Craft for the Coast Trash Art Contest Winners

What is Craft for the Coast?

Craft for the Coast was the NEC’s first annual trash art contest. This event strives to bring awareness to marine debris issues and give litter a new life. By doing beach cleanups and making upcycled art we can prevent trash from going into our oceans and land fills. To take it a step further, we embrace the idea that art is activism and has the power to influence policy and change the way we deal with marine debris as a community.
Craft for the Coast encourages us to recognize the possibility in what we may have once considered “waste.” Trash can become something beautiful, useful, innovative, and even powerful. We hope to transform our community mindset to see value where we couldn’t see it before, and know our actions create ripples. Viewing or creating a moving piece of artwork made from trash has the potential to create change within your home, community, or even the world!

Community Support

Thank you to all the artists for your participation in this event and congratulations to our four winners: Michael B. Rude, Sean Powers, Shasta Werthman, and Xander Whiteman.
With the community’s support we were able to fundraise $911 for the NEC’s marine debris and litter reduction programs.

Art Submissions:

Thank you artists! We were blown away by all of the incredible submissions we received.
• Crab Pot Rope Doormat
• Nail Urchin
• Does is Need Glitter?
• Hey Lady
• ink About the Planet
• Not-So-Buried Treasures
• Tulsi Tray
• Sun Rays
• Egyptian Cow
• Angry Bear
• Trash Castle
• The Good Saint Bin
• 100 Loaves of Bread
• Wasted Earth
• Smoker Air; Carton Craft 707
• Pelicanteven
• The Cosmic Worm
• Trash Trench
• If you just look around, you’ll find everything
you need

People’s Choice Award Winner: Pelicanteven

Pelicanteven by Michael B. Rude

Pelican sculpture consisting of wire, hose, brass, plastic bags & food wrap. 22 inches tall x 30 inches wide. Artist: Michael B. Rude.

Best Litter Creation: The Cosmic Worm

The Cosmic Worm by Sean Powers


The Cosmic Worm is a handheld puppet made from items found on the streets, in gutters or on grassy edges of avenues over a couple-year period. These random discards, lost or scattered on purpose, were repurposed by artist Sean Powers. Powers has lived in Humboldt County since 1989 and is an artist, musician, and whatever comes his way. He is most interested in shadow puppetry, but has held the strings on many different kinds of puppets, including the shadow puppet characters based on Arcata and its bizarre lifestyles and personalities called Humboldt Shadows. Find them at

Best Upcycled Creation: The Trash Trench

The Trash Trench by Shasta Werthman

This trench coat covered in litter and reused household trash weighs heavily on the wearer. Artist Shasta Werthman is focused on creating wearable pieces of art in the literal theme of “The Weight of Our Waste.” Werthman would love viewers to consider the sheer poundage of the garbage created in every purchase made in our consumerist society.

Youth Award Winner

Nail urchin by Xander Whiteman

Made from nails cleaned up from pallet bonfires at Mad River Beach. Artist Xander Whiteman was inspired by art class with Ms. Bourque at Sunny Brae Middle School; South Coast Tours owner, Dave Lacey, who first told him about sea star wasting and the urchin barrens in kelp forests; and the PacOut Green Team 60-minute cleanup at Mad River Beach. Whiteman has always wanted to help clean up our community and protect animals.


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