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Shedding Light on the Working Forest Art Exhibit at The Holden Arboretum

April 4, 2017 - June 5, 2017 9am to 5pm

The Holden Arboretum will host the traveling exhibit Shedding Light on the Working Forest by painter Kathleen Kolb and poet Verandah Porche beginning April 4 through June 5. The project celebrates the landscape of the working forest and the voices of those who have honed skills into a livelihood there.
Shedding Light draws on the artistic friendship of a painter and a poet who are committed to subjects that have been largely overlooked by the arts. Kathleen Kolb evokes what is solid, luminous, yet ephemeral in the scenes she gathers and painstakingly paints. She talks about how a moment of “emotional ignition” kindles a work of art. The exhibit includes paintings and drawings done by Kolb over a twenty year span. As a writing partner, Verandah Porche befriends, questions and listens, to unearth and preserve the poetry embedded in lived experience. She calls this process “finding the verse in conversation.”

Despite public concern about climate change and sustainability, many people are unaware of what actual work goes on in the forest around them. Vital ecosystem services provided by the forest are often poorly understood. Shedding Light portrays the unseen work of loggers, foresters, mill operators, artisans and others through the eyes of a skilled artist. Those portrayed describe and reflect on their experience, serving as ambassadors to the public. Though the public relies on the working forest, skilled labor is rarely portrayed or deeply valued. The voices of the loggers, sawyers, and others who work in the forest are often absent from conversations about interdependence and care of the planet. The project provides diverse opportunities for the public to consider their own relationship to the forest.

On Tuesday, April 4 there will be an opening reception and program by the artists from 7 – 8:30pm at the Holden Arboretum's Corning Visitor Center. The event and program are free but please call 440.946.4400 to pre-register.

The traveling exhibit is sponsored by the Stony Point Foundation, Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund, Windham Foundation International Paper Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and Vermont Art Council, Vermont Arts Endowment Fund, a fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, the A. Johnson Lumber Co. as well as a number of anonymous donors.

Visit holdenarb.org for more information.

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