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We're all in this together!

As we continue on this Water Gallery journey, we are learning so much about different people and perspectives. As Water Gallery founders, we came into launching our business already ocean lovers, art appreciators, and environmental advocates, but we never dreamed we'd learn so much from all of you-- and there's been so much to learn. Now, almost a year into Water Gallery's "life," we realize more than ever the importance of these differing perspectives when it comes to real progress and change, both for our business plan and for protecting the natural world. We have learned through our communication with our customers and social media followers that we all love the ocean and nature from different perspectives. We all love Mother Earth from our own experiences. Whether you're pro-Sea World, anti-Sea World; a diver or a surfer; an artist or a fisherman; a whale watcher or someone who wants to simply walk on the sand...we all deeply care about nature and about our world's oceans. It's ok that we're not all coming from exactly the same viewpoint-- it's our differences that truly help open our minds and broaden our outlook. And that has made a huge impact on us as small business owners trying to grow our Water Gallery brand. We welcome and embrace these differing perspectives and we truly wouldn't grow without them.

We all love the ocean for different reasons!

Through our blog, we attempt to address many different topics that interest us and inspire us. We've blogged about captivity. We've blogged about magical births of endangered species in zoos and we've blogged about the tragic loss of some endangered animals. We've blogged about environmental concerns that sometimes keep us up at night. We've blogged about fun afternoons at our local aquarium. We've blogged about our travel experiences. We've blogged about natural phenomena like the "Hawaiian Painted Trees." We've blogged about our experiences meeting and talking to people at beach festivals. We've blogged about swing top glass water bottles and "art through water." We've blogged about artists. We've even blogged about food we love or other products we think are cool. Our stance is balance, variety, awareness, responsibility, and embracing life. We want to see it all, learn it all, and gain varying perspectives. We want to hear different voices. We started Water Gallery thinking that there was just one group of people called "Wyland fans." Or one group of people called "ocean lovers." We never realized how varied and nuanced each and every one of you are, with such individual experiences and perspectives. And that has helped us gain such valuable knowledge as we grow our business.

The bottom line is, no matter why you care about the ocean or want to help the planet, this is our shared journey. At Water Gallery, we want to appeal to everyone who cares, in his or her own way-- simple as that. It doesn't matter WHY you love the ocean or art or nature...it's just that you do. We applaud you each one of you and we want to connect with you. We want to shake your hand and say thank you for your support. And tell you to keep doing what you're doing. Whether your appreciation for our world's oceans and Mother Earth is simply because you love to watch a dolphin leap above the sea or whether you feel strongly about environmental issues such as water conservation, we embrace you all. We're all in this together!

 

10 comments

Feb 09, 2016 • Posted by Brittany

Thank you for what you are doing as well! It is much appreciated.

Oct 09, 2015 • Posted by Michele Gentile

Very well said. Different points of view and open minds are two great ways to approach caring for the oceans. So nice to have found you!

Oct 08, 2015 • Posted by Connie

Well said! I hope your business and blog continue to bring awareness to our oceans and our planet Earth.

Oct 07, 2015 • Posted by Denise H

Some very good points! I love the ocean for it’s beauty and uniqueness. We all need to do everything we can to protect it – we ARE all in this together!

Oct 06, 2015 • Posted by Orla Donlyn

Aw lovely post, open mind, open heart!

Oct 06, 2015 • Posted by Elizabeth Bloom

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area gave me the opportunity to fall in love with the ocean and all of the creatures that live there. I love watching whales and dolphins. Perhaps it’s because I imagine that I am frolicking with them. Being able to share my love for nature with my grandchildren is becoming a reality as they grow older and are able to understand how important our environment is to our own lives.

Oct 05, 2015 • Posted by Misti W.

I look forward to taking my twin girls to the ocean for their first time and to teach them the importance of taking care of our environment. By showing them the beauty and magic of the ocean and all the living things in the water, I think it would make a huge impact. Cheers!

Oct 04, 2015 • Posted by Erik P.

It’s so great to see Water Gallery’s care and respect for ocean and sea life! The creativity displayed in your products is unique, reflecting an appreciation of art that I have never seen before.

Oct 04, 2015 • Posted by Kasee Johnson

I have worked tirelessly to teach my 4 children to have an appreciation of the nature around them, the ocean specifically. Growing up on the Southern California coast, I have been lucky enough to have excellent inspiration in my backyard. I am very happy to be following your journey, our journey, and bringing little pieces of the ocean into our home.

(Side note: The title of this blog post now has me singing Disney’s High School Musical’s song. Disney is the other passion in our household.)

Oct 04, 2015 • Posted by Jill Bloom

I have such love & respect for the Ocean & Sea Life.The first Wyland Mural I saw was in Laguna Ca.many years ago.My second one was in Hawaii,the view from a hospital was obstructed by a hotel but heard many stories of how his mural would lift the spirits of sick patients,being an RN this broke my heart.But Wyland’s unique style helped me teach my son the love of the ocean & ocean life but now I use his material & knowledge to teach my granddaughters the importance of our oceans,ocean life & ways we can help by keeping the ocean & beaches clean.My son & I have walked to pick up trash on many beaches,I will do same now with the granddaughters who are only 2 & 3 yrs old.Love this website to again teach the granddaughters the our responsibility & importance of good clean water,oceans & ocean life.With the help of this web site ( and a Wyland book) I will continue to share my love of the ocean.My son & other family members were lucky to go whale watching in Maui,saw many,then were allowed to Snorkel with a group of wild dolphins,it was almost a spiritual experience.Keep spreading the word.

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