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Angela Haseltine Pozzi, Founding Artist at Washed Ashore Org

Angela Haseltine Pozzi​

Founding Artist

Angela - Founder and Artistic Director​

Angela’s work as an artist and educator gained new focus in 2010 when she founded the non-profit Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea. Since then, her passion has inspired collaborative learning through art. Like a conductor leading an orchestra, Angela directs our talented Washed Ashore team members and volunteer artists to reach a growing audience worldwide. The uniquely beautiful sculptures at the heart of the Washed Ashore mission motivate us to learn more and do more to address the problem of plastic pollution in our environment and our precious oceans.

Art for All

Angela was born in Portland, Oregon, to a family of artists and naturalists. As a child, she enjoyed a creative space in her mother's studio with access to various art supplies, and she often used discarded items from the house to invent things. At the dinner table, she participated in lively discussions with her parents about art. And every summer was spent on Oregon's ocean shore.

Angela believes in art for all— an accessible, participatory experience for every community member. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Utah, followed by a Master's degree from Portland State University with an emphasis in arts education.

In her 30-year career as an educator, she has taught elementary through college students and lead museum programs. Her community mindset led her to spearhead many public art projects, community art, and artist-in-residency programs. She has also spent much of her career lecturing, consulting, creating and exhibiting her artwork in galleries and museums.

Since childhood, Angela's art has featured recycled and repurposed materials. Her first body of professionally exhibited work, "Undetermined Species," is a collection of coral reefs and invented invertebrates made from recycled clothes and thrift store items. Examples of her early work are available online at SeaThingsArt.com.

Art to Save the Sea

Angela’s artwork was thriving, and her work felt fulfilling when, in 2004, she experienced a tragic loss. Two years earlier, her husband of 25 years, Craig Pozzi (also an artist and teacher), collapsed with a brain tumor. He suffered a stroke the following year and subsequently passed away. In that moment of tragedy following Craig’s death, everything stopped. Searching for healing in the wake of loss, Angela went to the Pacific Ocean. What she found was an ocean in need of healing.

She began to research the source of the plastics she found littering the Southern Oregon shoreline. She learned of the marine debris choking oceans around the globe, threatening the environment and sea creatures she has loved since her youth.

Angela found her new calling in 2010: Making art to save the sea. Her father, an arts administrator, had taught her the importance and power of public art; and Angela realized that art is a language she could use to try to save the ocean.

Her creative approach to ocean stewardship found an enthusiastic response from Bandon area residents. And the non-profit Washed Ashore was born. Since then, more than 14,000 volunteers from Bandon and beyond have helped. They clean beaches, collecting over 35 tons worth of debris. With Angela’s artistic direction, they’ve worked to transform that debris into more than 85 giant sculptures depicting animals and sea life affected by plastic pollution.

Washed Ashore Project traveling exhibits have been displayed throughout the U.S. and Canada at zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, science centers, and museums. In 2016, Angela created a special ongoing Washed Ashore exhibit for the Sant Ocean Hall of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. The larger-than-life sculptures, along with interpretive education displays, inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to take action in their own lives to reduce plastic consumption and pollution.

“Until we run out of plastic on the beach, we will keep doing our work,” says Angela.

As artistic director for Washed Ashore, Angela continues to design and create sea creatures from the debris that washes ashore. And she leads our team of dedicated staff, with countless volunteers, to make a positive global impact on our environment.

Angela - Founder and Artistic Director​

Angela Haseltine Pozzi, Founding Artist at Washed Ashore Org

Angela Haseltine Pozzi​

Angela’s work as an artist and educator gained new focus in 2010 when she founded the non-profit Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea. Since then, her passion has inspired collaborative learning through art. Like a conductor leading an orchestra, Angela directs our talented Washed Ashore team members and volunteer artists to reach a growing audience worldwide. The uniquely beautiful sculptures at the heart of the Washed Ashore mission motivate us to learn more and do more to address the problem of plastic pollution in our environment and our precious oceans.

Art for All

Angela was born in Portland, Oregon, to a family of artists and naturalists. As a child, she enjoyed a creative space in her mother’s studio with access to various art supplies, and she often used discarded items from the house to invent things. At the dinner table, she participated in lively discussions with her parents about art. And every summer was spent on Oregon’s ocean shore.

Angela believes in art for all— an accessible, participatory experience for every community member. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Utah, followed by a Master’s degree from Portland State University with an emphasis in arts education.

In her 30-year career as an educator, she has taught elementary through college students and lead museum programs. Her community mindset led her to spearhead many public art projects, community art, and artist-in-residency programs. She has also spent much of her career lecturing, consulting, creating and exhibiting her artwork in galleries and museums.

Since childhood, Angela’s art has featured recycled and repurposed materials. Her first body of professionally exhibited work, “Undetermined Species,” is a collection of coral reefs and invented invertebrates made from recycled clothes and thrift store items. Examples of her early work are available online at SeaThingsArt.com.

Art to Save the Sea

Angela’s artwork was thriving, and her work felt fulfilling when, in 2004, she experienced a tragic loss. Two years earlier, her husband of 25 years, Craig Pozzi (also an artist and teacher), collapsed with a brain tumor. He suffered a stroke the following year and subsequently passed away. In that moment of tragedy following Craig’s death, everything stopped. Searching for healing in the wake of loss, Angela went to the Pacific Ocean. What she found was an ocean in need of healing.

She began to research the source of the plastics she found littering the Southern Oregon shoreline. She learned of the marine debris choking oceans around the globe, threatening the environment and sea creatures she has loved since her youth.

Angela found her new calling in 2010: Making art to save the sea. Her father, an arts administrator, had taught her the importance and power of public art; and Angela realized that art is a language she could use to try to save the ocean.

Her creative approach to ocean stewardship found an enthusiastic response from Bandon area residents. And the non-profit Washed Ashore was born. Since then, more than 14,000 volunteers from Bandon and beyond have helped. They clean beaches, collecting over 35 tons worth of debris. With Angela’s artistic direction, they’ve worked to transform that debris into more than 85 giant sculptures depicting animals and sea life affected by plastic pollution.

Washed Ashore Project traveling exhibits have been displayed throughout the U.S. and Canada at zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, science centers, and museums. In 2016, Angela created a special ongoing Washed Ashore exhibit for the Sant Ocean Hall of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. The larger-than-life sculptures, along with interpretive education displays, inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to take action in their own lives to reduce plastic consumption and pollution.

“Until we run out of plastic on the beach, we will keep doing our work,” says Angela.

As artistic director for Washed Ashore, Angela continues to design and create sea creatures from the debris that washes ashore. And she leads our team of dedicated staff, with countless volunteers, to make a positive global impact on our environment.

Our Team

COLLABORATORS

Angela (1)

Angela Haseltine Pozzi​

Founder and Artistic Director​
Katie Dougherty, Washed Ashore

Katie Dougherty

Executive Director

Brad-2 (1)

Brad Parks

Conservation/Education Director

Steve Wright, Washed Ashore

Steve Wright

Lead Artist/Facilities Manager

Frank Rocco, Washed Ashore

Frank Rocco

Marketing Director
Marilyn Wright, Washed Ashore

Marilyn Wright

Logistics Manager/Art Assistant

Cameron McGrew, Washed Ashore

Cameron McGrew

Marketing Communications Manager
Donna Hutchinson, Washed Ashore

Donna Hutchison

Retail Assistant

Vinnie Fowler

2D Designer

Our Board

We Need Your Help

Volunteers are essential at Washed Ashore!

From cleaning miles of beaches, to washing debris, drilling holes, cutting wires and stitching plastics together we could not create our giant sculptures without the thousands of hours donated annually to Washed Ashore.

Our volunteers are an integral part of the Washed Ashore team. It is true that every action counts and many of Washed Ashore’s accomplishments are attributed to our dedicated volunteers.

Due to Covid restrictions our in-person workshops are currently closed, but we still need your help. Until we can meet again, please continue cleaning up our beaches and waterways and dropping off the debris to Art 101 headquarters in Bandon, Oregon.

Thank you for your continued support, we couldn’t do it without you.

Vinnie Fowler

2D Designer
Born and raised in Auburn, California, Vinnie attended California College of Art and Design in Oakland. He worked for over 30 years in technical and architectural design and drafting for the casino industry in Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas. In 2010 Vinnie moved to Bandon, Oregon where he was introduced to Washed Ashore and he was hired to help conceptualize the early sculptures with Angela Haseltine Pozzi. For the past 4 years, V.C.Fowler Designs has assisted Angela in designing the larger sculptures, creating technical and engineering drawings for welders and beautiful illustrations to inspire Wash
Donna Hutchinson, Washed Ashore

Donna Hutchison

Retail Assistant
Donna is originally from California but makes Bandon By The Sea her home now. She enjoys creating art and making jewelry in her spare time. She has been part of the Washed Ashore family for some time, starting as a volunteer. She does outreach with schools, children’s groups and other community groups as well as giving tours at our gallery and working in our Eco Shift Market.
Cameron McGrew, Washed Ashore

Cameron McGrew

Marketing Communications Manager

Since 2019, Cameron has assisted Washed Ashore in sharing our message with volunteers and visitors to our Bandon gallery and through digital content production. Before moving to Bandon and joining our organization, he worked for Colorado State University and the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Cameron is an outdoor enthusiast and music lover. He explored the mountains of Colorado throughout his youth. Now, in his spare time, he enjoys playing acoustic and electric guitar and taking beach walks with his dog. Cameron first joined Washed Ashore as a volunteer, helping create sculptures that illustrate the environmental problem of plastic pollution. As a member of our staff team, he encourages discussions and invites new visitors and volunteers to participate, create art, and promote awareness to save the sea

Marilyn Wright, Washed Ashore

Marilyn Wright

Logistics Manager/Art Assistant
Marilyn first began working with Washed Ashore as a volunteer and became part of the staff in June 2019. As the Logistics Manager, she travels to venues and ensures the traveling exhibits are set up and ready for the public to enjoy and learn from. She has a diverse employment background with experience in graphic design, marketing, building management and working with the DD/ID community. Marilyn is a musician and enjoys hiking area trails and beaches with her husband, cleaning up trash along the way.
Frank Rocco, Washed Ashore

Frank Rocco

Marketing Director
Born in New York City, Frank studied marketing and music and worked at Manhattan advertising agencies as a creative writer, art director and TV commercial producer. Later he moved to Europe and worked with McCann-Erickson in London, a major international ad agency where he wrote advertising for top global clients. In Amsterdam, Holland Frank launched The Creative Handbook-Europe, the first pan-European directory of advertising services that covered Belgium, France, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, and the UK. In 1989, he became a Managing Partner at CCMR Marketing Communications, a full-service U.S. advertising agency whose clients inclu
Steve Wright, Washed Ashore

Steve Wright

Lead Artist/Facilities Manager
Steve is a lifelong musician born and raised in Colorado. While working as a welder, fabricator and pipefitter, he also created sculptures from repurposed metal. He moved to the area to fulfill his dream of living on the coast and dedicating more time to his art. His love of the ocean, creating artwork and protecting the environment made working at Washed Ashore a perfect fit. In November 2018, Steve began working full-time at Washed Ashore as our Facility & Production Manager, he became Angela Pozzi’s Artist Apprentice soon after.
Brad-2 (1)

Brad Parks

Conservation/Education Director

Growing up on a small family farm surrounded by forests, streams and swamps, Brad’s connection to nature started early. Playing outside, building forts and damming the creek, and raising livestock like chickens, pigs, and cows, influenced his love of nature. Brad’s childhood dream of being a zookeeper was fostered by books, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, and trips to his local zoo, the John Ball Park Zoo. A family trip while in middle school brought his first encounter with the ocean. Brad had read about tide pools and all sorts of ocean creatures, so investigating the rocky Oregon coast was magical. A wildlife biology degree afforded early work with the Colorado Division of Wildlife studying grassland birds. His first zoo job was at the Royal Zoo of Morocco while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer. That experience sparked a career-long value of culturally-relevant conservation messages. Six years at Zoo Atlanta as a keeper and animal trainer preceded a 20 year period at Denver Zoo. As the Senior Director of Guest Experience he was proud to host Washed Ashore in 2016. In 2018 he completed a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and went on to be part of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s Division of Experiences & Partnerships
Katie Dougherty, Washed Ashore

Katie Dougherty

Executive Director

Katie has enjoyed a career in public, private, and non-profit business sectors in administration, grant writing, accounting, payroll, and human resources. She is a licensed tax preparer and real estate broker. As a private contractor, she has helped numerous businesses with accounting, payroll and tax work.
The daughter of a commercial fisherman, Katie (almost) literally grew up on boats. Cruising the Northern California and Southern Oregon coastlines with her father, she developed a deep caring for the ocean and its health. Today, she continues to explore Oregon beaches are shorelines as a certified master diver. A lifelong arts enthusiast, Katie became an advocate for arts and education as a parent volunteer when her daughter attended the Redding School for the Arts charter school in California.
Katie accepted the executive director position with Washed Ashore in February 2021. She shares her passion for ocean health, art and education, along with her business expertise, as operations and finance director for our organization.
Angela (1)

Angela Haseltine Pozzi​

Founder and Artistic Director​
Angela’s work as an artist and educator gained new focus in 2010 when she founded the non-profit Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea. Since then, her passion has inspired collaborative learning through art. Like a conductor leading an orchestra, Angela directs our talented Washed Ashore team members and volunteer artists to reach a growing audience worldwide. The uniquely beautiful sculptures at the heart of the Washed Ashore mission motivate us to learn more and do more to address the problem of plastic pollution in our environment and our precious oceans.
Angela was born in Portland, Oregon, to a family of artists and naturalists. As a child, she enjoyed a creative space in her mother’s studio with access to various art supplies, and she often used discarded items from the house to invent things. At the dinner table, she participated in lively discussions with her parents about art. And every summer was spent on Oregon’s ocean shore.
Angela believes in art for all— an accessible, participatory experience for every community member. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Utah, followed by a Master’s degree from Portland State University with an emphasis in arts education.

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