Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association Holds Whale of an Auction

NANTUCKET – On August 13, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association will hold a reception and auction highlighting the dangers of plastic flotsam in our oceans through sculptures made from plastic beach trash.

The auction will be held at the MMA’s property on Nantucket.

A whale sculpture made by artist Cindy Pease Roe, during her Artist in Residency at the MMA and whales made by other local artists, both professional and budding, will be auctioned.

The MMA and the Artists Association of Nantucket understand the significance of communicating important ideas through different modalities.

Recognizing that a story told through visual art can be extremely powerful and illustrative, the MMA and AAN were thrilled to offer “up-cycling” workshops in July as they educated the public about plastic debris and the ocean habitat.

The whales will be displayed on August 13 and will include information highlighting the growing amount of plastic debris found in the oceans and on the beaches.

Many of the sculptors identified the plastic ingredients used to construct each whale sculpture.

As part of the MMA program, a school from western Massachusetts designed a whale surrounded by trash, a powerful image as one considers the problem.

Pease Roe and other artists were invited to help spread the word about the dangers of plastic flotsam.

As part of the MMA’s Artist in Residence program, Pease Roe donated the whale she sculpted during her residency to the MMA auction.

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