Earth Day: Ocean Garbage Talk and Workshops with Jane Whitten and Special Guests

Earth Day: Marine Garbage Talk & Workshop
Talk: Sunday, 22 April, 1-2pm. FREE
Crocheted Sea Star Workshop: Sunday, 22 April, 2-4:30pm. FREE
RSVP by phone at 902-492-2522, basic crochet skills required for the workshop

Lunenburg Artist Jane Whitten talks with marine trash experts Kristal Ambrose, Dal QEII scholar, and Jennifer MacLatchy, Interdisciplinary PhD candidate in art and the environment. Following the conversation, Whitten offers a free workshop reclaiming your potentially polluting plastic bags into beautiful crocheted sea stars.

These events are presented in conjunction with Jane Whitten’s exhibition Wreaking Havoc at the Mary E. Black Gallery Mar 23 – May 13, 2018. Award-winning basketmaker and knitter, Jane Whitten returns to Nova Scotia from Australia with a thought-provoking collection of new works using reclaimed and diverted materials to consider the effects of climate change on the marine landscape.

Kristal Ambrose  is a QEII Diamond Jubilee Scholar, and is in her final year of the Masters of Marine Management program at Dalhousie University. She is an environmental scientist studying marine debris and plastic pollution, and the founder of the  Bahamas Plastic Movement.

Jennifer MacLatchy is an artist and Interdisciplinary PhD candidate in art and the environment at Dalhousie University. MacLatchy collects, documents and transforms debris collected on Nova Scotia shoreline to raise awareness of what ends up our ocean. MacLatchy recently presented this work at the Sixth International Marine Debris Conference in San Diego.

On view in the Craft LAIR: Respire – Julie Wagner

Emerging artist Julie Wagner is showing an interactive, ocean inspired ceramic installation entitled “Respire” in the Craft LAIR next to the Mary E. Black Gallery from March 23 – May 13, 2018. Julie is in the LAIR Sundays, 11am – 3pm for open studio visits. This work was generously supported by Arts Nova Scotia.

For more information or interviews contact:
Becky Welter-Nolan, Administrative Coordinator
Mary E. Black Gallery