Monday, March 24, 2014

"World Water Day Exhibition: Water's Edge" at Great Lakes Research Center celebrates three artists

Poster for World Water Day Exhibition at Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) through Apr. 23. The public is invited to a "meet the artists" event from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, at the GLRC. (Poster courtesy Carrie Flaspohler of Finlandia University Gallery)

HOUGHTON -- An art exhibit in Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) is part of this week's World Water Day events and continues through Apr. 23.

The Water’s Edge Art Exhibition celebrates artists Amy Arntson, Joyce Koskenmaki and Bonnie Peterson. The artists use paintings, prints and textiles.

Koskenmaki and Peterson will attend a "meet the artists" event from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, at the Great Lakes Research Center. The public is invited to attend.

Arntson’s watercolors explore the surface qualities of water, including the reflectivity of colors found at sunrise and dusk. Her works illuminate the first floor entryway of the GLRC. Around the corner, Koskenmaki’s lyrical and metaphorical images of waterfalls, fish and aquascapes come to life with intense, pure oil paints. The large paintings almost leap off the wall, full of life. On the second floor, Peterson’s richly embroidered, beautifully tactile, large-scale textiles depict maps and scientific data on water. Peterson investigates environmental issues and the changing role of water in our culture.

Water’s Edge is the brainchild or Dr. Noel Urban, Michigan Tech professor of civil and environmental engineering. Urban wanted to juxtapose art with the campus-wide celebrations of World Water Day, including lectures, poster sessions and other events, because art can help bring important ecological issues to light. Anne Beffel, Michigan Tech professor and Visual and Performing Arts Department chair, and Carrie Flaspohler, Finlandia University Gallery curator and director, teamed up with Urban and curated the exhibition. Beffel and Flaspohler agree that these are three amazing artists, each with her own way of paying attention to and translating the cultural and ecological qualities of this element.*

The exhibition is sponsored by Michigan Tech's Center for Water and Society, Great Lakes Research Center and Visual and Performing Arts Department and by the Finlandia University Gallery and the Sustainable Finlandia Committee.

* Editor's Note: Click here to read more about World Water Day events at Michigan Tech. Visit the Michigan Tech's Center for Water and Society for more details.

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