Artbeat – Arts & Culture from the Edge – July 2, 2021

‘Black faced hornet’ by Karen Bright

People, Plants, and Pollinators 

The Monashee Arts Council (MAC) will be hosting their next show at the Village Gallery July 2 – 31, that underlines the relationship of art and nature.

Local Artists illustrate how native and non-native plants in bloom carry on the natural cycle of attracting pollinators such as bees, flies, wasps, beetles, moths, hummingbirds, and butterflies for mutual benefit. This important process also allows for human food production.

In 1699, Maria Sibylla Merian, a 52-year-old German artist and naturalist, travelled with her adult daughter Dorothea, to Surinam in South America, and was the first person to accurately observe insects as they transformed from egg, pupa, cocoon, and caterpillar to adult form—called metamorphosis. And the mutuality of plants and animals was accurately portrayed; her beautiful, detailed paintings were not just still life.

In today’s world where we are faced with the dark possibility of extinction through global climate change, we find it is ever more important than ever to understand the importance of how to enhance the habitat of plants and animals, and of humans.

 On Saturday, June 19, popular educator and naturalist Roseanne van Ee will give host a Q&A session between 1:30 and 3:30 pm at the gallery to talk about regeneration of gardens and of the land through Rewilding and Nature Scaping.

The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. at 1975 Vernon St. (Hwy.6).