ArtServe debuted its annual environmental exhibition, “Changing Landscapes,” on Thursday, March 4, to promote awareness of climate change and sustainable practices in the community. Admission to the exhibition, as well as its virtual and in-person educational events, are free.
This year’s exhibit will feature a unique community display, “1,000 Ocean Memories,” which will allow participants to contribute a memento(s) from favorite beaches or ocean-related memories. The mementos will be displayed on the main wall at ArtServe throughout the Changing Landscapes exhibit. “1,000 Ocean Memories” was developed in collaboration with interdisciplinary artist Lizzy Taber.
“Environmental art is portrayed through a wide range of artistic practices representing various approaches to depicting nature,” said Jason Hughes, ArtServe’s executive director. “’Changing Landscapes’ will show ecologically and socially motivated types of works based on environmental protection, contemporary environmental concerns, the conservation of flora and fauna, and the harmonious coexistence between human beings and nature.”
Presented by title sponsor PNC Bank with support from a Funding Arts Broward grant, “Changing Landscapes” will feature multi-media artwork and performances that promote environmental awareness and sustainable practices and/or explore threats to local and global environments. In keeping with the 2021 Earth Day theme of “Restore Our Earth,” the exhibition will impart a sense of urgency in addressing the negative human impact on South Florida’s fragile ecosystem.
“Through ‘Changing Landscapes,’ we want to celebrate climate solutions and ecological sustainability initiatives, as well as show how humanity must be anchored and connected to the natural environment in a social, philosophical, economical and spiritual way,” chief curator Sophie Bonet said.
Changing Landscapes will also include a series of ancillary virtual events available via the ArtServe Facebook Live page or by Zoom link:
Wednesday, April 7, at 1 p.m. (EST): Artist Talk #1 With Exhibiting Artists
Tuesday, April 20, at 12 p.m. (EST): “Connecting the Dots—How Farmland, Ranchland and Wetland Intersect at Lake Okeechobee”
Wednesday, April 28, at 3 p.m. (EST): Artist Talk #2 With Exhibiting Artists
For all in-person events, ArtServe will follow guidance and protocols from the Centers for Disease and Prevention, the Department of Health, and local and state government officials. All COVID-19 best practices will be implemented for the safety of guests, artists, and staff.
To assist in observing COVID protocols, ArtServe’s current gallery hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit ArtServe for details.