A River Runs Through It:
A tribute to the colors and vitality of the Amazon River
September 12th- October 3rd 2019
The Bendheim Gallery
Sunday September 15th, 3-5pm
A River Runs Through It highlights Amazon Day, celebrated annually on September 5, to commemorate the founding of what is now known as the State of Amazonas in Brazil. With its vast area of 6.7 million square kilometers, five million of which are covered by rainforest, the Amazon is one of humanity’s most precious natural heritages.
Extending into Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela and French Guyana, the Amazon is the natural habitat for more than 30 million people, hundreds of thousands of plants, insects, fish, birds, mammals and organisms, many of which have yet to be discovered.
This exhibition celebrates the color and vitality of the Amazon by showcasing the work of local artists. Oli Kambeitz, Stephanie Yara Berlic and Silvia Victoria, describe how their Brazilian backgrounds inspire their use of bold color and design. Born in Peru, Anelisa Calmet brings her experiences of having lived in Venezuela and Brazil into her art, with layering of color and texture. The delicate collage and abstract compositions of Heidi Lewis Coleman hint at a riven-like quality, with Kyle Hicks Healy’s painting acting as a reminder that more than 5,600 species of fresh water fish live in the Amazon Basin. Complex pattern, scale and color in the intricate designs of Lisa Small pays tribute to the inherent vitality of plants and butterflies. The work of sculptors Denis Folz and Max Neuman also references butterflies, of which there an estimated 7000 species living in the Amazon region.
A River Runs Through It aims to encourage preservation by raising awareness of the cultural influences and environmental significance of the Amazon to the world and our planet.