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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 Shows of Fine-Art Photography

Scotts Valley Library
July 1 through September 26, 2023

Open Studios Poster

We'll be presenting a large show (more than 20 pieces) at the Scotts Valley Branch of the Santa Cruz County Public Library for the entire coming summer season.
July 1 through September 26, 2023
The show will be open to the public during regular library hours: 10 to 6 M-Th, 10 to 5 F-Sat, closed Sundays.

There will be an event to open the show on Saturday afternoon, July 8, 2023 at 2pm. See complete details at left.

Open Studios 2023
Four days: Saturdays and Sundays
October 14-15 & 21-22
11:00 AM to 5:30 PM each day

Open Studios Poster

Look for signs like the above, directing you to Marc Shargel #197 in Felton! We will be open the second and third weekends in October, from 11 to 5:30 each day.

  Grand Canyon
Get ready! 330 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 Zion, Bryce Canyon and Canyonlands National Parks in Utah.

Open Studios will be back at my location in Felton. You can just come to Felton and follow the bright green signs with "Marc Shargel #197" on them. Or get yourself a free guide to all 300+ artists when they become available in September.



Norris' Top Snail on Kelp  

A FREE Open Studios Catalog and Guide will be available starting the week of September 11 at nearly 700 locations where the Santa Cruz Good Times is found.

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

Preview Exhibit Opening Reception
Sunday, October 1, 3-6pm
First Friday Reception
Friday, October 6,  until 7pm
Preview Exhibit Open September 29—Oct 22
Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway

The Open Studios Preview Exhibit, featuring one piece from each artist, will be held at the Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway. The Preview opens on Friday, September 29. A reception with many artists will be held there on Sunday, October 1, 3-6pm. A First Friday reception will be at the Art League on Friday, October 6, 3-7pm. Hours here. Here's a map to their location.

Watch This Space

Watch here for information about future shows.

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!

Email or phone us at 831-335-4849 for additional information on any of our events.

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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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