Celebration of the Upper Peninsula as Home
Published on 8/30/2007
I heard about the traveling fine art exhibit "Celebration of the Upper Peninsula as Home" around the first of the year. I knew this was going to be a feature on our site. The Upper Peninsula Environment Coalition (UPEC) teamed up with 11 fine U.P. artists to bring awareness to the environmental issues that are affecting our region.
In the video, you'll see Jon Saari, UPEC board president, talk about why they chose to combine environmental issues and the arts. These artworks weren't created with any political agenda. They are not artworks that specifically cry out with rhetoric. They were created by artists who live in the Upper Peninsula. Artists whose lives and work are influenced by their environment.
Aside from the usual environmental concerns such as global warming and pollution, there is another threat that is casting its shadow over the U.P. and that is sulfide mining. I've read a few articles on this process and I'll sum the dangers up as: it will put heavy metals into our lakes and streams. Heavy metal isn't just a musical genre, in the medical world it's deadly to humans...as well as everything else. At the website, SaveTheWildUP.org you can find in depth information on the preservation of the Upper Peninsula's wilderness.
The premier opening of the exhibit was at the Bonifas Art Center in Escanaba and will be there 8/2 - 9/6/2007. The exhibit will be traveling to:
The participating artists are:
On more of a technical note: The only experience I have with shooting/editing video is with this website. I know this video's video and audio aren't the greatest. I hope to purchase an external mic and a light as well as camera stabilization equipment.