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A Volatile Terrain -

The Art of Climate Change

 

June 19th – July 24th

Reception for the Artists: Saturday June 28th, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

This exhibition is free and open to the public. 

All ages are welcome


(image to the right: “Glacial Lake” by Jennifer Koney

Workshop  with Jennifer Koney , Sat. July 19 from 2-4pm at the Sun Gallery entitled  “What?! Sharks in My Backyard?”  Sea level rise for the Hayward shoreline is projected to be as much as 55” by the year 2100. At this level 80,000 East Bay residents are expected to be directly affected by floods and inundation. The SF Bay Estuary – our region’s most defining geographic feature – may be even closer to your backyard in the not-so-distant future. How will the impacts of sea level rise affect us? What will be our response? Join naturalists from the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center in this lively and interactive community discussion series.  Representatives from the Adapting to Rising Tides Project and other partnering organizations present the most current information regarding local impacts of sea level rise.

In conjunction with an ongoing web and gallery based project “The Art of Climate Change,” initiated by Sun Educator Dorsi Diaz, www.theartofclimatechange.com, the Sun Gallery is thrilled to announce an open call for submissions of artworks that explore the idea of environmental issues, politics and agents for change.

Our environment, our planet, is in constant flux. At the most basic level the tectonic plates that form the crust of our continents are continually shifting. Layered upon that instability the actions of the animals (including us) have weathered, abraded and accumulated both wanted and unwanted residue. The stuff of life (and death), has begun to redefine topography and atmosphere. This exhibition bears witness to this process and also to the idea that we, as a species, are required to initiate a process of healing to defend our Earth and leave it in better condition for future generations. Artwork submitted can be in any media (video and film are particularly encouraged for this exhibition). 

Dorsi Lynn Diaz , project creator and founder of “The Art of Climate Change”, is an artist, art educator and freelance writer and publisher. She has been reporting on climate change for the San Francisco Examiner for over 6 years and is also a contributing writer at The Arctic News, Boomer Warrior and at Hubpages, where her articles have been read over 2 million times. Her newest project has been to bring together people from all walks of life to educate them about the growing threat of climate change through the arts, with a huge focus on teaching the children and reaching families through a multi-modal approach. Although arts based, her approach also considers the scientific research and possible solutions to climate change along with a c.all to action. Her latest collaboration has been with The Sun Gallery to bring to life “A Volatile Terrain: The Art of Climate Change”, which originated as a crowd-funded project through Kickstarter. 

Artists in the exhibition include: Dickson Schneider, Dr. Htain Winn, Marjorie Lynn Wagner, Ginny Parsons, Robert Jankowski, Hollie Adamic, Wanda Kersey, Paper Mills Studio, Jon Kerpel, Ian Patton, Doyle Wegner, Jennifer Koney, Oliver Klink, Stephanie Thames, Tino Banuelos, Peter Langenbach, Maureen Langenbach, Terry Preston, Patra Nesseth Steffes

For more information and images, please contact Jacqueline Cooper, Artistic Director, Sun Gallery at the above email and telephone address.


(image below “Where Do We go From Here,” Robert Jankowski)


The following events associated with the exhibition are also scheduled: 

Children’s Day and Reception 
July 13, 2 – 4pm


Skype Sessions with Professor Paul Beckwith
Adult Skype Q & A: Thur. July 17 from 7-8 pm 
Children’s Skype Session: Thur. July 24 from 6-7 pm 

Paul Beckwith is a part-time professor in climatology/meteorology in the Department of Geography at the University of Ottawa. His PhD research is on abrupt climate change. He has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Engineering Physics and an M.Sc. degree in Laser Physics. He is studying the climate as an overall, "big-picture" system, with many nonlinear feedbacks, tipping elements and complex feedback interactions. He is an extremely active blogger, tweeter, and Facebook educator on climate, energy, and science; social media friendships are always accepted! He is presently ranked 14 out of 500 on the Klout based leaderboard ranking on "Climate Change and Energy" 



Sharks in My Backyard a workshop with Jennifer Koney
July 19th 2 -4 pm 

"Sea level rise for the Hayward Shoreline is projected to be as much as 55 inches by the year 2100! The SF Bay Estuary may be even closer to your backyard in the not-so-distant future. How will the impacts of sea level rise affect us? What will be our response? "

Join naturalists from the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center in this lively and interactive community discussion where representatives from the Adapting to Rising Tides Project present the most current information regarding local impacts of sea level rise, then discuss in small groups how we respond as a community!