Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Inter-Species Collaboration

Aganetha Dyck
Life on earth is its own Inter-species Collaboration. Gaining awareness of our inter-dependence with all living things non-human,in my humble opinion, is the first step in recognizing that we as a species are a part of Nature. No more, no less. The attitude of Us vs.Them is in need of dis-solution, for our survival and their survival are intertwined.
Contemporary artists working in the domain of inter-species collaboration attempt to communicate this concept through creating aesthetic experiences that investigate an awareness of what we perceive as other.
Bee prepared :), in the coming months for displays of contemporary works that express the spirit of Plight of the Pollinators call for art in various artistic forms.Collaborative works, dance, human and non human, installation, performance, sculpture, animations, drawing, music, painting, photography.....Bee Inspired:) 
We are open to exploring any expressive communication that can bring into focus the critical environmental issue of pollination.

Aganetha Dyck is Canandian artist that has been working for sometime in collaboration with bees.

 Aganetha Dyck
Aganetha Dyck - Bee Drawing Collaboration
 Hilary Berseth is an American artist works collaboratively both as a bee keeper and a sculptor.
 Hilary Berseth
 Hubert Duprat is a French artist whose work with caddis fly larva enters the realm of collaboration by working with the instinct driven sheltering behavior of this particular Tricoptera.
Hubert Duprat

Hubert Duprat

 Hubert Duprat Photo Credit- Delpech& Fournier

For more information on these artists check out theses links below
Sites on Inter-Species Collaboration

Monday, February 27, 2012

Another Kind Of Bee Girl

A little sketchbook musing.
Bee Girl-Graphite on Paper- B. Grady

For a little inspiration check out

Louie Schwartzberg: The hidden beauty of pollination

 And of course a little music:)

 Participate!!!  Plight Of The Pollinators
Plight of the Pollinators

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Who's At Heminway Pond/Blue Horse Arts Studio Today?

Some friends browsing the offerings at Hemingway Pond.Good day for a Paint Out!
View from the Window of the Studio, February, 26th, 2012 -B.Grady

Saturday, February 25, 2012

In The Bee- ginning

 Dianne Parmelee with her performance art creation

There was Dianne:)
Dianne Parmelee that is, who is the real instigator behind this Art of the Earth series of artist challenges that we will be exhibiting at Blue Horse Arts in June. Dianne is the Education Coordinator and Farm manager at the Flanders Nature Center.  Dianne, herself a true creative, is one who naturally combines seemingly unrelated events into invitations for creative expressions with an eye on nature. Wearing her Farm manager hat, it was on a sheep buying excursion to Orzano’s Farm that she first spied  Randy’s artwork and on the wall of his home. The kernel of an idea was planted, inspired by an interspecies collaborative drawing of a bee.(More on interspecies collaboration a little later:).
Dianne’s artists sensibility was triggered and from there  ”The Plight of the Pollinators” Call to Artists was born. Kicking off this first challenge is a lecture by Dr. Susan Cusato on global pollinator disorders and the effects of this on the food supply and presentation by Randy Orzano of his artwork. This lecture presentation will be held at Flanders Nature Center on Friday, March 9th at 7PM.
 (see details on this event below the post)

Dianne reading at Flanders
Science Art Project
 Science Art Project

By day, through the busy hours of spring, summer, and fall,

Dianne creates and manages the 
educational farm program at the Flanders.
Her arts based children’s learning programs 
have been the inspiration for many a child’s
initial exploration of the natural world
and their own creative potential.  

 It is during the gray days of winter and quiet evening hours she translates her day lit experiences with nature and children into dreamy, colorful compositions of words and brush.

Sarafina Mudpie Oinker
These animal based orchestrations speak to the imaginations of children. Cheerful and charming characters such as “Sarafina Mudpie Oinker”, a porcine painter who discovers her inner calling as an artist, is the first in a series of stories that Dianne has penned in a book by the same name.

The seeds Dianne plants, through image and story, cultivate an awareness of both nature and the potential of art in the child mind.

Dianne Parmelee - Author /Illustrator

The importance of this cultivated awareness cannot be under estimated. Eminent biologist E.O. Wilson has put out a call to the artists, poets, musicians, filmmakers and the humanities in general, to communicate the concerns of conservation science to the public. Wilson also advocates early, direct experiences with nature for children to stimulate an attitude of scientific inquisitiveness and Biophilia. Personally I can attest to the influence of children’s literature both for my interest in environment and animals but also as an early awareness of  art  experienced through the imagery on the printed page.It was my father who inspired my love for reading through a steady diet of nature based children’s literature. 

“Bambi “by Felix Salten, “Never Cry Wolf” by “Farley Mowat”, “Call of the Wild” by Jack London, and the works of Ernest Thompson Seton fostered an early sensitivity to the natural world. As I grew older authors such as Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Barry Lopez,  continued to expand on my interest in this subject. It was literature such as this that began to shape an environmental consciousness in the American public.

 Randy Orzano - Bee Mixed Media
Randy Orzano and  Dr.Susan Cusato Presentation and Lecture at Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust.
Friday,March 9th,at 7PM.
$5.00 donation suggested. 
5 Church Hill Road, Woodbury, Connecticut

Plight of the Pollinators

 To PARTICIPATE in artfully supporting awareness on critical environmental issues, please submit your artwork,visual poetry,sound art,music, or interpretive dance:) the Plight of the Pollinators call to artists through this link here.

The manifold ways by which human beings are tied to the remainder of life are very poorly understood, crying for new scientific enquiry and a boldness of aesthetic interpretation.
excerpted from Edward Wilson, "Biophilia and the Conservation Ethic"

 For more information on Biophilia, Arts and Environmental Education, E.O. Wilson Check the Links Below.

Teachingthe Human Habitat: Environmental Education Down on the Farm
by David Moon