An art show that invites conversation.
Don't miss this important first show of the new year
“Daughters of Earth: In Our Hands”
The New Year opens with “Daughters of Earth/ In Our Hands” a show celebrating wisdom, compassion, courage, resilience, and hope. Five artists have combined their diverse talents to create a collaborative installation that invites the viewer to join international conversations about water and food security, and quality of life.
Participating Artists & Their Works
Cathy Stever's 13 fused glass artworks evoke the 13 moons of the lunar calendar, giving contemporary meanings to our collective need for healthy and accessible water and food sources.
Janet Essley's iconic portraits of 13 women give names and faces to the Daughters of Earth. Designs and landscapes embedded in the paintings, reveal the narrative of their efforts to honor and equitably share the bounty of Mother Earth.
Life-cast artist Peny Wallace brings these global issues into local focus using Gorge residents as models to inspire her sculptures, combining cast hands and objects shown in the paintings, to create a combined narrative of the Daughters of Earth and the Daughters of the Gorge.
Sustainability assumes an intergenerational stewardship of Earth. Mother-daughter artists Julia Zweerts Brownfoot and Judi Kane encourage viewers to take the narratives into the world through their functional art. Zweerts Brownfoot’s magical and delicate hand painted bowls depicting the art and culture of the 13 women reminds us of beauty of Earth while we nourish our bodies. Kane commemorates the 13 women by illustrating design and idea through fiber and beads on pad-folios and medicine bags. Use the pad-folios to hold note or drawing pads or tuck your precious mementos securely inside either. Come, learn, be Inspired.
First Friday, January 7
The show opens on Friday, January 7, 2011 with a public reception from 6-8pm.
An artist talk will take place at 5:30. It will focus on the art in the show, and on how participating artists interpret the question of how is the earth in our hands.
Participating artists encourage you to support the concept of "in our hands" by making an art purchase.
Participating artists encourage you to support the concept of "in our hands" by making an art purchase. Remember, 40 percent of your purchase goes to support the art center. Another 5 percent will go to organizations of the Daughters of Earth.
Green Drinks Reception
The Columbia Art Gallery will host a reception for Gorge Owned Business Network "Green Drinks" at the art gallery on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 6-8 p.m.
The "Daughters of Earth / In Our Hands" installation will provide the catalyst for the evening's conversations on global and local issues related to food and water security. In particular, the conversation will include what folks might do, or might want to continue doing here in the Columbia River Gorge, about the important socio-economic issues of food and water security that affect all of our lives.
Food, wine and beer will be sold.
Learn more about Green Drinks at their website: Green Drinks
For questions about the show or Columbia Art Gallery, please contact the gallery manager, Catherine Kiewit, at 541-387-8877, ext. 115.
About Columbia Art Gallery
Columbia Art Gallery, located in the Columbia Center for the Arts, is a non-profit community gallery with the mission to promote an arts-rich environment in the Columbia River Gorge. Click for directions and hours of operation.