Art that Matters to the Planet exhibit opens Friday at RTPI

Inundations (2022) by Sara Baker Michalak of Dunkirk is among the artwork that will be on display starting Friday at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. Michalak will be at Friday’s exhibit opening.

JAMESTOWN — The Roger Tory Peterson Institute will host an opening reception for the Art that Matters to the Planet exhibition on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.

“Art that Matters to the Planet isn’t your typical exhibition,” said Maria Ferguson, RTPI’s collections curator. “We invited each selected artist to collaborate to create an exhibition that best describes their artistic process.”

The artists with works included in this exhibition are: May Babcock (Pawtucket, R.I.), Chautauqua County’s Sara Baker Michalak (Dunkirk), David Cook (Austin, Texas), Margaret Craig (San Antonio, Texas), Jeanne Filler Scott (Springfield, Ky), Katerie Gladdys and Doug Barrett (Gainesville, Fla.), Meredith Leich (Arlington, Mass.), Brandi Long (Miami, Fla.), Michele Heather Pollock (Columbus, Ind.), Ivonne Portillo (Barcelona, Spain), Michelle Schwengel-Regala (Mililani, Hawaii), Anne-Katrin Spiess (New York City), Dana Tyrrell (Niagara Falls, N.Y.), Amy Wendland (Durango, Colo.), and Suze Woolf (Seattle, Wash.).

“By considering both art and science, artists are able to envision new ways to raise awareness about environmental issues and shape a more sustainable future,” stated Arthur Pearson, CEO of RTPI.

The opening reception is free for RTPI Museum Members and regular admission rates apply for non-members. Complimentary charcuterie and light hors d’oeuvres are included and attendees will be treated to beautiful cello music from Mariana Mathewson. A cash bar will also be available. More information is available at https://rtpi.org/programs.

“The exhibition opening on Friday evening will be a wonderful opportunity for the community to learn first-hand how artists illuminate the beauty of nature, challenge us to grapple with environmental issues, and inspire us to protect and preserve the natural world,” Ferguson said. “Sara Baker Michalak, Margaret Craig, and Brandi Long will all be here and will take part in a panel discussion about their art and why art matters to the planet.”

Art that Matters to the Planet will be at RTPI until October 30.

“You won’t want to miss this exhibition,” Pearson said. “In a world of exceptional natural beauty and overwhelming environmental challenges, these artists are making a strong case that art not only matters, it is essential for creating a better world.”


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