mahogany walls. The 11,000-square foot, 275-seat space also features two saltwater aquariums, private dining rooms, spacious bar area, patio and art gallery.
The artist’s sea-inspired art pairs well with the carefully crafted menu featuring sustainably caught seafood, farm-to-table meats, and coastal Pacific flavors with local and seasonal influences. Signature dishes feature an array of fresh fish including Colorado Striped Bass, Costa Rican Mahi Mahi, Alaskan Coho Salmon, Idaho Golden Trout, Hawaiian Albacore Tuna, and the list goes on. All featured fish entrees can be prepared in a variety of ways including au natural, soy glazed, volcano, tempura, macadamia crusted, spiced rum glazed, Jamaican jerked, or steamed.
Whether it’s samplers from Wyland’s Blue Bar, fresh and sustainable seafood entrees, select cuts of prime beef, amply portioned side dishes or decadent dessert offerings, the culinary team will make sure guests enjoy their visit to Wyland’s Ocean Blue and keep their taste buds asking for more.
The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner. Happy hours are offered three times daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 9p.m. to close. For more information, call (469)443-1512 or visit www.wylandsoceanblue.com.
Wyland Joins the Hilo Hattie Family of Brands
Wyland’s powerful and serene paintings are probably the most recognized aquatic artwork around the world. He is internationally recognized as a wildlife conservationist, accomplished painter, sculptor, photographer and author.
Wyland’s images will influence a new line of merchandise that will be developed, manufactured and sold in all Hilo Hattie stores, including Island Edge by Hilo Hattie and online at HiloHattie.com. The product line will include clothing for men, women and children and an extensive collection of stationary products, photo albums, calendars, home décor, kitchen products and other gift items. Gift items will include prepackaged gourmet and fine food, bed, bath and beauty products, luggage and outdoor décor bearing Wyland images.
“The sea and ocean wildlife are such an important part of island life in Hawaii, that we are extremely proud to partner with Wyland to present this new line of products,” says Donald B.S. Kang, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pomare, Ltd., parent company of Hilo Hattie. “We welcome Wyland’s new line of fashions and gifts to our family of inhouse name brands including Hilo Hattie, Mamo Howell, Kim Taylor Reese, Koa Road, Coconut Moon, Fresh H2O and Hula Doll. In addition, shoppers will find over a dozen other labels such as Royal Hawaiian Creations, Tori Richards, Iolani Sportswear, Go Barefoot, HIC, Bamboo Cay and Mr. Hawaii.”
In addition, this new product line will be available for wholesale with select retail partners in the United States and Canada. International distribution will also be available.
About Hilo Hattie ~ The Store of Hawaii
Hilo Hattie was founded in 1963 and has grown into Hawaii's largest retailer, manufacturer and wholesaler of Hawaiian fashions and gifts. Since the company first began, more than 47 million customers have shopped at Hilo Hattie making it one of the most visited shopping attractions in Hawaii. There are eight stores on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island, including the new Island Edge by Hilo Hattie, at the Ala Moana Center.
Hilo Hattie offers Hawaii’s largest selection of Hawaiian fashions, gifts, souvenirs, t-shirts, home and beach accessories, beauty products, gourmet foods and stunning Island jewelry. Hilo Hattie also guarantees its shoppers the lowest prices on thousands of Hawaiian products. Hilo Hattie was voted by Hawaii residents as the “Best Place for Hawaiian Fashions” for the past eight years. For more information, call (808) 535-6500, (800) 233-8912 or visit www.HiloHattie.com.
Celebrating the Holidays in Hawaii with Wyland Galleries
Aloha friends and collectors,
Just arrived on Maui for Wyland Galleries Lahaina shows – Thursday, December 23 and Friday, December 24 from 6-10pm both nights. Then off to the Big Island to celebrate the New Year at the Wyland Galleries in Kona on January 1 and January 2. Visit www.wyland.com/wheres_wyland or see below for all the details. If you are in Hawaii, please join me for a great night of art and conservation.
Looking forward to seeing you,
December 23, 2010 |6:00-10:00 pm | Wyland Galleries Hawaii | 711 Front Street, Lahaina, HI
December 24, 2010 | 6:00-10:00 pm | Wyland Galleries Hawaii | 711 Front Street, Lahaina, HI
January 1, 2011 | 6:00-10:00 pm | Wyland Galleries Hawaii | 75-5770 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI
January 2, 2011 | 1:00-5:00 pm | Wyland Galleries Hawaii | 75-5770 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI
We want your students' opinions on oil spills! Essay contest for grades 5-10
It’s been more than six months since the Gulf Oil spill disaster. The spill challenged how we think about energy and what we are willing to risk to power our cities, factories, buildings, farms, cars, and homes. The Wyland Foundation would like your students' thoughts on the spill. If you have students grades 5-10, we are looking for 500 word essay submissions entitled, “Here’s How I Would Stop An Oil Spill From Ever Happening Again.” Excerpts from selected essays will appear in an upcoming documentary produced by the Wyland Foundation for a series of film festivals. Learn more at www.wylandfoundation.org/oilspill.
Happy Holidays from Wyland
I hope you have a fantastic Christmas and happy New Year! From my family to yours and our entire team here at Wyland, we are wishing you the best this holiday season and the coming year.
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WYLAND’S OCEAN BLUE RESTAURANT AND ART GALLERY OPEN IN DENVER
8336 Northfield Boulevard // The Shops at Northfield Stapleton // Denver, CO
Wyland’s Ocean Blue, an upscale, fine dining restaurant and art gallery inspired by renowned marine wildlife artist Wyland, has opened at The Shops at Northfield Stapleton. To celebrate the grand opening, Wyland will take part in a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16th followed by a private VIP reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the restaurant located at 8316 Northfield Boulevard. The Denver restaurant marks the second U.S. location for the upscale seafood eatery and art gallery which premiered in Fairview, Texas this past July.
The new restaurant concept was developed by noted marine wildlife artist Wyland and Florida-based restaurateur Peter McFarland, principal of McFarland Management Company. The brand has an aggressive growth model with expansion plans that include openings in Texas, California and Louisiana in 2010 and 2011.
“We could open in any city in Colorado, but we feel that Denver is a city with enormous potential to expand the brand,” states Wyland. Denver’s backing of environmentally friendly initiatives also attracted Wyland, a long time advocate for the planet. “Everyone is going green now and that’s great, but really blue is the new green. You’ve got to go blue because without water, there is no green.”
The décor at Wyland’s Ocean Blue highlights two unique water features while murals and works from Wyland’s art gallery are showcased on African mahogany walls. The 6,800-square foot, 200-seat space also features a fireplace, art gallery, spacious bar area, and patio.
The artist’s sea-inspired art pairs well with the carefully crafted menu featuring sustainably caught seafood, farm-to-table meats, and coastal Pacific flavors with local and seasonal influences. Signature dishes feature an array of fresh fish including Colorado Striped Bass, Costa Rican Mahi Mahi, Alaskan Coho Salmon, Idaho Golden Trout, Hawaiian Albacore Tuna, and the list goes on. All featured fish entrees can be prepared in a variety of ways including au natural, soy glazed, volcano, tempura, spiced rum glazed, Jamaican jerked, or steamed.
Whether it’s samplers from Wyland’s Blue Bar, fresh and sustainable seafood entrees, select cuts of prime beef, amply portioned side dishes or decadent dessert offerings, Executive Chef Lucas Zoumas will make sure guests enjoy their visit to Wyland’s Ocean Blue and keep their taste buds asking for more.
Just ten minutes from downtown Denver, Wyland’s Ocean Blue is located at 8316 Northfield Boulevard in The Shops at Northfield Stapleton. The restaurant is open Sunday through Wednesday from 4 p.m. to midnight, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. There will be happy hours twice daily from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to midnight with live music on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 p.m. to midnight. For more information, call (303)574-0449 or visit www.wylandsoceanblue.com
Wyland artwork to support Pennekamp Park for 50th Anniversary Celebration
KEY LARGO, Fla. — Renowned marine life artist and conservationist Wyland will unveil and sign his newest work of art to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and the 75th Anniversary of the Florida State Park System at 3:30 pm Tuesday, Nov. 2, at park headquarters, 102601 Overseas Highway (MM 102.6), Key Largo, FL.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was established in 1963 as the first undersea park in the United States — and long considered a crown jewel of the Florida State Park System. Since then, the park has enjoyed international renowned as part of the only living coral reef in the continental United States. In support of the anniversary, Wyland has created “Marine Sanctuary: Mangroves to the Sea,” a 4-foot by 7-foot original oil painting with his unique interpretation of the abundant life and dazzling colors both above and below this dazzling aquatic universe.
“Everyone who visits the Pennekamp park comes away changed in one way or another,” says Wyland, a resident of South Florida. “I’ve been fortunate to have such a pristine natural wonderland in my backyard where I can draw countless hours of inspiration. Creating this artwork was my small way of supporting efforts to preserve this amazing place.” The artist will present a signed giclee reproduction of the original artwork as a gift to the park. He will also unveil commemorative fine art posters based on the art that will be sold to benefit John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and its conservation programs.
Wyland and Ocean Institute Partners Receive Four “People’s Choice” Awards and Finalist in 2010 International Blue Ocean Film Festival
LAGUNA BEACH, CA - Renowned artist and conservationist, Wyland, in partnership with GCA Santa Barbara/Laguna Beach and Richmond Productions, received 4 Silver Telly Awards in the People’s Choice category, the highest award issued. For its 31st season, The Telly Awards joined forces with YouTube to give the public the power to view and rate videos for the first ever People's Telly Awards.
“It was great to win the People’s choice awards,” added Wyland, “and it was even greater to win with my friends at the Ocean Institute, Dan Stetson, Earl Richmond and Greg Goggin. They made it happen.” The short videos capture Wyland, who is best known for his giant marine life murals around the world, painting beautiful simple lines on a canvas of glass. Describing his marine life subjects while painting, Wyland delivers messages of natural history and conservation concerns like no one else can. The “People’s Choice” awards recognized a series that included a shark, blue whale, wave and a music video with environmental musician and long time Laguna Beach resident, Nick Hernandez (Nick I).
Wyland’s glass art series was also accepted into the 2010 International Blue Ocean Film Festival held in Monterey California and is finalist in the non-broadcast category. “A lot of really great people will be there to celebrate great films and my boyhood hero Jacques Cousteau,” commented Wyland. Other finalists joining the Wyland and Ocean Institute team include National Geographic Television, Disney Nature and BBC.
The inspiration for the Wyland Glass Art Series came from a 1950 black and white film of Picasso painting on glass. 6o years later, Wyland picked up the brush and painted whales, dolphins, sharks and more, in a special studio constructed at the Ocean Institute. To add to Wyland’s creative palette, a green screen was used as a backdrop in this modern version of educational art. Earl Richmond’s high definition marine life images are added in postproduction and the end result is a short environmental message presented as art and supported by science.
“The kids really love them and we’re adding them to our message brought to Orange County schools through the Wyand Ocean Institute Mobile Learning Center. I’m proud that I can blend art and science in a way that’s always fun and at best inspiring.”
BOCA RATON MUSEUM OF ART presents Wyland: Art and Conservation Exhibition coinciding with the Wyland Living Green Fair
BOCA RATON, FL – In conjunction with the Wyland Living Green Fair at Mizner Park, Saturday and Sunday, November 6 & 7, 2010, the Boca Raton Museum of Art presents a focus exhibition of marine conservation artist Wyland’s work in its street-level window gallery. The Museum will also be open to the public for free during the fair activities.
The Wyland exhibition, WYLAND: Art and Conservation will be on display October 11 through November 7, 2010. The exhibition will consist of selected artworks, illustrating Wyland’s most iconic subjects: the ocean, its sea life, endangered wildlife, and whales. The exhibition will include original oil paintings, watercolors, Sumi-e ink and wash paintings, photography, limited edition graphics and two large-scale bronze sculptures.
The 2010 Wyland Living Green Fair – is a free and open-to-the-public interactive community experience that brings together art, community involvement, and awareness to teach individuals, families and businesses how easily they can go green. Activities will engage fair goers of all ages through an array activities and presentations. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Wyland Foundation.
Wyland (American born in Detroit, Michigan 1956), known simply as Wyland, is an artist best known for painting large, outdoor murals of whales and other ocean life. Over the last twenty-five years his artwork has earned accolades for the artist as a leading advocate for marine resource conservation. An accomplished painter, sculptor, photographer, writer, and scuba diver, his work captures the raw power and beauty of the undersea universe.
Hailed a “Marine Michaelangelo” by USA Today, Wyland’s work has been seen throughout the United States. The Wyland Foundation, in partnership with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is actively engaged in teaching millions of students about our oceans, rivers, lakes, streams, and wetlands.
Wyland’s work first came to public attention in the 1980s with his “Whaling Wall” murals, a series of 100 monumental public artworks in urban areas that demonstrated the size and scale of an undersea world. In these, Wyland linked the intellectual environmental movement of the 1970s with today’s popular “green” culture. “The first time I painted a whale in life-size along the Pacific Coast Highway, it stopped traffic,” the artist says. “That was when I first truly realized the incredible power of art to change human behavior.”
The Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, is open Tuesday - Friday 10 AM - 6 PM, Wednesdays 10 AM – 9 PM and Saturday and Sunday noon – 6 PM. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens (65 and older), $4 per person for group tours and $4 for students. For more information call 561.392.2500 or visit www.bocamuseum.org.
The Boca Raton Museum of Art has developed into one of the leading cultural institutions in South Florida achieving international recognition as a world-class visual arts institution, presenting dynamic traveling exhibitions from acclaimed and emerging artists, and amassing an outstanding permanent collection. Some of the Museum’s programs include art films, artist lectures, family programs, the Annual Art Festival and more than100 classes a week at its studio Art School. Museum Auxiliaries include the Artists’ Guild, Friends Auxiliary and Collectors’ Forum.
Marine Life Artist Wyland Revisits Areas Hit Hard by Oil Spill
08-27-2010 // National Wildlife Federation // Aislinn Maestas
Last week, National Wildlife Federation took Wyland - renowned marine life artist and passionate ocean conservationist – on his second tour of areas devastated by the BP oil spill. As someone who is deeply concerned about the long term impacts of the spill, Wyland was eager to return to the scene of the crime and see what, if anything, had changed since his first visit four months ago.
"When I was down in the Gulf just two weeks after the spill, much of the oil was on the surface or just below. Now, four months later, the oil is less visible dispersed in the water column, in the deep ocean, on the sea floor, and in the salt water marshes," Wyland noted. "The oil that we don't see may be the biggest threat to the health of the Gulf and human health." "The oil is definitely not gone"
The artist and members of the Wyland Foundation joined NWF’s Maura Wood and Amanda Moore on a tour the salt marshes, beaches and waters tarnished during the months-long oil spill disaster. Despite reports that the majority of the oil has been cleaned up and removed, Wyland and NWF staff discovered that many areas are still deeply mired in oil.
“The oil is definitely not gone,” said NWF’s Maura Wood. “As Wyland saw firsthand, the job is not done and this ecosystem is still suffering.”
The trip inspired Wyland to help spread the word that the crisis is far from over.
"In many people's minds, the oil is gone. But I can assure you, it's not. Unfortunately, we may not know the severity of its effects on the Gulf, wildlife, or our own health for decades," the artist said. "As a diver, I know how important clean water and healthy oceans are to marine life. And these marshlands are not only critical to the health of animals, but also our economy and human health. These ecosystems are sensitive and any change, whether temperature or oil, can have a lasting impact for years."
Support is still needed
National Wildlife Federation is thrilled to have Wyland and the non-profit Wyland Foundation team lending their time, energy and voice to the issue. Check out Wyland’s Facebook page to see photos from his trip and visit www.wylandfoundation.org to learn more about the Wyland Foundation.
How You Can Help Wildlife Impacted by the BP Oil Spill
-Find out what you can do to help wildlife during this tragedy. Sign up to volunteer, email your Members of Congress, and help us spread the word.
-What is NWF doing on the ground in the Gulf? Learn what the National Wildlife Federation is doing to help wildlife hurt by the BP oil spill and how you can get involved.
-Help wildlife in crisis . Text "WILDLIFE" to 20222 to donate $10 and share this page with your friends and family.
-Donate today to ensure we have the funding needed to be on the front lines helping wildlife. “It will likely take years to recover from this catastrophe,” said Wood. “People need to know that we still need their support to help restore the Gulf Coast to health.”
To learn more about ways you can support NWF’s clean-up effort or watch a video to find out what inspired Wyland to get involved and hear his clean energy message, click here.
Wyland's Ocean Blue Restaurant Opens to Fanfare
311 Town Place // Fairview, TX
Restaurant-goers in Texas got a taste of the good life at the grand opening of Wyland’s Ocean Blue Restaurant in Fairview, Texas, on July 20. Wyland’s OceanBlue is a premier upscale – casual restaurant, lounge and art gallery located within the Villages of Fairview. Inspired by Wyland's art and conservation message, the restaurant delivers plenty of “wow” with two massive saltwater aquariums in the dining room and bar and Wyland’s acclaimed marine themed murals and fine art throughout. On the savory side, Executive Chef Brian Dietz of Pappas Bros. and Oceanaire fame extraordinary menu emphasizes seasonality and locality from environmentally responsible seafood sources.
“The restaurant focuses on the ocean, fish, and sustainability” said Terry Sullivan, Director of Operations for Wyland’s Ocean Blue. “The seafood dishes are extraordinary. But we also have a great selection of pasta and locally supplied steaks in a upper-casual dining environment. The atmosphere is amazing, but we really encourage everyone to come in and have an appetizer, a couple of drinks and a great dinner – it’s that type of environment.” Visit Wyland's Ocean Blue Restaurant at 311 Town Place, Fairview, TX, or call 972.549.4007. New locations opening soon! Click here to learn more.
Art Institute of Orange County “Wyland Art Retrospective”
The United Nations Postal Administration will issue six mini-sheets of four stamps this month created by internationally renowned marine life artist and environmentalist Wyland to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.
The set of stamps, entitled “One Ocean, One Planet,” will be issued in three languages including English, German, and French in denominations of 44 cents, 98 cents, F.s. 0,85, F.s 1,00, Euro 0,55 and Euro 0,65. The stamps will be distributed worldwide. The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) was established by UNESCO in 1961 to promote international cooperation in researching and protecting the ocean. The IOC is composed of 129 member states and provides an open forum for leaders on a host of international ocean issues.
“Nations now realize the importance of international cooperation to address many of the environmental issues facing our oceans,” says Wyland. “So it was important to create images for this stamp issue that represented a variety of marine habitats. The idea behind the series is that we can no longer think of our ocean as the responsibility of this or that country. We all have a responsibility to ensure the health of our ocean for future generations.”
The artist, who has been a leading advocate for conservation-themed art and science education for children, created a first day of issue envelope to celebrate the UNPA stamp issue for the International Year of the Ocean in 1998. He plans to incorporate several of the images from the new “One Ocean, One Planet” stamp issue into a monumental ocean-themed art installation in fall in Rockefeller Center.
The public can view the paintings on display at the Art Institute of Orange County, May 27 - June 26, 2010. Wyland will be making a live appearance for the opening of the exhibit on Thursday, May 27. Please call 714-338-9462 for more details.
Art Institute of Orange County
May 27 - June 26, 2010
“Wyland Art Retrospective”
3601 West Sunflower Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92704
RENOWNED MARINE LIFE ARTIST WYLAND ANNOUNCES NATIONWIDE CLASSROOM MURAL CONTEST INSPIRED BY THE NEW DISNEYNATURE MOVIE “OCEANS”
Mural Contest and Eight-City West Coast “One Ocean, One Planet” Tour Presented by Volvo Cars of North America and Fredrix Artist Canvas.
You don’t need to live near the ocean to care about it. That’s the message behind a world famous ocean muralist’s efforts to inspire thousands of students around the nation to show off their art skills — and their concern for the future of our ocean planet.
Marine life artist Wyland, teaming up with the upcoming Disneynature motion picture OCEANS and Volvo Cars of North America, will inspire more than 10,000 students, grades 5-8, across the nation for Earth Day to create life-size ocean murals, as part of community campaign to raise awareness for ocean conservation. The goal of the movement, organizers say, is to inspire students everywhere to develop a better understanding of the ocean through art, science, and creativity. “Children are fascinated by the ocean no matter where they live,” says Wyland, who is best known for his series of 100 monumental marine life murals around the world. “This campaign not only provides them with artistic tools to express their interest in marine life, but the murals share that message with communities that have a direct impact on these resources.”+ Download The Full Story
New Wyland-designed collection of gifts, collectibles and fine art based on Finding Nemo characters set to make big splash
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — Wyland, the world’s premiere ocean artist, and Walt Disney Art Classics are creating a new collection of co-branded gifts, collectibles, and fine art that celebrates some of Disney’s most iconic characters — as envisioned through the artistic genius of Wyland.
The collection builds on the overwhelming success of the artist’s previous work with Disney’s The Little Mermaid and fine art featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Goofy and Donald Duck. To inaugurate the latest venture, Wyland has embraced the vision of Disney / Pixar to create “Nemo’s World,” a classic interpretation of the world’s most famous clownfish and Wyland’s natural undersea universe.
“Nemo’s World” is the first co-branded fine art license granted by Walt Disney Art Classics for the Nemo property.
Elysium Epic research team will provide in-depth scientific/photographic survey of Antarctica and the impact of global warming on Earth’s last remote place.
On February 10, 2010, Wyland, along with a 57-member team of explorers from 18 countries, will meet in Ushuaia, Argentina – the world’s southernmost city – to embark on a benchmark expedition to Antarctica. Convened by an Australian project director Michael AW of the Ocean Geographic Society, the team is comprised of some of the world’s most celebrated image-makers, historians, and scientists, including several Singapore residents. Their mission is to scout, record, and analyze this pristine land of ice and snow –and to create a visual library of the impact of climate change on this remote region.
Wyland Cellars goes national | The Orange County Register
An Orange County winery is expanding its footprint nationally.
Laguna Canyon Winery, located at 2133 Laguna Canyon Road, opened its doors in 2004 to create small-batch, handmade wines. And owner Marlowe Huber began thinking about where he wanted his business to be in the next five years.
"It's really unfolding according to plan," said Huber, who entered into the wine business 15 years ago. "It's just irony that it's exactly five years that we're rolling it out nationally."
As the winery continues to create its small batches in Orange County under the Laguna Canyon name, Huber is planning his national debut with the help of marine artist Wyland. Huber and sales and marketing vice president Al Paul are working out distribution deals in states from Georgia to Hawaii. The wines are already available in Ohio and Massachusetts, and they expect to be selling in 10 states by March.
Wyland applauds efforts of filmmakers to expose Japanese dolphin slaughter
“In a remote, glistening cove in Taiji, Japan, surrounded by barbed wire and "Keep Out" signs, lies a dark reality. It is here, under cover of night, that the fishermen of the town, driven by a multi-billion dollar dolphin entertainment industry and an underhanded market for mercury-tainted dolphin meat, engage in an unseen hunt. The nature of what they do is so chilling and the consequences are so dangerous to human health that they will go to great lengths to halt anyone from seeing it.”
— Film Synopsis of “The Cove,” winner of the 2009 Sundance Audience Award
“Wyland: Earth Day” Wins San Diego Film Festival
Winning film documents the artist’s attempt to paint a 3-acre image of planet Earth in 24 hours atop the Long Beach Convention Center
SAN DIEGO — The story of environmental artist Wyland’s attempt to paint a three-acre interpretation of the planet earth in a 24-hour span for Earth Day has won Best Film in the San Diego Filmmaker Series at the 2009 San Diego Film Festival, festival organizers announced on Saturday.
City of Taylor welcomes Wyland Clean Water Challenge, Courtesy of Masco Corporation Foundation
Masco Corporation Foundation, a Michigan Clean Water Sponsor, is pleased to invite the Wyland Clean Water Challenge Mobile Learning Center (MLC) to the city of Taylor for a four-day visit.
Wyland “Earth” Documentary premieres at San Diego Film Festival
When local journalist Chris Morrow bumped into the famous sea muralist, Wyland, she asked one simple question that turned into an idea. Then that idea turned into another idea and two artistic creations were born within 24 hours. “I asked him what he was going to do for Earth Day (it was a couple of days later) and he thought about it and he said, ‘I want to paint the world’s largest earth on top of the Long Beach arena’,” Morrow said.
Celebrate the sea with an afternoon of family mural painting with renowned environmental artist Wyland
Endless Summer Beach Party and fundraiser to support children’s art and environmental education
Orange County Goes Wild for Wyland Cellars Wines
The continuing partnership between Wyland and Laguna Beach's own Laguna Canyon Winery continues to bear fruit. Wyland Cellars took home a gold medal for its 2005 cabernet sauvignon. Other awards included a silver medal for our NV Wyland Raspberry Sparkling wine and a bronze medal for our Wyland Brut-Sparkling wine. The OC Fair is the largest and most comprehensive judging of California wines anywhere in the world with over 3,000 entries.
Ocean Institute 5th Annual Home Raffle
Wyland is supporting the efforts of a new partnership between the Wyland Foundation and the Ocean Institute as a sponsor of the Ocean Institute 5th Annual Home Raffle. Purchasing a raffle ticket helps keep the truck on the road as it travels to dozens of schools.
Disneynature's Earth Premiere
Wyland will unveil a monumental original work of art inspired by Disneynature’s first feature film, EARTH, at the World Premiere of the movie at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on April 18. This 4,000- square-foot painting will be on display at the El Capitan Theatre throughout the month of May.
Wyland Studio Gallery in Islamorada
Celebrate with Wyland for the opening of the new Wyland Studio Gallery at the famous Green Turtle Inn, Mile Marker 81.2 (oceanside), Islamorada, Florida, 33036. Call 800.469.3069 for more information. Saturday, April 4 Time:6:00 Pm-10:00 Pm
Soleo Organics Named as Environmental Product of the Year
San Clemente, CA – Skin Elements USA, LLC, exclusive distributor of Soléo Organics All Natural Sunscreen to the Americas, has been named as one of five finalists in the 2009 SIMA Image Awards Environmental Product of the Year. Learn More