PAN: Project Art for Nature

Some new work

Below are images of the pieces I completed since I have become a member of Project Art for Nature. Visiting my site in mid-June, I encountered a field of one of my favorite native wildflowers, Monarda fistulosa (also known as wild bergamot or bee balm), not yet in bloom but vigorous with upward verdant growth. The topmost leaves of brilliant yellow-green seemed almost like sources of light. Three of the pieces are my response to observing this field.

I was also attracted to a hillside dense with tall, graceful grass. I have since learned this is an invasive and difficult-to-eradicate species called reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea). Its presence can lead to a decline in native plants. Since learning this, I have noticed it everywhere - in roadside ditches, parks, etc. It grows so thick it tends to choke the wetlands.

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Robust Grass | natural pigments on silk | 46"x 26" mounted | © 2011 Kit Eastman

Robust Grass | natural pigments on silk | 46"x 26" mounted | © 2011 Kit Eastman

Field and Sky 1 | natural pigments on reclaimed linen damask | 30"x40" mounted | © Kit Eastman

Field and Sky 1 | natural pigments on reclaimed linen damask | 30"x40" mounted | © Kit Eastman

Field and Sky 2 | natural pigments on reclaimed linen damask | 40"x30" mounted | © Kit Eastman

Field and Sky 2 | natural pigments on reclaimed linen damask | 40"x30" mounted | © Kit Eastman

Current Show - Project Art for Nature

Last week I dropped off two new pieces of work at the new Project Art for Nature show at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, WI. It is a beautiful show that includes a wide range of artistic media as well as approaches to the natural sites observed by each participating artist.

Places Between, Species Within: Project Art for Nature's fourth cycle unfurls with a show of new works, by both new and renewing artists, at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin. Exhibit Dates:  19 Aug – 25 Sep 2011; Opening Reception, 26 Aug, 6:30-8:30 pm. Round Table Discussion with Exhibiting Artists, 25 Sep 2011, 2:00-4:00 pm.  Check the Phipps website for gallery hours, www.ThePhipps.org. For more information about Project Art for Nature and participating artists, please visit www.projectartfornature.org.

This is one of the two pieces I have in the show, and one of four pieces I made using the new stencils described in this post.

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Please join us for the opening reception, this coming Friday evening from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.!

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