Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Andrea Richard of New Times Captures Curator's Thoughts on Bee Exhibit

Photo by Melanie Valentine

Lake Park Exhibit Raises Awareness of the Benefits of Bees

By Andrea Richard Thursday, Jul 10 2014
 On display through August 11 at Art on Park, 800 Park Ave., in Lake Park. 

Opening reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 11. 

No cover, but a donation is suggested. Call 786-521-1199.

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Exhibition Statement
by Mary Jo Aagerstoun,President of Eco-Art South Florida

“What’s All the Buzz?” is an exhibition to honor the humble honey bee, especially our Florida native ones. Bees are necessary to pollinate crops that feed humans, and to pollinate wild plants and trees so they can flourish. Studies show that Florida native bees are much more efficient and industrious pollinators of Florida’s crops than are non native honeybees shipped in for pollinating. We would like to address this issue proactively through conversations, demonstarations, and ultimately through the incepection of art related projects that may surface as a result of the exhibition.
This is just one approach to making the invisible visible that artists can do so well. The invisible here are the systems of industrial agriculture.
Another approach to utilizing art based in science to bring visibility to the plight of our bees, is the work of Kelly Rogers who recently completed a multi media installation as part of her MFA qualifications. The installation includes live bees. bee-ecology.com
Yet another approach is art that utilizes native plants in outdoor installations that can provide nectar specifically for native Florida bees. A recent example of a landscape designed by an EcoArtist to attract and nurture Florida native pollinators is Eco Walk in Boynton Beach at the new LEED Gold certified apartment complex, Seabourn Cove. http://www.boynton-beach.org/departments/public_art/projects/dixie_ecowalk.php While this work, by local Palm Beach county EcoArtist Lucy Keshavarz is focused more closely on butterflies, the plants selected also encourage native bees.

Martin County EcoArtist Jesse Etelson discovered that a fanciful ceramic vessel designed as a screech owl nesting box actually attracted native Florida bees instead! His research after this serendipitous occurrence showed that indeed ceramic containers have been used for millennia dating back to Egyptian beekeepers as ideal beehives. http://jesseetelson.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/screechowl.jpg

Organized by Rolando Chang Barrero, curator. 
"What's All the Buzz About?" will benefit Palm Beach Beekeepers Assoc., a 501(c)3 Non Profit

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