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Environmental Impact at Brookgreen Gardens – January 31 – April 26, 2015
Brookgreen Gardens will host Environmental Impact, a cutting edge art exhibition that is touring museums throughout the United States. The purpose of the exhibition is two-fold: 1) to recognize, document, and share the work of leading contemporary artists who choose to focus their art on local and global environmental issues; and 2) to heighten public awareness and concern about the degradation of diverse environments. The exhibition is on view daily in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion from January 31 to April 26, 2015 and is free with garden admission. “Traditional art generally depicts nature in all of its glory,” said Bob Jewell, President and CEO. “The artworks in this exhibit present a variety of today’s environmental issues and call attention to the consequences of depleting our natural resources.” The 75 paintings, photographs, prints, installations, and sculptures confront issues such as the over-development of land, dangers of nuclear energy, and impact of global warming. “We are pleased to offer this exhibit to the Brookgreen Gardens’ audience,” said Robin Salmon, Vice-President of Art and Historical Collections, “and we appreciate the support of our presenting sponsor, the Waccamaw Community Foundation.” Among the WCF guiding principles are the improvement of the quality of life for the residents of the Waccamaw community, supporting individual responsibility and concern for others, and responsible stewardship, “making the foundation a perfect sponsor of the exhibit”, Salmon said. Environmental Impact was produced by David J. Wagner, PhD., the Curator/Tour Director who drew upon a diverse range of artists with works that are not only hard-hitting, but are also involved in today’s environmental movement. Artists whose work are in the exhibit include: Chester Arnold, Sonoma, CA; Robert Bateman, Fulford Harbour, BC, Canada; Edward Burtynsky, Toronto, ON, Canada; Chapel, San Francisco, CA; Robert Dawson, San Francisco, CA; Lucia deLeiris, Watertown, MA; Drew Denny, Guerneville, CA; Chris Doyle, Brooklyn, NY; Walter W. Ferguson, Beit Yanai, Israel; Zaria Forman, Brooklyn, NY; Britt Freda, Burton, WA; Sayaka Kajita Ganz, Yokohama, Japan; Peter Goin, Reno, NV; Scott Greene, Bernalillo, New Mexico; Karen Hackenberg, Port Townsend, WA; Guy Harvey, Grand Cayman, BWI; Julie Heffernan, Brooklyn, NY; Mary Helsaple, Sedona, AZ; Cole Johnson, Deposit, NY; Ron Kingswood, Sparta, ON, Canada; Lisa Lebofsky, Bronx, NY; Michael (Mick) Meilahn, Pickett, WI; Richard Misrach, Berkeley, CA; Leo Osborne, Anacortes, WA; Rick Pas, Lapeer, MI; Derek Robertson, Balmerino, Fife, Scotland; Diana Sanchez, Bogotá, Columbia; Carol Santora, Kennebunk, ME; Martin Stupich, Albuquerque, NM; Kent Ullberg, Corpus Christi, TX; Bart Walter, Westminster, MD; Suze Woolf, Seattle, WA. Brookgreen Gardens, a non-profit organization located on U.S. 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, is open daily to the public. For more information, visit www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.