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Shell museum, Alliance for the Arts to host art exhibition

By BMNSM - | Jan 21, 2021

JOHN MERCHANT “Pipe Dream”

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum and Alliance for the Arts have partnered to create an art exhibition about water. From Feb. 9 to April 30, it will be on display on the museum’s second floor.

Water is the source of all life and has been an inspiration for artists, writers and philosophers around the world for thousands of years, officials reported. The exhibition will bring together scientists and artists of different media, as well as historians and authors, for an extended conversation regarding humans’ relationship and dependence upon water in all its forms. The exhibit hopes to bring interpretations and responses to humans’ infinite individual and communal connections to water.

“I am excited that we are able to partner with a local organization to build momentum on a topic of great importance and common interest,” museum interim Director and Curator José Leal said.

Water is critical to life on earth. It is the ocean, rain, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, snow, dew, fog, mist and ice. It is around humans all the time in the air breathed. Most of the life on earth lives, not on land, but in water. Florida is bordered by water and consumed by related issues: the freshwater aquifers; rising sea levels; red tide, blue-green algae, Apalachicola River, Caloosahatchee River, Lake Okeechobee, Everglades and more. Water is also a place to play, a source of continual inspiration, critical to many people’s livelihoods, as well as Florida’s major tourism attraction. Water is both a calming release and destructive force. Tides connect humans to the moon and universe beyond. Water is featured in literature and song around the world and through the ages. It is impossible to overemphasize water’s importance, and each person has a different — and often changing — relationship to water.

The artwork will be available for sale at a labeled price set by the artist, and a commission will be donated to the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum.

DAN ABRAHAMSSON “Underwater Reflections”

For more information, visit www.shellmuseum.org or call 239-395-2233.

KATHLEEN TAYLOR “Fishing”