The following post is from an e-mail received from long-time Wild Ones member Nancy Aten regarding Art at the Urban Ecology Center now through September 2019 at the Riverside Park Branch in Milwaukee*.
If you’re in the area, this Thursday, July 11th from 5-7 pm is the free opening reception of The Art of Mending the Earth. There will be refreshments, good company, and the artists will speak informally at 6 pm. Bring your copies of their books and get them signed by the author.
Artist and Photographer Ney Tait Fraser
Ney’s very large, personal oil paintings of close-up wildflowers will cover the gallery’s walls giving viewers an opportunity to consider and discuss the Nature of Art. Ney says, “In a world already smothered by objects, perhaps it is time to start making living, conceptual art that mends the web of life. Small creatures such as birds, butterflies and spiders could be given habitat with indigenous plants.”
Over a period of several decades, Ney has improved Big Bay/Buckley Park by removing invasive plants, and she says, “This landscape is now a living, conceptual piece that sustains wildlife…. Loss of pollinators is one of the most import issues of our time. Instead of making more interior decoration, Art — as native plant landscapes — could address this problem.”
Ney, a long-time Wild Ones member and friend of Wild Ones hero Lorrie Otto, wrote and illustrated a book called Mending the Earth in Milwaukee which includes sixteen stories of extraordinary pioneer gardeners (including Lorrie) who created mini Edens by replacing lawn and exotic plants with native plants. Ney’s book is for sale locally at Outpost Natural Foods to benefit Teens Growing Greens. Also at Woodland Pattern, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Wehr Nature Center, Riveredge Nature Center. Or for sale on-line.
Poet Terimarie Degree
Terimarie grew up with both parents serving in the US Navy. This afforded her the opportunity to live everywhere from Southern California to unique locales such as the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. Those experiences birthed an appreciation for nature.
Her nature poetry is a combination of reflecting on the beauty found in the natural world and also the role people have to care for it. Terimarie has a number of poems published on-line as well as work in four books: Permeable to the Year (2017), The Third Eye (2017), Where I Want to Live (2018) and Secret Words Volume 4 (2019). Her work recently was on display as part of the Swan Day MKE gallery show, “Water: Reflection, Ritual & Resource” at Urban Ecology Center, Menomonee Valley.
Terimarie’s poems will be on display with Ney Tait Fraser’s work and she will kick off the opening reception with a poetry reading.
*The Riverside Park branch of the Urban Ecology Center is open Monday – Thursday 9 am – 7 pm, Friday – Saturday 9 am – 5 pm, and Sunday noon – 5 pm. Located at 1500 E Park Place, Milwaukee 53211, (414) 964-8505.