SYMBIOSIS: NATURE & HER KEEPERS

Visit the exhibition through November 18th, during regular gallery hours.

AZ Gallery - 308 Prince Street, #130 Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101

Learn more about the artist: www.jessicaturtle.art

Learn more about our host: www.theazgallery.org

A visual representation of deep ecology

This exhibition invites you to explore a visual representation of the inherent value of all natural things, while suggesting that our origins belie what we truly are, symbiotic beings of nature. To understand this, hands each of us an undeniable responsibility to act as stewards of the land. 

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SPECIES OF HOPE

STUDENT RESEARCH & ART EXHIBITION

On display: March 1st, 2018 - April 30th, 2018 

Artist Reception: Friday, March 9th, from 6 to 8 pm

Hosted by: Farm Table Foundation - 110 Keller Avenue North Amery, Wisconsin

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

Each student group will spend time researching different species on the Wisconsin Natural Heritage Working List, and will do so, using credible non-internet sources. After carefully selecting the species that matters most to them, each group will draft a project proposal and present to a jury panel for approval.

The students collaborated on a single work of art demonstrating what they have come to understand during the research phase, from: habitat, diet, environmental risks, and creature benefits. The final work of art was completed using watercolors and pencils and is on display in the Farm Table Foundation, Exhibition Hall. When you tour the exhibit, you are given a chance to hear from each group by listening to the Exhibit Audio Guide - hear the students explain the thoughts and ideas generated by the art making and research process.

The artwork will be on display in the Farm Table Foundation - Exhibit Hall, the exhibits are free and open to the public. Be sure to order your very own prints before leaving! A variety of sizes are available for each piece, the donation will fund more exhibitions just like this! Thank you for your continued support. 

INOPIA

SARAH NELSON

On Display: October 31st, 2017 - February 27th, 2018

RECEPTION:  November 10th, 2017 from 6 to 9 pm

CHECK OUT SECOND OPINION MAGAZINE FEATURE ARTICLE on the NATURAL HERITAGE PROJECT.

Inopia : Want, Lack, Scarcity or Need

The exhibit was an expression of scarcity's nature; the tangle of lack and rarity. Through scarcity, the desire for the lost or rare object exponentially increases - yet, there still exists an egregious loss. Anything that could have been experienced, the good from its life, is lost and all that depended upon the species for its own survival, is now left to adapt or dwindle.  

Sarah Nelson has worked to capture the emotions of coming to know the beauty of something while simultaneously watching it disappear. It is both a collection to document these species existence, celebrating their beauty and elegance, as much as it was to demonstrate the vital interdependence between various species and their habitats. 

Sarah's work emulates the illustration style of artists who, throughout history, have accompanied explorers and scientists documenting new species. Although the she harkens back to an early style, each of Sarah's illustrations were created with something different in mind - some were six feet tall, others will deteriorate or disappear and all are made with a modern medium: Micron pens & Prismacolor markers on parchment. 

Inopia was an invitation for the viewer to better know the rare and elegant world of this region's natural heritage - to understand what is good for the world is good for us, and we are richer for better knowing the world and what is good for it. 

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MUCH ADO ABOUT BEES

On display: May 29th, 2017 - Sept 25th, 2018 

Artist Reception: June 10th, 2017 from 6 to 9 pm

Hosted by: Farm Table Foundation - 110 Keller Avenue North, Amery - Wisconsin

Jessica Turtle, a mid-western rugrat, artist, and curatorial steward started the Natural Heritage Project after she caught wind of the Natural Heritage Working List (NHWL). Immediately, she began calling on artists, each rallied by the discovery of the NHWL. She wanted to create a space to invite artists to begin chipping away at the list, one species at a time, to create a collection of works for each species. Jessica continues to organize and will not stop until every last species identified on the list has a voice, or even better still, is represented by a well considered, articulate visual work of art. Naturally, the project will twist and bend as it grows subscribe to follow along.  

The NHP is currently displaying its work in downtown Amery, Wisconsin. The space is beautiful and the response has been exceptional. "Much Ado About Bees" was a test exhibit where Jessica created work that focused on six native bumblebee species whose population is at risk in Wisconsin and she also represented the ever-popular honey bee.

The exhibit was a playground for the senses. Honey bees were represented as a way to connect people to something beloved and familiar as the artist gently encouraged further investigation into the very beautiful and gentle world of native bumblebees. Many people were surprised at what they didn't know and eager to protect bumblebee habitat on their own property. 

The exhibit displayed seven species of native bumblebees in a series of vibrant and scientific paintings, there was a hand-woven sun hive made by artist Kelsey Love of Minneapolis, and three custom bee boxes hand-painted by Christy Schwartz of St. Paul in the likeness of historically famous works of art. Also on display were beekeepers’ tools provided by Minnetonka Gold Honey, a sampling table with fourteen unique varieties of local honey, and a mannequin aptly dressed in beekeepers’ clothing. Guests were invited to enjoy a beautiful array of honey based foods, and a tasting of Wisconsin/Minnesota—made mead (honey wine).