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What Just Happened? Sculpture Event at Toad Hall Bookstore!

Toad Hall Bookstore is celebrating their 40th birthday this year with several special events, one of which took place on Earth Day, April 22nd. As many of you know, Toad Hall’s profits go toward supporting environmental causes, so in keeping with that theme, sculptor Nina Samoiloff brought 40 pieces of (GREEN!) beach trash scavenged from Rockport’s beaches to create a sculpture in a live event in front of the store on Earth Day. And don’t say Rockport isn’t a wild and crazy place for street art, because just like in the big cities, the cops came by and made her move along. Vive les arts! Vive Toad Hall Bookstore! 

For more on Toad Hall Bookstore, click HERE. Nina Samoiloff has a website coming soon, and in the meantime check out her blog documenting her beach trash finds HERE.

The man keeping a close eye on things in downtown Rockport. 'Cause things are liable to get out of control when it comes to beach trash and art!

 ITEMS THAT MAKE UP 40

1 plastic  water gun

1 plastic toy toilet

1 24 Hour Protection deordorant 2.6 oz plastic package

1 Habitat for Humanity AMERICORPS pen plastic

1 Blistex Medicated Lip Balm 1.4 oz plastic

1 Mentos Chewing Gum plastic package

4 green plastic soda bottles

1 plastic Dasani water bottle

2 Mountain Dew bottles

1 Gatorade Tiger Plastic beverage bottle

1 Sprite can

1 Bud Lime can

1 Rolling Rock glass bottle

2 plastic SOLO cup

2  Newport cigarette boxes

1 Smoke Friendly 100’s cigarette box

4 Bic lighters

1 plastic disposable floss utensil

1 plastic childs rake

1 plastic castle mold for child

1 Juicy Pop plastic container

1 Green Giant Broccoili and Carrots with Garlic & Herbs Bag 19oz

1 GoGo SqueeZ Apple Strawberry 3.2oz plastic package

4 childs  beach shovel plastic

1 rubber super ball

1 plastic childs starfish mold

1 plastic childs block

1 Playtex sippy cup top plastic

1 plastic/silicone/latex baby pacifier 

2 plastic childs toy pieces

1 plastic childs beach toy sifter

2 mylar  Birthday balloons

2 bunches of mylar ribbons for balloons

1 child flip flop rubber

1 adult flip flop rubber

1 plastic tampon

1 plastic pill bottle

1 glass light bulb for Christmas tree light

1 squeeze top plastic

13 beverage tops plastic

1 plastic spray top

1 heavy duty glove plastic

1 latex glove

1 plastic chair part

1 hand wipe plastic top

1 plastic earth ball

1 plastic funnel

1 plastic part of container

1 part of plastic container bottom

1 piece of nylon netting

2 small nylon bait bags

2 plastic beverage caps

1 plastic cigar case

2 plastic parts of container

1 plastic part plant pot

2 metal parts of lobster traps

1 pleather wristlet

1 plastic shopping bag

1 styrofoam buoy

1 plastic buoy

3 pieces of plastic buoy rod

1 broken styrofoam buoy

5 1/4  plastic lobster trap part

1 Maine lobster tag plastic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Show Featuring Recycled Beach Finds

Don’t miss a special exhibit beginning with a lecture on Tuesday, November 15th at 7 p.m. in honor of National Recycling Day. The art show will feature the work of Nina Cassel Samoiloff (read more about her work HERE on Good Morning Gloucester) and the pieces she creates using elements she finds washed up on the beaches of Rockport.

From the NOAA:
NOAA Fisheries Service Sponsors Marine Debris Lecture and Art Show
NOAA Fisheries Service is sponsoring two local artists who have focused recent efforts on the impacts of marine debris in our oceans.  Gloucester’s Karen Ristuben will present her recent sailing expedition from Honolulu to Vancouver, British Columbia to document marine debris in the Pacific Ocean. Nina Cassel Samoiloff will present art work crafted from marine debris collected from Rockport beaches.  Her work will be on display in the NOAA Fisheries lobby weekdays from 8:00am – 4:30pm from November 15th until December 15th.  This event will take place at NOAA Fisheries Service, 55 Great Republic Avenue in Gloucester at 7:00 pm on November 15th.  For more information, please contact Eric Hutchins, NOAA Fisheries, at 978-281-9313.

Nina Samoiloff -Catch

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Our Sarah kelley wrote-

Catch features the work of artist Nina Samoiloff, as she collects and collates the pieces she finds on the beaches of Rockport (documented on her blog, also called Catch) before creating sculptures and photographs of her finds. But the artist’s beach finds aren’t the usual gallery suspects, the carefully edited and crafted work involving natural driftwood, shells, or even beach glass. Catch features items of a different sort, all of them man-made — the artist even uses cut lumber, washed up on the beach, instead of naturally-occurring driftwood in her pieces. The show is a sobering and impressive collaboration between man and nature, truly an expression of the time we live in, for better or for worse. A time in which we make permanent stuff to use for a very temporary moment — like water bottles, for instance — before throwing this same stuff away, much of which ends up in the eternal ocean before rolling back onto the shore — and back into our lives.

My sculpture and my obsessive morning ritual of picking up of plastic on the beach (which I document and post on my blog Catch) are symbiotic, without the one the other would not exist. Both are discarded products of a consumer society, and both are a challenge to me as to how to present these items artfully to the viewer. The beach lumber sculptures are a combination of my industrial design education and my desire to recycle. Each piece of lumber speaks to me, it’s shape, texture, color or the nails protruding from it have the potential to become part of a bigger finished sculpture.

- Nina Samoiloff

Catch: At the Tusinski Gallery

Catch, at the Tusinski Gallery until May 22nd.

Catch, a show at the Tusinski Gallery on Main Street in Rockport, opens today, Earth Day, and runs through May 22nd.

Catch features the work of artist Nina Samoiloff, as she collects and collates the pieces she finds on the beaches of Rockport (documented on her blog, also called Catch) before creating sculptures and photographs of her finds. But the artist’s beach finds aren’t the usual gallery suspects, the carefully edited and crafted work involving natural driftwood, shells, or even beach glass. Catch features items of a different sort, all of them man-made — the artist even uses cut lumber, washed up on the beach, instead of naturally-occurring driftwood in her pieces. The show is a sobering and impressive collaboration between man and nature, truly an expression of the time we live in, for better or for worse. A time in which we make permanent stuff to use for a very temporary moment — like water bottles, for instance — before throwing this same stuff away, much of which ends up in the eternal ocean before rolling back onto the shore — and back into our lives.

My sculpture and my obsessive morning ritual of picking up of plastic on the beach (which I document and post on my blog Catch) are symbiotic, without the one the other would not exist. Both are discarded products of a consumer society, and both are a challenge to me as to how to present these items artfully to the viewer. The beach lumber sculptures are a combination of my industrial design education and my desire to recycle. Each piece of lumber speaks to me, it’s shape, texture, color or the nails protruding from it have the potential to become part of a bigger finished sculpture.

- Nina Samoiloff