About Our Auction
The Orcas are now on display in the Gibsons Public Market Atrium from June 20 - July 2. Visit in person to view these vibrant works of art!
The Ocean Art Fest is a Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre community fundraiser. Families, individuals, artists, businesses, classrooms, and community groups have decorated Orca canvases (approx 33" w x 25" h) for display and auctioning.
Visit the Market, bid on an orca, contribute to the auction, and support your local marine education centre!
The 5th Annual Ocean Art Fest is presented by Frederic and Unni Claridge - we're grateful for your support!
Thank you to Gibsons Building Supplies for providing the plywood, Bodhi Biggs for cutting the canvases, and all our volunteers for helping organize this great community event.
About Gibsons Marine Education Centre Society
Opening Summer 2017, the NSMEC became a community aquarium operating under a collect-hold-release model. This model allows the centre to collect exclusively local marine animals, which, after a short stay at the Centre, will be released back to the local marine environment. This forward-thinking model of aquarium is unique to only three other aquarium societies in Canada, making these community aquariums pioneers in this field. Having only local species as residents inside the aquarium strengthen the connection with our local coastal waters. “Release days” will be memorable events organized with the entire Sunshine Coast community to further that connection even more.
Our focus is to ensure that the Centre will positively impact all those who enter, that our educational programs will inspire and encourage positive behavioral change for all ages, and that our projects will support sustainability of our local ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations.