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Pelham Art Center Presents “the only home we have”

September 11, 2015 - October 24, 2015

Curated by Candace Taubner, Kathy Rutsch, Nancy Warner

September 11 – October 24, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, September 11, 2015, 6:30 – 8PM

Janet Culbertson, The Warming, 2001
Janet Culbertson, The Warming, 2001

Pelham Art Center is pleased to present the only home we have, a group exhibition that confronts the issue of climate change. Reflecting on the fragility and beauty of the world we know, eight artists expand on the complexity of this pressing international issue. Focusing on the current and potential damage around the globe, the artwork communicates urgency to address not only the environmental shock of climate change, but the political, social and economic impact. The exhibition will be on view from September 11 through October 24, 2015. An opening reception and free all-ages art workshop for the public will be held on Friday, September 11, 2015, 6:30 – 8PM. The exhibition is curated by Pelham residents Candace Taubner, Kathy Rutsch, and Nancy Warner.

Climate change has become one of the most pressing and extreme worldwide challenges. NASA notes that 97% of climate scientists believe that changes in weather are caused by human activity. With the increase in greenhouse gases, the Earth’s natural response has created an unprecedented rise in overall global temperature, with the prospective of supreme natural disasters worldwide. While alarm is growing and time is running out, solutions are complicated. A global collective will to act is urgent, with each country bearing responsibility. As President Obama affirmed, “Climate change, especially rising seas, is a threat to our homeland security –our economic infrastructure, and the safety and health of the American people.” The exhibition investigates the ravages of climate change on earth –the only home we have – through the terrible beauty of their art. These inspirational artists narrate the impact of impending devastation to draw awareness to our dystopian future if climate change is ignored. This show is an appeal to pay attention.

Artists: Rebecca Clark, Janet Culbertson, Maurisse Taylor Gray, Jimmy Greenfield, Judith Lipton, Colette Murphy, Joy Wulke, and Tricia Zimic.

Admission is free and open to the public.

About the Artists

Rebecca Clark creates sensitive pencil drawings of the natural world capturing transient moments of grace and beauty, reminding us that humans cannot live detached from nature.

Janet Culbertson’s strong voice for the environment can be seen through her large scale drawings and paintings, focusing on the paradox of man’s love of untamed nature and the rampant exploitation of it.

Maurisse Taylor Gray’s porcelain, black and red stoneware figurative sculpture conveys a sense of the extreme stress and damage climate change is expected to cause by the end of the century.

Jimmy Greenfield uses the earth itself to build his sculptures with huge cast dirt maps of a parched and devastated world.

Judith Lipton’s work explores the theme of absence and presence, confronting the viewer with the experience of loss through the fragile and emptied out interiors of cracked eggshells.

Colette Murphy works on raw unpainted linen, creating haunting scenes combining incongruous elements that upon viewing become a new reality.

Joy Wulke created sculptural installations of glass, fabric, steel and natural elements, often of a house sheltering nature. We humans look in from the outside, apart, but aware of our interdependence and the need to protect the fragile habitat we know.

Tricia Zimic uses triptych paintings, a popular form for altar paintings from the Middle Ages onward, to presents a narrative of the past, present and future of the world.

About Pelham Art Center

Pelham Art Center’s mission is to provide the public with a place, the resources and the opportunity to see, study, and experience the arts in a community setting. Currently serving more than 16,000 adults and children in Westchester County and parts of the Bronx by offering high-quality free and affordable art programs year round, Pelham Art Center is committed to the belief that the public’s access to and participation in the arts strengthens communities and fosters lifelong engagement in the arts.

Pelham Art Center 155 Fifth Avenue Pelham, NY 10803 914-738-2525 info@pelhamartcenter.org
Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 10–5pm; Saturday, 10–4pm
Directions: Located 5 blocks from the Hutchinson Parkway exit 12 and 2 blocks from the Metro North Pelham stop

These events and programs are made possible, in part, by the ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government. Pelham Art Center also receives funding from: New York State Council on the Arts, A State Agency; Westchester Jewish Community Services; hibu; Nurses Network of America; Town of Pelham; New Rochelle Campership Fund; Bistro Rollin; Robin’s Art+Giving; Nycon; Junior League of Pelham, Prospect Hill Lunchtime Enrichment; Strypemonde Foundation; Mark Link Insurance; Broadway Electric, Owen Berkowitz; Members; and Annual Fund Donors.


September 11, 2015
October 24, 2015
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