Artists exhibit two viewpoints of our local landscape
At the October 10 Opening Reception, the artists will speak briefly at 6 pm, and light refreshments will be provided.
Milwaukee – September 5, 2019 – An art exhibition of photographs and oil paintings provides views both focused and expansive of area ecosystems. Danielle Bell’s Details of Nature photography invites the viewer to appreciate the smaller features of plant and animal life. Beth Stoddard’s Milwaukee County Parks Painting Project represents the spacious Parks system’s varied scenery. Together these artists mount a show that urges us to heed John Muir’s call to “saunter through nature and stop walking past the landscape all around us.”
As a landscape designer and photographer, Danielle Bell sees a need to slow down and observe the features of the landscape from different perspectives. “So many times people walk past the landscape surrounding their home or place of work instead of enjoying and exploring it. As a society we need to come back to our roots and no longer see our front yard as a static element but as a living, diverse ecosystem.” By removing all outside clutter in her photographs, Danielle creates a hyper-focused moment of time capturing important details in nature that people overlook.
City dwelling landscape painter Beth Stoddard delights in Milwaukee’s green spaces by painting its County Parks. Her oil paintings’ visible brushwork and modernist emphasis on shape activate the restful imagery of familiar urban parks and nature preserves. “Just over halfway through my project to paint all 169 of the parks, I continue to be surprised and delighted by the variety of views they offer, as well as how they facilitate a city dweller’s contact with the natural world.”
At the October 10 Opening Reception, the artists will speak briefly at 6 pm, and light refreshments will be provided. The show will be up until December 30, 2019.
Danielle Bell: The Details of Nature and Beth Stoddard: Milwaukee County Parks Painting Project Art Exhibition of photographs and oil paintings from October 10–December 30 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday October 10, 5–7pm | Artists’ Talk 6pm
Free and open to the public
Urban Ecology Center–Riverside Park
1500 E. Park Place
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Hours: Monday–Thursday 9am–7pm, Friday & Saturday 9am–5pm, Sunday 12pm–5pm
UEC–RP: http://urbanecologycenter.org/what-we-do/art-at-riverside-park.html#July Danielle Bell: http://www.nativeroots-designs.com/photography.html
Beth Stoddard: http://www.bethstoddard.com/milwaukee-county-parks.html
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