“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