Princeton, N.J.–What do branches, pine cones, roosters, multicolored frogs, perky perched birds, plunging feeding birds and intricate insects have in common? These natural objects have been transformed into art by students of Art Collabortions!
D&R Greenway Land Trust presents Nature's Potpourri, an exhibit of multi-media works by Heather Barros' Art Collaborations! students in D&R Greenway's Olivia Rainbow Gallery at the Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton, on view through January 13, 2017. Gallery hours Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 609-924-4646; www.drgreenway.org
The artwork conveys the impact of a walk through a pinewood, near a healthy lake, on a breezy day—just what you'd find while walking on any of D&R Greenway's preserves.
"D&R Greenway Land Trust has been conserving New Jersey land since 1989, so that remarkable landscapes may continue to inspire artists," says D&R Greenway President & CEO Linda Mead. "Connections with students are urgent. They are the preservationists of tomorrow. The fate of nature is in their hands."
Barros, Founding Curator of the Olivia Rainbow Gallery, brings nature subjects to her students, ages 4-18, helping them engage with the natural world through hands-on experiences.
D&R Greenway's Olivia Rainbow Gallery was founded by Chris and Leslie Kuenne in memory of their daughter Olivia, a budding artist for whom nature, especially rainbows, was a passion.
D&R GREENWAY LAND TRUST IS IN ITS 27TH YEAR of preserving and protecting natural lands, farmlands and open spaces throughout central and southern New Jersey. Through continuous preservation and stewardship -- caring for land and easements to ensure they remain protected and ecologically healthy in perpetuity -- D&R Greenway nurtures a healthier and more diverse environment for people and wild species in seven counties. Accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, D&R Greenway's mission is to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic, now and for the future. Since its founding in 1989, D&R Greenway has permanently preserved close to 20,000 acres, an area 20 times the size of New York City's Central Park, including 28 miles of trails open to the public.
The Johnson Education Center, a circa 1900 restored barn at One Preservation Place, Princeton, is D&R Greenway's home. Through programs, art exhibits and related lectures, D&R Greenway inspires greater public commitment to safeguarding land.