Artist and longtime surfer Erik Abel is making waves again in the surf and art communities through his nonprofit, the Abel Arts Collective, which he co-founded with wife Nellie Abel. Abel’s world travels have allowed him to capture the essence and raw beauty of the ocean and nature for years in his unique display of patterns and geometrics in his artwork that are both vivid and eye catching.
Now residing in his hometown of Ventura, California, he is once again using his talent and life experience for the greater good to benefit nonprofits.
Recognized as continually giving back to the surf community through his activism and environmental campaigns with nonprofits, he is no stranger to empowering the public to become involved. He has recently been collaborating with artists Brett Kirkpatrick and Colleen Wilcox to support the North Shore Project, as well as producing prints for the Life is A Wave Fundraiser for Save the Waves. Additionally, 50% of the proceeds raised by the limited time edition prints for the Life is a Wave Event will go towards Save the Waves.
The North Shore Project is a nonprofit geared to educate local elementary students on Oahu about environmental activism in an eight week after school course of art based lessons. Partnering with the Abel Arts Collective are environmental non-profits Pangeaseed and Sustainable Coastlines HI, both imperative organizations to promoting awareness and longevity of our coastlines, oceans, and those who call it home. The proceeds will be applied to the cost of the curriculum for the growing project.
Along with working to promote the North Shore Project, Abel has created artwork for Save the Waves’ 2015 Life is a Wave event. 50% of the proceeds for the limited time edition 18×24 prints on this site will be donated to Save the Waves until the end of June; an organization notable for its proactive environmentalism.
These two programs are lucky to have the touch of Abel’s art and support from fellow artists to help instill environmental activism in our youth.
For more images of artwork on sale for the North Shore Project, visit Abelartscollective.org