A magical tidal pool in Newport!

Mary Chatowsky Jameson has been using seaweed in her art practice since 2011. Her art studio, Saltwater Studio Newport, is located 1 mile from Newport's Easton's Beach.

After attending an exhibit on Victorian Era scrapbooks, produced by the Newport Historical Society, she became intriqued with the process of collaging seaweed, as seen throughout the pages of the journals.

Mary had her first solo museum show Marine Botanicals at the Newport Art Museum in 2014. Last year her work was included in the award winning exhibit A Singularly Marine and Fabulous Produce:  The Cultures of Seaweed at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, June 15 – December 3, 2023.

In addition to seaweed pressing she also creates work using cyanotype and eco printing methods, often combining these techniques to explore symbiotic relationships between nature and our human experience. Her work is a bridge for art and science and also raises awareness for issues of ocean health and climate change.

My work presents a new awareness for seaweed and the marine environment. It is a blend of art and science, exploring nature and promoting a deeper look into ocean life which is so important to our existence.