Living Sea Images Marine Life Photography

Announcements of Previous
Author Events, Image Shows, and Lectures

Off The Familiar Path:
A Narrated Journey through Photos with the Aqua Tutus Dive Club

Thursday evening April 4, 2019
7:30pm
at
Ricky’s Sports Theatre & Grill
15028 Hesperian Blvd
San Leandro, CA 94578

Marc Shargel's words and photographs will carry members of the Aqua Tutus Dive Club to the Jardines de la Reina marine reserve in Cuba and remote dive sites along California's Big Sur Coast. There will also be stops to visit the sun and moon and a surprise or two along the way.

In February of 2018, Shargel visited Cuba for just over two weeks, spending half of that time diving in a marine reserve near the size of all of California's marine reserves put together.  The Jardines de la Reina marine reserve was established more than 20 years before the great majority of California's reserves, too. Jardines de la Reina has been described by some Caribbean experts as the closest any of us will ever come to seeing that sea as it was 50 or 100 years ago. Shargel has also been diving the coast of California for more than 40 years. Among the highlights of that career have been ten multi-day expeditions down the Big Sur coast. He made his first boat trip south of Point Sur in the company of renowned marine explorer Robert Schmieder, back in the early 1990s. His presentation will include astonishing images from remote and very deep Schmieder Bank.

Shargel will also share the photographic results of his observations of total eclipses of the sun and moon.

Marc Shargel has presented at Aqua Tutus meetings in previous years both to show his photography and advocate for marine conservation.

Check for meeting details at the Aqua Tutus website, or come to Ricky's at 7:30 (map).

The public—that's you—is welcome to join us. The meeting details are all here.

 

Off The Familiar Path:
A Narrated Journey through Photos for the Northern California Underwater Photographic Society

Friday evening March 8, 2019
7:00pm
at
Round Table Pizza
61 43rd Avenue
San Mateo, CA

Marc Shargel's words and photographs will carry members of the Northern California Underwater Photographic Society to the Jardines de la Reina marine reserve in Cuba and remote dive sites along California's Big Sur Coast. There will also be stops to visit the sun and moon and a surprise or two along the way.

In February of 2018, Shargel visited Cuba for just over two weeks, spending half of that time diving in a marine reserve almost as big as of all of California's marine reserves put together.  The Jardines de la Reina marine reserve was established more than 20 years before the great majority of California's reserves, too. Jardines de la Reina has been described by some Caribbean experts as the closest any of us will ever come to seeing that sea as it was 50 or 100 years ago. Shargel has also been diving the coast of California for more than 40 years. Among the highlights of that career have been ten multi-day expeditions down the Big Sur coast. He made his first boat trip south of Point Sur in the company of renowned marine explorer Robert Schmieder, back in the early 1990s. His presentation will include astonishing images from remote and very deep Schmieder Bank.

Shargel will also share the photographic results of his observations of total eclipses of the sun and moon.

Marc Shargel was a member of MPUP (the Monterey Peninsula Underwater Photographers) through the 1990s and of NCUPS in the early 2000s. He has participated in several NCUPS-sponsored events, and has presented at their meetings in previous years both to show his photography and advocate for marine conservation.

 


Private Presentation for Mountain View Sons In Retirement

Marc Shargel will address the Mountain View Chapter of Sons in Retirement over lunch on December 12, 2018. His talk will cover his photography of the August solar eclipse, his observations based on 39 of local diving and his work in marine conservation.

Unfortunately, the event is private and the group expects to fill every seat in the facility with their members and their guests.

If you'd like to have Marc speak to your group, send an email here.

 

Marc Shargel interviewed on the Energy Matters podcast

Marc Shargel on the Energy Matters podcast.

Energy Matters with hosts Cody Edner and David Gandelman

Marc Shargel and Cody Edner met in the mid-1980s when both were studying meditation and spirituality, and have been friends ever since. Marc and David Gandelman didn't know they'd met before their conversation began, but David realized he and Marc had had a chance conversation outside the school in Hawaii where David was learning meditation.

In this in-depth conversation these three men, all teachers of meditation, discuss how Marc discovered the practice, and how his spirituality is linked to his love of the ocean and his convservation work.

Marc cites a few of his favorite photos to illustrate what he talks about in the podcast. Look here for the "kelp cathedral," hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, whale sharks and the undulating curves of the sea.

Learn more about the Energy Matters podcast. Listen or subscribe if you choose.

If you'd like to contact Marc about his photography or his spiritual work, you can send an email here.

 

 

New Talk by Marc Shargel
at the Felton Library on
Weds, March 23 at 7:00PM

“How a Regular Guy from Felton Helped the State of California Heal the Pacific Ocean, and Ended Up in the Book Business,” a new presentation by Marc Shargel, will be a discussion of California’s marine protected areas and the creation of the books they inspired, illustrated with numerous projected images. The talk is a benefit for Felton Library Friends. Admission is free and the public is cordially invited, donations to FLF will be gratefully accepted.

Marc will explain California's landmark work in protecting its coastal ocean. He will take you “behind the scenes” to see how he created the books in his Wonders of the Sea series. The discussion will be extensively illustrated with projected images of Shargel’s stunning photos of local marine life, coastal maps, and screen shots from the process of producing his books. Copies of all books will be available, and a book signing will follow the talk. Marc Shargel has lived in Felton for 29 years, and has been an underwater photographer for longer than that. From 2000 through 2007 he volunteered as a marine conservation advocate and served on a state-sponsored panel negotiating the boundaries of new areas to be protected in the near-shore Pacific Ocean. Those areas, similar to state parks on land, went into effect along the central coast in 2007. That’s when Shargel’s direct involvement in the political process came to a (merciful) end. Processes to create “parks in the ocean” started up in other parts of the state, and Shargel, whose photos of California marine life were a unique contribution to the Central California debate, began to work on more complete photo essays for each region. These evolved into book-length works, which Marc published as a series of coffee-table volumes, his Wonders of the Sea series. Learn more about the speaker and see his work on his website, LivingSeaimages.com

The library building is at the corner of Gushee Street and Felton-Empire Grade, just one block off Highway 9. For a map see the library website.

 

Worst Underwater Photo Contest

Would you like a chance to win a 10% discount on Marc Shargel's Underwater Photography class, plus one of Marc's beautiful matted prints? How many bad UW photos do you have? Here’s a chance to win something for your worst, and learn how to make better ones. Enter Marc's "Worst Underwater Photo Contest" for a chance to win both. We want to see backscatter, over-exposed, under-exposed, out of focus pictures, photos with bad composition, scuba gear dangling in the shot, and any other cringe-worthy flaws. The worst, most problem-plagued failure to capture a great underwater photo wins!

The winner will be announced on January 5th on Facebook, Marc’s website and ProScuba’s website, and via email. Follow the contest on Facebook and at LivingSeaimages.com/events where we’ll publish our favorite and most cringe-worthy entries.

To enter, send us an email with up to three images attached in JPEG format. All submissions must be in by New Years Eve and taken underwater. Please limit entries to three photos per contestant. Submission of entries is your consent to digital publication on Facebook and our websites. We'll give you credit for your awful photos, of course!


Underwater Photograpy Class

Learn to take beautiful pictures underwater with Marc Shargel. For years I've been asked, "do you teach this?" Now at last, the answer is "yes!" My first-ever underwater photo class will meet at:

Marc Shargel and ProScuba Dive Center offer Underwater Photo Class
Pro Scuba Dive Center
4637A Scotts Valley Dr.
Scotts Valley, CA 95066

on
Thursday evenings from 7 to 9:15
beginning January 8, 2015,

for eight weeks.

Marc Shargel is partnering with ProScuba Dive Center in Scotts Valley to present an eight-week class for folks who aspire to learn more than “point-and-shoot” competence. Marc will be plunging into an “in depth” marine life photography course beginning January 8, 2015 (forgive the puns). The class will meet on eight Thursday evenings at 7 PM, concluding on February 26. We’ll practice photographic techniques in a near-by swimming pool on Saturday Feb 7, and do a boat dive on the Saturday before the class concludes.

Every classroom meeting will include some time to analyze—and learn from—our successes and failures. We’ll study our cameras and how they work (shutter speeds, f-stops and light metering), strobe lighting, macro photography, and more. Course tuition will be $495. The cost of the boat dive will be $125, and is not included. Likewise the rental of any equipment you may need, including a camera, is additional. ProScuba is making six digital camera packages, including strobe and spotting lights, available for our students. This class will be limited to 12 students to make sure we can answer individual questions, and to keep the boat under capacity. The six rental cameras In addition, ProScuba is offering our students special pricing on any camera equipment they purchase during the class.

Registration for the class is open now. Call Pro Scuba Dive Center at 831-431-6824 to be among the first six who will receive free camera rentals.

For additional details, or to sign up, contact me or David and Cheryl Babineau at Pro Scuba Dive Center, in Scotts Valley, 831-431-6824. Remember, the class size is limited, so reserve your place today!

ProScuba is Santa Cruz County's newest dive shop, a very professional operation conveniently located in Scotts Valley. They have a comfortable classroom equipped with a large digital video screen and whiteboard, which Marc will use to illustrate lots of "do's and don'ts."

Marc Shargel is the author of three richly illustrated coffee table photo books in addition to a booklet on local marine resource history, Yesterday’s Ocean. His images have won prizes in the Environmentally aware Photographic Image Competition (EPIC), the Underwater Images Photo Contest, The Monterey Shootout, and others. His images have been published in books, magazines, on websites and in numerous environmental publications. All three titles in his vibrantly colorful Wonders of the Sea series are available for purchase at Pro Scuba Dive Center. Shargel’s energetic speaking style has entertained university students, scuba clubs and visitors to aquaria from San Diego to Arcata. In 2013 he presented a talk at TEDx in Monterey. Shargel has been an advocate for marine protected areas for over 15 years; from 2004 to 2006 he served on a state panel that mapped out new marine reserves and other areas along the Central California Coast.

For directions to ProScuba Dive Center see this map, or Pro Scuba Dive Center's website. You can reach them at 831-431-6824.

Marc Shargel and ProScuba Dive Center offer Underwater Photo Class

See our flyer for more information,

or click the poster image, below, to view at full size.

Photo Class Poster

 

Rebreather Diving

An illustrated talk by Marc Shargel at the Dive Squad Club meeting,
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
hosted by
Pro Scuba Dive Center
4637A Scotts Valley Dr.
Scotts Valley, CA 95066

Doors open at 6:30 pm, meeting begins at 7:00, Marc's talk begins shortly thereafter. Admission is free.

I remember the first time I breathed underwater, with a scuba regulator supplying me all the air I needed while the surface of the swimming pool was several feet above my head. It was magic; my body had been given an ability to go where staying alive had, just minutes before, seemed impossible.

Thirty years later I learned to dive with a rebreather, and another transformation took place. The length of time I could stay underwater roughly quadrupled. The noise and flashing light made by my exhaled bubbles, frightening to fish, was gone. The gas I inhaled, rather than the cold and desert-dry air coming from a scuba tank, was warm and moist.

Now with six years' experience and over 160 rebreather dives in my log, I'll share my impressions of the contrast between scuba and rebreather diving with you. I'll do a little—very little—technical explanation, and describe the advantages of rebreather diving for me as a photographer. The talk will be illustrated with still photos and a brief video of me underwater with my gear, and many photos I've taken while using a rebreather.

This is a free event at the area's newest dive shop, a very professional operation conveniently located in Scotts Valley. Please bring a small snack (finger foods) to share, its a Dive Squad club tradition. The talk will conclude with a question and answer period and I'll will be available for book signing.

Marc Shargel is the author of three richly illustrated coffee table books in addition to a booklet of local marine resource history, Yesterday’s Ocean. All three titles in his vibrantly colorful Wonders of the Sea series are available for purchase at Pro Scuba Dive Center, and Shargel will be available for book signings after the talk. Shargel’s energetic speaking style has entertained university students, scuba clubs and visitors to aquaria from San Diego to Arcata. In 2013 he presented a talk at TEDx in Monterey. Shargel has been an advocate for marine protected areas for over 15 years; from 2004 to 2006 he served on a state panel that mapped out new marine reserves and other areas along the Central California Coast.

For directions see this map, or Pro Scuba Dive Center's website. You can reach them at 831-431-6824.


The Secret History of Monterey Bay
An illustrated talk by Marc Shargel
The Monterey Bay National Marine
Sanctuary Exploration Center

At the corner of Pacific Ave at Beach St.
(at the foot of the Municipal Wharf)

Wednesday February 26th.
5:30         Doors open, mingle and enjoy refreshments
6:30         Talk by Marc Shargel, followed by a brief Q&A
               Marc will be available for signings afterward


[website with map]

Dive deep beneath Monterey Bay as local author and prize-winning underwater photographer Marc Shargel reveals The Secret History of Monterey Bay. Through archival photos and his own stunning imagery captured during 35 years of diving experience off the California Coast, Shargel will illustrate a little-known history of human use and human impact upon the life in Monterey Bay. Based on his recently published booklet, Yesterday’s Ocean: A History of Marine Life on California’s Central Coast, he’ll tell stories of fish from sharks to sardines, and creatures from abalone to otters and more.

Since before the Mission era, Californians have depended on their ocean for food, jobs, and recreation. Our use of marine life has rarely been planned, and only recently have we begun to understand the resulting ecological consequences. Shargel’s newest publication, Yesterday’s Ocean, sheds light on this obscure history, revealing hidden links between human history, marine ecology, regulatory politics, and regional economics.

The event is sponsored by Save Our Shores (SOS) and the Sanctuary Exploration Center (SEC), local leaders in ocean awareness and education on the Central Coast. Not only is it an opportunity to learn more about Santa Cruz, the Monterey Bay region and our amazing coastline, it opens the doors to get involved with Save Our Shores and the Sanctuary Exploration Center on a deeper level. From 5:30-6:30pm join our information period with Save Our Shores and Sanctuary Exploration Center staff where you can learn more about the Docent Program at the SEC and the Sanctuary Steward Program with SOS.

 “We are so excited to have Marc join us at the SEC. His work is incredible and really instills a sense of inspiration and stewardship for our unique Monterey Bay.” said Marina Maze, Program Coordinator at Save Our Shores.

Shargel is the author of three richly illustrated coffee table books in addition to Yesterday’s Ocean. All three titles in his vibrantly colorful Wonders of the Sea series will be available for sale at the Sanctuary Exploration Center’s gift store, and Shargel will be available for book signings after his talk.

This is a free event at the Sanctuary Exploration Center. Light beverages and finger foods will be served, please bring your own cup, plate and utensil to help us make this a zero waste event. Doors open at 5:30pm, with the lecture beginning at 6:30. The lecture will conclude with a question and answer period and book signing with Shargel. The theater at the SEC is likely to fill to capacity or more, so come early to be assured of a seat. The first 60 attendees will receive printed copies of  Shargel’s latest publication, Yesterday’s Ocean: A History of Marine Life on California’s Central Coast free of charge, courtesy of Save our Shores, The Ocean Conservancy, and the Sanctuary Exploration Center.

Marc Shargel is the author of three coffee table books on the life beneath California’s Coastal ocean. His Wonders of the Seaseries is a lavishly illustrated, beautifully printed collection that has delighted everyone from kindergarteners to California’s highest elected office-holders. Shargel’s energetic speaking style has entertained university students, scuba clubs and visitors to aquaria from San Diego to San Francisco. In 2013 he presented a talk at TEDx in Monterey. Shargel has been an advocate for marine protected areas for over 15 years; from 2004 to 2006 he served on a state panel that mapped out new marine reserves and other areas along the Central California Coast.

For more information, please contact Marina Maze, Program Coordinator at Save Our Shores at (831) 462-5660 x2 or marina (at) saveourshores.org.


Marc Shargel to speak at the Dive Squad Scuba Club at the new Pro Scuba Center in Scotts Valley
Tuesday July 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Central California's newest dive shop already has a thriving dive club associated with it. The Dive Squad usually fills the classroom at the new Pro Scuba Center at XXX Scotts Valley Drive.

Marc will present a slightly expanded version of the Yesterday’s Ocean talk seen at TEDx Monterey, and also show some of his latest photographic work documenting the huge nuew population of juvenile rockfish now growing in Central Calfornia waters.


Marc Shargel to present
Yesterday's Ocean: A photographic look backward in time

at TEDx Monterey on Saturday April 13, 2013

We are delighted to announce that Marc Shargel will be speaking at TEDx in Monterey on Saturday, April 13. The talk is Yesterday's Ocean: A photographic look backward in time. Marc will be presenting a great deal of newly researched information on the history of marine life on California's Central Coast. For those who have somehow not heard about TED events, their video podcasts have become one of our most stimulating sources of creative thinking.

"I am most honored to be included in this group of fascinating, inspiring speakers", says Shargel. "Among those I've already had the privilege of hearing are: a student whose invention may solve the scarcity of clean drinking water in the third world, a local high school teacher whose students must learn to think, not just absorb facts, a professor whose students are in the forefront of the fight to limit global warming, and a crisis minister who has touched the humanity of street people, and will challenge you to touch your own."

The website for the event is at www.tedxmonterey.org. There are some seats still available. One doesn't just buy a ticket to a TEDx event, there is an application.

If you can't make it to Monterey for the full event, you can view Marc's talk, and all the others, by streaming internet video. The video feed will begin by 10am, Saturday April 13, and Marc's talk is expected to start by 10:30 am.


Beneath California:

Through the Lens of Marc Shargel

A presentation of images at the
Northern California Dive & Travel Expo 2013 Film Festival

Santa Clara Convention Center
Saturday evening May 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM
[website with map]

In 35 years of diivng, prize-winning photographer and author Marc Shargel has captured thousands of images of marine life, from the beautiful to the frightening. Fifteen years of marine conservation work have culminated in the creation of three books on the marine life of the California coast. Shargel's Wonders of the Sea series is the most comprehensive coverage of life off California's shoreline that exists. This montage of images he'll present at the Expo's film festival is comprised of photos captured at some of California's most popular dive sites, and some of its most remote. The presentation will take you on an underwater tour of over 1000 miles of coastline in minutes.

Print this coupon for half off admission!

Photographing Beneath California:

Through the Lens of Marc Shargel

Seminar at the
Northern California Dive & Travel Expo 2013

Santa Clara Convention Center
Sunday May 5, 2013 at 1:30 PM
[website with map]

How—and where—did prize-winning photographer and author Marc Shargel capture the spectacular images of marine life that appear in his books? In this seminar Shargel will take you to a handful of his favorite dive locations and share tips on how to get there, how to dive them, and how to make great pictures. In 45 minutes you'll visit Humboldt County, Monterey, Carmel, the Big Sur Coast and the Channel Islands.

Print this coupon for half off admission!


Experience California’s Underwater Parks

Through the Lens of Marc Shargel
A presentation of images at Aquarium of the Bay

Pier 39 San Francisco California
Saturday January 19, 2013 at 12:00 noon
[website with map]

In celebration of Underwater Parks Day in California, the Aquarium of the Bay at Pier 39 in San Francisco will be hosting a presentation by photographer and author Marc Shargel on Saturday, January 19, 2013. From the comfort of your chair in the Aquarium's Bay Theater, Shargel will transport you with photographic visions from beneath many of our state’s newly protected underwater parks. California is the first state in the country to establish a state-wide network of marine protected areas, a fourteen-year effort that just concluded one month ago.

Marc Shargel has visited the sites of many of these new underwater parks, spent time exploring and photographing what he found there. He describes what he’s seen as “wonders of the sea.” He’ll show those wonders, and tell stories of their discovery in his presentation. Afterward, he’ll be available to answer questions and do a book signing.

Marc’s partners for the day will be the staff of the Ocean Conservancy and the Aquarium of the Bay, who will offer activities for both young people and adults who want to support our new parks. The Aquarium is offering free guided walking tours to learn about the sea lions that haul out near Pier 39. This year is the 23rd anniversary of the sea lion's appearance there.

The Aquarium is located at Pier 39 in San Francisco. Admission is $18 for adults, $10 for children 11 years and under, and 50% of for all who participate in the sea lion walk at 11 am, just before Shargel’s presentation. Meet at the Sea Lion Statue near Pier 39’s entrance plaza.

 

If you'd like to arrange a date for a presentation to your group, send us an email.


Presentation at
the Monterey Shootout Imaging Festival

This coming Saturday, August 4, 2012, I’ll be doing an image show in conjunction with the Monterey Shootout underwater photo competition. For underwater photographers, the Monterey Shootout is an important annual tradition, an event where we gather to renew acquaintances, share tips, and engage in some friendly competition. This coming Saturday evening at 7:30 I’ll be sharing the podium with noted fellow photographers Berkeley White, Jason Bradley, and Eric Cheng. My portion of the evening will be An Underwater walk on the Wild Side: British Columbia to the Channel Islands. I’ll present new images from my 2011 trip to the Queen Charlotte Strait, rare underwater photos from far Northern California, and new, never-before-seen work from Central California and the Channel Islands.

What: Presentation at the Monterey Shootout Underwater Imaging Festival
An Underwater walk on the Wild Side:
British Columbia to the Channel Islands
When: Saturday Evening, August 4, 7:30PM
Where: Irvine Auditorium,
Monterey Institute of International Studies
499 Pierce St.
Monterey, CA 93942
phone: (831) 375-5441
Tickets: $5 at the door, free to Monterey Shootout contestants.
I'll have books and cards available for sale, too.

Friday evening, March 2, 2012
Show Opening and Reception
at The Satellite Telework Center in Scotts Valley

6:30 to 8:30pm
Presentation 7:00-7:30
Appetizers will be served.
5900 Butler Lane, Scotts Valley [website with map]
My presentation will be an introduction to what I do and how I do it, including a little bit about my advanced diving equipment, far-flung expeditions, and marine conservation work.

If you can’t make it to this event, stop by the Satellite’s location in Scotts Valley any day from March 1 through April 10 to have a look at the show.

Wednesday evening, March 14, 2012
Narrated Image Show: A Potpourri of Pictures
The South Bay Ski Club

at Tony Roma's
4233 Moorpark Ave,
San Jose, downstairs
No-host dinner with the club 6:30
Presentation begins around 7:30. Come for dinner or just my talk.
This will be a very eclectic show of images, with plenty new to see even for my old friends. I’ll be including skiing shots and winter landscapes that I’ve never shown before, a sampling from my 2010 Tanzanian safari, and some of my newest underwater work from British Columbia.

Monday evening, March 19, 2012
Wildlife Photographers of Silicon Valley
Narrated Image Show: How to Create a Coffee-Table Book

[WPSV website]
At Harry's Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
click "Dates, Location And Directions" on the WPSV website or map it via this link.
No-host dinner with the club 6:30
Presentation begins around 7:30. Come for dinner or just my talk.
Everyone welcome, WPSV meetings are open to the public!

This will be a first-ever presentation on how to create a coffee-table book, based on my experience in producing and publishing my three books over the last five years. I’ll touch on all aspects of creating books like mine:

    • What do you have to say?
    • Preparing your content: Text and Images
    • Layout
    • Prepress
    • Printing
    • Distribution and Sales

All of these events will feature narrated image shows ("slide shows" for you folks who remember 35mm film). Copies of my books, the Wonders of the Sea series now in three volumes, will also be available, and at some of these venues, my notecards too. I’ll be signing books, of course. These will be three very different presentations, so check the descriptions, pick the event(s) that appeal to you the most, and come on out to hear something very new from me.

Monterey Peninsula Underwater Photographers
Friday Evening, August 5, 2011 at 7:00pm
Marc will return to see old friends at MPUP and present his newest book, book, Wonders of the Sea Volume Three: Hidden Treasures of California’s Far North Coast. Marc will offer a show of images and a discussion on the making of this latest book.

The primary topic will be Marc's new book, but he'll also discuss the Marine Life Protection on the North Central Coast, the Central Coast, and Southern California, as seen in Wonders of the Sea: North Central California's Living Marine Riches and Wonders of the Sea Volume Two: Marine Jewels of Southern California's Coast and Islands. Marc will also discuss diving on a rebreather and the switch from film to digital photography. Projected images will illustrate. The talk will be on Friday, August 5 at 7:30 in the evening at The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Education Building across the street from the Aquarium's main entrance on Cannery Row in Monterey. Here's a helpful map. For more information, send us an email.

Southern California Book Tour: June 28-July 3, 2011

Gatsby Books, Long Beach, CA
Tuesday, June 28 at 11:00am
Book signing with author Marc Shargel. Chat with Marc about his latest book, Wonders of the Sea Volume Three: Hidden Treasures of California’s Far North Coast as well as his previous books, Wonders of the Sea: North Central California's Living Marine Riches and Wonders of the Sea Volume Two: Marine Jewels of Southern California's Coast and Islands.

Gatsby Books
5535 E. Spring St.
Long Beach CA 90808

Free. For more information, phone (562) 208-5862 or email GatsbyBooks@hotmail.com

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Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, CA
Tuesday evening, June 28 at 7:00pm
Projected image show and talk with author Marc Shargel with a book signing to follow. Marc will be discussing his latest book, Wonders of the Sea Volume Three: Hidden Treasures of California’s Far North Coast as well as his previous books, Wonders of the Sea: North Central California's Living Marine Riches and Wonders of the Sea Volume Two: Marine Jewels of Southern California's Coast and Islands.

Honda Theater, Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802

For more information,
phone 562-590-3100 or visit www.aquariumofpacific.org

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The Environmental Nature Center, Newport Beach, CA
Wednesday evening, June 29 at 6:00pm
Join author Marc Shargel for a presentation and projected digital image show about his new book, Wonders of the Sea Volume Three: Hidden Treasures of California’s Far North Coast. Travel with Marc on diving expeditions along the far north coast of California to capture the images that appear in the book, discover the history of the far Northern California ocean and marine life, and learn about the different kinds of habitats below its waves. Enjoy Marc's entertaining presentation that has delighted audiences from Eureka to the SF Bay Area to Los Angeles and San Diego.

The Environmental Nature Center
1601 16th Street
Newport Beach, CA 92663

For more information,
phone 949-645-8489 or visit www.encenter.org

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Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography,
La Jolla, CA
Thursday evening, June 30 at 6:30pm
Admission: $5.00
Marc Shargel returns to Birch Aquarium for a presentation and projected digital image show about his newest book, Wonders of the Sea Volume Three: Hidden Treasures of California’s Far North Coast. Travel with Marc on diving expeditions along the far north coast of California to capture the images that appear in the book, discover the history of the far Northern California ocean and marine life, and learn about the different kinds of habitats below its waves. Marc's visit last year sold out; he'll be presenting his hugely popular book on Southern California, Wonders of the Sea Volume Two: Marine Jewels of Southern California's Coast and Islands, too. Enjoy Marc's entertaining presentation that has delighted audiences from Humboldt County to the SF Bay Area to Los Angeles and San Diego.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, California

For more information, or to RSVP, call 858-534-5771
or visit aquarium.ucsd.edu

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Martha's Bookstore, Balboa Island, CA
Saturday morning, July 2, 11:00am to 1:00pm
Book signing with author Marc Shargel. Chat with Marc about his latest book, Wonders of the Sea Volume Three: Hidden Treasures of California’s Far North Coast as well as his previous books, Wonders of the Sea: North Central California's Living Marine Riches and Wonders of the Sea Volume Two: Marine Jewels of Southern California's Coast and Islands.

Martha’s Bookstore
308 1/2 Marine Avenue
Balboa Island, CA 92662

For more information,
phone (949) 673-7185 or email bookstoremarthas@gmail.com

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Northern California Book Tour: November 27 to December 2, 2010

Gallery Bookshop, Mendocino CA
Saturday November 27, 12 noon to 2:30pm
Book signing with author Marc Shargel. Marc will be discussing his latest book, Wonders of the Sea Volume Three: Hidden Treasures of California’s Far North Coast as well as his previous books, Wonders of the Sea: North Central California's Living Marine Riches and Wonders of the Sea Volume Two: Marine Jewels of Southern California's Coast and Islands.

Gallery Bookshop
Main and Kasten Streets
Mendocino, CA 95460
www.gallerybooks.com
Phone: 707-937-BOOK (2665)
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Mendocino Coast Photographer Guild and Gallery
Saturday November 27, 4:00 to 6:00pm
Book signing with author Marc Shargel and major photographic contributor Ron LeValley. Marc and Ron will both be showing fine art enlargements of images from Wonders of the Sea Volume Three: Hidden Treasures of California’s Far North Coast. Marc will be discussing his latest book, as well as his previous books, Wonders of the Sea: North Central California's Living Marine Riches and Wonders of the Sea Volume Two: Marine Jewels of Southern California's Coast and Islands.

Mendocino Coast Photographer Guild and Gallery
344 North Main Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
www.mcpgg.com
707-964-4706
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Friends of the Arcata Marsh at the
Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center
Tuesday November 30 at 6:30pm
Join author Marc Shargel for a presentation and projected digital image show about his new book, Wonders of the Sea Volume Three: Hidden Treasures of California’s Far North Coast. Travel with Marc on diving expeditions along the far north coast of California to capture the images that appear in the book, discover the history of the far Northern California ocean and marine life, and learn about the different kinds of habitats below its waves. Enjoy Marc's entertaining presentation that has delighted audiences from the SF Bay Area to Los Angeles and San Diego.

Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center
569 South G St
Arcata, CA 95521
arcatamarshfriends.org
Directions and Map
Phone:(707) 826-2359
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Humboldt State University Bookstore
Wednesday December 1, 11:00am to 1:30pm
Book signing with author Marc Shargel. Chat with Marc about his latest book, Wonders of the Sea Volume Three: Hidden Treasures of California’s Far North Coast as well as his previous books, Wonders of the Sea: North Central California's Living Marine Riches and Wonders of the Sea Volume Two: Marine Jewels of Southern California's Coast and Islands.

HSU Bookstore,
1 East Laurel Drive
Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA 95521-8332
www.hsubookstore.com
Campus Map (see grid C3)
Google Map (see the green arrow)
Phone: (707) 826-3741
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Humboldt State University
Image show and lecture for student and faculty clubs and HSU community.

Wednesday December 1, 7:15pm
Join author Marc Shargel for a presentation and projected digital image show about his new book, Wonders of the Sea Volume Three: Hidden Treasures of California’s Far North Coast. Travel with Marc on diving expeditions along the far north coast of California to capture the images that appear in the book, discover the history of the far Northern California ocean and marine life, and learn about the different kinds of habitats below its waves. Enjoy Marc's entertaining presentation that has delighted audiences from the SF Bay Area to Los Angeles and San Diego.

Humboldt State University
Science Building B - Room 135, 1st Floor
near the end of Union Street
Campus Map (see grid D5)
Google Map (see the green arrow)

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Ocean Film night at the Arcata Theatre Lounge
Thursday December 2, 7:00pm
Join author Marc Shargel for a presentation and projected digital image show about his new book, Wonders of the Sea Volume Three: Hidden Treasures of California’s Far North Coast. Travel with Marc on diving expeditions along the far north coast of California to capture the images that appear in the book, discover the history of the far Northern California ocean and marine life, and learn about the different kinds of habitats below its waves. Enjoy Marc's entertaining presentation that has delighted audiences from the SF Bay Area to Los Angeles and San Diego.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Movies, presentations start at 7 p.m. All ages, $3 donation requested No advance sales (the theater holds up to 600 people)

Arcata Theatre Lounge
1036 G Street
Arcata CA
http://www.arcatatheater.com/
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Northern California Underwater Photographic Society
November 13 at 7:30pm
Marc will return to see old friends at NCUPS and present his new book, Wonders of the Sea Volume Two: Marine Jewels of Southern California's Coast and Islands. Marc will offer a show of images and a discussion on the making of his latest book. See the NCUPS website for location and directions.

The Four Eyed Frog Book Store
in Gualala, CA
Saturday, September 27 at 5:00PM
Join us at our favorite bookstore in one of our favorite coastal towns for Marc's image show and discussion of his new book. Many of the images you'll see were captured within a few minutes' drive of Four Eyed Frog! Learn the story of how the book was created, see if you can get Marc to tell the story of dodging Great White sharks. Marc will be signing books, too.

The Point Reyes National Seashore Association
Saturday, August 16, 2008 12:30PM
Don't just come for the display of images, the informative talk, or the book. Plan the day and enjoy one of the most diverse natural environments in the state. I'm delighted to be the guest of the Point Reyes National Seashore Association. We'll be at the Bear Valley Visitors' Center at 12:30, giving you ample time to hike the shoreline or inland trails before, after, or both! Directions available online or phone (415) 464-5100.

San Francisco Reef Divers
Wednesday, August 20, 2008 7:30PM
Join Marc Shargel and the San Francisco Reef Divers for a wide-ranging presentation of words and images. The primary topic will be Marc's new book, but he'll also discuss the Marine Life Protection on the North Central Coast, the Central Coast, as well as diving on a rebreather, and the switch from film to digital photography. Projected images will illustrate. The talk will be on Thursday, August 20 at 7:30 in the evening at Sinbad's Restaurant on Pier 2 in San Francisco. For more information, send us an email.

Save Our Shores Steward Training

Marc will be sharing his knowledge of the area's newly established Marine Protected Areas with Save Our Shores' Sanctuary Stewards-in-training. The talk will be on Thursday, February 7 in the evening. For more information, contact Save Our Shore in Santa Cruz at (831) 462-5660.


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.

If you'd like to arrange a date for a presentation to your group, send us an email.

Announcements of Previous
Art Shows and Fairs

Open Studios
Four days: Saturdays and Sundays
October 13-14 & 20-21, 2018
11:00 AM to 5:30 PM each day


SHOW DATES: Saturdays and Sundays,
October 13-14 & 20-21.
HOURS: 11am to 5:30pm each day
LOCATION: Open Studio #282 at 190 Orchard Road in Felton. Here's a map.

Open Studios is always our biggest show of the year and your best chance to see the widest selection of our work. This year we have walls full of new work to show from Cuba, the Jardines de la Reina marine reserve, and from Iceland. And joining last year's images of the August 2017 solar eclipse are images of last January's lunar eclipse. They will be joining pictures taken from Fiji to British Columbia, the Galapagos to California. Our images are available framed behind non-glare glass, or printed onto canvas and "gallery wrapped" around wood frames, or printed directly onto metal. Along with fine art prints in those three styles you will find reasonably priced mini prints, a newly-enlarged selection of notecards and all four of our published books. While you visit you will be able to enjoy the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains view from our deck and light refreshments.

If you come to Felton on any of the four Open Studios days you will see bright green signs guiding you to “Marc Shargel #282.” Near my studio in the San Lorenzo Valley we have a wonderful cluster of over a dozen photographers, painters, woodworkers, fiber artists and more. There will be just over 300 artists throughout Santa Cruz County opening their studios for this event. Artists in the southern half of the county will actually be open on October 6-7. Those of us in the north half of the county open on October 13-14, and most artists throughout the county do the final weekend on the 20-21st.

San Lorenzo Valley Artists

San Lorenzo Valley Artists

Take Highway 9, Mt Hermon Road, or Graham Hill Road to Felton. Then just follow the bright green signs to Studio #282. Here's a map.

If you have any questions, send an email or give us a call at (831) 335-4849. The complete show guide, listing over 300 artists, is available in many forms. You can pick up a printed guide along with the September 19 issue of the Santa Cruz County Good Times. The Arts Council will once again produce an app for your smartphone (iPhone/iPad or Android) with complete guide information. It will be available in mid-September. This year they are once again giving the app away free! How cool is that? For more details, see the Arts Council Santa Cruz County website.

Scotts Valley Art Wine & Beer
along with Cops and Rodders classic car show

Saturday, August 18 10:00 AM to 6 PM
Sunday,   August 19 10:00 AM to 5 PM
Scotts Valley Art, Wine & Beer

Yes, we're going back to Scotts Valley! We haven't done this show in several years, but this year the stars aligned: I'm in town the weekend of the show, and I have help for the extensive logistics. That means you can see this year's new work before Open Studios in October!

Under our tent we'll be showing new work from Cuba, the Jardines de la Reina marine reserve, and from Iceland. Joining last year's images of the August 2017 solar eclipse are images of last January's lunar eclipse. They will be alongside favorite pictures taken from Fiji to British Columbia, the Galapagos to California. Our images are available framed behind non-glare glass, or printed onto canvas and "gallery wrapped" around wood frames, or printed directly onto metal. Along with fine art prints in those three styles you will find reasonably priced mini prints, a newly-enlarged selection of notecards and all four of our published books.

Admission to the event is free! You can buy wine/beer tasting tickets at the event. The Scotts Valley Art, Wine & Beer Festival is partnering with the Scotts Valley Cops ‘N Rodders Car show that guarantees fun for the whole family to enjoy! To kick-off the festival on Saturday, the Scotts Valley Police Department will escort the parade of classic cars that will begin at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and will cruise along through the Capitola esplanade up to the beautiful Skypark in Scotts Valley. The Cops ‘N Rodders car show will be at Skypark from 10 to 6 on Saturday only.

Here's a map to Skypark at 361 Kings Village rd., just off Mount Hermon road in Scotts Valley.

Email or phone 831-335-4849 for additional information on any of these events.

Current Show Runs Through November 28

One-Day Holiday Show & Sales Event
WestSide Santa Cruz Holiday Bazaar
2801 Mission St. Extension
(The Wrigley Building)
Saturday Decem
ber 9, 11am to 4pm


SHOW DATE: Saturday, December 9.
HOURS: 11am - 4:00pm
LOCATION: Inside the old Wrigley Building at 2801 Mission Street Extension on the Westside of Santa Cruz. Here's a map and a photo of the entrance.

Holiday Bazaar entrance

 

Come do your holiday shopping at the Westside Santa Cruz Holiday Bazaar and the Making Waves Gallery Exhibition, both inside the old Wrigley Building. Local businesses, artists, and artisans will come together for a day of art, gifts, food, drink, and celebration as they share their talents and artistry with the community!

Note that there is a Farmer's Market right next door from 9am to 1pm, so come early and do two things in one stop!

The Holiday Bazaar is sponsored by Idea Fab Labs. Thanks!

If you have any questions, send an email or give us a call at (831) 335-4849.

Outback Trading Company

Our current show is hanging at the business of a long time friend right here in Felton. Outback Trading Company will be hosting my work for the month right after Open Studios, including the November 4 "First Friday" Art Walk. Outback Trading Company has been a fixture in downtown Felton for almost as long as I've lived here. They offer a nice selection of very attractive women's clothing at 6257 Highway 9.

SHOW DATES: October 20th through November 28
SPECIAL EVENT: "First Friday" Art Walk, November 4th, afternoon and evening.
LOCATION: Outback Trading Company, 6257 Highway 9 in downtown Felton. Here's a map.

If you have questions about hours or the First Friday Art Walk, phone my friend Claire Campbell at Outback Trading Company (831) 335-1076. Or you can email her.

 

 

Another Show During the Holidays

Offices of Edward Jones

On November 29 I will open yet another one-man show, this one at the offices of Edward Jones just a minute off of Highway 17 at the Granite Creek exit at 5403 Scotts Valley Dr Suite C, in Scotts Valley. That show will be hanging into January of the New Year.

SHOW DATES: November 29, 2016 until January, 2017
LOCATION: Offices of Edward Jones, 5403 Scotts Valley Dr, Suite C.

If you have questions about the show, hours or your investment needs, call my host Ivor Thomas at (831) 438-2168.

 

 

Open Studios
Four days: Saturdays and Sundays
October 8-9 & 15-16, 2016
10:00 AM to 5:30 PM each day


SHOW DATES: Saturdays and Sundays, October 8-9 & 15-16.
HOURS: 10am - 5:30pm each day
LOCATION: Open Studio #261 at 190 Orchard Road in Felton. Here's a map.

Open Studios is always our biggest show of the year and your best chance to see the widest selection of our work. We'll have plenty of new images from the Galapagos, Schmieder Bank off Point Sur, and several closer-to-home sites. They will be joining pictures taken in Fiji, British Columbia, and the entire coast of California. Our images are available framed behind non-glare glass, or printed onto canvas and "gallery wrapped" around wood frames, or printed directly onto metal. Along with fine art prints in those three styles you will find reasonably priced mini prints, a newly-enlarged selection of notecards and all four of our published books. While you visit you will be able to enjoy the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains view from our deck and light refreshments.

If you come to Felton on any of the four Open Studios days you will see bright green signs guiding you to “Marc Shargel #261.” Near my studio in the San Lorenzo Valley we have a wonderful cluster of 16 photographers, painters, woodworkers, fiber artists and more. Note that all 16 of the artists in the San Lorenzo Valley are opening an hour earlier this year, at 10 AM every day. So you can begin your tour of artists’ studios one hour ahead of the crowd.There will be almost 300 artists throughout Santa Cruz County opening their studios for this event. Artists in the southern half of the county will actually be open on October 1-2. Those of us in the north half of the county open on October 8-9, and most artists throughout the county do the final weekend on the 15-16th.

San Lorenzo Valley Artists

Take Highway 9, Mt Hermon Road, or Graham Hill Road to Felton. Then just follow the bright green signs to Studio #261. Here's a map.

If you have any questions, send an email or give us a call at (831) 335-4849. The complete show guide, listing nearly 300 artists, is available in many forms. You can pick up a printed guide right now alongside this week's copy of the Santa Cruz County Good Times. The Arts Council has once again produced an app for your smartphone (iPhone/iPad or Android) with complete guide information. But this year they are giving it away free! For more details, see the Arts Council Santa Cruz County website.

Gallery Event in connection with Open Studios

The Open Studios Preview Exhibit

The Arts Council holds a preview exhibit at the Santa Cruz Art League before and during Open Studios. The exhibit is open now and runs through October 16. One piece from each artist is included in the exhibit.

PUBLIC RECEPTION: Sunday, September 25th, 3 - 6pm
PREVIEW EXHIBIT DATES: Now - October 16
HOURS: Wednesday - Friday, 11 - 5; Saturday & Sunday, 10 - 5; Monday & Tuesday, closed
LOCATION: the Art League, 526 Broadway (near Ocean Street) in Santa Cruz. Here's a map.

If you have questions about the Open Studios Preview Exhibit, check the website of the Santa Cruz Art League. If you need more information, email ACSCC or phone them at (831) 475-9600.

The Felton Branch of the
Santa Cruz Public Library
Now through
the end of March, 2016

Our images will bring color to the interior of Felton's historic and beloved library building through most of this winter. The library is open Tuesday through Saturday each week, and is located at the corner of Gushee Street and Felton-Empire Grade, just a block west of Highway 9 at the traffic light.

Just hanging my work on the walls of this 123 year-old former church building gave me a sense of history, of being part of a continuity that has endured for a long time. I sometimes think about an even longer continuity when I'm in the ocean. I hope you enjoy the show. Please let me know what you think of it.

The library building is at the corner of Gushee Street and Felton-Empire Grade, just one block off Highway 9. For exact hours (please check before visiting) and a map see the library website.

 

ART, MORAL THINKING, AND CLIMATE CHANGE:
A COMMUNITY FORUM
Friday, February 5, 6:00 to 8:30pm and
Saturday, February 6, 9:00 AM to 1:00PM
Peace United Church, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz

Climate change is most often discussed in terms of scientific findings, economic policies, and political strategies. In this week-end event, organized by the Progressive Christian Forum of Santa Cruz, we seek rather to address the esthetic and moral dimensions of the issue. How can the arts as well as our moral traditions and religious teachings inform our understandings of climate change and guide our conscientious actions as we respond to this rapidly emerging crisis? What: The Friday evening session of the forum, focused on “arts and the environment,” features poetry readings by our celebrated Santa Cruz poet laureate Ellen Bass. It also includes musical performances by inspirational folk musicians Jim and Jean Strathdee, by Santa Cruz’s own Raging Grannies, and by local singer/songwriter Russell Brutsche, all keyed to the theme of the conference.

An exhibition of artwork by some 15 local painters and photographers—including Marc Shargel—illustrates in a compelling visual fashion what we seek to protect and what we hope to prevent. The doors will open at 6 for the art exhibition, and the program will run from 7 to 8:30. A wine and cheese reception will close the evening.

On Saturday morning, February 6, the prominent moral philosopher, public lecturer, and environmental writer, Dr. Kathleen Dean Moore, will provide the keynote address. Her numerous published works relating to clear moral thinking about environmental issues include new book, forthcoming in early 2016 – Great Tide Rising: Finding Clarity and Moral Courage to Confront Climate Change. A panel of thoughtful representatives of several religious, spiritual or psychological traditions will respond to the keynote presentation, and small group conversations will allow everyone participating to engage with one another about what they have heard. We will also hear from local environmental attorney/political commentator Gary Patton about possibilities for local action. And local representatives of climate action and advocacy organizations will be available to explore their strategies for reducing global warming and adapting to climate change. Saturday’s program will begin at 9 a.m., and end at 1:00 p.m. The art exhibition will remain open until 2pm on Saturday. The entire event is open to the public and free of charge.

Email or phone 831-335-4849 for additional information on any of these events.

Open Studios
Saturday and Sunday
October 3 & 4, 2015 and
October 17 & 18, 2015

11:00 AM to 5:30 PM each day


Our Studio in Felton will be open from 11am to 5:30pm on two Saturdays and Sundays, the first and third weekends in October.

We'll be celebrating the ocean in pictures amid the Santa Cruz mountains' redwood trees. We'll be showing our framed and unframed enlargements, along with our books and note cards, with refreshments on hand for you. This will be our biggest show of the year and your best chance to to see a wide selection of our work. We'll have some familiar favorites, along with images from 2015 trips to a deep underwater mountain off Point Sur, our recent trip to Fiji, last month's trip to the Southern California Channel Islands, and even pictures of Humpback whales we captured just days ago.

Take Highway 9, Mt Hermon Road, or Graham Hill Road to Felton. Yes, Highway 9 is open again! Then just follow the signs to Studio #131. Here's a map.

If you have any questions, give us a call at (831) 335-4849. The complete show guide, listing nearly 300 artists, is available in many forms. The quickest is to follow this link to the Santa Cruz County Good Times. For more information and directions to obtain the guide on paper or as a mobile app, see the sponsor's website, Arts Council Santa Cruz County.

Email or phone 831-335-4849 for additional information on any of these events.

Gallery Events in connection with Open Studios

The Open Studios Preview Exhibit
The Cultural Council holds a preview exhibit before and during Open Studios. The exhibit opens on September 25 and runs through October 16. One piece from each artist is included in the exhibit.

PUBLIC RECEPTION: Sunday, September 27th, 3 - 6
SHOW DATES: September 26th - October 18th
HOURS: Wednesday - Friday, 11 - 5; Saturday & Sunday, 10 - 5; Monday & Tuesday, closed
LOCATION: the Art League, 526 Broadway (near Ocean Street) in Santa Cruz. Here's a map.

If you have questions about the Open Studios Preview Exhibit, first check the ACSCC's relevant web page. If you still haven't gotten the information you need, email ACSCC or phone them at (831) 475-9600.

Open Studios Preview
We are also participating in the Open Studios "Remote Artists' Preview" show at the R. Blitzer Gallery. The gallery is located at 2801 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. GPS and mapping software will take you to the USGS building, but the gallery entrance is a couple doors to the left: go East (left as you face the building) past Santa Cruz Bicycles and a fenced area. The gallery entrance is through a small door up a few steps.

 

Open Studios North County Satellite Preview Exhibit
Featuring work ONLY from artists in Davenport, Bonny Doon, San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley
This year we'll also be participating in the gallery event at the R. Blitzer Gallery on the west side. This is a very focused selection of North County Open Studios artists, perfect for those who live between Santa Cruz and Boulder Creek, including Scotts Valley. Go to the gallery, see whose work appeals to you and plan your visits.


PUBLIC RECEPTION: Friday,
October 2nd, 5 - 9
HOURS: Wednesday - Friday, 9 - 12 & 2 - 5; Saturday & Sunday, 11 - 5; October 2nd - October 18th
LOCATION: 2801 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 458-1217
Here's a map.

If you have questions about the North County Satellite Preview Exhibit, you can contact the r. blitzer gallery right here.


Open Studios 2014

Saturday & Sunday October 11 & 12, 2014 and
Saturday & Sunday October 18 & 19, 2014
11:00 AM to 5:30 PM each day

Mark your calendar and plan to join us in Felton in October! We're inviting all our friends to visit our studio this fall for the annual Open Studios Art Tour. Look for Marc Shargel, artist #193 in your show guide, or use this map to find us.

Because I have nearly unlimited space available, Open Studios is my opportunity to mount the largest showing of work all year. I'll be showing new work and offering one-of-a-kind bargains and discounts.

I'm just back from British Columbia where I dove in the cold water of the Queen Charlotte Strait, off Vancouver Island. I dove with Giant Pacific Octopus, spotted ratfish (chimeras), and spawning Pink Salmon. Open Studios will be your first chance to get a peek at the images I captured there.

Watch this space for additional information including links to download that app, a map, and complete instructions for your visit. Meanwhile, mark your calendar for the second and third weekends in October!

We are one of about 300 artists participating in Open Studios. The event sponsor, the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County, is making the artist guide available in two ways. Beginning in early September you'll be able to buy a printed calendar at many retail locations. At about the same time you will be able to download a mobile app (when released) for your smartphone, too.

Here's our announcement (click for larger images).

Open Studios Card 2014, front

Open Studios Card 2014, back


Santa Cruz Public Library Hosts Show of Marc Shargel's Photography

Ongoing display of over 30 photographic prints.

Now through September 25 at the
Santa Cruz Public Library, Main Branch
Second Floor, in and just outside of the Conference room
224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3873

Drop by the main library in downtown Santa Cruz for a good book and an eyeful of water-inspired imagery. My work is hanging upstairs in and near the conference room on the second floor. There are 32 of my framed images on display there. Elsewhere in the building you'll see water-inspired work by many other local artists. And while you're there you might even find... a book!

For the library's hours see their website. On Friday evening September 5th, the Library will be participating in Santa Cruz' First Friday Art Walk. I'll be diving in British Columbia that day, so unable to attend personally, but my wife Chris and son Bodie have generously promised to be there to represent me and answer your questions.


Open Studios 2013
Artist #168

Saturday & Sunday October 5 & 6, 2013 and
Saturday & Sunday October 19 & 20, 2013

11:00 AM to 5:30 PM each day

Mark your calendar and plan to join us! We're inviting all our friends to visit our studio this fall for the annual Open Studios Art Tour.

We are one of about 300 artists participating in Open Studios. The event sponsor, the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County, is making the artist guide available in two ways. As always you can buy a printed calendar at many retail locations. Those are available now a many retail locations. For the first time, you can download a mobile app for your smartphone, too.

Here's our announcement (click for larger images).

Open Studios Card 2013, front

Open Studios Card 2013, back


2nd Annual Coastal Cleanup First Friday Art Exhibit
Friday, September 6th 2013 from 5-9pm

Coastal Community Art Show
September 6 through 24th 2013

At the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
Main Auditorium

Join Marc Shargel for the First Friday opening of the 2nd Annual Coastal Cleanup Community Art Exhibit. The event runs 5 to 9pm on Friday Evening September 6; Marc will be at the exhibit between 6 and 8pm. Or view the exhibit on a day of your choice though September 22. It's in the Main Auditorium of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, downtown at 705 Front Street. The exhibit includes the work of a dozen of the area's artists who work with ocean and marine life themes. Admission to MAH is free for this and all First Friday events.


Orchard School Annual Fundraising Auction

Saturday night, March 16, 2013
Temple Beth El in Aptos

Here's a unique opportunity to enjoy Marc Shargel's photographs, along with gourmet food and music. Also, you'll be able to purchase numerous items on auction, all in support of a terrific local school: Orchard School in Aptos.

This year's auction is all about our local ocean, tying in with Orchard School's curriculum for the year. The event is titled Turning the Tide: Sustaining the Future. Photos by Marc Shargel will decorate the hall, along with ocean-themed art by Orchard School students. One of Marc's large framed photographs will be included in the auction. The winner of that item will be permitted to choose the photo of their choice from those on display (more than a dozen) to take home. Music, wine and locally brewed beers will add to the evening's mood.

 

The Satellite Telework Center in Scotts Valley

5900 Butler Lane
Scotts Valley, CA
[website with map]

Stop by the Satellite’s location in Scotts Valley during normal business hours to view the show through January 21. This show ends on January 21, 2013.

 

Open Studios
Saturday and Sunday October 1 & 2, 2011
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day

One weekend only!
Our Studio in Felton will be open from 11am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, the first weekend in October.

This will be your best opportunity all year to see the broadest possible selection of our work. We'll be showing our framed and unframed enlargements, along with our books and note cards, with refreshments on hand for you.

Along with the marine life imagery we're known for, you'll also see a sample of images from our recent African wildlife safari.

Take Highway 9, Mt Hermon Road, or Graham Hill Road to Felton. Then just follow the signs to Studio #26.

If you have any questions, give us a call at (831) 335-4849. For more information and a calendar/guide see the sponsor's website, the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County.

Email or phone 831-335-4849 for additional information on any of these events.

Gallery Events in connection with Open Studios

The Open Studios Preview Exhibit
The Cultural Council holds a preview exhibit before and during Open Studios. The exhibit opens on September 25 and runs through October 16. One piece from each artist is included in the exhibit.

PUBLIC RECEPTION: Sunday, September 25th, 3 - 6
HOURS: Wednesday - Friday, 11 - 5; Saturday & Sunday, 10 - 5; Monday & Tuesday, closed; September 24th - October 16th
LOCATION: the Art League, 526 Broadway (near Ocean Street) in Santa Cruz. Here's a map.

If you have questions about the Open Studios Preview Exhibit, first check the CCSCC's relevant web page. If you still haven't gotten the information you need, email CCSCC or phone them at (831) 475-9600. For more information and a calendar/guide see the sponsor's website, the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County.

 

Open Studios North County Satellite Preview Exhibit
Featuring work ONLY from artists in Davenport, Bonny Doon, San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley
This year we'll be participating in a new gallery event at the R. Blitzer Gallery on the west site. This is a very focused selection of North County Open Studios artists, perfect for those who live between Santa Cruz and Boulder Creek, including Scotts Valley. Go to the gallery, see whose work appeals to you and plan your visits.


PUBLIC RECEPTION: Friday, October 7th, 5 - 9
HOURS: Wednesday - Friday, 9 - 12 & 2 - 5; Saturday & Sunday, 11 - 5; September 24th - October 16th
LOCATION: 450 Natural Bridges Dr., Santa Cruz, (831) 458-1217
Here's a map.

If you have questions about the North County Satellite Preview Exhibit, you can get all their contact information right here. For more information and a calendar/guide see the sponsor's website, the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County.

"Jingle Shells" at The Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Sunday, December 5, 2010
12:00 noon to 5:30 PM

A one-day holiday gift show at The Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Lab in Santa Cruz. Open to the public: a great oppoutunity to do your holiday shopping! At the same time you can enjoy the Seymour Center's fabulous displays of local marine life, and one of the most beautiful views in the county. Come early and enjoy sunset from the cliff! Phone (831) 459-4087 for more information, or see the map and directions, below. This show will be your last chance to see our NoteCards and fine art prints in person before the holidays! (We will be accepting phone and email orders for custom prints up to December 10, book and notecard orders until December 22).

Discounted Admission
Download and print this flyer for a 1/3 off discount on admission to the Seymour Center for Jingle Shells.

Open Studios
One weekend only!
October 11 & 12, 2008

from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
at our Studio in Felton. The studio will be open from 11am to 6pm, with refreshments for you.
Take Highway 9, Mt Hermon Road, or Graham Hill Road to Felton.
Then just follow the signs to Studio #270.
If you have any questions, give us a call at (831) 335-4849.For more information and a calendar/guide see the sponsor's website.

Jingle Shells Art & Ocean Festival
One day only!
Sunday, December 7 at
The Seymour Marine Discovery Center, in Santa Cruz

A one-day holiday gift show at The Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab in Santa Cruz. Celebrate the holiday season at the annual Jingle Shells Arts & Crafts Festival.We'll be doing a book talk and image show during the day (bookmark this page and check in a few weeks for exact time.) I'll be showing prints of new work all day long, along with established favorite images. And of course you'll be able to take home signed copies of my book. Other local artists will offer a variety of nature and ocean-inspired gifts––jewelry, ceramics, art glass, handmade soaps, and more! Special activities for the family include crafts, musical performances, and special presentations by local naturalists and researchers, including a live bird of prey. At the same time you can enjoy the Seymour Center's fabulous displays of local marine life, and one of the most beautiful views in the county. Come early and enjoy sunset from the cliff! Phone (831) 459-4087 for more information, or see the map and directions, below. This show will be your last chance to see our NoteCards and fine art prints in person before the holidays! (We will be accepting phone and web orders up to December 12).

Scotts Valley Art & Wine
August 9 & 10, 2008

from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
at Sky Park (off Mount Hermon Road) in Scotts Valley.

A great art and wine show, with food, live music and over 90 of the area's best artists showing work. For more information see the sponsor's website. A map to the event is available online, too. Jingle Shells Art & Ocean Festival
Sunday, December 2, 2007, Noon-5:30 PM
Festive Whale Lighting 5:45 PM

A one-day holiday gift show at The Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab in Santa Cruz. Celebrate the holiday season at the annual Jingle Shells Arts & Crafts Festival. I'll be showing prints of new work from rarely-dived areas of California, along with established favorite images. Other local artists will offer a variety of nature and ocean-inspired gifts––jewelry, ceramics, art glass, handmade soaps, and more! Special activities for the family include crafts, musical performances, and special presentations by local naturalists and researchers, including a live bird of prey. At the same time you can enjoy the Seymour Center's fabulous displays of local marine life, and one of the most beautiful views in the county. Come early and enjoy sunset from the cliff! Phone (831) 459-4087 for more information, or see the map and directions, below. This show will be your last chance to see our NoteCards and fine art prints in person before the holidays! (We will be accepting phone and web orders up to December 6).

The event culminates at 5:45 PM with the lighting Ms. Blue, a full-size whale skeleton! Open to the public, admission to the Seymour Center is $6 for adults, free for children 16 and under.

Email or phone 831-335-4849 for additional information on any of these events.


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

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:

San Francisco Reef Divers
The Seymour Marine Discovery Center
The Cultural Council of 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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