Exhibit of Photographs and Paintings
Scene from the Sailboat: Panama CIty Responds to BP Oil Spill
The fleet powers home after a long day chasing oil in the Gulf waters off the Panhandle shores. Credit: Donita Pendered
Panama City Publishing Museum and Visitor’s Center
April 20 through Aug. 31, 2013
An exhibit and art show of 34 of my photographs and several pastel paintings will be at the Panama City Publishing Museum and Visitor’s Center. Some of the photos can be seen at the bottom of this page.
I captured the photos while on the sailboat in the summer of 2010 during the BP Deep Horizon Oil Spill. The images show how the community was affected and the response to help protect and minimize the damage. Included in the collection are scenes of the temporary, but large working platforms that were erected in the waters of the bay, local folks hired to walk in pairs to scan the shoreline for evidence of oil or tar, hired boats coming from working on the waters to search for oil and spread dispersant and boom, plus many more photos documenting this time and place from the vantage of the sailboat. We even found an infamous tar ball on the water’s edge in St. Andrews State Park and have it in a display case.
There are also photos showing the pristine, sugar white sands the area is known for having. On uninhabited Shell Island, the rustic and idyllic lone beach house is a sight worth sharing and so I have included photos and a painting of this in show. Water and sky with highly saturated blue/green colors and a luminance not commonly seen are part of the natural beauty I had the pleasure of experiencing and now sharing through this art exhibit.
The collection concludes with a book titled Ben and BP Oil Spill. Ben is the family’s Australian Silky Terrier. This is Ben’s story, told in fun pictures and just a few words, of Ben leading his fellow creatures in their own effort to protect the area from the oil spill. The self-published book contains photos by Donita Pendered and the story by her husband, David Pendered.
Panama City Publishing Company Museum and Visitors Center
1134 Beck Ave.
Historic St. Andrews
Panama City, Fla.
This temporary, but large work platform was erected in St. Andrew Bay. Panama City Marina is a short distance in the background of this view. Credit: Donita Pendered
Shell Island is on the right with the large working Marine Resolve platform in the left background. This shot was taken as we entered St. Andrew Bay by way of the cut that provides access from the Gulf into the Bay. With the spectacular saturated colors a pretty view is apparent. The juxtaposition of the pristine, white sand with an array of grasses next to the industrial working platform is a great example of the way it was here in the Summer of 2010.
Seen in the foreground is the yellow boom which was spread to contain any oil coming in the area. On the shoreline of St. Andrews State Park are local people hired by BP to scan for any evidence of oil or tar. Credit: Donita Pendered
The bright orange floating boat shack near St. Andrews State Park is shown above. During the summer of 2010 one of the BP cleanup work stations seen on the right in this photo was just a short distance away from this well known marker. Bay Point development is in the distance. Credit: Donita Pendered
The bow of our sailing vessel provided an excellent vantage point to see and capture images of Panama City’s response to BP Deep Horizon Oil Spill. EPA established a monitoring station in Panama City. Credit: Donita Pendered
No Problem was one of the boats coming in with the fleet of those hired for helping with the BP work. The boat color and name were fitting. Credit: Donita Pendered
Another of the local boats, Star Queen, is moving through the waters with apparent oil on her bow. Credit: Donita Pendered
Shell Island House -View Number 2 The pristine, sugar white sands and richly colored waters provide some of the best experiences of protected beaches. The lone house on the shore was built before the island became State Park property. Markers are in place in the sands to protect nesting areas of birds. The grasses and dunes allow for native flora and fauna to thrive. Credit: Donita Pendered
This boat is loaded with boom which was placed in strategic positions to contain and redirect any oil entering the area.
Credit: Donita Pendered
In the Summer of 2010 this work station was in Grand Lagoon. There was quite a contrast compared with the much larger industrial type work station in St. Andrew Bay. Bay Point development can be seen in the background. Credit Donita Pendered
Spanish Shanty on the north end of Shell Island remained quiet and peaceful. Credit: Donita Pendered
A local boat is entering the bay from at the end of the day. A working crane is visible in the left background. Credit: Donita Pendered