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Opening Reception: Sharon Gilmore | Whispering Branches and Dark Dark Dirt
Sep
29
6:30 PM18:30
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Opening Reception: Sharon Gilmore | Whispering Branches and Dark Dark Dirt

Join Cultivate Urban Rainforest & Gallery for the Opening Reception of Whispering Branches and Dark Dark Dirt by Evanston-based artist Sharon Gilmore. 

Sharon describes her sculptures as containers for the soul that dwells within. 

Using branches, mud and materials salvaged from industry, she builds forms from the inside out that provide space and protection for the soul to live . Some of the sculptures have solid dark exteriors while others appear fragile and open meshed. They reference the human body, tools, and objects that may have been used in spiritual practices. 

Gilmore's experiences as a nurse profoundly influenced her artistic life. In the early 1970's she volunteered as a public health nurse in the altiplano of Peru. During these two years, she witnessed many sacred ceremonies and learned about symbols incorporated into weavings and pottery. It was in Peru that she started making art. She continues to be drawn to cultures vastly different from her own. 

She completed her BFA in Montreal in 1976, and her MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1985. Simultaneously she worked part time as a nurse in various specialties including the rehabilitation after spinal cord injuries, mother and newborn care, and lastly Hospice/ Palliative Care. Repeatedly she witnessed the human spirit emerge, struggle, glow and then depart. She no longer practices nursing but describes those experiences as indelible.

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Benefit for Project Amazonas with Sharon Bladholm
Jul
28
7:30 PM19:30
Art

Benefit for Project Amazonas with Sharon Bladholm

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Join Cultivate Urban Rainforest & Gallery and Artist Sharon Bladholm for a special benefit party to raise money for Project Amazonas. The night will feature Sharon's art, some of which was inspired by the Amazon. All ticket sales, along with a percentage of art sales, will go to Project Amazonas.

A beer tasting will be served by Evanston's very own Sketchbook Brewing Compan. Nosh on tasty bites, including a delicious corn & cheese salad provided by our Main Street neighbors, La Principa. Yummy dessert will be on hand courtesy of Foodstuffs Gourmet Foods & Caterin. 

Project Amazonas was founded in 1994 to serve the people of the Amazon and conserve the rainforest. They are a non-political, non-sectarian NGO that strives to help provide the people of the Peruvian Amazon with adequate modern health care and health education, supply them with necessary tools and education to sustainably use and conserve the natural environment of the Amazon rainforest, and encourage self-reliance and self-sufficiency where possible. You can find more about this organization here.

Sharon Bladholmʼs work has been profoundly influenced by her participation as artist, on scientific expeditions to remote and biologically diverse ecosystems of the Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon on expeditions with the Field Museum, Conservation International and Andes to Amazon Biodiversity Program. She has long explored the interfaces of art, science, conservation and nature in her many series of artworks in diverse mediums including glass, bronze and ceramic, as well as works on paper.

Verdant Passion becomes a biophiliac message of her love for the many aspects of nature it all its resplendent forms, whether it be interior organs sprouting foliage,fungi, or seeds. Earth Stars and seeds are represented in stunning diversity, both temperate and tropical. The ORGAN-ic Inflorescence series opens our hearts and minds with verdant growth and germinating brains speaking to new ways of perceiving and interacting with the natural world that ultimately sustains us. Lungs and trachea morph into foliage reminding us trees, plants and the whole earth respires as we do, allowing us our next breath.

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