The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay Launches "Coastal Treasures" Sustainable Art Program with Ocean Artist Ethan Estess

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The five-star resort celebrates the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by honoring its commitment to preserving its precious coastal surroundings

Ethan Estess artwork

On Earth Day, Santa Cruz-based Ocean Artist Ethan Estess will display artwork available for purchase at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay with proceeds going to Save the Waves.

Perched atop a dramatic ocean bluff overlooking 50 miles of pristine Northern California coastline, the Forbes Five-Star Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is celebrating Earth Day’s 50th anniversary – April 22, 2020 – with the launch of a new “Coastal Treasures” Sustainable Art Program. The program was developed in partnership with Santa Cruz-based ocean artist Ethan Estess, who has gained national recognition for his show-stopping artwork made with reclaimed ocean materials such as plastic, fishing line, golf balls, and more.

Designed to give back to the resort’s precious coastal surroundings, the program will showcase Ethan’s ocean-inspired artwork made from recycled coastal “treasures” including reclaimed fishing line from Half Moon Bay. Ethan will install his artwork – custom-made for
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay – at the resort on Earth Day. Guests and locals alike will be invited to join Ethan to see the art in person and learn more about his sustainability mission as an artist. Additionally, Ethan will be providing complimentary autographed screen-prints of his artwork.

While Ethan’s “Coastal Treasures” artwork will be on display as a symbol of the resort’s commitment to protecting the coast, it will be available for purchase via his website and proceeds will benefit Save the Waves, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting coastal resources.

In addition to creating special artwork for the resort, Ethan will offer exclusive printmaking workshops for resort guests in which he teaches them how to stamp patterns made from reclaimed materials onto reusable tote bags. This bookable experience is currently in development and will be available upon request (advance reservations required) later this year.

As a final tribute to Earth Day, the resort’s Executive Chef Jakob Esko is joining Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program and committing to serving only sustainable seafood in Navio and The Conservatory beginning in April.

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High-resolution resort imagery available here. (Credit: The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay)


About The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
Set atop a rugged bluff overlooking 50 miles of pristine California coastline, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is a Forbes Five-Star, 261-room spa and golf resort offering a relaxing and romantic setting. As the San Francisco Bay Area’s only oceanfront resort, the timeless estate provides guests with a relaxed yet refined experience for a romantic getaway. For more information, please contact The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay at 650-712-7000. For room reservations, contact your travel professional, visit or call Ritz-Carlton worldwide reservations at 800-241-3333.

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