D&R Greenway Land Trust invites the public to experience nature with new eyes, inspired by its newly opened art exhibition
WHERE: Olivia Rainbow Gallery, D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, (off Rosedale Road), Princeton 08540. Phone: 609-578-7470.
WHERE: D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, off Rosedale Road, Princeton 08540.
Visitors are asked to follow COVID safety precautions, remaining masked inside the 1900 barn. The exhibits can be visited at All art works are for sale, and 25% of each purchase is a tax-deductible donation to D&R Greenway’s mission to preserve and care for land, a mission that is becoming more and more critical, as open spaces disappear to development in this most densely populated state.
The artist reveals his creative process: "As I considered this request from D&R Greenway Land Trust in 2020 for images of nature from a child’s perspective, I was flooded with childhood memories of family picnics in parks and nature preserves, visits to zoos and to natural history museums, and outdoor camping trips with the Boy Scouts. This state of mind allowed me to view nature from a child’s viewpoint rather than as an adult."
In addition to Recovery, the juried art exhibit in upstairs galleries, is GSWS's remarkable lobby installation of original watercolors evoking the import of water itself and of our Delaware River, in particular. This installation celebrates the naming of the Delaware as "River of the Year 2020" by American Rivers. Their publicity reports 2.9 million miles of rivers lacing the United States. Two out of three Americans get their drinking water from our rivers. This varied array of small masterpieces takes lobby viewers on a continuing trip downriver. Both exhibits display, in word and in some artist’s statements, experiences of the river and its surrounds as personal sources of recovery for mind, body and spirit.
Throughout the 1900 barn known as The Johnson Education Center, images and written reflections connect strongly with D&R Greenway’s founding mission. Protecting land protects water. Many D&R Greenway preserves include streams, brooks, even rivers. Most of these tributaries flow to the Delaware; some to the Raritan: all to the ocean. Visitors to the exhibit have exclaimed on the peaceful feeling experienced by viewing the exhibit. They have called it as "surprising;” "meaningful;" "exciting" and "healing.” The Installation's small art, all original watercolors, are for sale from $25 to $250, perfect gifts for upcoming holidays.
A special feature is a six-foot tall image in the shape of New Jersey, filled with a black-and-white painting of "Bats Across the Garden State." Created by a 5th grade class for Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, it is on loan for this exhibit only. Liz Silvernail, the organization’s Executive Director, describes Conserve Wildlife’s mission as “to preserve rare and at-risk wildlife in New Jersey through field science, habitat restoration, public engagement, and education.” Annually, D&R Greenway has displayed Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey’s “Species on the Edge” in Olivia’s Gallery, with top art and science essays from each county in the State.
Deputy Executive Director of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), Kristen Bowman Kavanagh, declared “I had the pleasure of attending the Garden State Watercolor Society’s open house in October. Both the juried exhibit and art installation offer amazing collections celebrating the vital recovery of the Delaware River. Art connects us to the natural world. These paintings and watercolors illustrate that theme beautifully.”
Tess Fields, President of Garden State Watercolor Society asserted, “We were thrilled about networking with DRBC and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. It was very gratifying to make these connections between art and science and bring both to the public.”
One official confided to Tess Fields at the open house event that its Lambertville residents were distraught after the severe damage of Hurricane Ida. As a way to get past the negativity of living with the river’s floodwaters, they referred residents to the beauty and wonder of the online exhibit at www.gswcs.org. With an accent on the positive aspects of living next to the river, it provided hope and a sense of balance. The artwork became an uplifting balm to their emotional and spiritual well-being.
Linda Mead, D&R Greenway’s President and CEO, is “excited to share the beauty of both of these exhibits, that remind us of the importance and value of our natural world and the benefits that nature brings to our everyday life.”