Archives for June 2014

More Quincy

quincy no swimmingSummary of beach water quality (Retrieved)
There were no substantial changes in water quality at any of the beaches examined in the study from the
1996 – 2000 analysis. As reported in 2001, all beaches met USEPA criterion of a geometric mean less
than 35 colonies/100 mL, and met the Massachusetts state criterion for SB (fishable, swimmable) waters of a geometric mean less than 200 colonies/100 mL fecal coliform. However, two beaches failed to meet the second Massachusetts criterion: at Tenean and Wollaston Beaches, more than 10% of samples exceeded the fecal coliform limit of 400 colonies per 100 mL. In addition, during wet weather, Tenean and Wollaston frequently exceeded limits set by DCR for posting swimming advisories.

Found materials Chesapeake

horseshoe crabChesapeake Wood Sign- no enjoying

Lusby

The Working Waterfront (a Maine fisherman weekly) and other publications, claim the striped bass (stripa’s- as they are called Down East)  are in decline. Details  PropTalk ( Chesapeake Bay Power Boating) claims they just had the best “rock fish” season ever. Perhaps they caught all the rock fish in Maryland before they are reaching Maine?

On page 17 of the June 2014 PropTalk, Zach Ditmars has a fix for the Chesapeake Bay invasive fish- the Snakehead. Rename them the ” spotted channa” and eat ’em – he directs and gives a recipe including breading and deep fat frying.

Orange Roughy was once called ” slime head.”  I would challenge the Mississippi waterways wardens to run a cooking contest for the “invasive carp” (renamed in Minnesota to avoid offending the Asians) . Then let’s eat ’em.  Click here for one idea. We homo sapiens seem especially skilled at eating most everything which walks, crawls, swims or flies!

 

Fairy Houses

fairy sign 2Fairy 2fairy 4  Fairy 1

Stripped Bass (Rockfish)

Short sighted and disappointing news from those entrusted with managing our fishery

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Council just wrapped up their meeting in Boston and voted not to put a reduction in striped bass mortality out for public comment. Read this article from the Baltimore Sun and see if you agree with the comments about those of us in New England advocating that we manage this fishery based upon “emotion”. Do you find yourself scratching your head at the comments from the rep from the Maryland Charter Boat Association? Can you believe that those of us who make our living by running striped bass charters can have such disparate positions on how to manage this resource? The stock assessment reports for this year are wonderful news but wouldn’t a moderate reduction in mortality help ensure that the fish spawned this spring make a significant contribution to the breeding population in five years? A reduction in striped bass harvest is only one step that we need to take, but it is an important one and a simple one to achieve through regulation change. The Maryland Fisheries Service Director is right about one thing…not the last we’ve seen of this issue.

Peter

Capt. Peter Fallon   Read More

Selfie Project

Win a Found In Our Waters Sculpture

Selfie detail 2I ask people two questions:
1.    What is the  worst thing you ever found in the water?
2.    Will we still be eating water creatures in 2050? Identify.
I chronologue these stories with text and images. Pop-Up Selfie Project

Results of Survey   Art-A-Whirl Selfies

 Winners!!
Winners of the Art-A-Whirl Found In Our Waters Selfie Competition
Steve and Debe McEnelly“My family is in Grand Marais on the north shore right now. Your exhibit really made an impact on us, it opened our eyes to the conditions of our waters and how serious it is. Now, instead of just seeing the random garbage on the shoreline, we are reminded that what we see is like an iceberg. We’re only seeing the tip of the problem. Just how much more can our ecosystem endure this assault?

I think your art should be exhibited to all the schools in our state. Your message is so important for everyone to hear. Like us, I don’t think people realize the magnitude of the problem. What an awesome way to teach and make people aware of something that most of us don’t know exists or that it affects us.

We look forward to seeing more of your work and most of all, sharing your message as we display your artwork. Thank you so much. Please put us on your mailing list” Read More http://bridgescreate.com/selfie-project/

Art-A-Whirl and WARM Critique

Our concern for the quality of our water should be a national and international dialogue. I seek collaborators to stage exhibitions, panel discussions, student workshops, school visits and adult events around the country.


May 2014Bridges, B A A W  Exhibition

KFAI interview http://kfai.org/news/2014/05/43407

The Found In Our Water series emerged at the annual NorthEast Minneapolis spring show. Barbara lives in the Northeast Arts  District where over 1000 artists have studios and show their work.  Barbara presented her water quality installation first at a WARM (Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota) critique. Twenty-five mentors and proteges shared their reflections using the Liz Lerman critique model. Barbara’s WARM mentor, Jill Waterhouse, facilitated.
WARM Videos and pictures   Warm Critique Notes

Appearances: Here you will view authentic voices and pictures taken with cell phones, professional and unprofessional cameras and videographers and uncut videos from the Art-A-Whirl event.  Please enjoy the dynamic sound of people at an art show looking, making, and learning.
NEMAA, Art-A-Whirl Minneapolis 2014    ArtMaking     Art-A-Whirl Selfies        Visitors      Chair Signing      Pictures   Results of Survey

Route 1 Project

maine moby d2Inspired by Robert Kramer’s 1987 Documentary Route 1 USA, I am creating art works-sometimes collaboratively – inviting local artists -from objects I am finding in our waters from Key West, Florida to Fort Kent, Maine.

Exhibitions, panel discussions, student workshops, artist invitationals, school visits and adult events are being planned at many sites along Route 1, especially  the previous  Kramer locations.  Are you aware of Kramer’s Route 1 project?  Contact me. I would like to speak with you! drb@bridgescreate.com. Funding is also being sought to preserve the entire experience as a video documentary.

The ongoing curriculum development will be informed by the results of the research and the invited input of community members, salt sea workers of all kinds, city planners, museums, galleries and sustainability groups.   Please join me. Invite me to include your Route 1 town or city.

                            Route 1 USA Project Join me in the year 2020 for a visionary event.

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7 MainerMainer-with Love

22″ W X 2 2″ W X 48″ T  Mixed Media  Canvas, rescued chair, shells, rope, buoy, hand hooked pillow

The creation of Mainer was a five year labor of love. My oil painting of  the Heritage Schooner was inspired by the needlepoint chair backs I have enjoyed viewing at the Searsport Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine. The pillow was a wool hooked rug pillow created  by a Castine, Maine rug maker and the buoy came from my lobster people family in Stockton Springs.  The lobster claws are from three pound lobsters I buy, dry and clean using ant helpers.  When “cured”, I seal them in boat epoxy.  The large rope comes from local boat yards and found on the beaches I walk from Kittery to Eastport.  Sandy Point, Maine

Sit on this chair and you will hear the oceans.   More Mainer
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Penobscot Bay

Penobscot Bay

Penobscot Bay, Maine

24″WX24″WX55″T, Mixed Media. Drift wood, authentic buoy, Sandy Point lobsters, buoy rope, sea glass, Morgan’s top sider, beads, tanker rope, metal findings, rocks, drift wood.

After 36 years of living on Sandy Point Beach in Chateau Mer, I finally created this work in August of 2014. We consumed these lobsters, I saved all these objects for some higher purpose over the course of 36 years.

This work captures the soul of Maine.   Read More

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Harborside, Maine. The Good Life Center, Helen and Scott Nearing 

 

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Chesapeake Bay
Dowell, MD  

AMAnn Marie Gallery

After a grueling road trip from Gary, Indiana, I arrived at the Ann Marie Gallery in Dowell, MD. I have been around more than a few blocks but AnnMarie offers a unique experience which includes highly creative educational programing (theater in the woods, message in a bottle, materials and technique classes and more), special exhibitions (Seagoing “Woolies” was there when I arrived), forward thinking /interactive participant calls for art (Instagrams), and a darling Fairy House project which has inspired me to create a similar call for houses in Sandy Point!  Read More

 

Dry DockAs I sit at the Dry Dock Restaurant in the Solomon Islands,  MD on Chesapeake Bay (known as the Solomon Islands), I am experiencing the adrenalin rush I enjoy when I am “on the hunt for objects and data.  I have found a giant horseshoe crab, a weathered board of great character and a oyster midden. Does it get any better?

I am awaiting my dinner of ‘rockfish”. I am amused with my rockfish since this culinary delight is known to me in Maine as “striped bass” also known as Bluefish”. Mainers scorn this fish as “oily”. I just paid $57.00 for a four inch square of what is rejected in my home state. As many of you know, semantics is a special area of cultural context that I find mesmerizing.

The Working Waterfront (a Maine fisherman weekly) and other publications, claim the striped bass (stripa’s- as they are called Down East)  are in decline. Details  PropTalk ( Chesapeake Bay Power Boating) claims they just had the best “rock fish” season ever. Perhaps they caught all the rock fish in Maryland before they are reaching Maine?

On page 17 of the June 2014 PropTalk, Zach Ditmars has a fix for the Chesapeake Bay invasive fish- the Snakehead. Rename them the ” spotted channa” and eat ’em – he directs and gives a recipe including breading and deep fat frying. Bridges, B. Chesapeake main

Orange Roughy was once called ” slime head.”  I would challenge the Mississippi waterways wardens to run a cooking contest for the “invasive carp” (renamed in Minnesota to avoid offending the Asians) . Then let’s eat ’em.  Click here for one idea. We homo sapiens seem especially skilled at eating most everything which walks, crawls, swims or flies!

Chesapeake 

18″W X 72″T. Mixed Media. Driftwood, oyster shells, horseshoe crab shell, pearls.
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Jersey Shore  –  Art In Progress

js4The  Jersey Shore was an icon of middle class access to the Atlantic Ocean. This was NOT the haven for the Duponts and the Biddles.  Snookie  brought infamy to the Jersey Shore but Hurricane Sandy brought the real devastation.  The warren of what some would describe as shacks and others as “the cottage on the Jersey Shore” was scoured clean down to the sand, along with what ALL would agree, was many generations of memories.

I had a hard time finding access TO the shore. The hurricane fence runs uninterrupted for 10 to 15 blocks. They are protecting the dunes.  I finally made my way to the water and the beach was beautiful and deserted! See Video below

 

Today, in May of 2014, the view is sanitized. Row upon row of brand spanking new tiny pastel  dwellings. Average size= 20X20 feet. Learn More-Watch Testimony

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Coney Island –  Art In Progress

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As I pulled over the Brooklyn Bridge after driving from the Long Island Cross Sound Ferry dock in New London Connecticut, I was still open to where my New York waterfront study would be the most meaningful. I suddenly saw a small little 12” green “Coney Island” sign. It captured my imagination. Hard to do.

ci alexandreConey Island has most assuredly been sanitized from what we have read in the history books.  The beach was quite clean but with the grit, went the texture.

This snap to the left illustrates the weird new aesthetic which is coney island

More on Coney Island

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Brighten Beach , Brooklyn–  Art In Progress

swansSWANS???  The first thing I noticed when I arrived at the Brighten Beach, Brooklyn waterfront were the swans- in salt water!  That was a first for me. Hundreds and hundreds of swans. The hotel sent me to Liman’s for dinner.  This Turkish restaurant delivered one of the best meals I have enjoyed anywhere!  When I asked about the swans- they declared they had always been there and reported the EPA had tried to kill them! Asking Dr. Google for confirmation revealed the STORY Does it get any better?  The mute swans could not speak for themselves!  I checked with the fisherman and I wish I had had the video running. They had many choice words to describe how the plethora of swan poop had changed the chemistry of the water and ruined the flounder and fluke fishing!!

 

As I drove under the train on Brighten Beach Boulevard I could not help but think about Neil Simon’s Brighten Beach Memoirs about growing up in Brooklyn in 1937.  You can read about the play and see it at the Kelsey Theater.

Brighten Beach changed dramatically in the late 1930’s with the German Jews fleeing from Hitler and Russian Jews from Stalin, next the fall of the Soviet Union and most recently the conflict in the Ukraine have contributed to what is now a  predominantly Russian speaking 10 block section of Brighten Boulevard. I can testify.  I shopped for sculpture materials. Read More

liman -shark torurneyIt is illegal to have a shark fin in Minnesota and I noticed a tournament in Brooklyn. Interesting, No?

Click below to hear what Brooklyn fishermen have to say!  More Brighten Beach

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Boston Harbor   
Quincy MA Beach

Wollaston Beach in Quincy, MA was a pungent experience when I stepped from the car.  I saw many people running and playing and swimming in the water but it smelled of chemicals to my nose.  I spent quite a bit of time trying to verify and identify any studies done on water quality.  I  did find several federally funded reports which reported raw data which was difficult to analyze with no legend for acronyms but I did find the following summary which indicated that the risk for swimmers was human waste-not chemical.  Click here to review

 

 


 

quincy seagullI found a perfectly dessicated seagull in Quincy. Johnathon Liv:Boston Harbor

Bridges, B., Johnathon Liv -Boston Harbor

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Florida Keys  2013

Conch Key, FloridaConch Key, Florida, Rescued objects,  24″ X 24″

Conch Key, Florida

Marathon Key

Melbourne, Florida

Key Largo