Everyone knows I’m obsessed with sharks, but very few ask me why. So if you haven’t heard the spiel, I urge you to meet up with me in Santa Monica this weekend for the holiday encore of “The Great West Coast Migration – Art Benefit for Sharks & Oceans,” a two-day educational awareness and fundraising event opening tomorrow night 7-10pm at Paradiso Arts.
PangeaSeed and Shark Angels are coming together for this event for one very essential reason: “to expand the public’s knowledge of the inhumane practice of shark finning and its deep impact on the health of our oceans.” The entire event is geared towards celebrating sharks through film, music, media and art, and at the center of the issue is shark conservation and preservation.
Because each year, up to 73 million sharks are killed. Not because they’re scary or kill people , but to benefit the multi-billion dollar shark fin soup market. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), 1/3 of all shark and ray species are now threatened with extinction. In just a few decades, some regional shark populations have declined by over 95%, and their populations continue to decline, mostly due to the demand for shark fin soup. Sharks are literally being eaten into extinction during our lifetimes.
The pioneering art and film festival incorporates the works of over 100 artists and 25 filmmakers, who spent the summer of 2012 traveling through six major West Coast cities. We interviewed PangeaSeed‘s managing director and event co-curator Tre Packard’ back in August.“This weekend’s exhibition will showcase acclaimed artists such as Dave Kinsey, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Kelly Allen and more,” says Tre’ Packard,
The reception will be open to the public on Friday, Dec. 14 from 7-11 p.m. at Paradiso Arts on Santa Monica , with a suggested $10 donation at the door, which includes one drink and raffle ticket. All of the amazing artwork on display will be for sale along with unique shark goodies that will make great holiday gifts! Youngsters can get involved during an interactive children’s art workshop on Saturday December 15 from 2 – 5pm with gallery times from 1 – 6pm. A selection of award-winning short films will also be screened Saturday, December 15th from 7 – 10pm as part of the Ocean Love Film Series. These films highlight some of the world’s most pressing marine-related issues ranging from the devastation caused by overfishing to the negative impact of plastics on our oceans and the effects of pollution throughout the world.
About Pangeaseed: PangeaSeed is an international organization who collaborates with members of the art, science and environmental activist communities. PangeaSeed is dedicated to raising public awareness and education surrounding the conservation and preservation of sharks and other marine species in peril. PangeaSeed’s mission is to contribute to the protection of sharks, our oceans and marine life by undertaking actions that encourage environmental activism and sustainable consumption choices. PangeaSeed was the first organization in Japan to raise public awareness regarding shark conservation and preservation. The organization is based in the United States. We rely on the kind generosity of our international network of supporters.
About Shark Angels: Globally connected, Shark Angels around the world are taking action locally, fueled by empowering tools, a collaborative community, and a shared passion. Through positive education, media and grassroots outreach, Shark Angels are changing the future for sharks. We are the next generation of shark conservationists, working independently and as a network of angels to bring about change. Because sharks need all the guardian angels they can get.