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"[art] Work is love made visible."  Khalil Gibran

July 15 - August 12

   OUR DIMINISHING GREAT SALT LAKE
   A Climate Crisis Group Show

COMMUNITY EVENT:
Join us Wednesday, August 3rd at 5:30 PM for music, poetry, and a scientific viewpoint from special speakers Bonnie Baxter Ph.D & Lynn de Freitas

Doors open at 5 pm. Admission is free, masks are required.

Water Tap, Ron Brown
pictured: Water Drop, Digital Collage, Ron Brown


Our changing ecosystem has presented a major challenge for those living along the Wasatch Front - our Great Salt Lake is drying up! In a recent New York Times front page article, climate change reporter Christopher Flavelle cited a disturbing fact about our lake: “The air surrounding Salt Lake City [may] occasionally turn poisonous. The lake bed contains high levels of arsenic and as more of it becomes exposed, wind storms could carry that arsenic into the lungs of nearby residents,” thereby directly and immediately affecting the health of our community.

We see and feel nature’s wrath by way of catastrophic fires, flooding, severe storms, and droughts. Human-produced greenhouse gases have caused much of the increase in Earth's temperatures over the past 50 years. We feel helpless in the face of our rapidly changing world and would like to take action in whatever form possible. For this exhibit, several of our artists created work communicating their concerns pertaining specifically to diminishing water resources and the Great Salt Lake.

“I sometimes wondered what the use of any of the arts was. The best thing I could come up with was what I call the canary in the coal mine theory of the arts. This theory says that artists are useful to society because they are so sensitive. They are super-sensitive. They keel over like canaries in poison coal mines long before more robust types realize that there is any danger whatsoever.”
--Kurt Vonnegut, Chicago Tribune Magazine (22 June 1969)

Participating artists: Liberty Blake, Connie Borup, Ron Brown, James Charles, Connie Erickson, John Erickson, Jim Frazer, Sandy Freckleton Gagon, Tom Howard, Hunter Jackson, Susan Kirby, Randee Levine, Downy Doxey-Marshall, Joseph Ostraff, Kamelia Pezeshki, Gini Pringle, Hadley Rampton, Austin Palmer-Smith, Leslie Thomas, Maureen O’Hara Ure, Wendy Van de Kamp, and Nancy Vorm.
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Please join us. Admission, as always, is free.

Celebrating Utah, regional, national and international artists since 1965


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