Dancing with Sea Lions
The Dancing With Sea Lions project began as a fundraiser for the 20th Anniversary of the Florence Events Center. The volunteers of the Florence Arts, Culture, and Entertainment nonprofit group (previously known as the Friends of the FEC) headed up this project in conjunction with the Florence Events Center Staff. Twenty life size sea lion sculptures were each painted by a different artist. All of them were displayed with their sponsors along the Oregon Coast till October of 2016, when they were then purchased by businesses and individuals. Fifteen of them are still publicly displayed in Florence and near by coastal locations. See our 'Where are they now' map for their current locations, and check our blog for updates. Share your Dancing Sea Lion pics with us and we'll add them to our Gallery of images.
Project Name: Gifts of the Sea
Born and raised in Montana, Kim moved to Florence in 1990 for a teaching job. It has only been in the last 5 or so years that Oregon has really felt like “home”. If asked what changed her outlook, she will tell you, “The beauty of this place and the friends who have become like family.”
A graduate from The University of Montana Kim has a B.A. in Education and M.A. in Integrated Arts & Education. A public school teacher for 25 years, Pickell currently, Pickell teaches Art and Ceramics at Siuslaw High School. After all these years, she still enjoys her job and is inspired by her students each and every day. Kim especially enjoys working in ceramics and mixed media.
And her greatest blessings, well she says it’s her husband Jeff and their children, Meghan and Jack.