Monday, July 7, 2014

Eco-Art Makes Impact on Upcoming Exhibition!

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FOUR EcoArt Works in Upcoming  "What's All the Buzz About?" Show (July 11th opening)
**A backpack designed like a book, each page a honeycomb to be
Kelly Rogers. BeeHive Backpack. 
inhabited by live bees, is a living sculpture, for educating about bee swarming habits and the practice of migratory beekeeping. 


**Gallery visitors remove envelopes of bee-nurturing Coreopsis wildflower (Florida's state flower) seeds from an
Xavier Cortada's FLOR500 installation encourages planting Florida native Coreopsis.
art installation, to grow their own backyard bee habitats and upload photos of their gardens onto a website. 


**A large ceramic sculpture that seems to grow like an
Jesse Etelson. Bee habitat sculpture
outsize mushroom from the trunk of a pine tree, has all the characteristics buzzing pollinators require. 

**Dozens of clay "fossils" are reminders of the shapes of the best plants for bees we need to plant so they don't become real fossils.
Lucy Keshavarz. Sunshine Mimosa "Fossil."

These are the 4 EcoArt works that will join 15 other more traditional pieces in a show conceived by Rolando Chang Barrero for Lake Park's Art on Park Gallery, the headquarters of Artists of Palm Beach County. Barrero explains his inspiration for the show as: "...my answer to all of the hoopla and activism going around about the extinction of bees, and GMO's. What are we doing as a solution? This is my solution....to bring people together to discover and connect through their separate and unique identities (and mediums), and create an environment where these connections can be made." 

Mary Jo Aagerstoun, founder and president of EcoArt South Florida, recruited the EcoArtists for the show, with Barrero's enthusiastic encouragement. Aagerstoun notes: "EcoArt South Florida is thankful to Rolando for his understanding and sensitivity to the need for activist EcoArt interventions for our endangered pollinators, and willingness to showcase these smart works honoring the endangered Florida native wild bee and the domesticated honeybee. All bee species are in extremis worldwide. Bringing art to the struggle to keep them (and us) alive is crucial. EcoArt in particular can be particularly effective because it both educates and engages community while doing important direct ecologically restorative work." (See  http://ecoartsofla.org/ecoart-and-ecoartists/what-is-ecoart/). 
 
The opening on Friday, July 11th 5-8 PM, Art on Park, 800 Park Avenue, Lake Park, FL, will feature music, a food truck and libations. After Party at AJs down the block.


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