THE EARTH ACTION  ART SHOW

Raw climate data can be overwhelming and difficult to internalize. We believe art can provide a valuable perspective to help us comprehend climate change, and inspire action to combat it. 

This year's art show centers on the theme "Wildlife." We seek to celebrate a positive aspect of the pandemic, as seen in the return of wildlife to urban areas and the recovery of many burdened ecosystems, as humans sheltered in place.

The focus of Earth Action Initiative is direct action. We conceived the art show as an opportunity to raise funds for mini action grants, which are awarded in our local community through a proposal process led by the EAI Organizing Committee. 

 Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s Art Show will be primarily virtual, with a limited selection of artworks displayed April 1-30 in local small business venues in Berkeley, CA.

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April 1-30

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ARTIST STATEMENTS

 

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Juggling

Woodcut print

7 x 10

$150

Poaching

Woodcut print

10 x 12

$200

Rossella Scapini

Mantidea

Epoxy resin, plaster

17 x 17 x 17 in

$2,000


Nature’s forms and designs are my constant source of inspiration.  I glean from it freely and combine these elements with human and artificial ones to create my own language.  Cultural, social and biological transformations determine our identities and the perception of ourselves in the world.  Stretching the boundaries between real and surreal, I reflect on the mutations we undergo in this ever evolving process.

I address the threat of habitat loss and its effect on the whole cycle of life on the planet.  When Covid 19 pandemic hit, highlighting the role of every creature in this system became urgent. 

“Mantidea” is both cheeky and friendly, a femme fatale we can sympathize with.

Judy Chia Hui Hsu

Green Season, 2019

Acrylic on Canvas on Wood Panel, 24 x 24

$1,440

 

“Green Season” refers to an African summer’s warm, rainy months. The landscape is lush and green, and animal babies are born in abundance. "Green Season" is based on a photograph that I took in Africa in 2017.

Carol Denney

Coronavirus Upside

Digital print

$50

Sandhill Cranes During Coronavirus

Digital print

$50

Elephant Seals Talk Pandemic

Digital print

$50


Carol Denney is a self-taught artist, writer, and musician born in East Los Angeles who adopted cartooning after the election of Donald Trump as a more immediate medium. She is the founder and editor of the Pepper Spray Times, Human Rights Editor of  Street Spirit, a contributor to the Berkeley Daily Planet, a cartoonist with the Berkeley Times, a musician with both local bands and the Augusta Music Heritage Center in West Virginia, and a member of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade. She is a board member of the Cesar Chavez Park Conservancy and works in pen, ink, acrylics, and watercolor.

Entropy

Glory of Wildness

Watercolor on paper

$700

 

Climate change has become a major focus in recent decades, and there are still many challenges to come. For years, I have used the idea of changing climate in my artworks, and I just published my second post-apocalyptic graphic novel. I tell stories about what the future could hold for us - how humanity and nature is coping with rising

temperatures and sea levels.

 

In a time, in which the environment is subject to major changes and there are alarming messages, I address two completely new perspectives: On one hand as viewer that is aware of the partial responsibility for the problems in the world, and on the other hand I envision a new relationship with nature – a desire for merging with nature and for re-enchantment of the world.

 

I chose the California Grizzly Bear as an extinct subspecies of the very large North American Brown Bear. It used to be part of the ecosystem in the Central Valley. It was particularly admired for its beauty, size and strength. The grizzly became a symbol for the California state flag. By the early 1900s, only few California grizzlies and little of their prime habitat remained. Grizzlies were killed in large numbers, because they were perceived as a threat to life and property. The last known California grizzly bear was shot outside the Yosemite region in the early 1920s. Fewer than 2,000 grizzly bears exist today and are confined to Idaho, Montana, Washington and Wyoming. They are true American icons, yet they live in a paltry four percent of the lands where they used to roam.

 

Grizzly bears feel the effects of climate change very strong. They are highly food-focused, and their movements are driven by the availability of seasonal food sources. Lacking the salmon of coastal populations, grizzlies rely in some areas on ripening berries for a major food source. But as climates warm, changing temperatures impact the timing of key biological events like flowering and fruiting in plants. Even if the berries ripen only a few weeks earlier, it leads to complex ecosystem dynamics. Grizzlies need the berries for gaining weight that is needed for hibernation. Bears are one of the few species of mammal with “delayed implantation,” where eggs fertilized in the spring can wait for months before the start of pregnancy. The body condition of female bears in the fall is very critical to their reproductive success. If there is a too wide gap between the availability of berries and hibernation, this can threaten the reproductive rates of this vulnerable population.

 

In contrast, the Black Bear, which can be found in Yosemite National Park today, is more likely to survive climate change due to a combination of their greater adaptability around people and different habitat and food requirements.

Aunde Cornely

Surface

Photo: archival pigment on cotton rag

$350

 

Near the shore of the Salish Sea, an inquisitive harbor seal surfaces in a misty dawn.  Ancestral lands and waters of the Lummi Nation, Bellingham Bay, Bellingham, Washington.

Carolyn Crampton

Raccoons at the Picnic

Acrylic on canvas

$1,395

 

Lame Duck

Acrylic on canvas

$800

 

Originally inspired by classical after-the-hunt scenes, Carolyn Crampton’s paintings include a sentient animal gazing at the viewer. These animals are witnesses to modern life. They may live with the objects, but they have a different relationship to them; raising questions about our collections of stuff, our future, and our feelings about animals. By using a classical style, the common objects can be viewed through a lens of history.

 

Because humans invade or destroy wildlife habitat, I wanted to let wildlife into our spaces. To get attention. The animals then became actors in a scene devoid of humans in slightly sci-fi world. In my “Variant World” series (entitled before Covid-19), I was wondering what the place would be like without humans, and definitely with climate change on my mind. These paintings are more personal and less real. Some of the furniture is from childhood memories. 

 

It’s odd that this series was completed before the pandemic, yet it certainly matches the sense of how I am feeling these days.

 

-Carolyn Crampton

Wesley Haack

A Pile of Snakes, 2021

Woodblock relief print on archival BFK Rives

100 x 26 in

$4,000


It is the colonizer who views nature as something to be conquered, to be owned, and even as something to be saved. If we want to change the way we treat the earth and wildlife, we must fight this imperialist paradigm and remember that we are the earth. We are not separate. We must treat ourselves and each other with love so that we can treat the environment with the same care. 

With that in mind, this piece is a portrait. A portrait of me, a portrait of you, a portrait of every bird song waking me in the morning and every stranger passing on the street. This piece, like many portraits, is less about the image and more about the process. Building love for anything is a process. With each careful stroke of my carving tools, I meditated on this. If I can grow something beautiful with a million strokes here, I can do the same for the world around me. All it takes is patience, intention and an open heart to the final result.

Brooke Mathews

California Condor, 2021

Oil Pastel and Ink Pen

24 x 18 in

$400


“As one of the most endangered species in the state, the California Condor is a victim to various human-caused threats: including poisoning from lead bullet ingestion, habitat destruction, poaching, and egg theft. Aside from having the individual right to survive and thrive, the species is also a hugely important part of the local ecosystem. Conservation efforts have already benefited these creatures so much (ie. just forty years ago there were only 10 California Condors living in the wild; today there are over 200!), but there is still so much that must be done to protect them, and the species is still labeled as Critically Endangered.


California Condors are one of my favorite local inhabitants; their grandiose presence and iridescent wingspan inspires much of my work as a wildlife artist.”

Anahid

Seabird

Acrylics on canvas with sand, and a shell

18 x 32 in

$975

 

This painting, like all the ones I've done on wood, started with the patterns on the wood. I follow the wood patterns either with pencil or a brush to see where they will take me, then the rest develops as I meditate on the forms with music and let my muse take me where she wants. I like ambiguity in art so each viewer can see what speaks to them. 

Three Seabirds

Acrylics on wood

18 x 32 in

$925

 

This painting also started with wood patterns for the water and a few odd patterns on top which reminded me of birds, then my muses helped me give them more shape, with a little more help from some bird photos Online.

Pelicans on the Pacific

Acrylics on wood

18 x 24 in

$825

 

This painting started by following the patterns of the wood I was working on. I've noticed that the patterns of wood are very similar to waves. Some of the patterns on the top vaguely reminded me of flying birds, which then developed into Pelicans which are among my favorite birds, so I fleshed them out later with the help of a few pictures I found Online.

Derek Popple

Crawdad, 2021

Risograph print

11 x 14 in.

$255


Growing up, I would frequently see crawdads in the rivers around Sacramento. As I got older and started to explore the parks and backcountry around California, I realized how widespread crawdads are throughout California, leading to a greater appreciation of their habitats and role in the ecosystem. With fires and anthropogenic disruption reducing their territory, I wanted to make this print to bring to light this interesting but all too often overlooked species. 

Lydia Boike

Cetoscarus ocellatus, Great Barrier Reef, Australia, 2021

Ink and paint on cardstock paper

8.5 x 11 in

$75

Mitzie Yamamoto

Beetle Mania

Digital Photography

16 x 20 in.

$225

 

For many years I have used a digital camera to photograph people, places and things.  Presently, I have evolved to a new world of macro photography (extreme close-up photography).

 

I like to create images that are unique, subtle, understated and uncluttered, whether it is a photograph of nature or newly created art form.

 

I create original art-forms using various ingredients, materials and techniques and let the objects take on a spontaneous, non-contrived free-flowing-form that become a whimsical abstract image.  I never know how or where each project will lead me and the newly created art-form could be a wonderful surprise or complete disaster.

 

Recently, I have created my own “ice sculptures” and photographed them at different angles and positions using various backgrounds and lighting. As I download my images onto the computer, I feel such anticipation and excitement .

 

The image of the Rhino-Beetle was take in Costa Rico about 5 years ago.  The person’s fingers and hand demonstrates the awesome size of the beetle that is so beautiful and very gentle.  I was very fortunate to capture this photograph.

 

Mitzie Yamamoto

Jason Sobottka

A Lesson About Murderous Mary

Oil, acrylic, and glitter on panel

11 x 15 in

$1,000

Anti-Poaching Disguise: Howdy-Doody

Acrylic on panel

11 x 15 in

$1,000

Nina Sokolov

Encroachment, 2021

Colored pencil

11 x 15 in

$150


No three animals were as central to the story of COVID-19 as the horseshoe bat, the pangolin, and the mink. The bat being the proposed source of the virus, the pangolin potentially being the intermediate host, and finally the mink being the first recorded wild animal found infected with SARS-CoV-2. However, there are still many uncertainties about whether these are the actual species at play in the origin of this pandemic. The real reservoir and bridge host species are likely still yet to be discovered.

Belinda Chlouber

S.I.P.

Mixed Media

18 x 18 in

$2,500


I had been hoping that the shelter in place would be finished when S.I.P. (Shelter in Place) the piece was finished, but alas it was not. I wanted to convey the loneliness of the situation and the isolation, yet how we aren’t really alone, that nature surrounds us and nurtures us.

Dyanna Dimick

Sandy

Acrylic, colored pencil, found material, graphite, ink and pastel on wood

19.5 x 21 in

$650


This mixed media piece, Sandy, includes reused and found materials from my daily life, in addition to acrylic, colored pencil, ink and pastel. The piece incorporates colors and imagery one could associate with wildlife. I hope it conveys a message of environmental protection and some of the ways humans impact it. It is meant to show the human relationship with the natural world.

Aimee Cortez

Pink Dolphins

Acrylic on canvas

6 x 6 in

Not for sale


This piece was inspired by the increasing appearance of rare pink dolphins due to the pandemic. Apparently, a pink dolphin from Louisiana named Pinky recently was seen swimming around with her new baby dolphin!

Marisol Navarro

The traveling trees

Canvas, cotton, water-based ink

16 x 15.5 in

$40


A handmade tote bag stamped with a variety of trees along the bottom. 

Bunny California

CA Map: Endangered & Protected California Animals

Digital art, printed with archival ink on lustre paper

24 x 36 in

$300

 

As people have changed their behavior due to covid-19 precautions, many have had the opportunity to take more neighborhood walks. More people have had a chance to observe nearby ecosystems. As we think about the wildlife we see in our own neighborhoods, we can also consider wildlife across the state. Endangered animals are not only charismatic species in nature preserves in foreign countries-- endangered and protected animals are also here at home in California.

During the first months of covid, some species benefited from the large decrease in vehicle traffic. Now, studies suggest that people are increasing their personal vehicle use, instead of their public transportation use, for covid safety. As we aim to return to more convenience and more connection within our communities, hopefully we will also remember the natural world around us. Hopefully we will continue to take more walks, and to notice our wild animal neighbors and the species with whom we share California.

Sherri Gamble

The Tricksters

Mixed Media (Plastic, Encaustic, Print)

22 x 10 in

$310


Myths and folklore have a deep and legend of wolves and coyotes shifting shapes, transforming perhaps into humans reflecting our own emotions and psyche. Using layers of plaster and beeswax, the call of the wild speaks out.

Priyanka Badlani

Down the Road, 2020

Digital Photograph Printed on Metal

8 x 12 in

$75

 

Taken on my visit to Yellowstone National Park in February 2020.

Most of the park’s roads are closed and only over snow travel is allowed during the winter season leaving solely large snow coaches and snow mobiles access to ride on the groomed roads. The wildlife takes full advantage of the packed down snow and walks along the road instead of trudging through feet of snow. Meaning we share the road.

Snowmobiling through the park, a true winter wonderland, was one of the most unique (and coldest) adventure I’ve had. I was cruising along until I met this herd of bison. I moved to the side and let these giant, majestic animals walk by. I’ve seen many bison during my time in Yellowstone, but there’s something different about cruising right by them with nothing in between you and two ton horned animals.

Yellowstone National Park is the only place in the US where bison have continuously lived since prehistoric times.

A Grizzly Family, 2019

Digital Photograph Printed on Metal

8 x 12 in

$75

 

Taken on my first day at Yellowstone National Park in May 2019.

I spent my summer of 2019 living and working in Yellowstone National Park. It was a great way to experience the park. Over the course of about 4 months, I had hiked over 150 miles within the Greater Yellowstone Area and created amazing friendships. 

I’ve never been to Yellowstone prior and on my first day, after checking in and settling into my new room, I took a drive through the park. I drove until I hit stand still traffic. I’d later realize it was a “bear jam”. This momma grizzly bear and her three cubs were hanging not too far off the road. The cubs were playing while momma bear was looking for food and making sure they stay close by for safety. A line of photographers watched along and I joined. It was a grand welcoming to see - and I was happy to have a long lens because it’s important to keep your distance!

Carol Brent Levin

Acorn Woodpecker

Woodcut print

16 x 20 in

$500

Oak Woodlands

Woodcut print

12 x 16 in

$500


As a citizen science volunteer with the Solano Land Trust, I learned the importance of land restoration work. As I spent more and more time in my own yard, fighting off invasive species, protecting native plants and planting pollinators. I learned more and more about the way nature is integrated together and how wildlife is impacted on how humans make use of the land. My two woodcuts, Oak Woodlands and Acorn Woodpeckers hope to draw attention to the need to protect and preserve what we have.

I also have begun a series of work about Animals fighting back. One day, I noticed the deer in our neighborhood, no longer ran but stared me down. Feeling a bit threatened, I wondered, what if animals started fighting back? I think in some sense, they already have. Since their habitats have become limited, they are already sharing many of our spaces with us. Juggling and Poaching, are two of several works, I have done on the subject. More can be seen on my website www.CarolBrentLevin.com.

David Todorut

Kiki

Digital art printed on canvas

12 x 12in

$58


An appreciation of wildlife can start as early as childhood,  and as a kid I grew a bond with every pet I had. My family had cats, dogs, and eventually I raised a turtle in a freshwater aquarium. It’s important to feel compassion for other living beings, and having a pet is a great way to grow a connection with nature.

Fen Hsu

Blush of the Cherry Blossoms

Acrylic on canvas

48 x 20 in

$1,800

 

Wisdom of the Rooted

Acrylic on canvas

48 x 20 in

$1,800


From the artist: These paintings were made during a difficult period in my life. I visualized sunlight, water, trees and root structures in a flux of stress and resilience, mirroring my own life. As I was painting, I thought of trees in Seward Park in Seattle, where I enjoyed many hours outdoors as a volunteer Tree Ambassador. I thought about how trees survive through hidden strategies including the compartmentalization of wounds, below ground signaling, and adaptive growth.  I am hoping these energized organic forms express the inventiveness and exuberance of nature and the wild.  


About the artist: I paint from a combination art studio, home office and laundry room on Mercer Island, near Seattle in the Pacific Northwest. I grew up in San Francisco, and studied at Lowell High School and U.C. Berkeley. I remember taking art classes taught by the abstract painter John DiPaolo at the de Young Museum art school. Art is endlessly fascinating for continuously reframing ideas, provoking thought and opening the heart.

Ivy Stevens-Gupta

Polar Bear & Northern Lights

Acrylic & Oil on Canvas

10 x 8 in

$135


The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and polar bears are both iconic symbols of the stunning beauty of nature in the Arctic. Polar bears need ice to capture their food. However, shrinking sea ice due to global warming could lead polar bears toward extinction. During the Pandemic, viewership of the Northern Lights Cam on Expore.org and interest in Polar Bears International increased sharply. My colorful, acrylic and oil painting on canvas combines the natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights with the vulnerability of the Polar bear.

Alexandra Yakovleva

Resting Couple

Oil on Canvas

16 x 20 in

$280


"Resting Couple" is a symbol of peace and mindfulness that can only be achieved in a state of rest. Mental rest is  vital for making conscious decisions,  savoring the moment and distinguishing right from wrong. Our planet needs rest from human interference and abuse. It needs time to recover and recuperate.  Lets give that rest to our planet.

Diana Krevsky

Wolf

Recycled wood pieces

20 x 16 x 2 in

$1,200


“Wolf”  was assembled from salvaged scraps of wood, either found, given, or leftover pieces from plywood backing used for my paintings. 

 

Assemblage is a completely intuitive approach and earth friendly reuse of materials and found objects. Discovering new application for what would ordinarily be discarded, stimulates the very core of inventiveness, and redefines academic confines of what art can be. 

 

Endangered wolves have returned to the wild from near extinction because of conservation efforts and sanctuaries. Recycled wood as art is a fitting metaphor. 

Jeremy Newman

The Dreaming Biome

Digital Video

8 minutes

Kuo Ying Hsiu

Body

Video art

3 minutes, 52 seconds

$1,000

Phoebe Deutsch

Hybrid

Ceramic

Not for sale

Geese at Whole Foods

Acrylic on canvas

$2,495

Mt. Lions in Redwood Forest

Acrylic on canvas

$3,095

Alligator in living room

Acrylic on canvas

$2,795

 

Wolves in Kitchen

Acrylic on canvas

$2,795

Bear in Office

Acrylic on canvas

$3,095

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