Our planet has already begun to experience the effects of the sixth mass extinction of flora and fauna. The last one occurred 65 million years ago - triggered by a meteorite crashing into the Earth that resulted in the extinction of 75% of the species. Today scientists believe that if current patterns continue within 300 years 75% of the species of plants and animals we now know of will be gone. Our catastrophic "meteorite" does not come from space but from us- it is a result of human activities including habitat encroachment and fragmentation, climate change from CO2 emissions, hunting, pollution, competition from domestic grazing animals, and introduced diseases. The artists who have created works for this show are deeply concerned for the fate of this fragile planet and all its inhabitants.
By approaching the theme from their different points of view they have endeavored to be teachers who manifest the words of Senegalese environmentalist Baba Dioum, "In the end, we conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught."
Eve Provost Chartrand
Helen K Davie
Karen R Schroeder
Exhibition Special Events
Art After Dark Paso
Saturday, September 2: 6 pm - 9 pm
Celebrate the opening with wines by Allegretto Wines and music by Justin Martinez. Meet the featured artists and enjoy a brief talk by Joshua Coffy and Sara Woodburn at 7 pm.
Mead Tasting with "For the Love of Bees" & "More Than Honey" Movie
Saturday, September 9: 3:30 pm - 9 pm
In honor of Going, Going, Gone: Art in the Age of Extinction, come to Studios on the Park for mead tasting and education about the global phenomenon of disappearing bees here in California and beyond. First, local beekeeper Anna Rempel presents "For The Love Of Bees," a talk and slideshow from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Anna co-founded the Central Coast Beekeepers' Alliance with a mission to foster the health and well being of honey bees by supporting best beekeeping practices through networking, education and raising public awareness. Then at 5 pm, Park Cinemas offers a free screening of “More Than Honey.” This documentary by Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof explores how bees play a crucial role in agriculture and the threat posed by the risks of widespread hive collapse. Throughout the day, guests are invited to enjoy a tasting of mead created by Chef Eric Olson (formerly of Allegretto Vineyard Resort) with honey from his bees on the property. Plus, enter to win a free basket of local honey goods. Free. Mead tasting $8/glass.
Saving the Steelhead
Saturday, September 16: 1 pm
Devin Best, Executive Director of the Upper Salinas-Las Tablas Resource Conservation District offers a talk on the endangered Steelhead Trout and the work they are doing locally to help improve habitat for this species of fish.
Attendees are then invited to join children's book illustrator Helen K Davie in creating an artistic "spawning run" by embellishing photocopies of line drawings of Steelhead Trout using watercolor, markers and collage.
Plus, all guests who attend the talk and art project can enter to win "Riverbend: Milky Way," an original print by Helen K Davie. Family friendly! Free.
Growing Green Youth Experience
Saturday, September 23: 1 pm - 2:30 pm
Kids and grownups are invited to a free showing of The Man Who Planted Trees at the Park Cinemas at 1 pm followed by a special eco art project with One Cool Earth. Populate a blank page with images of colorful leaves using a technique called rubbing. With real leaves as a stencil, create a unique image that mimics the natural beauty of a forest canopy. Guests who attend the movie and workshop can enter to win a handmade felt birdhouse. Family friendly! Free!
Cedar Blessing Ceremony
Sunday, September 24: 10:45 am
On the closing day of the Going, Going, Gone: Art in the Age of Extinction, Studios on the Park hosts a cleansing Cedar Blessing Ceremony for the artists and for the minds and hearts of those who wish to attend.
Artist, storyteller and facilitator Steve Crouch welcomes you for stories, indigenous songs, sharing, cleansing and blessings. Plus, all attendees can enter to win a piece of art by Eve Provost Chartrand.
Please arrive at 10:45 am. Doors close at 11 am. Free to all but please RSVP by emailing Eve Chartrand so that adequate seating can be prepared.
Art With Anna
Thursday, August 31, September 7, 14, 21, 28: 4 pm - 5:30 pm
Artisan children's educator Anna Meyrick offers a series of dynamic youth art classes in affiliation with Going, Going, Gone. Each week she presents different projects on endangered animals, encouraging and supporting students as they learn, experiment, and create! Students must preregister. $20-25. Scholarships are available by request. To register, please contact Anna: firstname.lastname@example.org / 971.221.3438.