For Love of Orcas Reading & Gallery Walk

September 12, 2019
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Admission Information:

 Donations gladly accepted


SJIMA in conjunction with their current exhibition, DEEP DIVE will host a gallery walk and reading from the anthology, For Love of Orcas. The reading features local writers and contributors to the anthology, which celebrates the endangered Southern Resident orcas, their main food source, the also endangered Chinook Salmon, and their extended habitat. Readers include Tara MacMahon, Lynne Mercer, and Bill Weissinger of San Juan Island, Iris Graville of Lopez Island, Jill McCabe Johnson of Orcas Island, plus Lummi poet and Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) activist Rena Priest.

The reading will begin shortly after 3:30 p.m., to be followed by a small reception and book-signing.

The DEEP DIVE exhibition features Salish Sea beauties through the eyes of the finest Pacific Northwest artists, showcasing a wide range of media by many artists, such as sculptor and poet William Weissinger and glass artist Raven Skyriver. It pays homage while bringing attention to the threats to approximately 130 variously endangered species in these waters.

Co-edited by Andrew Shattuck McBride and Jill McCabe Johnson, For Love of Orcas features works by scientists, naturalists, poets, and writers from across the U.S. and Canada. Proceeds from sales of the book benefit The SeaDoc Society’s efforts to protect and restore the SRKW. Contributor and SeaDoc Society Science Director, Joe Gaydos, writes in his introduction to the anthology, “Southern Resident orca are icons of the Pacific Northwest. Scientists call them ‘flagship’ conservation species. The citizens of the Salish Sea are faced with a decision: dramatically change how we think about and invest in ecosystem restoration or risk losing Southern Resident killer whales forever.”

Bob Friel, science-writer and director of the SeaDoc Society’s video series, Salish Sea Wild,” adds, “We’ve declared the orcas national and regional treasures, bestowed upon them our strongest protections, yet we continue to kill them with building permits, logging, ranching and farming leases, fishing quotas, and dam permits, which all affect the Chinook salmon that these orcas need to survive.”