Gallery Openings and Events

Washington Sculptors Group Presents ARTINA 2016: Art in Nature Group Exhibition at the Sandy Spring Museum

Photo courtesy of the Washington Sculptors Group.

Photo courtesy of the Washington Sculptors Group.

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Opening Reception: Thursday, June 30 from 6:30pm to 9pm

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An Opening Ceremony will be performed by Eve Hennessa at 6.30pm titled Medicine Wheel.

Participating Artists: Allan Arp, c.l. bigelow, Jeff Chyatte, Eve Hennessa, Jin Lee, Darcy Meeker, Vanessa Niederstrasser, Salvatore Pirrone, Mike Shaffer, Diane Szczepaniak, Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin; Exhibition Juror: Martine Van Kampen

Art in Nature marks the first collaboration between the Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) and the Sandy Spring Museum (SSM). The aim ofArt in Nature is to create awareness among visitors and communities to reconnect with nature now as well as in future societies. Art functions as a mediator between nature and people to generate public attention and awareness by promoting a healthier and more environmentally meaningful and sustainable life. Life in and with nature can be experienced as living systems, and as nature’s regenerative power to recover from damage. A diverse, layered concept of Art in Nature helps us to understand, appreciate, and value the ecosystem offered by nature and its natural systems and cycles. Art functions not only as an aesthetic stimulator to design a creative and sustainable environment, but also helps us to understand the connection between humans and nature. One can find beauty in materials, forms, and living systems.

Renowned art historian Martine Van Kampen of the Netherlands served as juror for ARTINA 2016. She is Curator of the Land Art Live, a series of programs and performances taking place at the six major Land Art works in the province of Flevoland. Van Kampen also serves as a curator for TAAK, a cooperative of cultural workers who create projects, art, and educational programs related to public, social, and environmental issues. TAAK also serves as an international platform that develops innovative art projects and educational programs relating to social issues such as ecology, urbanization, social design, and human rights.   In 2015 Van Kampen was invited by the International Cultural Relations of NRW KULTURsekretariat, Germany to attend the International Visitors Program Research Trip: Dialogue between Art and Nature – Methods and Strategies of Curating Art in Public Space, creating a bridge between the continents, and exchanging contemporary perspectives on art in nature in the network between WSG and SSM. Van Kampen lives and works in Amsterdam.

WSG and SSM seeks a partnership to enhance communities’ social engagement with nature and the environment through concepts of participation, collaboration, and contemporary concepts. A diverse and multilayered program creates a broad platform for today’s highly diverse audience that needs to be approached through a range of artistic relationships to nature, which can be natural, environmentally friendly, architectural, conceptual, narrative, representational, time-based, and interdisciplinary, regenerating our deep connection with nature.

Open Hours:

  • Wednesdays–Saturdays: 10 amto 5pm
  • Open after hours for programming
  • Grounds are accessible any time

Sandy Spring Museum is located at 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring, MD. For more information, visit http://www.sandyspringmuseum.org/upcoming-exhibitions/.