“Mission Blue” Group Show
October 29th – November 27th, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 29th, 2016, 6-8pm
Northport, NY–Haven Gallery is pleased to present “Mission Blue”, a group exhibition of paintings and drawings curated by Christina Ridgeway in support of Sylvia Earle Alliance’s Mission Blue organization. Mission Blue is dedicated to raising awareness and garnering public support towards our planet’s oceans through means of education and the creation of “Hope Spots”. “Hope Spots” are areas in the ocean that become protected by the organization to help the ocean alleviate the negative impacts of humanity on the indigenous species and ecological systems of all residing aquatic life. In addition to sharing the organization’s objective visually through art, the “Mission Blue” exhibition will also be contributing towards the creation of a Hope Spot by donating a percentage of all art sales to the organization.
Participating artists in the “Mission Blue” exhibition work with various mediums including oil, acrylic, graphite, photography, digital media, ink and watercolor to create marine themed artwork calling attention to the beauty and significance of our oceans. A harmony between humans, animals and the ocean are often present throughout many of the works. There is a sense of melancholia and hope in the emotive facial expressions and postures acknowledging the apparent destruction and the optimistic intent to remedy this injustice. Recognition of the role humans must play in restoring oceans to their genuine state can be deciphered through this peaceable union.
Curator Christina Ridgeway discusses her personal inspiration in putting together such a pertinent exhibition.
For me this show has let me take personal power back in being able to contribute and heal the world which humanity has broken. It is easy to feel powerless when you see just how bad our eco system has gotten, so I wanted to give back in the way I knew best – through art. Not only will we be able to inspire all of our viewers with stunning pieces of oceanic work but also be able to raise funds to help those who are making a real difference. It’s time we take our power back, it’s time we heal our Earth.
Exhibiting artists include: Lioba Brückner, Erich J. Moffitt, Jel Ena, Sarah Joncas, Hannah Yata, Erica Calardo, Tom Bagshaw, Jana Brike, Melissa Hartley, Adam Oehlers, Christina Ridgeway, Annie Gerard, Brianna Angelakis, Nom Kinnear King, Tammy Wampler, Ania Tomicka, June Leeloo, Amy Katherine Minchew, Helice Wen, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Josie Morway and Lea Barozzi.
For more information about Mission Blue, please visit their website at https://www.mission-blue.org
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An opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 29th, 2016 from 6 – 8pm at Haven Gallery.
Haven Gallery is located at 155 Main St., The Carriage House Square, Suite 4, in Northport, NY 11768