In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, signed by President Johnson on September 3, 1964, the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers will showcase a Wilderness Art Exhibition of 14 local artists at Bas Bleu Theater Gallery September 3 to October 31, 2014. Additionally there is an interesting Kickstarter Campaign to help raise funds for the exhibit.
It was art - yes, painting and photography - that really began the groundswell for the preservation of wild lands in America. In the latter decades of the 19th century, Thomas Moran, Frederick Church, Alfred Bierstadt, Worthington Whittredge, William Henry Jackson and other artists were instrumental in influencing Congress to help preserve the naturalness of our continent. This collective aesthetic and vision eventually contributed to the creation of the Wilderness Act.
The Wilderness Act, written by Howard Zahniser, created the legal definition of "wilderness" in the United States and set aside more than 9 million acres of federal land to be forever protected from development. Since then, the number of protected acres in the nation has grown to nearly 110 million. Over 3.5 million of these protected acres are in Colorado.
Today, the Wilderness Act stands as the sentinel for nature preservation and thus, human rejuvenation. So once again we are showcasing art as a medium for enhancing citizen awareness about nature, natural systems, and Wilderness. The vision for this juried exhibition is to:
• Celebrate the passage of the Wilderness Act 50 years ago;
• Raise awareness about nature, natural systems, and wild lands in northern Colorado as depicted by local artists; and
• Compel citizens to connect with nature, wild lands, and Wilderness areas in northern Colorado and to experience their value and learn more about their ecology.
Details of the Exhibition
What: Wilderness Art Exhibition featuring the work of 14 local artists (see below for list of artists)
Organized and Managed by Marcella Wells
Where: Bas Bleu Theater Gallery, 401 Pine Street, Fort Collins (website below)
- Exhibition runs: September 3 to October 31, 2014
- Gallery open: Tuesday – Friday 12:30-5:30p; Saturday 1-4p; Closed Monday
- First Friday Receptions: September 5th, 5-7p and October 3rd, 5-7pm
Artists Featured in the Exhibition
• Craig Brown, Wellington
• Ren Burke, Fort Collins
• Lori Discoe, Fort Collins
• Dale Erickson, Fort Collins
• Pam Froemke, Fort Collins
• Janis Goldblatt, Fort Collins
• Selina Karim, Loveland
• Jeanne Mackenzie, Laporte
• Carol Marander, Fort Collins
• Mickey Schilling, Loveland
• Joseph Osmann, Windsor
• Don Vogl, Fort Collins
• Paula Watson-LaKamp, Wellington
• Bob Willis, Fort Collins
To help fund the costs of the art exhibit, PWV has created a Kickstarter Campaign with a goal of raising $1,964 (to correspond to the 1964 date of the Wilderness Act).
If you are not familiar with this type of thing, there is a specific time windows (in this case through August 25th) to reach the target fundraising goal. People can donate anything from $1 and up. If the goal of $1,964 is not reached, then the campaign dissolves - none of the donations are processed and no money is collected. The donations would flow through a secure Amazon account and the money is only processed if the goal is reached.
Naturally your donations will be tax-deductible, as are all donations to PWV.
To visit the Kickstarter page, click here.