Sustainability through the Eyes and Work of Local Artists
We have the world to live in on the condition that we will take good care of it. And to take good care of it, we have to know it. And to know it and to be willing to take care of it, we have to love it. ~Wendell Berry
What do art and caring for the environment have in common?
There are multiple intersections, and we explore a few in this exhibition. Environmental stewardship draws on both our intellectual and emotional capacities. As Wendell Berry suggests, we take care of what we love, but to love we must know something first. Art engages all our senses and cultivates an emotional response.
These workshops help explore our surroundings through a different lens to help foster living a more sustainable lifestyle by expanding our awareness, understanding, appreciation and skills.
Cynthia Jennings Field
Cynthia will demonstrate how she looks at her environment and objects and then transforms them in resplendent, creative and emotionally evocative ways. She will guide participants in a project for ways to do the same. Examples of Cynthia’s work will be on display and for sale.
Mary Kingsley of Lady Farmer, a sustainable clothing and slow living lifestyle company, shows us how to create hand made paper out of things that would usually be tossed away. Learn how to transform old cards, love letters, junk mail and plant materials into something gorgeous and useful – keeping things out of the landfill and saving time, trees, money and energy.
Kitty will demonstrate the steps to making what is alternately known as “coil”, “rope” or “toothbrush” rag rugs. This technique is so simple, and only requires one tool and scraps of old T-shirts, linens, or even blue jeans
“Up-cycle” items you already have into something beautiful and useful. Kitty will show you how, and you can try it yourself!
Please join artist, photographer Joanne Miller as we capture nature’s beauty. Joanne will guide participants to capture their best composition. Highlights include changing perspectives, isolating your subject and incorporating elements of art to capture the beauty of nature. Share you favorite photo in an on-line community gallery.