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New ‘Wild About Trees’ Exhibit Celebrates Trees in Art


‘Pyrophyte 2’ by Cheryl A. Richey

Although artists Donna Leavitt, Cheryl A. Richey, and Elizabeth Reed Smith‘s art reflect diverse styles and media, these Northwest artists share a deep affinity for trees and an interest in exploring and understanding their unifying symbolism. Trees have long been associated with a sense of mystery, magic, strength, and wisdom. Over time and throughout history, tree imagery has been featured in myths, parables, dream theories, and art.

For example, trees are often depicted as nature’s gladiators whose strength enables them to continue to struggle and survive despite great odds and dire circumstances. In many cultures, trees are revered as totems of unseen forces or potent symbols of such qualities as longevity, fertility, wisdom, and immortality.

Wild About Trees” stimulates contemplation of both the artistic merits of trees and the universal power of tree symbolism to advance understanding and appreciation of trees in an ecologically-balanced world, and the sweeping interconnectedness between people and the environment.

‘Wild About Trees’

When: August 2, 2015 – October 4, 2015
Where: The Gallery at Grace Episcopal Church (8595 Day Road East)
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; Sunday, 8:00 am – 11:00 am (and by appointment)

Closing Reception and Artists’ Talk: Sunday, September 27, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm. The artists will donate a percentage of art sales to Bainbridge Island Land Trust (BILT).


‘Ancient Light’ by Elizabeth Smith

BILT’S mission is to preserve and steward the diverse natural environment of Bainbridge Island for the benefit of all. To achieve this goal, the Bainbridge Island Land Trust acquires interests in land having significant or potentially significant conservation values such as scenic vistas, wetlands, open spaces, tidelands, forest, unique plant and animal habitats and stream and wildlife corridors. BILT works with private landowners to protect their land using land protection agreements called conservation easements and partners with a variety of stakeholders to acquire land for parks, trails and public use.

This post has been adapted from information on the Bainbridge Island Land Trust website.

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