Category Archives: Exhibits

The Defenders – Installation and Unveiling

The Defenders installation and unveiling – September 16th, 2018, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, Rockfish Valley Foundation, 1368 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA 22958. The Defenders is the 8-foot tall 8-foot wide anti-pipeline sculpture created by Mark Schwenk and Cheryl Langlais of Berkeley Springs West Virginia.

Members of the public are cordially invited to the unveiling of The Defenders sculpture being installed in Nelson County along Rt 151 next to the Rockfish Valley Foundation Natural History Center at 1368 Rockfish Valley Highway in Nellysford. This is the first of a series of 5 installations sites with public events along the proposed pipeline paths. The Installation Celebration will begin at 1:30 pm and last until 3:00 pm on Sunday September 16. Take your selfie with THE DEFENDERS and post on your face book page!

Mark and Cheryl have donated all their time and will be present to discuss their work. The sponsors and several local dignitaries will also make remarks. Bring your children and enjoy Spruce Creek Park and its children’s nature trail along with the Natural History Center exhibits. Light refreshments.

We are all defenders in one way or another. The name of the sculpture is very apt. Some defend the environment in which they live. Some defend the world against ill-considered energy policy. Some have to defend their property from eminent domain. The ACP project seems forced in so many ways that are neither fair/open, nor subject to adequate study and planning. We hold ourselves to higher ecological standards than this.

Event sponsored by Climate Action Alliance of the Valley, Friends of Nelson, and Rockfish Valley Foundation.

Art in Your Arsenal

Join Wild Virginia and eco-Artist Amelia L. Williams on Saturday October 21, 2017, 9:30-11:30 a.m., to see the front lines of the #NoACP struggle and learn about/contribute to a 3-piece art installation built as a protest tactic and to publicize the landscapes threatened by the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Eco-artist Amelia L. Williams will take you on a walking tour of her two pieces of soundscape art and you will get a glimpse of the landowner’s “orange flag” signal-to-noise piece that is in progress. The triad of pieces are in different terrains and the walk will be designed to accommodate walkers of varying abilities. We will begin with the easy walking path and move on to a downhill trek through meadow and then a quick bushwhack to a trail in the woods.

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You may contribute — if you wish — to the “instrument table” piece, so bring something that can be inserted into a rattle or that can be clapped or banged to make a sound. Here are some ideas: kernels of Ponca corn, metal objects that are locally made, or represent water protection, wooden implements to use for striking together, glass bottles or jars with labels removed to fill with water (preferably bring a cork – artist will also have some corks available), old metal pieces from wind chimes, etc. – be creative.

Two Ongoing Exhibits: Masks, Troubled Waters

Where: Rockfish Valley Community Center Auditorium
When: On display through October 31, 2016

The exhibit displays masks created to represent local animals in the “Hands Across Our Land” event of August 18, 2016, protesting the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. If built, this pipeline would destroy many acres of habitat, negatively impacting animals as well as humans. The mask-makers believe we should speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. The masks are to remind us of our non-human neighbors. They were used again on September 13, 2016, at the Lovingston Courthouse, in an event that was part of a national action demonstrating solidarity with those resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline. We sympathize with and support the efforts of the Standing Rock Sioux to protect their water, land, and cultural and historical sites.

troubled-waterTroubled Water: Voices from Bath
Where: IX Art Park, 963 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
When: Photo Exhibit October 18-30, 2016, plus Video Premier Event Friday, October 28, 7:00-9:00 pm

Troubled Water: Voices from Bath uses fine photography, audio interviews and film to explore the personal and environmental issues of Dominion’s proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Bath County, VA. Seeking to illuminate how the proposed Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline affects those living closest to it, professional photographer Lee Brauer, a recent Bath County resident, partnered with Barbara Adams, a member of Interfaith Climate Justice in Richmond, VA, and Julian McBain and Sam Wright, student environmental activists at Virginia Commonwealth University, to create Troubled Water: Voices from Bath.