For more than thirty millennia the natural world has served as inspiration for human artistic expression, dating back to the very earliest forms of art that used shells, stones and paint to depict what humans saw around them. Since that time, poems, symphonies, paintings, sculptures, dance and photographs have tried to embody the essence of the natural world and our human connection to it. Nature has offered an endless supply of inspiration for every form of artistic expression.
Artistic representations of the natural world have also helped create a sense of duty to preserve and protect the splendor that surrounds us. Art has inspired the public to see natural places like never before. Awe-inspiring works can capture imaginations, spurring environmental protection and activism to preserve these places for future generations. The Inspired by Nature exhibition at Asbury Woods will carry on that tradition of using art to help people understand, appreciate, protect and enjoy the natural environment. The exhibition is one more way Asbury Woods can fulfill our mission to inspire a greater sense of environmental awareness, sustainability and stewardship.
The Inspired by Nature project is a multi-layered vision to inspire a greater sensitivity to the environment, encouraging conservation and stewardship of natural places. The program offerings include an art exhibition, art camp, public programs and participation in Gallery Night.
Launching the art program is our 3-D Art Adventure summer camp. Campers will work with teaching artist Ron Bayuzick to create, document and construct a semi-permanent installation at Brown’s Farm. The installation will be on-view during Gallery Night, scheduled for July 26.
During Gallery Night, the Inspired by Nature art exhibition will open in the historic Brown’s Farm Barn. Inspired by Nature features the works of approximately 10 local artists, ranging from painting, photography, sculpture, and stone works. Join us for a light reception and artist meet-and-greets during the opening reception on July 26.
Inspired by Nature is made possible through grant funding from the Erie Community Foundation.