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Friday, May 15, 2009

Extinction: Artists Respond

Colorado artist DAWN SIEBEL will be a featured artist in this stunning exhibition taking place at the Denver Botanic Gardens May 23 to July 26, 2009. The opening reception will take place May 28, 5:30-8 p.m. (RSVP to exhibits@botanicgardens.org or 720-865-3636).

Juried by Simon Zalkind, curator, and Ivar Zeile, this exhibition highlights 17 contemporary artists’ interpretation and visual commentary on the concepts and issues raised by the potential extinction of species.

DAWN SIEBEL’s Reef Madness (image above, oil on canvas, 48” x 96”) is a magnificently crafted statement about the effects of global warming and environmental destruction on teeming, vibrant reef life around the world. The artist loves stories, feels they are “wisdom holders, cultural glue . . . personal stories shape identity." She is well known for incorporating collaged photographs into iconographic cultural settings. Dawn says, I am playing with history and finding it a pliable thing.” Using bold imagery and size to create an impressive statement and visual narrative, the chance to see this piece in person is worth a visit to the exhibition all by itself.

Denver Botanic Gardens is a lovely place to spend a day with or without your family. An amazing range of events take place over the spring, summer, and fall, and there is something for everyone—check out their website for listings. Or just wander the beautiful garden areas, sit in the shade and enjoy the scents and sounds of the grounds, have lunch, explore the gift shop.

Denver Botanic Gardens

1005 York Street
Denver, CO 80206

Hours: now through Sept. 13
Saturday through Tuesday - 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday through Friday - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
--Rosemary Carstens

4 comments:

Jerrie said...

OK, you made me want to go! Mark of good writing.

Kathy Kaiser said...

Dawn Siebel is one of my favorite local arists. Thanks for letting me know about this show at the Botanic Gardens

Lys said...

Thanks for highlighting Dawn Siebel's work, Rosemary. I've very excited to see this show. So many talented artists will be at the DBG reception on May 28 - 5:30 - 8pm.

ClaireWalter said...

Interesting how top botanical gardens, zoos, museums, etc. are stretching from their original areas of interest to related ones. The Denver Botanic Gardens has long been especially welcoming to artists, melding the beauty of the natural world w/ arts depicting or fitting into it.