A juried show of twenty-six art quilts depicting climate change has been traveling to 10 national parks and partner sites from Dec. 2014 through January 2017. The Schuylkill River Heritage Area which was pleased to host the show from Oct. 3-28, 2016. The exhibit, titled Piecing Together a Changing Planet
, highlights a few of the many ways that America’s 401 National Parks are being impacted by climate change, water pollution, air pollution and other human-caused phenomena.
The artworks were all created by members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), a 3000-member national organization dedicated to promoting the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation, and publications. Far from utilitarian quilts traditionally used as bedcoverings, art quilts focus on aspects not only of stitching and piecing, but also of layering, “thread-painting“ and graphic design. The resultant pieces are often literally and figuratively three-dimensional: showy pink ladyslipper orchids pop off the forested background, putting the viewer IN Great Smoky Mountains National Park; icy glaciers melt down into an ocean of bleached coral heads, tying two drastically different impacts of climate change together in one compelling piece.
Maya Schonenberger, the exhibit’s curator, said ” the artists goal is to help open people’s eyes to the beauty of nature that surrounds them, and share their concern for its loss”. Melani Brewer, an exhibiting artist hopes that “our art will serve as a call to action to take steps to protect our planet.”
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