Found for FINDINGS  before the artist created…



and after= Frazzled Model Mom by Karynn Kozij, marine debris artist.

Former model Fritzy’s hands are FULL: children in arms, cooking, cleaning, picking after everyone.  She looks and feels fabulous and feisty, is a friend and an inspiration for everyone.  She wears the BEST smile.  Dreamily recalls your young, carefree model days, she wears her sapphire glow so well on her every digit.  Litter Patron is highest on her volunteer list.  She is exceedingly proud of her twins.  It’s a juggling job being that of a mon; she handles it with grace!  –Karynn




Q: Who is Karynn Kozij, you ask?
A: Growing up on a farm in the province of Saskatchewan in Canada, Karynn Kozij loved perusing her Dad’s stash of materials in his shop, shed, garage and outbuildings. He had everything to create anything from a bird house or a toolbox, to a trailer or a potato planter.

She can’t pass up anything that at first seems to be trash but could possibly be turned into something else. She’s the one you see stopping on the sidewalk to pick up a squashed flat metal bottle cap or pull tab from a beer can, or a scrap of wire that is lying near a utility pole. She takes apart dried up writing pens before they go into the trash can to salvage the metal spring inside it. She is picking up trash, going through trash and making something out of nothing.

March 2016 spring storms spilled a treasure chest of marine debris onto our Northwest coast. It was sad and depressing to find so much trash on our shores. Karynn drove down onto the beach daily and hauled carloads of trash off the beach. The sadness and depression turned into fascination and obsession. With that awakening, she was unable to throw away so much perfectly good rope and became inspired.

Karynn saw possibility in those hundreds of feet of rope with an elaborate entry into the Marine Debris Art contest in Cannon Beach where she won the People’s Choice Award and third place in the judged contest with her entry, Octopus Family Reunion at the Beach.

Karynn works in many media. Something first destined as trash really grabs her eye; it’s a win win! Look closely in her art to see some part of it that was something else in a former life.

She was FOUND while picking up mail.



Foreign exchange student Kim visiting the Gearhart beach with Tillamook Head  of Seaside in the distance. Indeed, every piece found had foreign letters and numbers, hence, the name! 

Kim’s back story: Kim spent a school year here as an exchange student a few years ago and comes back every year to visit his Pacific Northwest host family.  He plans his study trips around the Spring tides for beach combing opportunities.  He is fascinated by the wind and ocean currents. He documents every single thing he finds from other countries.  Kim majors in world climatology and  is on a scholarship from the National Oceanic Administration.  –Karynn



But, wait,  there’s more…


Fortune teller, Pearl


Pearl’s back story:  Trust the Zodiac and its signs, reads Tarot cards and white horoscopes.  Gathers beach debris daily.  washes and sorts items according to a color chart.  Make art in communal workspaces and sells worldwide. Monitors marine debris worldwide; gets overwhelmed by it, but does her part locally in taching classes about recycling. –Karynn


Great Great Grandfather Kraken…


fondly watching over his offspring at the Gearhart beach.

Great Great Grandfather Kraken’s back story:  “Oh my arms don’t work like they used to.  Stories and novels have been written that I used to pull down ships with east but now I am weak and very, very old.  The little  guys snicker at my bowtie but I have always  liked  being a dapper dresser. I do love the lore of sea monsters.  –Karynn



Appreciation to Don Frank Photography.

Shoutout clues:

Karynn  Kozij lives in ____________, is the postmistress at the US Post Office in _____________, and will be at the Fairweather Gallery FINDINGS opening reception, Aug 5th with her marine debris art.  Octopus family reunion  at the ______________beach. The artist and her story of finding things was found while picking up mail in __________________.  Don Frank shows selected  art photos in the ____________Gallery in Seaside, as well.


Read what Eve Marx wrote about Karynn’s art:

View from the Porch: Art from the ‘Octopus’s Garden’

Artist transforms marine debris

Date: 2017-08-18 Seaside Signal

Story The Daily Astorian | Signal News

The Daily Astorian | Signal News


Tom Dideum, Treasure the Beach Cleanup, is greeted during the Rain or Shine opening exhibition at Fairweather’s Seaside First Saturday Art Walk on April 2nd.

And, too, Gini Dideum spoke during the Art Walk program, which she has graciously done each April at the gallery, to highlight  Beach Cleanup efforts and to kick off area-wide Earth Day programs.

“The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, one of many gyres that collect debris in vast patches in our oceans, is the largest gyre, about twice the size of Texas. The plastic and other debris measures 90 feet deep in some places; 80% originates on land. Plastic debris alone has killed millions of sea birds, sea turtles, marine mammals, and fish. In the last 2 years, our monthly beach cleanups including July 4th and 5th have removed 40 tons of trash off Seaside’s beach.” –Gini Dideum

Be Joyful quote

Original art created for Earth Day titled “Be Joyful” quote by calligrapher Penelope Culbertson.

Please visit Penelope Culbertson for more information. 

Treasure the Beach Cleanup Facts:

If every visitor spent 10 minutes cleaning up after themselves and depositing their trash in an appropriate receptacle, the value to Seaside and the state of Oregon would be over $1.5 million if they were paid minimum wage and they did this once during their entire visit.

The value of a clean beach is priceless.

Did you know that on the first Saturday of each month there is “Treasure the Beach Cleanup” campaign, an event that takes place in Seaside?

Bags are provided.

Volunteers meet at 9 a.m., along the Seaside Beach at Seashore Inn on the Beach, 60 N. Promenade.

Open to all ages.

Cost to participate.  Free.

This cleanup has been done for years by volunteers that want to contribute back to the community.

Pack it in.  Pack it out.

Keep the good. Keep the beach clean.  Be green.

Save the date. First Saturday come rain or shine.  Beach cleanup.

True story: 

Out of state family members were visiting. Walking on the Gearhart beach very early one morning, they gathered trash discovered from the nighttime high tide.  They collected  until their arms were full. Trash included a soaked beach blanket, plastic water bottles, assorted caps and straws, orange peelings, one old sneaker and a sandy tennis ball.

It came to be that they stored the trash near a drift wood log, with the thought to pick up the trash after completing their walk.  Later, however,  when returning to the hidden cache spot, it was not where they left it for they  found someone had picked up the gathered debris!

The family remembered that they had seen a car go by filled with happy people (anytime on the beach is happy time in vacation land).  The happy people waved  back at them.  They recalled that the car passed by about the time when they were storing the trash.  Did you know that some of Oregon’s beaches are a secondary highway?  Other beaches are closed to driving to protect seabirds nesting and sea critters under the sands.

Surely,  the driver in the car understood that they were continuing on their morning walk. Perhaps, that is why they picked it up for them. And, yes, indeed,  the family did another walk about and gathered more debris before leaving the beach on that  very early spring morning!

For more information about keeping the beaches clean please visit .

Non-profit organization with programs and projects to enhance the livability of Oregon.


A Look Inside Steel Ribbon.

Robert McWhirter /artist statement:

Creating art from found and salvaged materials can be a tedious task however the end result can prove to be extremely rewarding.

“Here is some background on what goes into the Steel Ribbon series.

The wood is 100% collected drift wood off the north Oregon Coast.  More specifically Fort Stevens State Park on the north side of the jetty.  The wood found here is unique in that not only does it drift in from the ocean on high tide, it also drifts in from upriver during outgoing tides, providing a wide range of woods in various stages of water travel.

The metal used in the sculptures is a hot rolled, mild steel flat bar used primarily by fabrication shops.  Most of the steel I use is salvaged scrap from local welding businesses, usually left over from railing or commercial sign projects.  The term hot rolled steel comes from the process of forming the molten steel into its final shape while it is glowing hot which is around 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.  This process is done exclusively by the steel manufacturing facility.  Mild steel refers to the elemental contents of the metal. While there are countless variations of elements used to produce steel (carbon, chromium, nickel, etc..) mild steel is the most common and widely used around the world.

These materials come together to form the Steel Ribbon series.  Some natural, some man made, all Northwest.”