Lecture: Art and Science of the Marine Micro World
Location: Fort Worden Chapel
Date: December 8, 2019
Sunday, December 8 3 p.m. The Fort Worden Chapel
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Carla Stehr National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, retired
Fiber artist Carla Stehr, a retired fisheries biologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is the featured speaker at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center’s “The Future of Oceans” lecture on Sunday, Dec. 8, 3 p.m., at The Chapel at Fort Worden State Park.
Stehr’s talk, " Art and Science of the Marine Micro World," will showcase electron microscope images and fiber art to illustrate features of the marine world that many people don’t see.
“I make art as a way to show the unexpected beauty I’ve seen in nature," said Stehr. “Marine life that is too small to see without a microscope is incredibly important for the balance of life on Earth. Even individual fish skin cells or single-celled plankton are amazingly complex.
"Art inspired by science can reveal the stunning beauty and value of the marine micro world that is often hidden from our view," she said.
During her career as a marine biologist at the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Stehr examined fish, invertebrates and plankton with a scanning electron microscope (SEM). As an artist-scientist, she uses these images to inspire creations that illustrate the elegance found in the marine environment. Fabric and stitch are her favorite art forms and she frequently adds paint, dye, colored pencil and more.
In 2009, several of Stehr’s images were exhibited at the Seattle Aquarium and the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport. A book of her SEM photographs, “The Sea Unseen: Scanning Electron Microscopy Images from Puget Sound and Beyond,” was published in 2012.