Earth Day 2020 Art Exhibit

EARTH DAY 2020 — An art event to celebrate the earth!
Curated by Melissa Richard.

Hosting a variety of artists from all over the world for our annual earth day show.

GALLERY SITKA’S STATEMENT

Over the past 6 years, we have had several Earth Day art exhibits, or have connected our spring shows to #EARTHDAY. Earth Day is super important to us, but as one brand we follow says, Earth Day should be every day. Since we only have one planet, our job is to take care of it.

The first Earth Day was on April 22, 1970, and was an event that was based around protests to support a more sustainable way of living due to the fact that the auto industry was polluting the air. Not much has changed. However, this year, due to COVID19 it is of interest to see that the slowdown in human activity has led to a quick clean-up of the air. The Earth can heal quickly, a clear sign that it was designed to maintain itself when allowed to. Our job as humans is to take care of it — and we haven’t really been succeeding.

This art exhibit has thus come at a good time. We feel it is very important that we make a statement about the beauty of the Earth and remind all of us that we should be wise in how we use our time, resources, and we should do our best to keep our carbon footprint low.

Art is an excellent way to make such a statement. Thus, we appreciate our represented artist, Melissa Richard, for curating this group of work. I have added some of our represented artists’ works that I felt fit the mood. We appreciate all the artists that contributed! And though we could not host an event in person, we will have this work online for you to view and purchase during 2020. Our hope is that it inspires you to either make art yourself, become reinvigorated to take care of your part of the Earth, re-work the way you use and buy and that it heals your mood caused by this pandemic.

Please reach out to my team and I for comments or questions on social media, phone, or email. And Remember, #EveryDayisEarthDay!

With love,
Tamar Russell Brown
Gallery Director
Gallery Sitka

 

NOW FOR THE ART!

Melissa Richard

Melissa is represented by Gallery Sitka. To read her biography, visit her page.

As we all are navigating an uncertain and at times frightening world this Earth Day, I think it is all the more important we acknowledge the beauty and awe-inspiring wonders that surround us. Life has changed drastically in the last couple of months and many of us, maybe for the first time, have been forced to slow down and spend more time in our backyards and local hiking areas and a new appreciation for life and the planet we inhabit. There are many unexpected ways that our staying apart has brought us together as human beings and with nature. With all of this in mind it has made my curating this show a special privilege.
My two works for this show are titled Survive and Grow. I created these two mixed media works a few months before the COVID-19 outbreak. I worked in collaboration with a German nature photographer Stephan Bartel, incorporating his beautiful images of the natural world as well as some found imagery to express my own connection to nature as a healing force. Like many trauma survivors, Stefan and I share this relationship with nature as products of difficult childhoods. Nature was an escape and a refuge that helped us survive and has continued to be a place of peace and healing as we have grown. It is one thing that connected us as artists and inspired us to collaborate on this project.
With the onset of the virus pandemic and all the stress and change that has brought on, the whole of humanity collectively is dealing with trauma. Our survival and growth through this ordeal has connected all of us around the globe. This Earth Day let us take some time to be grateful for what we do have and for the opportunity to enjoy our world and the nature around us in new ways and through a new lens. I hope that the art in this wonderful show aids in our collective process of healing and brings some respite and brightness to these dark times.

Angelique Luro

Born and raised in Maine, Angelique has resided here for the majority of her life. Angelique is an empathic, intuitive, abstract artist who draws from her experiences as a mother, professional gardener, Reiki healer, and yoga instructor. Discernment is at the forefront of the creative process for her. Inspired by the love of family, animals, and the natural world, she blends her innate knowledge of color, texture, and line, with curiosity and a sense of exploration, which results in engaging acrylic/mixed media works. She currently lives on a small farm in southern Maine with her husband and their four equines, two dogs, and a cat. Angelique’s work may be seen at The Art Coop in Kennebunk, Maine. She is a member of the York Art Association, (Exhibit York Library March 2020), the Kittery Art Association (Member Show March 2020) and the Boothbay Region Art Association. Upcoming exhibits include Gallery Sitka at the Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley, MA., June 2020 and Zavo NYC, September 2020.

She may be reached at aluro@me.com, or Instagram, @anglu64. Angelique has a BS Graphic Design from Fitchburg State College, 1992. AS Business and Resource Management, University of Maine, 1985.

Angelique Ward

Trees are a source of so much for us in this world. They are strong, resilient and so very beautiful. We can take a lesson from them.

Beth Barry

Beth is represented by Gallery Sitka. To read her biography, visit her page.

Brittany Hamel

‘Mush Ado About Mossing’ Feb 2020
This work is an abstract representation of the symbiotic relationships that take place on the forest floor. Each mark made joins together in harmony to form something of beauty, just as the mushrooms and mosses of the forest join together to form the most luscious carpeting through the woods.

‘My WiFi is Weak’ March 2020
This photograph was taken on a camping trip to the Northeast Kingdom area of Vermont, where there was no cellular service or WiFi. The vibrancy of this mushroom is a reminder to unplug and look for the beauty in the little things Mother Earth has hiding under her treetop canopies just waiting for you to appreciate them.

‘Alone You Can Do So Little’ March 2020
A mushroom of the forest floor in Asheville, NC. Mushrooms are the oft overlooked, yet they are the total package. Some offer humans many health benefits and nutrients. They even offer nutrients to the trees in a symbiosis called Mycorrhiza, helping the trees extract minerals and water from the soil. The trees could not synthesize these minerals alone and in return give carbohydrates to the fungi adorning its roots.

Carolyn Todd

‘The Shore,’ 2020
The great scientist and naturalist: E.O. Wilson has titled the current era of mass extinction as the Eremozoic, the age of loneliness. Not only are we losing many species faster than any time in history, we are also experiencing the accelerated melting of ice sheets and glaciers which has now become the dominant cause of sea-level rise. My painting titled The Shore will hopefully be viewed as an artist statement regarding this situation world-wide.

‘The Orangutan,’ 2019
Living on the earth currently are two species, they are the Bornean Orangutan and the Sumatran Orangutan. Both Orangutans are critically endangered due to habitat destruction and illegal hunting. I painted a representation of the beautiful color of the fur on their bodies to serve as a memory to the viewer of the unfortunate desensitizing of facts regarding Orangutan extinction.

‘The Red-billed Toucan,’ 2020
This South American native has a status of critically endangered due to habitat loss/forest clearing. The Red-billed Toucan inspired me to paint their bill in an abstraction of their beauty.

Colette Shumate Smith

Colette is represented by Gallery Sitka. To read her biography, visit her page.

Euletha Dukes

Moss and lichen have always been wonders to me, particularly for their ability to thrive in unusual environments. This closeups project began in 2018 on a trip to Iceland, a land of sprawling vistas carpeted in thick moss. Icelanders have a near sacred regard for moss, and this is where I learned about its sensitivity and resilience. I was inspired not only to slow down and respect it, but to engage the same curiosity and respect for the flora around my own home. This ongoing closeups series represents the intentional act of looking closer to develop sensitivity and appreciation for things I take for granted.

Honing in on these details clues us in, not only to the intricacy of these organisms thriving in their environment, but also are reminders of the delicate relationships between us and the ecosystems around us. They encourage us to learn the stories within these systems. Lichen beautifies the surfaces they grow on and filters the very air we breathe. Moss is a bioindicator of air quality and is a natural water filter. They may proliferate on trees and stone and bring pleasure to the eye, but a closer look reveals an interdependence with insects and other fauna for nourishment and survival. And of course the big question is, how are these organisms surviving in our rapidly changing environment? Admiring these life forms so closely awakens more than fascination. They do more than beautify life, they help sustain it. They awaken gratitude, because they are a gift.

James Hunt

Our relationship with our home planet leaves us with precious little room for error. We seem to be challenging Earth’s tolerance almost everywhere. That challenge is quite visible at the shoreline. There we can see the ocean taking back the land. Croatan Sound#1 was taken on the north shore of Manteo Island off the Outer Banks of North Carolina. There the Croatan Sound has taken back a considerable stretch of what was once forest. Ocean City Pier just off the beach at Ocean City, New Jersey is no longer standing, having been taken by Superstorm Sandy. Race Point Beach #2 is from our own Cape Cod, overdeveloped and under protected. The point of conflict where the water meets the land is often quite beautiful, unfortunately that beauty can be quite deceptive.

Artist Bio
James Hunt is an environmental and fine art photographer from Grafton, Massachusetts. His work has been displayed at solo and juried exhibitions at the Jewish Community Center of Worcester, the Franklin Gallery of Arts Worcester, the Hollister Gallery of BabsonArts, Babson College, the Aldrich Gallery in Whitinsville, Massachusetts and the Small Stones Arts Festival in Grafton, Massachusetts. Two of his portfolios have been published in Black and White Magazine. James is also Associate Professor of Management at Babson College where he teaches management and sustainability.

Kate Shaffer

Kate is represented by Gallery Sitka. To read her biography, visit her page.

Michaila Sheehan

‘Changing,’ Fall 2018
Inspired by the fallen leaves in Autumn, this close up compositions shows an appreciation for the colors and changes that Fall brings. It draws attention to the small details we barely stop to notice. Life, death, and the earth preparing for its slumber through winter.

‘We Are One,’ Spring 2019
On one side this diptych depicts a swirling scene of the setting sun and land mixing with the sky and the cosmos. It is complimented by an abstracter twin which shapes, movement, and colors mimic those of the sun, trees branches, and galaxies. The idea behind it is we are all connected to the earth and the universe. We are made of star dust. We are one.

‘Swarm,’ Fall 2018
The abstract underwater cavern in this last piece shares the importance of the undersea portion on Earth. The thick globs of paint are made to represent small sea creatures swarming the water tunnels. 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water making it a significant part of our planet.

Ruth LaGue

Ruth is represented by Gallery Sitka. To read her biography, visit her page.

Scott Niemi

Sharon Thompson

The beauty and the fluidity of water and the mystery it holds.

Susan Wadsworth

Susan is represented by Gallery Sitka. To read her biography, visit her page.

William Turner

These three paintings draw attention to the destruction of our natural resources and wildlife due of man’s insensitivity to the fragility of our environment.