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Bethany Lacktorin & Wavelets Creative present

My Ocean 

Sound & Performance Installation

Created by Bethany Lacktorin & James Everest

with Jais Gossman

Directed by James Everest

Produced by Bethany Lacktorin

Written by Bethany Lacktorin, Jais Gossman

and James Everest

Original Score composed by James Everest

Performed by Bethany Lacktorin, James Everest (guitar), Jais Gossman (Ivan), Gavino Limon (Grass Dance), Lance Kolstad (Kite Flyer), Thomas LaBlanc (4 Winds Prayer), and the My Ocean Orchestra & Choir

DNR Naturalist - Kelsey Olson (Sibley State Park Interpretive Center)

Dramaturg - Jais Gossman

Music & Sound Director - James Everest

Tech Director - Joel Dundorf

Production Assistant - Abbey Guggisberg

Costumes & Props - Jeanie Ockuly & MC Kunz

Birdhouses by Steve Luttinen


The Department of Natural Resources

Sibley State Park Interpretive Center

Jerry Skarpness of the Lake Johanna Parks Association

Goat Ridge Brewing Co., New London, MN

Ben Weaver

Merlin Peterson of Pope Art Gallery, Terrace

Glenwood Historical Museum

The Estby Family


My Ocean wishes to thank the following organizations for their support:

The American Composers Forum

Jerome Foundation

Lakes Region Arts Council

My Ocean was made possible by a grant from the American Composers Forum with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation and is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Lakes Region Arts Council (LRAC), thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.


The Nature Conservancy

Performances of  “My Ocean” are conducted at Ordway Prairie Preserve which is owned and

operated by The Nature Conservancy, a non-profit corporation whose mission is to preserve

the lands and waters on which all life depends.

Edited by Nik Nerburn

Sound Mix by Bethany Lacktorin

My Ocean Performance Video


About the Artists

Bethany Lacktorin is a performer, sound artist and musician who creates site-specific, immersive, interactive, multi- disciplinary installation experiences that foster new perspectives, heightened awareness, and deeper connections to the spaces, places, and communities in which we live. Expressed as music, movement, sound, story and object Bethany’s work has been presented at institutions across the US and Europe.

A professional sound engineer since 2001 she has earned credit as sound designer for feature films, documentaries, short flms, television and radio.


Nik Nerburn is an artist, filmmaker and photographer.  He works in a variety of photo formats. His work often involves essayistic interventions in archival materials to explore regional histories, focusing on contested histories that stand at the intersection of power, memory, race and place. 

Samuel Yuan (Yicong) is a photographer and a video editor currently study in Univeraity of Minnesota Morris. Check out his Youtube Channel:

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