The public is invited to join and advance registration is required.
The event will feature both live and prerecorded tributes to Salas, as well as a presentation by Salas himself, along with incredible underwater video footage, a museum spokeswoman said.
Salas' work embodies the museum’s mission to bring art and nature together as a means of preserving wild spaces, the spokeswoman said, referring to the artist's longtime career spent underwater capturing extraordinary images of marine creatures from sharks and seals to the smallest sea animal.
“While I realize that as an individual I have never been more than a drop of water in the face of the vastness of the ocean, I have also seen that as a species, our collective weight is having a profound and harmful impact on our seas,” Salas said.
He added that with the assistance of lighting and lots of patience, he has been able to create a dimensionality in his photographs that cause his subjects to "leap off the page to meet and greet the viewer."
"Through my images, I hope to convey the profound sense of oneness with the underwater world that I feel when I am diving," Salas said. "I am committed to using my art to spark in others both a reverence and a sense of responsibility for all ocean life.”
To purchase tickets or to sponsor honorary event, visit www.wildlingmuseum.org/news/2021-wilderness-spirit-award, or call 805-686-8315.
The museum is open to public walk-ins Friday through Monday, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Drawing from Danish words, local architecture and photography, S is for Solvang also includes fun facts and lively storytelling that are useful not only to children.
The public is invited to meet the artists, participate in a prize-winning drawing and witness miniature horses performing with trainer Ramon Becerra during the Artisan Market on April 17.