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"The Great Trash Reef"
Although she’s got three art degrees, Margaret Craig cites her degree in biology as a major influence on her artwork, which often references ecological issues and natural occurrences such as pond scum and cracked earth. Among other accomplishments, Craig—who serves as Chair of the Southwest School of Art’s printmaking department—is credited with inventing the Tar Gel Pressless Etching technique. Opening First Friday, her installation “The Great Trash Reef” addresses marine debris collections like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (aka the Pacific Trash Vortex). Free, 6-9pm, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, 116 Blue Star, (210) 227-6960, bluestarart.org. —Bryan Rindfuss