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.”