We've made it through a year of the pandemic. Fortunately now the vaccines are rolling out and the number of cases are lower.

However, the slow moving Polar Vortex that dipped down into Houston, Texas from the North Pole last month was yet another catastrophic wake-up call that extreme weather is the new normal. It will be months before we can truly comprehend the devastating impacts of Winter Storm Uri.

President Biden's proposed Civil Climate Corp, based on the 1930s New Deal Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) created by President Roosevelt, is an exciting prospect. Through its nine-year existence, Roosevelt’s “Tree Army” planted more than two billion trees, erected fire lookouts, and fought forest fires.

The Call for Artists for the annual ecoartspace juried online exhibition+book will go live in March. Embodied Forest is the title and we're seeking artworks that depict or examine the entanglements of a forest and/or trees including though not limited to root systems, fungus, microbes, moss, lichen, etc. A second call for artists will also launch in March for a series of billboards in NYC addressing water titled I AM WATER. This exhibition will be sponsored by SaveArtSpace in collaboration with Our Humanity Matters and ecoartspace. Both calls will be emailed separately to members and newsletter subscribers.

The orientation for new members in February was well attended. Members can find the recording under Members in the drop-down menu (sign in first). It was revealed that members can upload albums of images to their profiles. This is a great feature and adds another dimension to your profile in the directory, along with your artist statement.

Twelve members registered for the Guardians of the Forest course beginning May through early August. You can still enroll and get a 35% discount. The workshops are recorded and our group will have a private area within the course platform where we can host private discussions. email for more information

To acknowledge the one-year anniversary of the pandemic, this month we will have a dialogue on The Human Animal Connection, as well as our monthly Tree Talk. see below

Keep a lookout for ecoartspace emails this month!

Patricia Watts, founder

Image: c.1933-1942: A group of Civilian Conservation Corps members plant seedlings on a clear-cut hillside in Oregon. Bettmann/Bettmann Archive.

the human animal connection

Thursday, March 11

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

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

Jan Harrison, Rachel Frank, Lenore Malen, Christopher Reiger, Ron Broglio

In this Zoom Dialogue we consider the human animal connection through presentations by ecoartspace members Jan Harrison who will discuss her ongoing series titled Animals in the Anthropocene including paintings and sculptures, Rachel Frank who will present her Rewilding performances in site-specific landscapes and in videos, Lenore Malen who will present her Post Humanist works including Eve in Sheepland, and Christopher Reiger who will discuss the concept of supernatural animal spirits or guides in relation to his paintings of nonhuman creatures.

Each presenter will have 10-15 minutes. Following Q&A will be led by member respondent Ron Broglio, known for his research and writing on nonhuman phenomenology and animal revolution.

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, March 25
10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET

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

Fredrick J. Swanson, David Paul Bayles, Jennifer Hand, Cynthia Hooper, Cindy Rinne

For our March Tree Talk, four outstanding ecoartspace artists and a guest geologist will present diverse ideas, research and artworks about trees and forests. Artist-Photographer David Paul Bayles and research geologist and disturbance ecologist Frederick J. Swanson will discuss their current art-science collaboration focused on the Holiday Farm Fire last Fall in Oregon. Jennifer Hand will share recent projects including performance work that represents her relationship with trees. Interdisciplinary artist Cynthia Hooper will present an overview of Northwestern California’s forest land and timber industry in relationship to her research-based practice including paintings, videos, and essays. Poet and fiber artist Cindy Rinne speaks to trees and they answer in visions, poems, and artworks, which she will share with us.

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 February 25? 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

christina conklin

Conklin is an artist, researcher, and writer who lives in Half Moon Bay, California. Much of her work concerns the ocean as both site and metaphor, in the context of ongoing climatic and cultural change. A one-time religious studies major, she thinks a lot about the intersection of belief systems and natural systems as they converge and conflict on time scales ranging from the geologic to the genealogic. She is currently co-authoring The Atlas of Disappearing Places: Coasts and Oceans in a Time of Climate Change, to be published by The New Press this summer.  christinaconklin.com


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member exhibitions

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. (image above)

Pulled Apart online exhibition featuring Cynthia Hooper and Gail Wight, Thacher Gallery, University of San Francisco. March 1 - April 25, 2021.

Desert X site-specific, contemporary art exhibition including Kim Stringfellow, Coachella Valley, California. March 12 - May 16, 2021.

Breath Taking a group exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Art including Sant Khalsa, Patricia Marietta Leis, and Meridel Rubenstein, Santa Fe. March 13 - September 5, 2021.

Water Curiosities including Gregg Schlanger, Central Washington University Department of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, Randall Hall. February 18 - March 12, 2021.

The Botany of Living exhibition including Louise Russell at A Photographers Eye, Escondido, California. Through March 20, 2021.

Love and Loss Across Species Lines: The Neuroscience of Attachment a group exhibition including Jan Harrison, The Fusion Gallery, Orlando Science Center, Florida. Through May 16, 2021.

Adequate Earth: Artists and Writers in Antarctica, online exhibition and virtual events including Helen Glazer. Through May 22, 2021.

The State We're In Water: Constructing a Sense of Place in the Hydrosphere an interdisciplinary project including Robin Lasser. Oklahoma State University, Museum of Art in Stillwater. Through May 29, 2021.

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

member announcements

Floresta, online interview with Abigail Doan discussing her Floating Vessels. Manchester, UK. February 2021. (image above)

Recology AIR Connects: Recalled to Nature with Minoosh Zomorodina, March 2, 2021 at 5pm PST.

Textile Talks with Linda Gass and Tali Weinberg presented by Surface Design Association, March 3, 2021 at 2pm EST.

Form, Pattern, and Materiality: Antarctic Landscapes and Sculptural Practices presentations and panel discussion including Helen Glazer. Antarctic Artists & Writers Collective, March 4, 2021, 6pm EST.

Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California an Audio Theater launch with Susan Suntree, 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica. March 6, 2021 at 5pm PST.

Pulled Apart opening celebration with Cynthia Hooper and Gail Wight, University of San Francisco. March 1, 2021 at 5pm PST.

A Photographers Eye: Artist Talk, with Louise Russell. Thursday, February 25, 5:30pm PST. Recording

Visions for the Delaware River with Stacy Levy, NPR Podcast, February 24, 2021. Recording

Meet Yevgeniya Mikhalik interview with SHOUTOUTLA, February 22, 2021.

Disentangled Art: How the Adirondacks Changed Landscape Painting with James McElhinney. February 23, 2021. Recording

The Nature of Urban Landscapes with andrea haenggi, EcoArt Salon on Facebook. February 18, 2021. Recording

A Conversation with Artists from the exhibition Drawdown: Pathways Out of Global Warmingincluding Lesie Sobel. February 18, 2021. Recording

Meet Kimberlee Koym-Murteira interview with SHOUTOUTLA, February 15, 2021.

CSPA Quarterly: EcoSomatics Q31 The Center for Sustainable Practices in the Arts, online and print journal.

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

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 on dozens of panel discussions, and have given 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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