The Sun Gallery proudly announces its 6th Annual Environmental and Climate Change Exhibit: 'Planet Earth: The Beauty of Life'. Opening Day is Friday April 5th, 2019 and the show runs until Saturday June 1, 2019. On closing day, Saturday, June 1st, there will also be a special event at the Gallery “Prayers for the Planet”, a joint effort between the Sun and the local InterFaith Council. All denominations, faiths, beliefs and cultures are encouraged to attend and enjoy music, food, art projects, prayer and speakers throughout the day.
During a year of unprecedented climate change related disasters happening worldwide, this years exhibit Is focused on the beautiful things that make up life on Earth, including the things that we are losing every day, like endangered plants and wildlife. Hummingbirds are a recurring theme in the show as are water, landscapes and disappearing habitat. Viewers will also find strong spiritual influences permeating the space, such as artist Jon Kerpel’s piece “Angel of the Waters” and “Worship”, artist Debra Collins piece “Following St. Kevin’s Prayer.” Nina Starr’s work “The Birth of Mother Nature” and Dorsi Diaz’s art “Teach the Children, Touch the World” which features a silhouette of her grandson Zachary touching the Earth with a kaleidoscope of water and sky in the background. Her piece was inspired by Dotti Chicon and Anitta Toivio’s video installation, a favorite every year among viewers. Anitta, a Finland artist, and local artist Dotti, work together every year to create something unique and profound in their video’s, addressing natures beauty and also its vulnerabilities.
Planet Earth: The Beauty of Life this year is dedicated to Zachary, the Directors grandson, and to all of the children of the world. Sun Gallery Director/Curator Diaz says: “Tragically, our children are the ones who are going to suffer the brunt of climate change, and will be the most affected during their lifetimes. We have not left them a grand legacy but instead a world full of uncertainties full of looming mega-disasters, such as ever increasing hurricanes, flooding, storms, cyclones, typhoons, firestorms, rising sea levels and ever increasing and abrupt releases of methane, an extremely potent greenhouse gas that lies beneath the ocean seas and in permafrost areas around the globe.”
In its typical edginess, the show also exposes the viewer to ponder earth changes during this time of abrupt climate change, such as Elinor Cheung’s piece entitled ”Anomaly”, which features children holding the planet up with a the American Constitution in the background. A piece that begs to ask the question: “What would our forefathers have thought or done during this time of great environmental change and chaos?”
Christa Schanda’s piece invites viewers to think about all the “stuff” that the Earth is trying to expel in a large piece titled “Universum.“
Planet Earth includes a wide range of additional artists from as far away as Europe to several well-known local artists:
Sharon DeVetter, Julie Barrett, Dr. Htain Win, Tom Oliver, Jeanne Bertolina, Sarah Sammis, Ruey Syrop, Linda Nygard, Hollie Adamic, Roshawn Osborne, Greg Duggan, Hana Zhou, Claudia Schwalm, Rita Sklar, Christine Bender, Sun Gallery Free Saturday Family Art Class, Schafer Park Elementary School, (4th Grade with teacher John Martoni), Kathryn Page plus Peter and Maureen Langenbach.
School field trips for the environmental exhibit inside the gallery can also be scheduled Monday-Friday. Field trips have become extremely popular for teachers and students because of the “STEAM” element the field trips provide (science, technology. engineering, art and math perspective on climate change and art)
School trips include a gallery tour and art project in the spacious
Sun Gallery studio. The Sun also offers special in-classroom art lesson and can come into the classroom with the books, art, materials & project. To book your tour call show contact info
For more information on the climate change exhibit you can call the Sun Gallery at show contact info
or go to www.SunGallery.org.
Sun Gallery is a 501c3 non-profit located at 1015 E St. in Hayward, below Bret Harte Middle School. Hours are Friday- Sunday from 11-5 and admission is free. An encore debut of the show will be held at Hayward City Hall in the John O'Lague Galleria at 777 B St. in Hayward during the summer.
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