Marine Debris Art Exhibition People’s Choice Award winner announced!

When put together, an old fishing float, some rope, driftwood and an iconic ‘double plugger’ helped create something special, and gave all of these marine debris items a new lease of life.

Pam Sherlock, with 'Pelithong' and artist Brenda Myers. Picture: Nadine Smith
Pam Sherlock, with ‘Pelithong’ and artist Brenda Myers. Picture: Nadine Smith

Titled ‘Pelithong’, and designed by local creative Brenda Myers, this stunning piece of art was the star of the recent Marine Debris Art Exhibition organised by NACC, and not surprisingly was quickly snapped-up by community member Pam Sherlock before the exhibition had even officially opened.

It is also no surprise then that it has also taken out the Marine Debris Art Exhibition’s People’s Choice Award.

Brenda’s love of birds and the wealth of black and white debris that she collected along the beach between Drummonds Cove and Coronation Beach on Geraldton’s Big Beach Clean-up Day, inspired the piece.

Attending as a last minute addition to the Marine Debris Art workshop, Brenda said she was excited to be part of the day.
“It got my husband and I down to the beach collecting rubbish together, which we wouldn’t have done if it wasn’t for the workshop,” Brenda said.

To recognise her efforts and to further encourage Brenda to reduce her single-use plastic consumption, NACC presented her with a “Sustainability pack” which included: a keep cup, stainless steel drinking straws, and beeswax food wraps – all sourced from local Geraldton businesses.

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NACC’s Sustainability Coordinator Emma Jackson with artist Brenda Myers.

Pam, the lucky new owner of Brenda’s artwork said: “It’s a beautiful piece of art which spoke to me the second I entered the gallery. Pelithong really embodies (literally) what the marine debris art workshop was all about.”

For more information, please contact Emma Jackson at NACC: (e) emma.jackson@nacc.com.au or (p) 08 9938 0104.

This project was funded by the Waste Authority through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account and delivered as a partnership between the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council, the City of Greater Geraldton, Art & Cultural Development Council of Geraldton, and Rip-It Security Shredding and Recyclers.

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