Friday, October 22, 2021

North Coast Otters Art Initiative Raises $300,000

Posted By on Fri, Oct 22, 2021 at 10:35 AM

click to enlarge Live In-Person Silent Auction, North Coast Otters Public Arts Initiative, Clarke Plaza, Eureka, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. (“Johner the Logger Otter” by Claudia Lima in the foreground). - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Live In-Person Silent Auction, North Coast Otters Public Arts Initiative, Clarke Plaza, Eureka, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. (“Johner the Logger Otter” by Claudia Lima in the foreground).
The North Coast Otter Art initiative, which saw more than 100 otter sculptures scattered throughout five North Coast counties, has raised $300,000 that will support continued otter research and student internships at Humboldt State University.

The initiative led by wildlife professor Jeff Black began in 2019 with the hopes of launching the initiative in 2020, however, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, plans were changed and the otter sculpture scavenger hunt was postponed.

The goal of the initiative was to celebrate professor Black's 20 years of “citizen science” river otter records study, where residents who spot otters catalog when and where they were seen, and raise awareness about wildlife conservation and celebrate the arts.

This summer residents in Humboldt, Del Norte, Mendocino, Trinity and Siskiyou counties were able to find otters scattered throughout businesses, however, more than 300 "otter spotters" participated in the raffle and submitted entry forms for a chance to win one of the 32 raffle prizes donated by local businesses.

“Hundreds of people, including grandkids with grandparents, families, couples and, well, everyone, seemed to fall in love with these otters,” Black said. “The merger of art and science was an absolute joy throughout the North Coast.”


The initiative ended last month with an in-person showing of the Otter Art sculptures at the HSU Aquatic Center in Eureka, followed by a “silent auction,” in an online auction which together pulled in $180,000. The rest of the funds were raised through grants and business sponsorships.

A commemorative auction catalog is available for $15 at the HSU Cashier’s Office in the Student Business Services (SBS) Building and The Ink People Center for the Arts (627 Third St., Eureka). Proceeds from the catalog sales will go toward additional river otter studies and student internships.

“As the curtain closes on this wonderful project, remember that when you next see a river otter in the wild, give them a thumbs-up, and wish them well,” says Black. “And please join us in the spirit of promoting clean water and healthy habitats where we live and play!”


Read the full press release below.
North Coast Otters Art Project Raises $300,000

North Coast Otters Public Arts Initiative, which featured 108 life-sized sculptures of otters painted by local artists, raised more than $300,000 in grants, sponsorships, and generous donations. Final proceeds will support otter research and student internships at Humboldt State University.

The initiative included a community “treasure hunt” to find sculptures that were displayed in Humboldt, Del Norte, Mendocino, Trinity, and Siskiyou counties this summer. The goal was to celebrate life, water, and otters; support local businesses; and raise funds for HSU student projects.

“Hundreds of people, including grandkids with grandparents, families, couples and, well, everyone, seemed to fall in love with these otters,” says project lead, Jeff Black, a Wildlife professor at HSU. “The merger of art and science was an absolute joy throughout the North Coast.”

The last hurrah this September included an in-person showing of the Otter Art sculptures at the HSU Aquatic Center in Eureka, followed by a “silent auction,” in an online auction which together pulled in $180,000. Participating artists were offered 10% of the auction price of the otter they painted or decorated.

Visit the North Coast Otters Public Arts Initiative website for more information.

A commemorative auction catalog is available for $15 at the HSU Cashier’s Office in the Student Business Services (SBS) Building and The Ink People Center for the Arts located at 627 3rd Street, Eureka. Proceeds from the catalog sales will go toward additional river otter studies and student internships.

After cataloging 20 Otter art sightings, more than 300 “otter spotters” submitted entry forms for a chance to win one of the 32 raffle prizes donated by local businesses, including an adventure kayak tour of Humboldt Bay, and a collection of gift certificates and vouchers.

In addition to raising awareness about wildlife conservation and celebrating the arts, the North Coast Otters project encouraged community members to participate in the ongoing “citizen science” river otter records study by consistently reporting when and where wild river otters are observed throughout the North Coast region.

Since 1999, HSU students have been collecting otter records from citizen volunteers as a means of tracking the quality of North Coast habitats. River otters, seen at all times of day in our area, have captured the attention of thousands. Details of wild river otters may be sent to otters@humboldt.edu.

“As the curtain closes on this wonderful project, remember that when you next see a river otter in the wild, give them a thumbs up, and wish them well,” says Black. “And please join us in the spirit of promoting clean water and healthy habitats where we live and play!”

North Coast Otters was a collaboration with North Coast Open Studios, a DreamMaker project of the Ink People Center for the Arts.

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