Created as a group exhibit to shine a light on the issues facing the Pacific Ocean today, Shifting Tides is a collection of work by 45 artists chosen from the seven Pacific-facing regions of SAQA. Curated by renowned textile artist Ann Johnston, the exhibit offers a variation of style and context about the plight of oceans and the communities they support.
From their strikingly different vantage points—from Southern California northward to Western Canada and Alaska, plus Hawaii—artists from a range of backgrounds were asked to express their concerns and feelings about the Pacific. “Merely because we live in this part of the world, we as individuals are part of the Paciﬁc ecosystem. On a daily basis we may not recognize the changes that are happening, but they are of vital importance to our world,” write Georgia French and Sonja Campbell, co-chairs of the exhibit planning committee.
Shifting Tides debuted in San Jose, California at the time of the 2019 SAQA Conference for the purpose of showcasing the talents of SAQA members living in the greater North Pacific region. The show will tour the seven participating Regions, bringing to public view the innovative contemporary art that SAQA stands for.
Forty-six artists from the seven Pacific-facing SAQA regions, from the northern reaches of Alaska to the Archipelago of Hawaii, are represented in this comprehensive regional exhibition.
Juror: Ann Johnston, Lake Oswego, Oregon.
Works/San Jose: April 19 – May 5, 2019
Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum: June 26 – September 29, 2019
Chehalem Cultural Center: March 3 – April 25, 2020
CityScape Community Art Space: May 15 - June 13, 2020
Wailoa Center: July 10 – 30, 2020
International Gallery of Contemporary Art: September 4 - 26, 2020
Pratt Museum: October 9 – November 28, 2020
Visions Art Museum: January 16 – April 4, 2021
Olive Hyde Art Gallery: May 14 - June 26, 2021
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History: July 16 – September 12, 2021
Bonnie M. Bucknam
Phyllis A. Cullen
Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry
Judith Quinn Garnett
Jennifer Hammond Landau
Denise Oyama Miller
Gail P. Sims
Bonnie J. Smith
B. Lynn Tubbe