‘Arctic Summer’ art exhibition examines climate change and its effects

“Glacier Bay National Park” by Mary Sweet. (Courtesy of Curated Creative)

light pointAlthough it’s the middle of summer, the Curated Creative has held its opening reception for “Arctic Summer”, an exhibit on climate change and its effects.

You can see the show in person until August 9.

“It’s an exhibition that I kind of had an idea for the past few years and I thought there would never be a good time to get everyone together to do it,” said curator Brianne Clarkson. “But actually Julianne Harvey’s piece was usually what got me into this idea because I had known about carving for a long time and I knew about pizzly because pizzly is a type of bear in the arctic now where polar bears breed with grizzly bears.”

“Arctic Summer” takes you on a journey inspired by the warm periods of the Arctic.

“The goal of ‘Arctic Summer’ is to give people an opportunity to look at the Arctic and ask themselves why they should care about it and what they can do about it,” Clarkson said. “By exploring a subject through artwork, we, the audience, have moments of self-reflection that inspire and motivate our own action.”

The exhibit includes paintings by Alan Paine Radebaugh, Marietta Patricia Leis and Mary Sweet, as well as Harvey, a freshman community instructor at the University of New Mexico.

“My real inspiration for dioramas is the Museum of Natural History in New York City, where all these amazing dioramas are with these amazing painters painting the backs to the backgrounds coming into the foreground,” Harvey said.

Harvey’s work in the exhibition includes “Pizzly View” and “Foreclosure”.

“I’ve known most of them for years, Harvey was actually my teacher over a decade ago, so I was familiar with his sculptural work,” Clarkson said. “Alan is a painter I’ve worked with for years who dedicates his entire artistic career to painting landscape for example, his last series of works was called going to sea, took him around all the waterways which essentially existed before prehistoric times.

Pizzly View by Julianne Harvey. (Courtesy of Curated Creative)

Leis, multimedia artist and poet, contributed to “Symbiose” and “Traces”.

“I knew Marietta Leis too, because I represented her work in Albuquerque for a long time and she did several residencies there,” Clarkson said. “What I liked about her is different from others, I look at the landscape or I look at this ceramic piece, and I see polar bears and greenery whereas Marietta is the exact opposite as she works to narrow down her concept to a print.”

Mary Sweet contributed “No. 1. Skoldungeon Fjord” and “Glacier Bay National Park” to “Arctic Summer”.

“Mary is someone I just met when I sent out the first ad for the show a few months ago,” Clarkson said. “She calls me up and says ‘Hi, my name is Mary, I don’t know how I got on the mailing list, but I have a lot of different pieces to choose from, so can I come over to you talk ?’ ”

Although artists may have different styles, they share the same goal.

“One of the things I always love is trying to bring together people whose work styles don’t fit together, but whose interests are in common,” Clarkson said. “Why should an art gallery have an exhibition made up entirely of abstract paintings? Well, I like the variety and I think it’s interesting and going from room to room in the exhibit makes you think about different things.

Visiting hours during this exhibition are Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. until August 9. The exhibition is also open by appointment at 505-850-2307.

Next up for “Arctic Summer” is the Artist Talk and Brunch at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2022.

Teresa H. Sadler