An exhibit benefiting the Gaviota Coast and featuring Santa Barbara artists aims to make a splash when it opens downtown today.

From Nov. 5 to Jan. 16, “Ocean Vision – Nine Local Artists Celebrate the Sea” will showcase artwork highlighting local and exotic sea, land and surfscapes. The exhibit, which is presented by the Santa Barbara Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, is being held to benefit the Gaviota Coast, which is the last substantial portion of undeveloped coast in Southern California.

The show is on display at 33 Jewels at El Paseo, 814 State St. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, except for Sundays, when it is open from noon to 5 p.m. and on Tuesdays, when it is closed.

The exhibition features a series of ocean-centric scenes in a variety of mediums, such as photographs, monotypes, paintings and installations.

All profits from the show will go to the Santa Barbara Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. The aim of the exhibition is to showcase the work of Santa Barbara artists, as well as highlight local environmental issues, such as preserving the shoreline and increasing public beach access and watershed resources.

The art show kicks off tonight with a Surfrider Preview Reception Party from 5 to 8 p.m. with the artists. Several other parties – which will all feature live music, wine and refreshments – will be held throughout the course of the exhibition.

In a press release, Scott Bull, Santa Barbara Surfrider Chapter chair, said he was proud of the art exhibit and its environmental message.

“We are grateful to the artists who have come together to support the local chapter,” Bull said. “We are happy to showcase their talents in this unique gallery, all in the name of our treasured coast.”