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We Need Action… with Hope & Urgency... for the Planet...

Updated: Apr 2, 2023

Last week I watched the press conference presented by the IPCC (International Panel on Climate Change) for the release of its last report on the state of knowledge about the Climate Change. The report warns the pace and scale of the current climate actions are insufficient, and that the human-made changes will produce more extreme and more widespread calamities at a global level.

The report also gives hope. We have the technologies needed to solve the crisis! We have multiple, feasible and effective options to resolve the climate disruption, e.g. renewable energy, better management of food and agriculture, healthier eating choices, food waste reduction, more sustainable transportation systems, to name a few. Sadly, the message is even more urgent than previous ones. Political will, public support, and individual and collective actions are urgently needed at every level. The rest of this decade is key to the success of the adaptation and mitigation actions being implemented for the climate calamities already happening at a global level.

The last slide the committee showed really resonated: “Our choices [now] will reverberate for hundreds, even thousands, of years.” I wonder: What is the legacy we want to leave behind, for nature and for people in the not at all remote future…?

Are you inspired to act? Get informed, find people/organizations already doing something for climate action, look for local opportunities to act in areas or ways you enjoy or you are passionate about…

Now back to art, below please find lots of exciting art shows and events – and dates - that are blooming this Spring in the Boston area and in the virtual space:

1) I will be in some fantastic group shows:

o “Unexpected #20: Vibrant Colors of Spring”, by the Experimental Group of the Rockport Art Association and Museum, at The Charles Gallery, 197 Main Street, Gloucester MA - April 1st to 28th - Opening reception: Sat April 1st (4-6 pm)

o Earth Month Exhibit: “Reflections: Listening to Nature”, The Umbrella Arts Center, Concord MA - April 5th to 23rd - Artists Reception, Wed April 12th (5-7 pm)

o “A Woman's Work is Never Done: Women in the Arts”, juried exhibit, Arthaus Gallery, Allston MA - April 7th to May 13th - Opening Reception: Fri April 14th (7-9 pm)

2) Join me this Thursday, March 30th at 6 pm, at the Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts (551 Tremont Street, Boston MA) for a panel talk, “Creating from the Unwanted: Artists in Conversation about Working with Discarded Materials”, I will be part of along with i3C artists: Cedric Harper, Michelle Lougee, Jeffrey Nowlin, and Rebecca McGee Tuck. Please RSVP here.

3) “Inspiring Change for the Climate Crisis (i3C) at CAA @ Canal”, hosted by Cambridge Arts Association (CAA) in partnership with BioMed Realty is coming up! From April 3rd to May 12th, 2023. For more info or to register for events, visit .

o Opening Reception: Fri April 14th (3-5 pm)

o During Gallery hours (Wed to Fri, noon to 4 pm): An opportunity to interact with a different i3C artist each day

o "Cardboards & Coyotes" workshop, led by Paula Pitman Brown and Jeffrey Nowlin - Sun April 16th (2-3:30 pm) – Register here

o “Climate AND Change”: Virtual presentation from expert climate scientist Rachel Licker from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS): This talk will review both the latest science on climate change and its causes and explore the interplay between individual actions and systemic changes that could get us where we need to be. Thursday April 27th (6-7 pm)

o “Recycling and Creativity: Changing the Journey of Our “Stuff” to Help the Planet”: Virtual presentation from i3C Artist Yulia Shtern: The talk covers the journey of materials through global recycling systems, exposing their structural deficiencies hidden from the public’s awareness. It also talks about international artists whose primary art-making medium is up-cycled materials, including some of the i3C artists. Tuesday May 2nd (6-7 pm)

o Closing Reception: Fri May 12th (5-7 pm)

Hope you can enjoy one or more of these events!

It will be awesome to see you there!

Until next time!

Image: “Ecosystems at Risk: CORAL”, acrylic, acrylic and ink pen, and water-soluble crayons on cardboard from watercolor paper pad, 8 x 8 inches, available

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