D&R Greenway Land Trust announces the award winners in its Earth/Fire exhibition, on view at the Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton, through January 22, 2016. The juried exhibit explores how the elements of earth and fire are essential to land conservation.
First Place goes to Silvere Boureau for “Forest Fire,” a painting that incorporates wood from a forest fire as its frame. “It was chosen for its gentle treatment of smoke, the fineness of the trees, and perfect alignment with the theme,” says Curator Diana Moore.
Second Place goes to Paul Mordetsky for “Fire Dance,” a nocturne chosen for its evocative mood and symphony of color. Third Place goes to Diane Tomash for “Along the Edge,” a landscape celebration of the earth with a dreamy sky and low horizon line.
Honorable Mentions: Ryan Lilienthal for “Campfire,” a painting that tempts a viewer to climb in and make s’mores; Jeaninne Honstein for “California Dreaming,” a study of climate change, drought, fire, wasteful use of water and the need for water; MJ Sagan for “Serotiny,” the title of which refers to the serotinous cones of a tree that need hot, fast moving fires for the cones to open and release seeds; and Byron Lum for “Sulfur Mining,” a photograph that depicts the ways in which we are able to separate and use elements in the earth.
From fiery sunsets to abstract expressions of burning embers and sizzling heat, fire plays a critical role in the environment.
“Fire celebrates the passion we feel in our souls for preserving the earth,” said D&R Greenway President & CEO Linda Mead. “Without land on which to grow food, produce clean water and air, and connect to the core of ourselves, we do not have life. It is this passion that fuels the work of D&R Greenway Land Trust. We hope to inspire others to a conservation ethic through this remarkable art exhibit.”
Earth/Fire artists include Marina Ahun, Priscilla Algava, Jim Amon, Kathleen Amon, Rick Baker, Heather Barros, Laura Beard, Silvere Boureau, Gail Bracegirdle, Deb Brockway, Lisa Budd, Julie Cavallaro, Diane Tomash, Dallas Piotrowski, Connie Dierks, Joanne Donnelly, Lynn Ebeling, Beth Evans, Fred Gardner, Carl Geisler, Eugene Gladston, Richard Grant, Susan Hogan, Jeannine Honstein, Olivia Jupillat, Joy Kreves, Ronald LeMahieu, Elizabeth Levering, Ryan Lilienthal, Byron Lum, Thomas Marshall, Steven Martz, Catherine Martzloff, Helene Mazur, Tara McGowan, Lucretia E. McGuff-Silverman, William Metz, R.A.Mitchell, Paul Mordetsky, Rita Nannini, Tasha O’Neill, Dan Preston, Pat Proniewski, Janet Purcell, Margaret Rose, MJ Sagan, Carol McClure Sanzalone, Martin Schwartz, Sandra Shapiro, Aurelle P. Sprout, Nancy Toolan, Samuel Vovsi, Anne Zeman.
Also on view: Three Generations of Kuenne Artists, through January 15, 2016, artwork by the grandfather, mother and brothers of Olivia Kuenne, for whom the gallery is named; Timeline, from Craft to Art, decoys are from the collections of Jay Vawter and Ron Kobli of Decoy & Wildlife Gallery in Frenchtown.
Gallery hours Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturdays, December 5 and January 8, 1 – 4 p.m., with exhibiting artists, docents and activities for children. Gallery is closed holidays – please call ahead to confirm availability at 609-924-4646 www.drgreenway.org.