Special exhibit and events at Studios on the Park in September

Studios on the Park logoDon’t let the month of September slip away without stepping inside Studios on the Park and experiencing Going, Going, Gone: Art in the Age of Extinction, a truly unique exhibition focusing on the future of Planet Earth. The exhibit, in Studios’ Atrium Gallery, was organized by local artists Helen K Davie, Eve Chartrand, and Debra Jurey.

“The purpose of putting this show together was to bring awareness to what’s happening on our planet, especially how it affects plants and animals and, ultimately, all of us,” said Davie.

In addition to Jurey’s bee, butterfly, and animal-themed beaded jewelry, Chartrand will be showing mixed-media work focusing on current threats to wildlife and the planet. Davie has created 12 icons of animals that have recently gone extinct.

Four additional artists will join the exhibit: Joshua Coffy, whose mixed media paintings depict animals and our connections with them; Paula Teplitz, a ceramicist who has created papier-mâché sculptures of birds and other animals; and Karen R. Schroeder and Sara Woodburn, printmakers from Santa Barbara who have collaborated on a large “tree of life” as well as individual prints.

“Some of the events we are sponsoring during the exhibit’s run will help people learn more about what is happening locally,” said Davies.

Special family-friendly events affiliated with the exhibition include:

Art After Dark Paso
Saturday, Sept. 2

6-9 p.m.
Celebrate the exhibit opening of Going, Going, Gone: Art in the Age of Extinction with wines by Allegretto Wines and music by Justin Martinez.

Mead Tasting with movies

“For the Love of Bees” & “More Than Honey”
Saturday, Sept. 9

3:30-9 p.m.
From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. local beekeeper Anna Rempel will present For The Love Of Bees, a talk and slideshow. At 5 p.m. Park Cinemas will offer a free screening of More Than Honey documentary by Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof. Guests will enjoy a tasting of mead created by Chef Eric Olson with honey from his bees on the property. Enter to win a free basket of local honey goods. Free event; mead tasting $8/glass.

Endangered Steelhead Trout Talk & Art Project
Saturday, Sept 16

1 p.m.
Executive Director Devin Best of the Upper Salinas-Las Tablas Resource Conservation District will offer a family-friendly talk about the endangered Steelhead Trout and what is being done locally to help improve its habitat. Attendees will join Davie in creating an artistic “spawning run” by embellishing photocopies of her drawings of Steelhead Trout using watercolor, markers, and collage.

Growing Green Youth Experience
Saturday, Sept. 23

1-2:30 p.m.
Kids and grownups are invited to a free showing of The Man Who Planted Trees at Park Cinemas followed by a special eco art project, Artful Botany, with One Cool Earth’s Greg Ellis-Valencia. Guests attending the movie and workshop may enter to win a handmade felt birdhouse.

Native American Blessing Ceremony
Sunday, Sept. 24

10:45 a.m.
On the closing day of the exhibit, Studios will host a cleansing Cedar Blessing Ceremony for the artists and for the minds and hearts of those in attendance. Artist, storyteller and facilitator Steve Crouch welcomes all for stories, indigenous songs, sharing, cleansing, and blessings. Doors close at 11a.m.; please arrive at 10:45 a.m. RSVP to epcart67@gmail.com.

For more information on events, classes, and workshops at Studios on the Park happening in September and throughout the year, call (805) 238-9800, see www.StudiosOnThePark.org. or stop by 1130 Pine St. in Paso Robles; open daily at noon.