“Summertime Fun Recycling” opens Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Ave in Berkeley. Its theme is summer, and it focuses on center ecological topics such as climate changes, endangered species, and sustainability. The show includes works created using re-purposed and recycled materials. The reception takes place 6pm to 8pm that night. The show runs through Friday, October 3, 2014.
As a part of the show, Expressions Gallery will host the Evelyn Roth Residency, sponsored by the City of Berkeley and the Alameda Arts Commission. International eco-arts pioneer Evelyn Roth and Berkeley councilman Kriss Worthington will be present for the opening event. There are a number of off-site events that will also occur as a part of the Residency.
“We are collaborating with the Evelyn Roth Residency, with the City of Berkeley and with the Via Nova School in Berkeley which recently completed a project with 5 year old kids who were taken to the beach to collect litter and things that could be recycled which they turned into wonderful small art pieces. We are also having an Eco-Art Fashion show of wearable recycled art fashions on Sunday July 20, from 6 to 8pm in our sculpture garden. “ – said Rinna B. Flohr, Director of Expressions Gallery
Over 60 local and international artists are participating in the show, including Alameda resident Vanessa Castro, a disabled artist with cerebral palsy who is the author of a series of children’s books, most recently “Rollerblading on Autism”
“I am very excited about having my art in the Expression's Gallery,” said Castro. “My three pieces are called Everybody Loves Camp, Singing Mermaid, and Hula Dancers. When I was a kid I went to the same summer camp for summer, and I just absolutely loved it. The Hula Dancers take place on a Hawaiian island. So I think they choose that since lots of people take summer vacations and spend time at beaches. For the Swimming Mermaid, lots of people swim in summer.” – Vanessa Castro
The gallery hopes that the show will help raise awareness of the ecological issues depicted in the show.
“So many people still don't believe major environmental eco-changes are truly threatening our survival. We hope to educate them and make the community more eco-conscious and active by our show.” – said Flohr
The show includes over sixty artists, several from the Oakland.