Opening: Sunday, December 5 from 3pm to 5pm
“In nature nothing exists alone.” Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
From the deserts of Peru to the hill towns of Italy and the marshes of the United States, Rosa Vera in her latest solo exhibition at Touchstone Gallery, focuses on how virtually everything we cherish — natural and manmade — is in danger due to climate change. As Rachel Carson has been reminding us since 1962, the threat is great and time is perilously short.
For land, dusk and sunrise on the desert coast of Peru are marked by multiple hues of reds and oranges on the sand, while “close-ups” of plants are abstracted interpretations. In her “Italian Angles” series, she paints the lines that define dwellings’ sides and terracotta roof tops.
Between the land and water are marshes, areas rich in wildlife. Keeping marshes and rivers healthy is essential to the health of our environment. They are reservoirs for invertebrates, fish, waterfowl and aquatic animals, and they are crucial to absorbing high tides and other changes due to extreme weather. But they are also threatened by sea level rise and erosion.
Ranging from facile, expressive brushstrokes to geometric compositions, she engages the audience to become aware of the colorful beauty of what will be lost as we face our natural disasters.
Vera has exhibited her pieces in national shows and in solo, juried, and group shows in Washington, D.C., Texas and in Lima, Peru. Her work has been published in several books and magazines and is in private collections in the US and overseas, including the permanent collection of the National Institutes of Health.
Masks are required inside the gallery.
- Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12-5
Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Avenue NW.