This art is ‘All Washed Up;’ no, really, literally

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Rose Anne Jones, a co-chair of the Kaua‘i Society of Artists Second Washed Up exhibit, right, speaks to an unseen new gallery sitter from between the tentacles of a jellyfish created by Monica Mira Saturday during entry day for the show that starts Saturday, June 6, two days ahead of World Oceans Day, at the KSA Gallery at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Monica Mira not only created jellyfish and fishes, she found a novel coronavirus model among the marine debris that washes ashore on Kaua‘i, for the Kaua‘i Society of Artists show that opens Saturday at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Abigail Boroughs, a co-chair of the Kaua‘i Society of Artists Second Washed Up exhibit, undoes one of the necklaces created out of foam debris by Doug Britt Saturday during entry day for the show that opens Saturday at the KSA Gallery in Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Briana Smith holds her artwork peppered with nurdles Saturday during entry day for the Kaua‘i Society of Artists Second Washed Up exhibit that opens Saturday, June 6, at the KSA Gallery at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Marine-debris artwork is on display, part of the Kaua‘i Society of Artists Second Washed Up exhibit that opens Saturday, June 6, at the KSA Gallery at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    A washed-up zori and discarded dispozable razor form the base for this whimsical fish created by Monica Mira and part of the Kaua‘i Society of Artists Second Washed Up exhibit that opens Saturday, June 6, at the KSA Gallery at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

LIHU‘E — Artist Briana Smith found 172 nurdles within a 10-minute period at Mahaulepu on the South Shore recently.

“That’s the most we’ve found on a nurdle hunt,” said Smith, a first-time entrant in the Kaua‘i Society of Artists Second Washed Up exhibit, during entry day Saturday, when artists brought their artwork for the exhibit created by artists using marine debris that washes ashore on Kaua‘i.

“Reds are hard to find,” Smith said. “I used red as sucker cups on an octopi piece, but that piece already sold.”

Nurdles are small pellets used to make all plastic goods. During transport, these nurdles often escape, and are currently part of the ocean and waterway pollution, said Smith, who in addition to creating art wants to raise awareness about plastics pollution.

Smith is just one of many artists who brought works for the KSA show, subtitled Marine Debris Art Show 2020, that will open Saturday, June 6 at the KSA Gallery at Kukui Grove Center and available for viewing through June 26, co-sponsored with the Surfrider Foundation of Kaua‘i.

Due to the prevailing rules and regulations regarding COVID-19, viewing hours are from noon to 4 p.m. daily, with the exception of Monday, June 8, World Oceans Day, when the gallery will be open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“How fabulous is that?” asked Melissa McFerrin-Warrack, KGC manager of specialty leasing and marketing. “The Washed Up show opens two days ahead of World Oceans Day. During the World Oceans Day, June 8, there will be the show, and in addition, the Kaua‘i Ocean Discovery (still closed due to COVID-19) will have a free, take-and-go activity for keiki and family, on ocean education. This is just for that day and until supplies run out.”

McFerrin-Warrack said the exhibit that was originally put on hold because of COVID-19 was reinstated because of the governor and mayor relaxing Kaua‘i restrictions. The wearing of face masks and other social-distancing guidelines like a 6-foot separation are in effect at the shopping center, both inside and outside the stores, she said.

“There won’t be any opening reception due to social-distancing guidelines,” said Rose Anne Jones, a Washed Up exhibit co-chair. “Instead, like the last show where awards were announced virtually, we’ll have a virtual walk-through with co-chair Abigail Boroughs, June 6, some time after the noon hour.”

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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