Trail of Breadcrumbs: Nature in Fairy Tales
WHEN: Wednesday, July 15, from 5-6 p.m
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Two of our biggest challenges during the COVID Crisis—social deprivation and the inability to experience inspiring art—will find a happy solution in D&R Greenway’s free virtual Art & Nature Happy Hour. Settle in with your beverage of choice and enjoy an interactive talk with four artists, all featured in D&R Greenway’s current exhibition and virtual gallery. Moderating this vibrant conversation will be Marie L. Matthews Gallery Curator, Diana Moore. Exhibited to honor Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary, “Trail of Breadcrumbs: Nature in Fairy Tales” features fine artists and children’s book illustrators starring Silvère Boureau, Barbara DiLorenzo, Jada Fabrizio and Joe Kazimierczyk.
Throughout the COVID crisis, a virtual tour of D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Trail of Breadcrumbs, Nature in Fairy Tales has been wildly and wittily available to the public on D&R Greenway’s website, https://drgreenway.org/art-galleries/.
“This enchanting art exhibit is the perfect way to celebrate the beauty of the only planet we shall ever inhabit, while inspiring a love of nature in adults and children alike,” said D&R Greenway CEO Linda Mead. “At D&R Greenway, we celebrate Earth Day every day of the year by preserving and caring for land, and making it accessible with outdoor trails”
Since 2011, Diana Moore has brought her talents and wit to the curation of environmental exhibitions for the Marie L. Matthews Galleries at D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center in Princeton. She chooses artists who represent, “the evolving intersection of ecology, art, and activism.” Her themed nature exhibits over the years have indelibly demonstrated the importance of Nature to artists and artists to Nature. Diana’s multi-leveled background includes biotechnology. She admits to being “a bioartist working at the overlap of science, ethics, and spirituality.” In Diana’s hands, D&R Greenway’s Galleries have come to be known as “an environmental, mission-based fine art gallery in Princeton, NJ. The organization’s focus on preserving land and waterways has inspired exhibitions that educate the public about oceans as bellwethers of our ecological health.”
In 1982, when Silvère Boureau arrived from France to launch new levels of his successful art career, he was known for expressionist portrayals of the human form. He soon became captivated by the American landscape in general, and New Jersey’s in particular. Silvere’s works are uniquely celebratory of nature, from both vast and intimate perspectives. Fond of remote hiking, as in rocky reaches near the Delaware; and of solitude achieved in watercraft, as in our Pine Barrens, Silvere’s evocative canvases uniquely immortalize our country’s wild nature. For him, “The discovery of wilderness was a revelation...I take time to roam Eastern States forests, scouting for that special place...where you can feel the timelessness of ecosystems in perfect balance. I paint “en plein air”, sketch, and eventually paint a larger picture in my studio. My intention is to capture and render the spirit of the place with minimal interpretation.”
Barbara DiLorenzo, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, is the acclaimed author and illustrator of the prize-winning books Quincy, The Chameleon Who Couldn’t Blend In; and of Renato the Lion, a Junior Library Guild Selection. Her illustration for Wonder won the Member's Choice Award during the 2018 Annual Conference of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators [SCBWI], New Jersey chapter. A Hopewell resident, Barbara is a valued instructor at the Arts Council of Princeton. During the COVID pandemic, she represents the Arts Council partners through Princeton Art Museum, providing free online art-making experiences inspired by the Museum’s collection. Barbara’s professional memberships include the New England Watercolor Society, the Society of Illustrators; SCBWI, and co-president of the Children's Book Illustrators Group of New York.
Jada Fabrizio, American photographer, works in Manhattan and lives in Weehawken, New Jersey. Her studies in creative writing at SUNY New Paltz blend with New York courses in photography at the School of Visual Arts and International Center for Photography. Jada utilizes sculpture, photography and installation, to “creat[e] surreal visual fables, involving sculptural creatures, and commercial toys set in tableaux vivants.” Jada’s purpose throughout is to render difficult ideas more approachable. Her creative motives are to focus people upon “their own ethical stance regarding the treatment of animals, destruction of habitats and the preservation of our natural resources in the modern world.”
Joe Kazimierczyk, of Lambertville’s Artists’ Gallery, lives on the Sourland Mountain near Neshanic Station. Even before viral mandates, Joe has always been compellingly inspired by natural areas surrounding his bucolic home. Day hikes in North Jersey’s towering reaches also result in legendary canvases. ‘Joe Kaz’s’ luminous works are natural extensions of his intense commitment to preserving the wild landscape, which he explores by foot and by bicycle in all seasons. Joe is known for particular skill in capturing light’s penetrations of dense woods.