‘Vulnerable Predators’ exhibit opens Sept. 13

This artwork by Tara Pierce is part of a new exhibit called “Vulnerable Predators,” which will open on Friday, Sept. 13, at the Chessman Gallery inside the Lincoln City Cultural Center. (Courtesy photo)

A new exhibit called “Vulnerable Predators” will open on Friday, Sept. 13, at the Chessman Gallery inside the Lincoln City Cultural Center, located at 540 NE Highway 101.

An opening reception will take place on Sept. 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be wine, refreshments and conversation, with an artist talk at 6 p.m. The exhibit runs through Oct. 7.

The second in the Chessman’s ecology series, “Vulnerable Predators” is an exhibit that explores apex predators with contributions by Tara Pierce, William Schweinfurth, Samm Newton and Carissa Smith-Burkett.

Along with acrylic paintings, photographs and drawings, this exhibit features an unusual array of materials such as woven fishing line and by-catch salmon shark fin sculptures procured with the help of the Hatfield Science Center.

“Vulnerable Predators” is an art exhibit intended to deliver a message. It challenges viewers to think about the importance of apex predators in the oceans, such as sharks, killer whales and even creatures so small that one would never guess they’re predators.

Schweinfurth presents his work titled “Fins for Sale.” Aimed at provoking conversation over the tradition of shark finning and the dwindling shark populations in the oceans, Schweinfurth's goal is to upset his audience enough to raise awareness of these acts. 

Pierce explores the relationships of apex predators through her acrylic paintings on canvas. Scientific studies and biological events informed her work as she sought to create hopeful images about otherwise dire topics.

Newton developed his work over the past two years working with marine ecologists from the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science and fluid mechanics engineers from the University of South Florida. These paintings experiment with how people know the ocean and handle vulnerable beings in the natural world. It is meant to spark curiosity and to generate further questions, not answer them.

Smith-Burkett is a three-dimensional narrative maker. She enjoys repetitive, additive processes when she makes sculptural objects. Her sea jellies series are crocheted out of fishing line, creating a net-like finish that considers the human impact on marine life.

For more information about this show or any of the events going on at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, call 541-994-9994, head to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, or become a friend on Facebook.