Blue Hour

Above & Below

October 14, 2023


2451 Signal St.

San Pedro CA, 90731

An exhibition curated by Kim Abeles featuring installation, ceramics, video, glass, photography, sound, and painting by over twenty artists.

Artist: Khodr Cherri

Cool Globes Project

With over 20 amazing artist installations, one night was not enough to truly appreciate the art. Click here to download the Blue Hour Artist Book.

Ticket information

All proceeds go to support AltaSea’s Project Blue education program.

$100 for each Blue Hour Admission ticket

$1,000 for a pair of Blue-Access VIP Admission tickets

If you cannot attend Blue Hour, you can donate to AltaSea here.

AltaSea is a 501(c)(3) and donations are tax-deductible.


All tickets include

Admission to Blue Hour 2023: Above & Below.

1 meal ticket for redemption at on-site food trucks.

1 drink ticket for redemption at a bar on-site.

1 digital swag bag (sent via email).


Ticket prices do not reflect surcharges and processing fees.

Blue-access vip includes

Private VIP outdoor lounge on a floating barge & Pacific Alliance Vessel recently featured in Discovery Channel’s Shark Week Monster Mako- Fresh Blood

Exclusive backdoor VIP access to event along with front door parking

Bar with signature drink and food

Mix & mingle

Talk with Women Stewarding the Ocean award winners throughout the night

Host Committee

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Barbara Stanton

Bob Ballard

Philippe & Ashlan Cousteau

Sylvia Earle

Blue Hour information

Blue Hour connects science, culture, and community by combining art and technology to tell the story of the emerging Blue Economy.

Blue Hour 2023: Above & Below will celebrate the ocean through various art installations spread throughout Berth 57 – a 60,000 square foot warehouse – on the AltaSea campus.

2023 Details:

  • Date: October 14, 2023
  • Location: AltaSea at the Port of LA
  • Guest Curator: Kim Abeles

Blue Hour Champions

"Women stewarding the ocean"

Explorer Award 2023

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Kim Butts

Avatar Alliance Foundation

Kim Butts is the creative director for the Avatar Alliance Foundation with a primary focus on advocacy media.  Kim’s work spans multiple media forms in both digital and physical space. She has an extensive international practice in sustainable design/build of residential and commercial structures as well as exhibition spaces having created a number of conservation and oceans focused immersive experiences.  

Kim created and designed “Mission Ocean,” an oceans visualization with a realtime exploration component for TED in support of the Foundation’s grantee, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and philanthropic partner, OCEANX.  Kim also co-designed what has been a 6 year-long, large-scale, oceans-focused exhibit, James Cameron – Challenging the Deep — An immersive media experience, currently traveling internationally.

Her short films include What Would the Oceans Say produced for World Ocean Day at the United Nations, Not Reality TV, a short on climate crises, and Akashinga the Brave Ones, telling the story of an all-female fighting force battling the illegal hunting of elephants in rural Zimbabwe. 

Recent productions with National Geographic include Emmy Award winning Secrets of the Whales, Disney+ Super/Natural series and Secrets of the Elephants.

Kim is a member of the Explorers Club and collaborates on conservation storytelling and media with the African Wildlife Foundation.

Innovation Award 2023


Inna Braverman

Eco Wave Power


Inna Braverman is the founder and CEO of Eco Wave Power, a NASDAQ-listed company (stock symbol: WAVE) that is successfully using ocean waves to generate grid-connected power from ocean waves. Eco Wave Power’s first-ever US-based wave energy pilot station is set to be installed in the coming months at AltaSea.

For Inna, clean energy is a very personal journey, as she was born in Ukraine just two weeks before the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and suffered respiratory arrest due to the disaster. Luckily, her mother, a nurse, gave her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, which saved her life. She got a second chance in life and has devoted it to the development of clean energy.

Next Gen Award 2023

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Dr. Patricia Ramos

Santa Monica College

Dr. Patricia Ramos holds the esteemed position of Dean of Academic Affairs at Santa Monica College (SMC), a renowned community college that caters to approximately 35,000 students each year. In her role as the administrative leader of Academic Affairs for Career Education, Dr. Ramos plays a vital role in fostering collaborations between SMC and various stakeholders such as businesses, industries, labor organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other educational institutions.  


These partnerships are instrumental in ensuring that SMC’s career technical education programs are closely aligned with the evolving workforce demands of both the Los Angeles region and the State of California. SMC is partnering with AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles to create post-secondary certificate and degree programs that span a variety of fields of study. The first program being developed at SMC as part of the partnership is a pioneering six-course aquaculture certificate program that is expected to launch in 2023. 

Cornerstone Award 2023


Camilla Townsend

AltaSea Founding Chair

Camilla Townsend is AltaSea’s Emeritus Founding Board Member, retired educator, and foundation executive director. She has served the City of Los Angeles and the Harbor community in many other capacities as a professional educator and as a city and community volunteer leader.

For Ms. Townsend, being the founding board chair of AltaSea was more than the title. She used her expertise in education and connection with the community to help establish AltaSea. Her goal was to create a strong board that helped advance the mission and to create Project Blue (the education program) that now thrives thanks to the guidance, leadership, and patience of Ms. Townsend.

Artist Installations

Stephanie Sherwood is an artist and curator living in Los Angeles. Her artwork has been shown internationally and in the United States, including the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, LA Artcore, The Brand Library and Art Center and DAC Gallery. Sherwood’s work and curatorial projects have been included in several publications including Artillery, Art and Cake, ArtHabens Contemporary Art Review, LA Weekly, Murze Magazine and Voyage LA.
Stephanie will be creating a site-specific piece during Blue Hour on October 14th inspired by sea creatures well known in the community of San Pedro. 

The piece will be a part of the artist’s “Confine Series” created on an Alta Sea EcoWave container. 
Cesar and Lois

Cesar & Lois alongside their artwork Degenerative Cultures in Portugal (2019), which incorporates microbiological logic in order to critique human impulses to control planetary forces.

Migrations (Spoonbills), installation view, 2018

Post- consumer plastic, PVC, wood, fasteners,  programmable LEDs, motion sensor, speaker, found objects from Rio Grande borderlands, rope, cable.
Each bird approx. 70 x 60 x 38 inches 

For Blue Hour, Danielle will exhibit several paintings from the Artic and Antarctic. Along with several smaller prints representing each of the 5 oceans.

Urban Rebutia references the urban sprawl of Los Angeles. Each element has its own growth pattern based on nature (Rebutia is a clumping cactus) and employs the use of primary colors, alluding to the idea that all colors are possible from red, blue and yellow, a metaphor for cultural/racial assimilation.

Full artist list

  • Amabelle Aguiluz
  • Isabel Beavers
  • Barbara Benish
  • Cesar and Lois (Lucy HG Solomon and Cesar Baio)
  • Khodr Cherri
  • Patsy Cox
  • Joyce Dallal
  • Danielle Eubank
  • Katherine Gray
  • Taylor Griffith
  • Yaron Michael Hakim
  • Lily Hope/ Wooshkindein Da.Aat
  • Virginia Katz
  • Dennis Keeley
  • Catherine MacLean
  • Ken Marchionno
  • Cynthia Minet
  • Wayne Perry
  • Jimena Sarno
  • Stephanie Sherwood
  • Taiji Terasaki
  • Marie Thibeault
  • Barbara A. Thomason
  • Minoosh Zomorodinia

Above and Below Culture Dish

  • Marin Cox
  • Shane Dixon
  • Beth Elliott
  • Candice Gawne
  • Rachel X Hobreigh
  • Eric Huebsch
  • Lewis Koch
  • Henry Krusoe
  • Karena Massengill
  • Tim Maxeiner
  • Alan Nakagawa
  • Annie Lane Parsons
  • Dagoberto Perez
  • Ashton Phillips
  • Sonia Romero
  • Jane Szabo
  • Nancy Voegeli-Curran

An Installation of multiple parts

Previous Blue Hours

Additional Information

Food & Beverage

Tickets to Blue Hour: Above and Below include one meal ticket and one drink ticket.

Food options include: 


Food sponsored by:


AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles

2451 Signal Street, San Pedro CA 90731


Guests will be parked alongside the AltaSea campus in front of warehouses 57 and 58. It is a short walk from these warehouses to the Dome.

Volunteers will assist with parking.

Contact Info

Contact for sponsorship opportunities. 

Blue Hour Sponsors

Next Gen Educator


Artistic Sea Maven

Climate supporter

Explorer supporter

Additional Thanks to

Lee Sehon foundation