ENDANGERED: LIVES & WAYS OF LIVING
ART EXHIBIT FEATURING ELLEN SANDBECK AND MOIRA VILLIARD
DULUTH, MN - Endangered opens Friday, August 10th from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. in the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center. In this exhibit, papercut artist Ellen Sandbeck and painter Moira Villiard explore human impact on the environment through two lenses; on one side, endangered species line the wall in the form of intricate paper-cut images illuminating a broad spectrum of vulnerable biodiversity. On the other side, illustrations depicting the history of wild ricing delve into what’s at stake in terms of a way of life in the face of sulfide mining. The art exhibit will be on display through August 31st and is free and open to the public (with the usual $10 suggested donation to support AICHO’s programming, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds). Refreshments will be served.
Ellen Sandbeck has written and illustrated four books about non-toxic housekeeping and gardening, all published by major New York publishers. She has written, illustrated, and self-published a book of non-toxic gardening and housekeeping, and a book about vermicomposting. Recently, she has been developing her reputation as a fine artist; her papercuts were on display in the Standing Strong for Our Precious Water art exhibit at AICHO and other works were featured in a solo exhibit at Red Mug in 2014. Ellen’s style is intricate and awe-inspiring - her work explores political and social justice themes using a medium and a voice that is all her own.
Moira Villiard is an independent traditional artist, freelance designer and community organizer in the arts. She’s known for her live painting demonstrations at cafes, fledgling businesses, event openings, and in classrooms; a major part of her philosophy is making art accessible and interactive. Stylistically, her artwork ebbs and pulls between the realms of portraiture, illustration and surrealism. The illustrations featured in Endangered are a part of a children’s book project she’s collaborating related to the history of wild ricing. Her work has been featured in venues across the region and has been exhibited at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, as well as in Honor the Earth’s “Art of Indigenous Resistance” traveling exhibit. Villiard grew up on the Fond du Lac Reservation and is of Ojibwe and Delaware Lenape descent.
For more information, contact Moira Villiard at [email protected].
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