Living Sea Images Marine Life Photography

Upcoming Author Events, Image Shows, and Lectures


Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea:
An Underwater View of
Life in California's Ocean

If you missed Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, when it was presented May 8, 2020, don't fret! You can see the complete video at this link:

Take a Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, be carried on the words and pictures of California marine explorer and conservationist Marc Shargel. Join him for underwater adventures along the California Coast, from Oregon to Mexico, from Humboldt and Mendocino Counties to the Channel Islands, including remote dive sites in Big Sur. Marc's talk will conclude in Monterey Bay, using dive sites in Shargel’s backyard to show how the recent proliferation of sea urchins has caused a major ecosystem shift in kelp forests from Monterey to Mendocino.

Chelsea Prindle, manager of the The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center was the evening's moderator.

00:00 to 04:30 - Introduction
04:30 to 28:00 - California underwater, Oregon to Mexico
28:00 to 44:30 - The disappearance of kelp forests from Monterey, and what to do about it.
to 1:15:30 - Q & A

Marc Shargel is a vocal advocate for marine conservation. From 2000 to 2007 he participated in the effort that created new marine protected areas (like underwater parks) along the Central Coast and throughout California, bringing his images and under-water insight into the political arena. Since then, Marc Shargel has presented at dive clubs, civic groups, schools and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center, offering education about MPAs and sharing the beauty of the underwater world.

Video Voyages

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, an online presentation featuring photographs and commentary by Marc Shargel:
Voyage Video

00:00 to 04:30 - Introduction
04:30 to 28:00 - California underwater, Oregon to Mexico
28:00 to 44:30 - The disappearance of kelp forests from Monterey, and what to do about it.
to 1:15:30 - Q & A

In the autumn of 2016 we created two short videos, and you don't have to travel or even wait a moment to see them! Just click below.

Video from Marc Shargel's Galápagos expedition:Link to Galapagos Video


Video from Central California, Fiji and British Columbia, 2012-2016:
Link to California Video

We Take Requests!

If you'd like to have Marc speak to your group, send an email here. If you're wondering whether our presentations are a good match for your group or event, have a look at the events we've done in the past.

Marc Shargel has been a frequent presenter at clubs and civic groups all over Northern and Central California. More than a dozen clubs, as well as civic and volunteer groups, have seen his talks "Islands of the Eastern Pacific" and "An Underwater Swim Across the Pacific." In 2001 he presented images of endangered Manatees from West Florida. In 2002 his presentations featured images from the South Pacific Islands of Palau, Yap, and Bali.

Current and Upcoming Photo Shows     


New Event: First Time EverValley Art Tour

San Lorenzo Valley Art Tour
32 Artists Along Highway 9,
From Felton to Boulder Creek

One Weekend:
Saturday, May 21 & Sunday May 22, 2022
From 10:00am to 5:00pm each day

Come and enjoy art of all media, and discover the abundance of artistic talent in the San Lorenzo Valley.
Admission to all studios is free.

Fluorescent pink signage
will direct you to all participating artists.

I will be hosted at a new Location:
The Satellite Workspaces
6265 Hwy 9, Felton
831 222 2100

Norris' Top Snail on Kelp  
Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, as Photographed by Marc Shargel in February of this year.  
I will be partnering with local painter Sanda Spiegel at the Satellite Workplaces in downtown Felton. So the Satellite (direclty across from the new Humble Sea Tavern), will be a 2-for-1 stop on your tour. Sanda and I will each have lots of space to show a wide selection of work. My display will include new work from recent trips to Arches National Park in Utah, and an Alaskan Glacier.

  Work by Sanda Spiegel
         One of many original paintings
       by Sanda Spiegel
Among the items available to view and purchase will be original paintings and multi-media compositions, framed photographs, coffee-table books, greeting cards featuring photos of marine wildlife and eclipses, fantasy art prints and graphic novels. Entry is free and the public is invited to browse and talk with the artists.

Marc Shargel is an award-winning marine life photographer who has been capturing images underwater for nearly four decades. He is the author of four books, including three lavishly printed coffee-table volumes in the Wonders of the Sea series. His annual participation in Santa Cruz Open Studios is a popular San Lorenzo Valley event. Shargel has also been an organizer and vocal advocate for marine conservation since the 1990s. His photographic work includes placid vistas beneath sunlit kelp forests, and encounters with everything from jewel-like snails to swarming jellies and huge sharks. More recently he has been creating artful photographic interpretations of eclipses, and traveling to classic landscapes like Iceland and the Grand Canyon.

A quick glance at the work of Sanda Jo Spiegel tells the viewer that this artist is a visionary. As she says, “The reality I paint from is internal… Often my paintings take on a life of their own, and I am never completely sure who is in control. My figurative work sometimes turns into landscape and vice-versa without my permission. l am concentrating on texture, surface and light, and before I know it, I have created something completely different than I had originally intended. At that point, I have no choice but to allow the painting to tell me what to do.” Her pieces are richly colored and often incorporate novel materials to provide texture and pattern.

The Satellite Workplaces were founded in Felton and now include seven locations in the bay area and Los Angeles County. They offer a comfortable, professional place to connect, to collaborate and to be productive with secure, 24/7 access, high speed internet, comfort and quiet. Places to work solo or meet with large groups are available hourly or long-term. The spacious Felton facility will become a gallery and boutique during the San Lorenzo Valley Art Tour. Marc Shargel and Sanda Spiegel will be there to discuss their work, sign books and answer questions.


Open Studios returns for 2022
Four days: Saturdays and Sundays
October 1-2 & 15-16, 2022
New Hours: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM each day

Open Studios Poster

Planning for the 2022 Open Studios Art Tour is underway! We will be open the first and third weekends in October, observing new hours: 10 to 5:30 each day. As usual We’re committed to following all current guidelines for your (and our) health and safety, and look forward to welcoming you into our studio in person again this fall. We'll have even more of our show outdoors this year, the main entrance will be via an outdoor route, and all guests viewing the indoor portion of the show will be asked to wear a mask. Indoor visitors will be limited to four at any one time, to facilitate distance.

  Grand Canyon
Get ready! For the first three weekends in October, artists from the redwoods to the bay open their studios so that friends, neighbors, and strangers from near and far can discover art in this stunning county.

I will be showing new work from Arches National Park, Alaska, and the Big Sur Coast.

Open Studios will be back at my studio in Felton. You can just come to Felton and follow the bright signs with "Marc Shargel" on them. Or get yourself a free guide to all 300+ artists.


Norris' Top Snail on Kelp  

A FREE Open Studios Catalog and Guide will be available in September at nearly 700 locations where the Santa Cruz Good Times is found.

Get the FREE App, starting the last week in September, on iTunes & Google Play (search for "Open Studios")

Open Studios Poster

Website Open 24/7

Our website is "open for business" any time. Our books and mini prints make lovely and inexpensive holiday gifts. Our larger prints are a way to give something beautiful to someone special.

Need some guidance or advice? Email anytime or phone us at 831-335-4849 between 9:30am and 5:30pm, California time.

If you manage a venue or know of one that would like to host a show, please contact us. Thank you!

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Our Thanks to all the organizations who have
hosted our presentations:

Felton Library Friends
Community of Digital Artists, Scotts Valley
Pro Scuba Dive Center of Scotts Valley
TEDx Monterey
Northern California Dive & Travel Expo
Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39, San Francisco, CA
Gatsby Books, Long Beach, CA
The Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, CA
The Environmental Nature Center, Newport Beach, CA
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Martha's Bookstore
Alacosta Divers dive club
Orchard School
The Point Reyes National Seashore Association
Aquarius Aquarium Institute, Fresno, CA
The Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Monterey Bay Kayaks
Amigos del Mar
The San Jose Flipper Dippers
The Explorers Club of Northern California
Soquel High School
Kelp Klimbers of Monterey
Adventure Sports
Monterey Peninsula Underwater Photographers
Northern California Underwater Photographic Society
Vaqueros del Mar
Tandem Dive Club
San Francisco Reef Divers
Northern California Rainbow Divers
Seniors Council of Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties
Bargetto Winery
The Monterey Shootout
Rotary Club of San Lorenzo Valley

Our Thanks to all the organizations
who have sponsored our shows:

Edward Jones Investments
Outback Trading Company, Felton
Peace United Church
Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Felton Branch
The Satellite Workplaces, Felton and Scotts Valley locations
San Francisco Reef Divers

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Arts Council Santa Cruz County
The Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
The Otter Project
Capitola Art & Wine Festival
Bay Photo Lab
Aldo's Italian Bakery
Bargetto Winery
Elegant Earth Gallery
County of Santa Cruz





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