The artist's in this annual exhibition visually address man's relationship to nature as a primary concern, while art history, environmental ethics, beauty and aesthetics still resonate in the work.
Sculptors Margaret Keelan, Brad Rude & Alexander Rohrig transform the materials stone, bronze, ceramic and found objects into animals both domestic and wild. Ed Musante’s small-scale paintings of birds and animals, painted on his signature ‘found cigar boxes’, are intimate portraits of wildlife, as are Mary Snowden's meticulously stitched & embroidered farmyard and wild animals. Robert McCauley’s oil paintings create narratives about history, deforestation and ecological issues. Theodore Waddell’s love of his Bernese mountain dogs can be seen in both his paintings and sculptures. Hung Liu’s oil paintings of pigeons capture the urban fowl in majestic form. The juxtaposition of Jonathon Hexner’s work is evident in the silence of his animals and the explosive process of their creation. Deborah Oropallo's newest body of work focuses on the farm to table concept and the relationship between animals and food.