There's nothing like the most powerful eruption of the 21st century to start off the Year of the Black Water Tiger. The submarine volcano Hunga Tonga–Hunga Haʻapai, which erupted for eight minutes on January 14, creating a 161.5 miles radius of ash, steam, and gas that traveled 12.4 miles into the air, also produced shock waves, sonic booms, and tsunami waves worldwide. As the ripple effects unfold from the South Pacific, including an oil spill in Peru, the spectacular metaphor captured on satellite, illustrates that we are one planet with a common destiny.

ecoartspace also started the year off with a roar, with almost 200 members participating in events. Last month we held our annual Artist Statement Webinar with 37 participants, and we had nearly 70 members engage in the Member Tune-Up. This month we have 14 members starting a six-week course on Sustain(ability) & the Art Studio, co-designed with the Center for Art Education and Sustainability (CAES), including three member presenters. And nine members will be participating in the Guardians of the River course presented by Advaya through April. Upcoming Zoom events include Eco-Art In Action with the editors and publisher of the book that comprises 28 member contributors, a Website Webinar for those wanting to update their online presence, and our monthly Tree Talk presentations and members-only Plastic Dialogues. see below

If you haven't purchased the Embodied Forest book yet, we are taking pre-orders for a second printing. The book will be a special edition with foil stamped text on the front/back folding cover and spine; also 100% recycled. see below

I want to thank our members who have renewed for 2022, and a big welcome to our new members!

Patricia Watts, founder

Top Image: Public domain satellite imagery from the Himawari 8 satellite

professional development

Website Webinar

Saturday, February 19

United States: 10pm PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET

Are you interested in updating your website or creating a new one?

Join Maggie Duval to explore an array of platforms for creating your portfolio website. She will review popular plug-and-play platforms such as Wix, Squarespace, Weebly, etc., outlining the pros and cons of each and alerting you to potential pitfalls. And, will also touch on WordPress and assorted theme builders (Gutenberg, Elementor, Divi, Oxygen). Finally, Maggie will offer tips to help you decide which platform will best serve your needs and match your comfort level in building and maintaining your site.

$20 per person, MEMBERS ONLY



PLASTIC Dialogues

Wednesday, February 9

United States: 12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

Europe: 20:00 GMT  Australia: 7am AEDT, Thursday

MEMBERS ONLY plus one guest per member. All participants MUST REGISTER.



Thursday, February 17

United States: Noon PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

Europe: 20:00 GMT  Australia: 7am AEDT, Friday

This panel is inspired by the launch of the new book, Ecoart in Action: Activities, Case Studies, and Provocations for Classrooms and Communities with Lynne Elizabeth, the book’s publisher, Linda Weintraub, moderator and the book’s co-editors Amara Geffen, Ann Rosenthal, Chris Fremantle, and Aviva Rahmani. Several of the 67 contributors, 28 of whom are also members of ecoartspace, will be in attendance for discussion and the Q&A.

Members and one guest are free. General Public can attend for $10. Capacity is 100 participants. All participants MUST REGISTER.


Tree Talk: Artists Speak For Trees

Thursday, February 24

United States: 3pm PT, 4pm MT, 5pm CT, 6pm ET

Europe: 23:00 GMT Australia: 10am AEDT, Friday, February 25

Kaitlin Bryson, Keith D. Buswell, Gloria Florez, Emmy Mikelson

The entanglements of a forest are vast, complex and mysterious. Today artists seek to understand and express the interconnectedness of trees with all living beings. Members included in the online exhibition and book Embodied Forest will share their diverse artworks and ideas about our human relationship with trees and forests.

Tree Talk is moderated by Sant Khalsa, ecofeminist artist and activist, whose work has focused on critical environmental and societal issues including forests and watersheds for four decades.
Co-sponsored by Joshua Tree Center for Photographic Arts

Members and one guest are free. General Public can attend for $10. Capacity is 100 participants. All participants MUST REGISTER.

Gif Images: ©Kaitlin Bryson, Trans(re)lations, 2020; ©Keith D. Buswell, [T ≡ (S • B)] ∨ A, 2019©Gloria Florez, Forest Ambassadors, 2021; ©Emmy Mikelson, Blind Forest, 2019.


featured ecoartspace artist

ashley eliza williams

Williams is an interdisciplinary artist exploring new ways of interacting with nonhumans and humans. Her Night Pollinators (above) is a series of small paintings depicting nocturnal moths, real and imagined. The field notes below each image record the artists' thoughts during periods of insomnia: stories and dreams about pale flowers, migration, wildness, bats, tree snails, dark forests, extinction, and desire.


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member exhibitions

In Nature, Nothing Exists Alone is a group exhibition including members Kim Abeles, Chris Costan, Betsy Kenyon, Christopher Lin, Leonore Malen, Laziza Rakhimova, Tattfoo Tan, Marion Wilson, at the World Trade Center, NYC Culture Club, New York. Through March 7, 2022. Above

From Forces to Forms is a large group exhibition including Lillian Ball and Christy Rupp, curated by Ellen K. Levy, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York City. Through April 27, 2022. Matterport for now, will open soon to the general public.

Fugitive is a solo exhibition of works by Anne Krinsky, at Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, England. February 5 - May 1, 2022.

We are longing for a future that will never come is a group exhibition featuring a collaborative work with Kaitlin Bryson, at the Sanitary Tortilla Factory, Albuquerque. February 12 - March 11, 2022.

It's About Time to Launch the Quick Brown Fox Again... Isn't It? is an exhibition including Ellen K. Levy, Patricia J. Olynyk and Danielle Siembieda-Gribben in Moscow, Russia. Through February 20, 2022.

Environmentally Speaking is a group exhibition including Nancy Cohen, Kate Dodd, Susan Hoffman Fishman, and Leslie Sobel, at Janice Charach Gallery, West Bloomfield, Michigan. Through March 3, 2022.

Pry is a site-specific indoor and outdoor installation by Stephanie Garon using Phragmites australis near Griswold-Siemen Environmental Hall, and inside Kohl Gallery, Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland. Through March 4, 2022.

Nature vs Nuture is a small group show including Luciana Abait, Catherine Ruane and Andre Woodward at Brea Gallery, California. Through March 25, 2022.

Confluence is a group exhibition comprised of members of The Algae Society Bio Art & Design Lab, including Gene A. Felice II, Juniper Harrower, Jennifer Parker, Ken Rinaldo and Amy Youngs, at Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, North Carolina. Through April 24, 2022. 

Atmosphere is a solo exhibition of works by Enid Baxter Ryce, at Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, California. Through May 15, 2022.

More Exhibitions

member announcements

War and Weather is an experimental animated documentary written and directed by Enid Baxter Ryce which examines the science of Atmospheric Rivers and the colonization of the American West, with music by Philip Glass. Recently presented in conjunction with Weaving Unity at 18th Street Art Center, Airport Campus, Santa Monica, California. Through February 5, 2022. Above

ECOART IN ACTION: Activities, Case Studies, and Provocations for Classrooms and Communities, edited by Amara Geffen, Ann Rosenthal, Chris Fremantle and Aviva Rahmani. Release date February 1, 2022. Also available on Kindle.

The Shit Project is a presentation of a performative video documentation including Julia Adzuki and Johanna Törnqvist, two of seven artists that form Fungus Kingdom's studios in Gnesta, at the Seed Box Community Garden Festival, February 11, 2022.

Art Today: New Growth, New Form is a panel discussion moderated by Ellen K. Levy and Patricia Olynyk, co-directors of the NY LASER, a Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF) Rendezvous event in collaboration with Pratt Institute. Tuesday, February 15, 6pm ET. Zoom

Ecologies of Meaning in Art, Science & Technology Collaborations was a panel discussion with Erika Blumenfeld and Xavier Cortada hosted by Creative Capital, streamed live on January 19, 2022.

Tackling Climate Change is Art, Not Just Science is a feature article including the work of Xavier Cortada and interview with Patricia Watts. Christian Science Monitor. January 13, 2022.

Hilary Baker: Predators- And Other L.A. Stories is a review by Ezrha Jean Black for Artillery magazine, January 8, 2022.

Eternal Forest Conversation and Ever Slow Green film screening with Natasha Story and Christop Pohl about reforestation in Auroville, India, curated by Evgenia Emets. January 5, 2021, 16:00 GMT. Recording

Art on Fire is a discussion with Bryan David Griffith, the first in a series of talks across disciplines titled Lookout: Envisioning Futures with Wildfire featured by Oregon State University and the Spring Creek Project. January 4, 2022. Recording 

2022 Creative Capital Award was awarded to Xavier Cortada, one of 50 artists selected from among 4,000 applicants. The $50,000 award will help fund The Underwater, the next evolution of Cortada's Underwater HOA project.

More Announcements

ecoartspace has served as a platform for artists addressing environmental issues since 1999. In 2020, we transitioned to a membership model. Members include artists, scientists, professionals, students, and advocates sharing resources and supporting each other's work. This is an inclusive, non-competitive collaborative environment where we can imagine and make real a healthy, equitable, resilient future.

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