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The Oyster is My World

The Oyster is My World

A Collective Art Project

The Oyster is My World - A Collective Art Project


This work is conceived as a large scale mixed media piece that will be created from photos and drawings of oysters submitted by anyone who would like to participate. The goal of the piece is to promote conversation around local ecological preservation and restoration efforts and the interdependence of the coastal economy and ecosystems. The focus is on the Chesapeake Bay, particularly the Lynnhaven River area, which was historically known for producing some of the best-tasting oysters in the world, but whose populations were decimated to 1% of their original numbers. Restoring the oyster population has been an important part of efforts by organizations such as Lynnhaven River Now and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to clean and protect the Bay as a priceless natural resource. 


Make your submission


Draw (or paint, collage, etc.) an oyster, then scan or take a picture of your piece and post it at, or @thewindandsand or email to You can also photograph an actual oyster and submit your entry the same way. 


Please Note: By making a submission, you are granting permission for use and reproduction of your work by Marlowe D'Oriano in conjuction with this project. A list of participants may also be posted with the work. If you do not wish for your name to appear, please submit with the word "Anonymous". For inquiries, contact


Share with friends

Share the project with friends and get others to submit their drawings and photos. Share a link to this page or to the pdf instructions.





View the final work


Plans are currently in the works for displaying the final piece so that you can see your oyster in its habitat! Please join the email list to receive notificaiton of time and place of the unveiling in 2015!




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