Happy Holidaze!

Winter has arrived and the anticipation of a slow moving low pressure system bearing down on us from the North Pole, here in North America, is real. Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) are keeping a close eye on the Arctic oscillation patterning. See updates on the Polar Vortex here.

As 2020 comes to a close, there's some housekeeping to do in terms of membership renewals and making plans for programs in 2021. A poll/survey will be emailed to you soon for your input. Current ideas for Zoom topics in 2021 include: AG Art, Beauty, Speculative Architecture, and Water. We've also added a scientist level membership with our very first space weather and atmosphere scientist, Dr. Nigel Meredith with the British Antarctic Survey!

This month members are invited to consider taking a seven week Ecoliteracy course online with Dr. Cathy Fitzgerald (Ireland), which will begin in February. Pricing will be determined contingent on interest with space for twenty participants maximum, See below.

We also recently launched a new Podcast Series on SoundCloud. The first episode is a round table discussion on Landscape and Art, See below. There will be two Zoom Dialogues in December including Art and Earth Justice, as well as our monthly TREE TALK, which has been moved up by two weeks due to the holidays, See below

We now have 394 members and 281 subscribers!

You will receive a second membership renewal notice tomorrow. Payment is due by 01/01/2021, with a grace period until 1/31/2021. If you have financial concerns, please be in touch.

Stay safe.

Until next year.

Patricia Watts, founder

Header image above: 3D polar vortex simulation from the Journal of Atmospheric Sciences "Uncovering the Edge of the Polar Vortex" by Serra et. al. via George Haller. Serra et. al. and George Haller / ETH Zurich.

podcast series on SoundCloud

For our very first podcast, a round table discussion led by Virginia Katz with members Constance Mallinson, Marie Thibeault and Aline Mare, four Los Angeles painters respond to the following questions: Is your “process,” the way you make art, initiated by the landscape or by ideology? In other words, is it an intuitive process or is it initiated by policy? How does landscape shape your art? How does your art shape landscape? 

ecoliteracy course

February 17 through April 17, 2021

Wednesdays: 17 Feb, 24 Feb, 3 Mar, 10 Mar, 17 Mar, 24 Mar, 31 Mar, 7 April

7-week ONLINE Essential Ecoliteracy course

Guided, self-paced learning + one-on-one virtual studio visits

Dr. Cathy Fitzgerald (Ireland) along with Dr. Nikos Patedakis (California) will present their Essential Ecoliteracy course for ecoartspace members in 2021! Ecoliteracy and ecophilosophy can assist arts practitioners in developing impactful creative practices, exhibitions, events, community art programs, and insightful cultural leadership policy for these urgent times. Each week participants will have access to online video lessons that can be engaged independently. There will be weekly meetings via Zoom on Wednesdays at Noon (Mountain Standard Time). Artists will have the opportunity to do a one-on-one virtual studio visit with Patricia Watts (New Mexico). From this course, you will gain greater confidence and competence through engagement with Indigenous wisdom traditions, ecological ethics and the sciences. Includes readings and writing.

20 Participants Maximum


zoom dialogues

art and earth justice: legal strategies to protect nature

Thursday, December 10
10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET

EUROPE: Scotland/Ireland/England: 18:00GMT, Belgium/Germany/Spain: 19:00UTC

Hugh Pocock, Eliza Evans, Kim Stringfellow, Aviva Rahmani

In this Zoom Dialogue we will hear from four member artists who have researched legal strategies around land use which has informed long term art projects created to protect nature. Hugh Pocock is currently working on a project that will designate lands as "off limits" to humans, essentially a non-human park titled No Mans Land. Eliza Evans created a project last summer titled All the Way to Hell in which she has distributed shares in her mineral rights in Oklahoma to monkey wrench oil and gas interests. Kim Stringfellow has been working on a multi-year documentary titled Mojave Project where she's exposed the land use strategies of developers and miners in the desert Southwest. And, Aviva Rahmani whose work titled The Blued Trees Symphony includes live trees which she has copyrighted to prevent the construction of a pipeline through her work.

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


tree talk: artists speak for trees

Thursday, December 17
10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET

EUROPE: Scotland/Ireland/England: 18:00GMT, Belgium/Germany/Spain: 19:00UTC

Shannon Amidon, Pamela Casper, Jeanne Dunn, Greg Rose

For our December Tree Talk, four member artists will share their unique tree and forest imagery articulated through a range of artistic approaches and styles. Shannon Amidon will speak about the symbolism and science of trees in her encaustic paintings. Pamela Casper will share her paintings of imagined underground worlds of roots and organisms and their mysterious communication and coexistence. Jeanne Dunn will present her paintings and photo-collages depicting trees that are simultaneously life-giving, life-preserving, and deadly; seen as metaphors of our collective fate. And, Greg Rose will discuss his ongoing project of documenting conifers in the Angeles Forest, including the 100,000 acres burned in the recent Bobcat Fire in the San Gabriel Mountains above Los Angeles. 

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

Did you miss TREE TALK on November 19? Watch it now on VIMEO

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


featured ecoartspace artist

ellie douglass 

ellie douglass is a poet, collage artist, and interfaith hospice chaplain. Inspired by her work in hospice, she is dedicated to using art and poetry to work with fear, grief, and uncertainty around death and dying. Through hand-cut collages and short verse poems, she aims to reveal the interconnection between life and death. By invoking the intuitive, cyclical mind, ellie believes art has the potential to lessen suffering by revealing the beauty and sacredness of transition. artoftransitions.com      


ecogoods for your friends and family!

We have a few new items in our online store including James Lancel McElhinney's new book Sketchbook Traveler: Hudson Valley, Linda Weintraub's book What's Next?, Jill Lear's book Witness Trees of Texas and David Allen Burns (Fallen Fruit) Victoria and Albert Notebooks. If you're a member and have a unique eco related product, book or limited edition item that you'd like to sell in our store, please be in touch.

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recent blog post

A Meditation on Place to Cure "Nature Deficit Disorder" a review by Olivia Ann Carye Hallstein of the exhibition State of Nature: Picturing Indiana Biodiversity at the Grunwald Gallery, Indiana University, including work by members Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris

member exhibitions

Seedscapes: Future-Proofing Nature. A group exhibition including Sant Khalsa. Impressions Gallery, Bradford, United Kingdom. Through December 12, 2020. (above, Online 360 Matterport viewing)

5 Facets of Humanity: Intra-human, Meta-human, Post-human, Supra-human, Trans-human, a group exhibition including Gary Brewer and Virginia Katz. Fellows of Contemporary Art (FOCA), Los Angeles, CA. Through December 12, 2020. 

The Day After Tomorrow: Art in Response to Turmoil and Hope is a group exhibition including Constance Mallinson. Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah. Through December 19, 2020. (Online 360 Matterport viewing and audio tour)

Silent Spring an immersive site specific environmental installation at Motor House Gallery by Stephanie Garon. Baltimore, MD. Through January 6, 2021.

Rising Tides: Contemporary Art and The Ecology of Water, including Emily Brown, Diane Burko, Stacy Levy. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA. Through January 10, 2021.

Darkest Before Dawn: Art in a Time of Uncertainty is a group exhibition of international artists including Susan Hoffman Fishman. KuBe, Beacon, NY. Through January 30, 2021.

She is Here, Studio Artist Program, Retrospective Group Show includes a video installation titled Onar (repair the dream) by Pam Longobardi. Atlanta Contemporary, GA. Through January 31, 2021.

Broken Poems of Butterflies, solo exhibition by Etsuko Ichikawa using radioactive materials to shape artworks and video footage of haunting beauty. Jordan Schntizer Museum of Art, Pullman, WA. Through March 20, 2021.

Do you have an exhibition coming up? Please email the information to info@ecoartspace.org to be included in upcoming newsletters.

Above: Sant Khalsa, Growing Air, 1992-ongoing. Installation view at Impressions Gallery, Bradford, UK. 

member announcements

2018 The Barrel Climber, Sauvignon Blanc, label by Victoria Wagner for Eric Kent Winery, Sonoma County, CA. Fall 2020 release (image above)

Using Art for Climate Change an evening of performances including Bibo Keeley with Aberdeen Climate Action, Scotland. December 1, 2020 at 12PM MDT, 7PM GMT

Choose Your Own Adventure: Forces of Nature with Stacy Levy, part lecture, part interview, part interactive choice game on Zoom in conjunction with the exhibition Rising Tides at the Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA. December 3, 2020 at 6PM EST

Embodying Daily Flux, an interview with Michele Brody on Art Speil. November 23, 2020 (article)

Seedscape Symposium International artists discuss seeds, biodiversity, art and activism including Sant Khalsa on Zoom in conjunction with the exhibition Seedscapes: Future Proofing Nature at Impressions Gallery, Bradford, UK. November 21, 2020 (recording)

Climate Crisis, panel discussion on Zoom with Stacy Levy and Diane Burko in conjunction with the exhibition FEMA: Fear Environmental Mayhem Ahead at IceBox Project Space, Philadelphia including Michele Brody. November 6, 2020 (recording)

State of Nature: Sayler/Morris Artist Talk, on Zoom for the exhibition State of Nature: Picturing Indiana Biodiversity at the Grunwald Gallery, Indiana University. October, 2020 (recording)

Linda Gass: And Then This Happened... Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, CA. Closed August 2, 2020. (Online 3D Artland viewing)

Do you have an announcement you would like to share? Please email links to info@ecoartspace.org to be included in upcoming newsletters.

about ecoartspace: Conceived in 1997 by Patricia Watts, in 1999, Watts partnered with Amy Lipton to create a nonprofit platform for artists addressing environmental issues. Together they have curated over 60 art and nature exhibitions, have organized and participated on dozens of panel discussions, and have given over 50 lectures, nationally and internationally. Since 2010, Watts has created Action Guides of replicable social practice artworks and has conducted video interviews with over twenty-five pioneering ecological artists. In 2020, Watts decided to transform ecoartspace into an LLC membership platform.

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