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From Waste to Art event in Baku, Azerbaijan

Kara Karajev

Kara Karajev

I’m about to embark on another artistic adventure, this time to Baku, Azerbaijan where I have been invited to participate in the IV International Exhibition From Waste to Art to be held June 14th through 18th.

Tamiz Shahar, the organizer, is a state organization providing waste disposal services to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The objective of the company is to establish up to date and sustainable waste management system in Baku and bring the latest novelties in the waste management sphere to the country through sharing experience with foreign countries and international companies. This includes a number of activities to increase public awareness on waste problems and stimulate people to protect the environment through proper waste treatment. The art exhibition is one of the ways in which they are achieving this goal. Last year 59 artist form 27 countries came and created original art on sight from the waste.

I’ll be creating a portrait of a famous composer, Kara Karajev from Azerbaijan. This will be challenging to create a portrait in such a short amount of time. I haven’t any idea about the work space provided, or how jet lagged I’ll be. It will be an unfolding mystery.

I’m packing my art supplies now and wondering what to wear. Baku is a big modern city. I leave on Saturday. The journey alone is heroic: flying first to LA then to Frankfurt and from Frankfurt to Baku. I’ll have 10 days of art making and then I return home. Wish me luck.


Listen to a small example of his works. This piece, performed by Konstantin Scherbakov, piano – Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, Dmitry Yablonsky conductor, is from the music he created for a ballet called The Seven Beauties.




Celebrate the ‘House of Fish’ Italian Style

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I am walking the beach La Feniglia-Ansedonia on the Tyreanean Sea. I have just arrived in Italy and today, even though my body is teasing me with a small cold, I am beginning my portrait of Pope Francesco. I was invited to participate by Grosseto Culturale Foundation in an event created to bring attention to ocean health along this ocean land and sea route.

The event is called Casa dei Pesci. This translates to House of Fish. Don’t you love that! What a great way to personalize the event and call attention to it in a way we all understand–home. I have just 2 weeks to collect the debris from the local coast for my ‘pallet’ and complete the portrait for this event. Even in this tight time frame I am loving my time here. I feel – at home. Until next time, Caio!


How to say ‘fish’ in Italian



Brighton Beach

Collecting plastic on beach in England

Collecting plastic on beach in England

Collecting plastic on beach in England

Spending an afternoon in Brighton with my sweet friend, Sarah, collecting plastic.



My Art will be shown at a conference: PLASTIC IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA

  • By Tess
Wayne, 2014 commision

Wayne, 2014 commision beach debris and oil by Tess Felix

I am one of three artists who’s work will be shown at the conference for Plastic in The Mediterranean. This event is organized by the Prince Albert ll of Monaco Foundation, Surfrider Foundation Europe, Tara Expeditions and the Mava Foundation. The conference will be focused on exploring solutions that can reduce or end the plastic waste that is in the Mediterranean and impacting marine life.

The show will also feature artist and photographer Gregg Segal’s images from his powerful series 7 days of Garbage as well as selected pieces from artist and photographer Alain Delorme’s poetic series of plastic clouds that mimic the dance of wild starlings,  Murmurations. It is so exciting to show along side them!

The conference will be held in Monaco on March 10 and March 11.  The show will be on display for two months, starting March 10th. at the Gallerie des Pecheurs, Monaco




Bolinas Museum Saturday Morning Art Workshop

  • By Tess

Janis Yerington invited me to join her in teaching a Saturday Morning art workshop at Bolinas Museum on November 15th. It was open to all ages and all ages joined in! This program was planned to compliment Ocean Wonders & Wellness; an art show on the ocean and ocean health.

We did a small presentation about ocean health and the impact of plastics or not disposing of waste properly. We spent most of our time in play. We both had a fantastic time sharing our love of art and our coast by assisting the participants in using repurposed plastic to create their own works.

A special thank you to Janis for including me in such a great event. If you are on the coast the last two weekends of November you can see Janis’ show at the Bolinas Gallery. She’s the master artisan behind Bolinas Folk Art.

Don’t miss the show at the Bolinas Museum on view until January 4, 2015.

Young artists at Bolinas Museum Class

Teaching at Bolinas Museum with Janis Yerington