Our exhibition "Menagerie" in the upper print gallery for Earth & Ocean Arts Festival is a neat companion for the "Habitat" show in the lower gallery. Continuing in the theme of wildlife and the environment Briony's detailed etchings create surreal versions of the natural world.
Morrow-Cribbs graduated from the Emily Carr Institute in 2005 and completed her Master’s of Fine Art degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. From 2012 to 2014 Morrow-Cribbs taught etching at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
As a printmaker, Morrow-Cribbs has shown both nationally and internationally with solo exhibitions in the Davidson Gallery in Seattle, Washington the Artisan Gallery in Paoli, Wisconsin and the Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
As an illustrator, Morrow-Cribbs launched her career with two New York Times Bestsellers: Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities and Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleon’s Army & Other Diabolical Insects, both written by Amy Stewart (published by Algonquin Books). Since then, Morrow-Cribbs has also illustrated a book of short stories titled Unnatural Creatures (edited by Neil Gaiman and Maria Dahvana Headley, published by HarperCollins) and created cover work for The End of the Sentence by Maria Dahvana Headley and Cat Howard (published by Subterranean Press).
“Habitat” is a group show, bringing together the work of six Northwest artists in a celebration of wildlife and the natural environment. The artists include Molly Cliff Hilts, Andrea Benson, Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley, Karen Croner, Randy Van Dyke and Bethany Rowland. The exhibition has been curated by Imprint Gallery in Cannon Beach to open at the beginning of the inaugural Earth and Ocean Arts Festival on September 20 and will run through October 27.
Earth and Ocean Arts Festival is organized by Cannon Beach Gallery Group in recognition of: the success of Cannon Beach as an arts destination being intrinsically linked to its location in one of the most beautiful places on Earth; the fragile nature of this rural coastline; and the need to protect it. With this as a starting premise, Imprint Gallery selected artists whose work is primarily inspired by the natural world. The gallery usually draws work from across America, but for this show it was important to keep the origin of the work within the Northwest. In addition to being a celebration of nature it is also a statement about the specific nature of a place.
The title, “Habitat” is an easy way to connect the subject matter of wildlife and landscape, but it also references human habitation. Although there is little evidence of the human presence in the exhibits, each artwork is an artist’s expression of human experience. Each provides a window into their understanding of the natural environment, and we, as the viewer, relate that to our own experience of the world around us.
The idea that it is normal for humans to be surrounded by concrete and steel is a concept born out of the industrial revolution and consumerism. It is important to reconnect to the natural environment to appreciate our place within it, and our impact upon it. We are not separate from the natural world. It is a part of our habitat, even when we are back home in our man-made boxes. Take this chance to explore habitat through art and by visiting one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
The exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, 20 September beginning at 5pm. The artists will be in attendance. There will be artist demonstrations by Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley (painting) and Karen Croner (sculpture) in the gallery on Saturday, 21 September, noon through 4pm, as part of the festival’s gallery walk. Imprint Gallery is located at 183 N Hemlock Street, Cannon Beach, Oregon.
Molly Cliff Hilts
Kamala Dolphin Kingsley
Randy Van Dyck