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 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.