The Eye Sees, the Mind Wonders
South Shore Artists Work to Save their Coast
Milton Art Center
334 Edge Hill Road, Milton, MA 02186
Opening reception: September 13, 2019, 6-8 p.m.
Art and science : a talk by artists and BU Professor or Earth and Environmental Science Nathan Phillips on Saturday, September 7, 1- 3 PM.
Artists, from Weymouth, Quincy, Braintree, Boston and Scituate and other towns along the South Shore have found each other, with en plein air easels set up along the shore, in parks and along wetland trails appreciating the beauty of our seacoast and the spectacular ever changing colors of our marshes. Our views of the Boston skyline and the close proximity of the Boston Harbor Islands gives us an abundance of visions for our work. We observe boaters, swimmers, hikers and a community of people at work. Amidst our glorious environment in the Fore River Basin is a growing threat of a proposed Fracked Gas Compressor Station (nocompressor.com) that can keep us out of the very environment that belongs to all of us. The toxins that will be released into the air and waterways just by their digging, the blow downs that release just more cancer causing chemicals to the mix and the potential explosions are causing fear, anxiety and disappointment to residents because Governor Baker and the Department of Environmental Protection are not protecting people or the environment. Enbridge Gas Transmission, a powerful and global power company will be sending this energy abroad. This increase in the gas infrastructure does not benefit our people and will only hurt us. This proposed compressor station site in Massachusets is sited in the most highly populated area in the United States where this kind of plant will exist. Building it in the Fore River Basin will set a dangerous precedent. Our Mayors and first responders are saying “NO!”. Our Governor Baker and the Department of Environmental protection say “Yes!”. As artists, we are observing and we are wondering "How this can be?"
Our concerns has created an growing community of artists, painters, a photographer/filmmaker, a fiber artist, an encaustic artist, a paper maker who is making pulp out of seaweed, and a performance artist who is a long time member of the Mobius Artists Group. A bookmaker will display her glass sea book. In addition, an interactive mural that was started at our en plein air Art in the Park event at King's Cove Park and Walkway(which abuts the proposed compressor station site)will be part of the exhibit. This 78 foot banner was completed by families at the recent Quincy Climate Action Network Environmental Fair in Quincy Center.
So, Come and Join Us to celebrate our growing artist Community and learn about the variety of media and the processes of our artists and also learn about our coast. Thank you so much to Milton Art Center for embracing us and making our community bigger.
image : charcoal drawing of recent compressor station in Detroit - Margaret Bellafiore