August 28, 2017 – September 22, 2017

Curated by Joseph Pearson

Man and Nature: Pathway to Renewal will explore the questions below by examining some of the many facets of our environmental dilemma through two- and three-dimensional art.  Among these are: the use of recycled materials, soil, found object sculpture, paint, pencil and a temporary labyrinth.

Our natural environment is under siege and exhibiting signs of the extreme stress human activities are placing on it. How may we view the natural world through an ecological, scientific, socio-political or even a spiritual lens? Does it rest upon our collective shoulders to bridge the gap between respecting the earth and its complex systems and merely valuing environmental resources to the extent of putting a monetary value on our resources?

Social paradigms, trends in society’s value system, drive the valuation of our environment. Do we value the natural world? If so, is that value based on what it offers us or nature’s innate intrinsic worth? Trends in social values can be shifted with education. If people understand something, they are more likely to value and protect it. Some people may have never considered the natural world from a perspective not based on human needs and desires. They may have never understood that nature, with all of its wild places and wild things has a worth that exists completely independently of its usefulness to humans. Others may not understand the impacts the choices we make as individuals and as a society have on the health of the natural world and ourselves. Many may have never felt a spiritual bond with the natural world. If we can inspire a shift in any of these perspectives, we have made a step as a society toward living more gently upon this fragile world. A journey is made by many many small steps. We hope to inspire a few of them.

This exhibit will highlight the works of six Buncombe County residents who are not only fine artists, but have extensive knowledge of the environmental sciences and environmental issues through education and/or occupation.

Participating artists include: Joseph Pearson, Deanna Chilian, Julie Miles, Leslie Rowland, Roger Munch, Chuck Hunner.

The opening reception will be Friday, September 1, 2017 from 5pm-8pm in the Thom Robinson and Ray Griffin Gallery at the Refinery Creator Space.