Exploring Our Planet’s Transformations



Metamorphosis: The Changing Landscape, an exhibition that presents interpretations of the natural world in a time of crisis, opened at Silvermine Galleries on May 25. Juried by Katherine Fleming, founder and director of Bridge Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering collaborations between artists and scientists for environmental advocacy, the exhibition is a testament to the power of interdisciplinary collaboration. An opening reception will take place on Sat., June 8, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Metamorphosis will run through July 11.

Fleming described the creative core of the exhibition: “I have curated a selection of works that delve deep into the heart of our planet’s transformation. Through the lens of artists who are engaged with environmental advocacy, we explore the multifaceted impacts of climate change, urbanization, and technology on our natural world. From the poignant beauty of endangered ecosystems to the stark realities of urban sprawl, these artworks offer a glimpse into the past, present, and future of our planet.”

In The Earth is Breaking Beautifully: Dead Sea, Susan Hoffman Fishman’s cyanotype images of the Dead Sea show satellite views of sinkholes caused by climate change and industrial use. Her image source is Planet Labs in San Francisco where she completed a residency program. Her materials and processes include acrylic, oil pigment, collage, cyanotype, mono-printing, and mixed-media.

Hiroko Ohno finds earthly forms in fields of stars. Teri Figliuzzi explores the fragility—and the strength—of botanicals in all stages of life. Tini Pinto’s ceramics celebrate forms that draw on plant and animal life—and often blur the boundaries in subtle and delightful ways. In his monumental charcoal drawings, Rick Shaefer imbues his visionary landscapes with cautionary overtones. The works on view in Metamorphosis are stunning, sobering, and inspiring. In Fleming’s words, “they remind us of our shared responsibility to protect and preserve the diversity of life on Earth.”

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Silvermine Arts Center, one of the oldest artist communities in the United States, recently celebrated its centennial (1922–2022). Its five-acre campus in New Canaan, Connecticut, consists of a nationally renowned artist guild, an award-winning school of art offering classes for all ages, an arts and fine crafts shop, a permanent print collection, and a gallery offering over 20 contemporary and historic exhibitions annually. Silvermine is a non-profit 501c3 organization that also offers an Outreach Education Program, Art Partners, and hosts lectures, film screenings, and special events. Silvermine Galleries are open 10am – 4pm, Tues. to Sat. and closed Sun. and Mon. For more information, visit www.silvermineart.org.

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