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Student Artwork Exhibition at DIAA Gallery
May 7 @ 10:00 am - May 8 @ 4:00 pm
Deer Isle-Stonington High School (DISHS) eighth-grade students will exhibit artwork reflecting global concerns in conjunction with a community climate organization, the Climate Action Net (CAN), on May 7 and 8 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the DIAA Gallery.
Under the direction of DISHS 8-12 Art Teacher Cynthia Pease, the students researched many of the planetary concerns and crises of our time. Included are the effects of Climate Change, CO2 Emissions, the Greenhouse Effect, the Plastics Crisis, Microplastics, Sea Level Rise, the Acidification of our Seas, Fast Fashion, the Extinction of Species and our Life Supporting Biosphere.
In addition, two DISHS advanced art students — Taylor Wiberg and Marlaina Jones — have created sculptures from recycled materials. These sculptures are their social and environmental expression of growing up in a world being destroyed by human overconsumption.
The DISHS 8th grade class collaborated with the Haystack FabLab to create 3D Printer frames made of recycled water bottles and other recyclable materials. Special thanks to Haystack and to James Rutter, director of the Haystack FabLab.
Students have spent a significant amount of time watching documentaries, reading articles and discussing topics in class and remotely prior to the creation of these paintings. The research also included the solutions that mankind is inventing and the emergence of circular economies. Working together for hope, resiliency and the need for mankind to make immediate changes in lifestyle have been a part of classroom discussions.
These paintings will be printed as cards and will be available in local stores, as well online through the CAN website, https://www.climateactionnet.org. It is the hope of the eighth-graders and the DISHS ECO Club that the paintings and cards will begin an eco-friendly narrative for change on our island.