More than 100 artists have donated art to benefit the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's efforts at the fifth annual Sea No Evil Art Show featuring works by Gary Baseman Jeff Soto,, famed street artist and poster designer Shepard Fairey, and more. Captain Paul Watson and his Sea Shepherd crew members from Animal Planet's hit series Whale Wars will be present and speak to the gathering. Last year he addressed the crowd with impassioned words:
"Crime Scene" by Pascal Lecocq contributed to Sea No Evil.
"We share this planet with other beings. We're passengers on earth and these species make it possible for our life support system...Our lives depend on a healthy ocean." Watson had just returned from a trip to protect blue fin tuna. "In five to six years there will no more, if we don't take action," he explained, calling the fishing of blue fin tuna as the "economics of extinction," driving the price up from its current rate of $75,000 per fish.
Currently, divers aboard Sea Shepherd's boat, the Steve Irwin, are in waters north off Libya, monitoring fisherman illegally fishing tuna, according to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, and ready to cut the nets and free the tuna, reports Bloomberg Business Week.
"Last year was the first year we saved more whales than were killed," Watson announced at 2010, referring to the Japanese fisherman as "poachers" who hunt and kill endangered fin and humpback whales, and protected minke whales within a whale sanctuary.
A close-up of "Window To The Soul" by artist/performer Vicky Bowes of Ocean Roots.
Watson returns to Sea No Evil to deliver an update on Sea Shepherd's activities along with appearances by crew members, including Matt Kimura and Chad Halstead. Work from "Operation: No Compromise," by Sea Shepherd campaign photographer Gary Stokes, will also be on display. Here is what Stokes' Oceanic Love effort states:
"With so much devastation occurring daily on the high seas, out of sight and out of mind, it is often overlooked. If these issues are not addressed immediately the price we will all pay is the ultimate one. The oceans and more importantly the life within them provide our planet with most of its oxygen, without which, all life will cease to exist."
The art exhibition has raised $250,000 for Sea Shepherd's defense of ocean wildlife and its habitats. The mission, to end illegal whaling in Antarctica, the bloody seal hunt in Canada, dolphin slaughter in Japan, illegal shark finning in the Galapagos, and other efforts protect marine life from violations against an international moratorium.
"Space Invaders" by artist Tara McPherson has been donated to the Sea No Evil fundraiser.
The Sea No Evil art show and Sea Shepherd fundraiser takes place at Riverside Municipal Auditorium this coming Saturday, June 25, in Riverside, California. It's impressive how many artists express environmental concerns through their work. (See below for other green-themed artwork.) Though unfortunately there is no online auction this year to bid for the paintings and illustrations, check out Sea No Evil and artist's websites for prints, t-shirts and other creative efforts on behalf of the oceans and marine life.
More on environmental art:
Man and Nature: Art in the Age of Climate Change
Climate Change Art: Art of a Changing World
Top 5 Environmental Artists Shaking Up the Art World
More on Sea Shepherd:
Sea Shepherd Forces Japanese Whalers to Halt Hunting
5 Ways Sea Shepherd's Controversial Methods are Changing the World for Whales
You Don't Stand By Watching Whales Getting Killed and Just Hang Banners