Water Street Jewelers supports artists and artisans of all kinds. We appreciate the dedication, creativity and unique vision every artist brings to the world. Without art, the world sure would be a colorless place. And we know, because we are artists too!
We have partnered with artist Dayan Moore
to showcase her works of art throughout our stores. A true artist with the spirit of an activist, Dayan's passion for ecology, the ocean and activism shines through in every piece. Not only does her work fall in line with our philosophy of supporting artists, it also aligns with our desire to make the world a better place. Here's a look at Dayan's unique perspective on art and activism.
"Painter, designer, environmentalist, and entrepreneur. A born advocate with innate passion, curiosity, and ambition, she was an environmentalist & vegetarian by age 11 and by then, totally obsessed with the sea. Day earned a B.F.A. from Rhode Island College. She has worked for Sotheby’s as a paint restoration artist, as a painter on large-scale theatre scrims, a consultant on small business projects, and a small business owner.
Day considers herself an “artivist” and while her primary expression is through paint she is also a founding member of Vanishing Species Vanishing Art and SeaWall_Art4aPurpose both of which create temporary murals and sculptures meant to spotlight vanishing species and made from natural materials, meant to be taken back by nature or tide.
Her current studio work continues her ongoing colloquy with the sea. Exploring the idea of abstracted perception through photos taken while ascending to the surface of the water. Photographing the underside of the “skin of the sea”, then heading into the studio to paint the results. Under the sea, looking up, once familiar images become other worldly and unrecognizable at the whim of current or wind. Too often these reflected surfaces are filled with floating plastics, man-made debris and visions of massive development surrounding these delicate ecosystems. Fractured, shattered and reconfigured: Is it an overturned life raft, contents spilling out, plastic trash floating on the surface or an idyllic beach replete with coconut palms?
A member of Silvermine Artist Guild and several other artist’s collectives. She has also worked with the United Nations and University of Peace in Costa Rica on a woman’s empowerment exchange project and received several awards for her work in the sustainable / green industries, such as the prestigious Eileen Fisher Woman Entrepreneur Grant. Her art can be found in galleries and homes in Europe, South and Central America and the U.S.
An Artivist, Day makes art with a purpose. “I believe that promoting the idea of “urgency” and “action” are what is needed most concerning the conservation of our oceans. Through dialog & education we can change the perception about what it would mean to lose the oceans.”
Day donates a percentage of each painting sold to Sea Shepard Conservation Society, who’s mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species."
As you browse our stores, take some time to appreciate Dayan's work. Each piece is unique and available for purchase. Gift cards featuring Dayan's work can also be included with any gifts you purchase in store and online.