“What Will Nature Do?” – The Exhibit


In the Corvallis Arts Center’s present exhibit, “What Will Nature Do?”, the humanities and sciences intersect as creatives intention to unfold a extra constructive outlook on local weather change. The exhibit showcases an eclectic assortment of items that present various messages to the everyday gloomy outlook dominating conversations on local weather change and human impacts on the setting.   

Climate scientist and artist Dr. Dominique Bachelet leads the exhibit alongside microbiologist and artist Dr. Jerri Bartholomew, and Art’s Center Curator Hester Coucke.   

Dr. Bachelet spoke with the Advocate in September, explaining that these concerned in speaking local weather science must “start focusing on positive stories, the resilience of nature, its ability to adapt, the opportunities we have to change our ways and start adapting to change, the success stories around the world of people promoting a more sustainable way to share the earth’s resources.” 

The collaborative exhibit permits guests to share their ideas through sticky notes. One customer famous that the exhibit showcases the “many ways of depicting climate change, science, and challenges.” Another viewer mentioned, “spectacular… I love seeing what is in people’s heads.”  

Artists within the exhibit come from quite a lot of disciplinary backgrounds. As a outcome, some items are carefully tied to ideas of knowledge assortment and the scientific course of, whereas others take their inspiration from the great thing about the pure world, and concepts of regrowth and resilience.   

A bit by Dr. Bartholomew titled “There will be good years and bad years” reminds viewers of the significance of questioning assumptions in scientific information. The piece makes use of graphs made out of glass to visualise predicted threat of salmon illness within the Klamath river.   

In distinction, artist Lauren S. Ohlgren questions the utility of accumulating environmental information with out enacting change of their piece “It’s All in the Data.”  

Nancy Helmsworth’s “Oh my, you are so beautiful” interprets the sweetness and complexity of forest ecosystems right into a portray. Helmsworth finds hope in specializing in the forest ground as an emblem of help and regeneration.  

Various items within the present have been impressed by fireplace, a topic that’s near residence for a lot of Oregonians, particularly after the scary wildfire seasons of latest years. “Nature Creates Beauty from Darkness,” by Elmira Bets Cole, sees the aftermath of Oregon fires as a reminder of the resilience of people and the flexibility of nature to re-set up itself and flourish as soon as extra. 

These items, together with many others, will be discovered on the Corvallis Art Center, situated at 700 SW Madison Avenue. The “What Will Nature Do?” exhibit runs by way of November 13, 2021, with a reception happening on October 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  

An Art for Lunch Talk through Zoom is scheduled for October 21 at 12 p.m., and a Special Panel Discussion through Zoom is scheduled for October 28 at 7 p.m. Links to those occasions will be discovered on The Arts Center’s web site 

By Olivia Goodfriend