So Incredible!

I can barely stay on top of all the great projects everyone is working on, as well as awards. Amy Lipton and I dreamt of a day that artists addressing environmental issues would be featured not only at museums but at botanical gardens as well. Above is one part of a series of Plantscapes designed by Vaughn Bell for the Royal Botanic Kew Gardens in London, which will be up through September 19. Amy worked with Vaughn almost ten years ago for the exhibition Nurturing Nature. Click on the image above to learn more about Plantscapes. Congratulations Vaughn!

Over 80 members applied to I AM WATER, submitting almost 500 works out of almost 1,000 submissions. Ten billboards by the selected artworks will go up in a NYC borough the week of June 21 for one month or more. As soon as the locations are identified, we'll post the map on our blog. see below

EMBODIED FOREST received 192 member applicants, over 550 artworks! Jurors Giovanni Aloi and Lilian Fraiji are currently reviewing works. They'll make their selection by mid-June, and we'll notify the artists before July 1. A formal announcement will be included in the July newsletter.

May brought in over 70 new members, most who joined to apply to Embodied Forest. We now have 532 active members, including almost 70 members from 19 countries outside the U.S. Welcome, all!

This month, we'll mix it up a little, trying new times and formats for our events. Member artists working in fiber/textiles addressing climate will gather for a roundtable show and tell, plus discussion, in the evening in the U.S. And, we'll hold an afternoon time slot in the U.S. to accommodate our Australian members for the monthly Tree Talk. see below

Thank you to all the members who applied to the calls for artists. So many great works!

Patricia Watts, founder

Header image: Vaughn Bell, Plantscapes, Royal Botanical Kew Gardens, London, Summer 2021

Congratulations I AM WATER billboard artists!

Basia Irland, Ellen Jantzen, Ellen Kozak, Helen Glazer, Hillary Johnson, Holly Fay, Joan Perlman, Lisette Morales, Margaret LeJeune, Maria Whiteman

Coming to NYC the week of June 21

Click on the image above to learn more about the selected works.


Textiles/Fiber and Climate

Thursday, June 17, 2021

United States: 5pm PT, 6pm MT, 7pm CT, 8pm ET

Australia: 10am AEST

In this roundtable show and tell and discussion we will explore the many ways artists are engaged with fiber and textiles to address climate. There are currently over fifty members who have identified textiles as one of their mediums. Arrive on time to save your place in line to share your work. We will also discuss the possibility of doing a group collaborative project as a monthly engagement through 2021.

MEMBERS ONLY plus one guest per member. Capacity is 100 participants. All participants MUST REGISTER.

Image: Brigitta Váradi | Noel Ruane, 2015, Ox Mountain Sheep Wool, branding fluid (ownership mark) 200 × 200 cm, Keith Nolan Photography


Tree Talk: Artists Speak for Trees

Thursday, June 24, 2021

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

Australia: 8am AEST

Melinda Hurst Frye, Tony Bellaver, Narelle Carter-Quinlan, Pamela Pauline

For our June Tree Talk, four outstanding ecoartspace artists will share their ideas and photo-based works about trees and forests. Melinda Hurst Frye will speak on themes of ecology and place in her photographs of the churning Pacific Northwest landscape floor, the land of the Coast Salish people. Tony Bellaver will present his recent photo project “Resource Extraction” and mixed media books and sculptures, which examine and confront the anthropocentric practice of forest clear cutting. Anatomist and histologist, Narelle Carter-Quinlan will share her experiences of her body as part of the living fabric of Country (tree skin - my skin - Australian skin) and embodied ecology of Place. Pamela Pauline will discuss “Fragile Beauty, Rich and Rare” and “On the Brink,” her works created entirely of flora and fauna endemic to Australia and listed as rare, vulnerable or endangered.

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 a $10. Capacity is 100 participants. All participants MUST REGISTER.


featured ecoartspace artist

gloria florez

In Global Veins (above), the audience walks through a forest of threads – an innocent discovery of a feather, a bone, an insect leads to surprise, then recognition, then an assumption of some knowledge, some acquisition of the meaning and spirit of the natural.
Florez was raised in Columbia and is based in Australia.


new in store

Myrrh (AKA Trudy Myrrh Reagan), with her bright circular abstractions, "portholes into the unknown," interprets a dozen different realms of science. In her new 135-page book, Essential Mysteries in Art and Science, she elaborates on the science behind the paintings in a dozen well researched essays about these realms.

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member exhibitions

Park to Playa: Citizen Seeds includes six outdoor public art sculptures designed by Kim Abeles along a 13-mile regional trail from Culver City to Marina Del Rey in Los Angeles County. In progress. Above (Black Walnut)

The Secret World of Plants large-scale outdoor installations, Plantscapes by Vaughn Bell, Kew Gardens, London, UK. Through September 19, 2021.

Art of Nature: Into the Wild group exhibition outdoors curated by Steven L. Anderson for  Blue Huron Nature Preserve, Atlanta, Georgia. Through June 12, 2021.

Atlas of Impermanence large-scale drawings on handmade paper by Nancy Cohen, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Through June 13, 2021.

Entwined Roots: Symbiotic Relationships two person exhibition of husband/wife duo Aline Mare and Gary Brewer at Wonzimer Gallery, Los Angeles. Through June 13, 2021. 3D Artland tour

15 Years of Reclamation Project survey exhibition of Xavier Cortada's mangrove art interventions, Wynwood Gallery, University of Miami, Florida. Through June 11, 2021.

Fragile Metamorphosis: Visualizing the Music of Paul Hindemith including three animated videos by Julia Oldham of a world on the edge of environmental collapse at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. 360 online through June 14, 2021.

Think About Water is a group exhibition including Diane Burko, Betsy Damon, Fredericka Foster, Susan Hoffman Fishman, Basia Irland, Ellen Kozak, Stacy Levy, Lauren Rosenthal McManus, Jaanika Peerna, Aviva Rahmani, Meridel Rubenstein, Adam Wolpert and more curated by Doug Fogelson. Online through June 21, 2021.

The Long Goodbye artists project series exhibition by Jenny Kendler, MSU Broad, Michigan State University, East Lansing. Through June 27, 2021.

The Art of Nature virtual exhibition of science illustrations including Juniper Harrower, Santa Cruz Museum of Art, California. Through June 27, 2021.

Claire Burbridge: Here and In Between solo exhibition at Nancy Toomey Fine Art, San Francisco, CA. Through June 30, 2021. Matterport 360 tour

Earth Artists As Activists group exhibition including Pam Longobardi, Southhampton Arts Center, New York. Through July 11, 2021.

The Fragile Bee solo exhibition of Nancy Macko's work focused on pollinator conservation, Hilliard Art Museum, University of Louisiana, Lafayette. Through August 25, 2021. Kunstmatrix online.

Breath Taking a group exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Art including Sant Khalsa, Patricia Marietta Leis, Linda Alterwitz and Meridel Rubenstein, Santa Fe. Through September 5, 2021.

A Letter to the Future solo exhibition of large scale photography by Luciana Abait at Terminal 7 Gallery, Los Angeles International Airport, California. Through Summer 2021.

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member announcements

Celestial Incantations: Sounds of Space Project a collaborative work between Dr. Nigel Meredith, Diana Scarborough and Dr. Kim Cunio including ten tracks featuring a "spectrum" of space "sounds" from the Earth, the solar system, the galaxy and beyond, together with voice, western and non-western instruments. (above)

Zoom Q&A with Areca Roe hosted by Tallgrass Artist Residency, Friends of Konza Prarie, and Kansas Creative, June 1, 2021. 11am MDT

Exploring the Sustainability Challenge conversation with Tom Lovejoy, series produced by Elizabeth Thompson. Session 3: Why is biodiversity so important?, June 23, 2021 at 2pm ET.

The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Art, Visual Culture, and Climate Change new book includes essays by Ron Broglio, and Sarah Knouse.

Ice Memory: Open Call What would you do if you were handed the last piece of natural ice on Earth? artist Jaanika Peerna is requesting sound recordings from the public in response to this Question. Deadline June 1, 2021.

Take 5 with Fenster interview with Rachel Miller on her current exhibition Between the Suns in Toronto, May 26, 2021. Recording

Art of Deep Listening with Ines Rolo Amadoi hosted by Evgenia Emets with Eternal Forest based in Portugal, May 28, 2021. Recording

When Art Works Building beauty and functionality into green infrastructure projects, presentation by Stacy Levy, presented by The Watershed Institute and the Arts Council of Princeton, May 28, 2021. Recording

Sun Eaters online IDEAS performance with Grace Grothaus, hosted by the Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego, California, May 27, 2021. Recording

Art as Strategy with Aviva Rahmani, WEAD Art + Activism No. 6, May 27, 2021. Recording

2021 Virtual National Wetlands Awards honoring Xavier Cortada, sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute, Washington D.C., May 19, 2021. Recording

Ocean Ecology and Craft artist talk with Blue McRight discussing sustainable materials in her artistic practice, May 14, 2021. Recording

Songs From The Deep musical performance with Jenny Kendler's Whale Bells in the exhibition The Long Goodbye, MSU BROAD, May 14, 2021 at 7pm CT. Recording

CVA Visiting Artist: John Sabraw Chautauqua Visual Arts Platform, Chautauqua Institution, New York, May 11, 2021. Recording

Episode 36 & 37 Fathom Antarctica interview with Kristen Carlson for Journaling With Nature, May 10 and 17, 2021. Recordings

Science Art and the Climate Crisis Along the Brooklyn Waterfront included speaker Simone Johnson, May 7, 2021. Recording

Islais Creek Watershed presented by Bonnie Ora Sherk with A Living Library, in conjunction with Planet Drum Foundation, May 5, 2021. Recording

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Xavier Cortada Environmental Law Institute National Wetlands Award, Washington, DC.

Louise Russell First Place in Ecology catalogue for her photograph Cuscuta Californica Interbeing, selected by the California Native Plant Society Forever Forest.  

Jatun Risba  Social Art Award 2021 for Be-coming Tree durational performance, Panovec woods in Nova Gorica, Slovenia on April 30, 2020. 

Jackie Skrzynski  First Place Winner for drawing titled Bittersweet, online exhibition hosted by the Orange County Arts Council, Hudson Valley, NY. In person July/August 2021 at Ann Street Gallery.

Virginia Katz Three mixed media works from her series' Force Fields and Into the Abyss including a triptych and two intaglios, each monoprints, were acquired by the prints and drawings collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

about ecoartspace: Conceived in 1997 by Patricia Watts in Los Angeles. In 1999, Watts partnered with Amy Lipton in New York to create a bicoastal nonprofit platform for artists addressing environmental issues. Together they curated over sixty art and nature exhibitions, participated in dozens of panel discussions, and gave over eighty lectures, nationally and internationally. Since 2010, Watts has created Action Guides of replicable social practice artworks and has conducted video interviews with thirty pioneering ecological artists. In 2020, Watts transformed ecoartspace into a membership platform.

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