NORTH CREEK An art exhibit on display at the Widlund Gallery at Tannery Pond Community Center through Sept. 27 focuses on the relationships found in nature, particularly in the forest areas of the northeastern United States and Southern Canada.
Artist, Rebecca Richman brings attention to the quite remarkable, and oftentimes reclusive, species that are impacted by acid deposition in the Boreal Forest of the Northeast United States and Southeast Canada. Influenced by her love of all life forms, Richmans images mirror the delicate relationships between people, living species and their landscape homes. Her vision of beauty is portrayed by the meticulous use of color, depth, clarity, and light.
These Boreal images bring attention to the effects of pollution in a powerful, positive way, highlighting connection of place while addressing the perspective of a one Earth megasystem. Richmans images tell the story of the delicate relationships in Nature in order to bring to the forefront of our consciousness that what we do to our natural world, we do to ourselves. Foremost through her art, she encourages others to explore their own close, intimate relationship with Nature.
Richman is passionate about honoring the natural world, and all beings to which the Earth provides a home. Living relationships, expressed through her art, bring into focus the connection of one life to another, and the intricate ways in which people impact our planet and are impacted by it. Richman seeks to create images that reveal the inherent bond that humanity has with all of Nature, and her artwork reflects this intensity of spirit with striking depth and emotion.
Richman uses her work to raise awareness about the importance of conserving biological diversity. She believes you cannot have a healthy landscape without having viable populations of native species within that landscape, for there is a remarkable connectedness among all life forms. Richmans vision is that humanity and Nature can thrive together in balance and wholeness. This message of harmony is silently celebrated through her visual fine art.
Seen for the first time as a finished collection, Richman's most recent body of work, Boreal Relationships, is focused on the species most affected by acid deposition. The subjects in the original watercolors of this series are Brook Trout, Red-backed Salamander, Bicknell's Thrush, Red Spruce, Loon, Sugar Maple, and Mayfly. In these paintings, expressing viable relationships between affected life forms and pristine waterbodies, clean air, and pure cloud precipitation is key to the theme of the collection.
For example, in her Home for Loon painting, Richman brings amplified concentration to the relationship between Loons, healthy freshwater systems, and Perch, a fish from which mercury is being transferred by bioaccumulation and biomagnification up the food chain. Of special attention in the piece, the Loons reflection on the water actually is Yellow Perch.
Richman has created images for conservation organizations such as the Highlands Nature Sanctuary in the Arc of Appalachia which promotes woodland sprawl and also The Nature Conservancy which protects habitat around the world. She has painted commissions for private parties as well as created detailed pen & ink drawings that reflect the finest scientific illustration. Over more than a decade, Richman has established a strong exhibition and collection base.
The Widlund Gallery in Tannery Pond Community Center is located at 228 Main Street in North Creek and is open from Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays when the "Open" flag is out. For gallery information, call 251-2421 or visit the website at www.tpcca.org .