Peggy Oki Art Shows at Sojourner Cafe

Surfer, skateboarder, eco-activist and fine artist, Peggy Oki, has been forging her own path from the start. As a young girl, when her distinct style and love of skateboarding drew the attention of the Z-Boys, she was asked to be a part of the Zephyr competition skateboarding team. She says, “I didn’t really think much about being the only girl. I really just had so much fun skateboarding.”

Not only is Peggy a world class skateboarding pioneer, she is also an avid surfer who has set a shining example of good works with her pure love of the ocean as a driving force. Oki says, “I hold surfing as a priceless and important activity for my health; and it allows me to observe shore and sea birds and have close contact with seals and sea lions. I swim with dolphins and see whales passing near shore. These experiences, along with my love for travel, make surfing a compelling and rewarding part of my life.”

Peggy has spent the last 25 years glorifying and protecting the wildlife of the oceans, and founded the Origami Whale Project, to bring awareness to the plight of the dolphins and whales. “Since 2004, the Origami Whales Project (OWP) has worked to raise awareness concerning threats to cetaceans (dolphins and whales) through its stunning and memorable Curtain of 38,000 Origami Whales. Created by thousands of concerned citizens across the globe and exhibited throughout the world, this large-scale public art project serves as a powerful visual statement and memorial for the thousands of individual whales killed since the 1986 ban on commercial whaling.”

On Nov. 22, 2014, Oki will present “Peggy Oki’s 15th One Woman Exhibit” featuring Peggy’s brilliant artistic visions of underwater worlds filled with spectacular humpback whales and schools of playful, ultra-smart dolphins, plus some epic onshore set waves paintings too. The opening receptions for the show are set for November 22, from 2:30-4:30PM and December 4, from 5-8PM at the Sojourner Cafe, located at 134 E. Canon Perdido, in Santa Barbara, CA. The exhibit will run through January 2, 2015, which gives you plenty of time to show up and show your support for a rad woman doing great work for a righteous cause.

 

Sojourner Cafe, 134 E. Canon Perdido, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Gallery hours: Tues-Sun 11AM – 10PM

<www.sojournercafe.com>

Peggy Oki’s online art gallery: www.peggyoki.com

http://www.origamiwhalesproject.org/

 

Please support Peggy and her ongoing efforts …

“I am excited to share with you that I’ve been invited to be a guest speaker at the Miracle March for Lolita in Miami (Florida) January 17, 2015! It is a huge honor to be able join in the walk and to stand before thousands at this historic event honoring Lolita and supporting her release from captivity. www.miraclemarchforlolita.com

Lolita was captured over 44 years ago, stolen as a child from her mother and extended family.  Since that fateful day, she has continued to live a life of tragedy. The documentary, Lolita: Slave to Entertainment reveals the heartbreak of her life. She has spent over four decades alone, in an undersized, illegal tank at the Miami Seaquarium, in Miami, Florida. Lolita has survived longer than all but one other Orca in captivity, with a grace that few humans could aspire to. It’s time for Lolita to be returned to her home waters in the Pacific Northwest, to be reunited with her family. There is hope, through our efforts united, and a well-thought out retirement plan proposed for Lolita, by Orca researchers living and working in the region from which Lolita was taken.

Some refer to me as Whale Woman, and I wear the title proudly. For the past ten years I have been a voice against commercial whaling through my Origami Whales Project, and more recently I’ve coordinated the Let’s Face It Visual Petitions Campaign to save the critically endangered Maui’s Dolphins of New Zealand. I am also sometimes known as sole female member of the legendary Zephyr skateboard team featured in the award-winning documentary, Dogtown and Z-Boys. I am as passionate about my activism as I’ve been for skating.

In my public talks, I share about my life and those who have inspired me, as I strive to inspire others to activism. Lolita truly inspires me to act, so participating as a Guest Speaker at the Miracle March for Lolita is an honor.

Of all Orcas in captivity Lolita has the highest likelihood of a successful return to her home waters. The captive cetacean industry does not want the world to see this happen because it will open the floodgates demanding the rehabilitation and release of Orcas across the world. It has been confirmed that Jane Velez-Mitchell will ensure full TV coverage of the Miracle March for Lolita. United our voice shall be heard.

I need your help to attend this historic march and speak for Lolita.”

My traveling expenses will conservatively run $900 for air/room/meals/general expenses. You can help support my efforts to speak at the Miracle March for Lolita by making a tax-deductible contribution at:

peggyoki.com/activism/support 

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