The beauty of the ocean and the journey of one of the world’s largest yet most fragile species is coming to life at the Williams McCall Gallery during a special mixed media art exhibit, “Post-Millenial Jonah”, from November 29th through January 3rd. The installation hopes to spread awareness about the preservation of maritime life, focusing on the endangered North Atlantic Right Whales that migrate south to the coast of Florida during the winter to give birth and nurse their calves.
The opening event, taking place on Friday, December 7th, features the art installation, “Post-Millenial Jonah” curated by Dorothy Palanza, as its centerpiece. Palanza is also the artist behind the central pieces, which include drawings and paintings of migratory Right whales.
The mixed media exhibit allows viewers to experience the interaction of the elements water and air through drawings, paintings, a video by Elizabeth Bradfield, and a poem by Demet Taspinar. Bradfield is currently the Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis University. Demet’s work has been shown in galleries from Turkey to the Tate Modern in London.
“The collaboration of artists in this installation has resulted in an incredible sensory experience and visually stunning exhibit for viewers,” said Palanza. “The exhibit is a result of years of exploration into the Right Whale migratory journey along the eastern United States.”
Palanza will be in attendance along with Richard Delaney, President and CEO of the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS) in Provincetown, Massachusetts. A portion of the sales from the exhibit will benefit the PCCS. The mission of the PCCS is to conduct scientific research with emphasis on marine mammals of the western North Atlantic and on the coastal and marine habitats and resources of the Gulf of Maine.
Palanza was born in Massachusetts and is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (BFA) and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (MFA). Her work reflects the personal, environmental and socio-cultural influences from her life experience and extensive history of exploration and collaboration in the arts. Palanza has had numerous group and solo shows and her work is collected by private patrons internationally.
The “Post-Milennial Jonah” exhibit will debut during Art Basel week and run from November 29th through January 3rd. Art Basel is the most prestigious contemporary art show in the Americas and will take place from December 6th through 9th on Miami Beach.
For more information about artist Dorothy Palanza go to http://www.