Nature in Flux: Biodiversity and Invasive Species-Juried Art Exhibition
The Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee is hosting a Juried Art exhibition, with the theme of invasive species and biodiversity. The exhibition will be open to the public from October 10th to November 8th 2014 at the Kootenay Gallery of Art, in Castlegar. This exhibition is intended to raise the profile and public discussion around invasive species and biodiversity within the Central Kootenay region.
This exhibition is intended to:
Highlight the impacts of invasive species on biodiversity within the Central Kootenay region
Educate the public about existing invasive species within the region
Increase the public dialogue on invasive species and the potential associated impacts on biodiversity
Provide an educational and interactive platform for learning about invasive species and their impacts
Showcase local artists and their interpretations of invasive species and biodiversity
Opening Event, October 10th, 2014
Come take part in an engaging evening of art, conversation and dessert at the Kootenay Gallery of Art in Castlegar on October 10th from 7pm-8pm. The evening will showcase the work of local artists and will announce the winners of the 1st Invasive Species and Biodiversity Art Competition in the region. This is sure to be a smashing good time, come out and bring your friends!!
Art can build awareness and inspires conversation. Science is the language of fact, whereas art is the language of perception. Science provides the answers to the questions we seek, where art can provide a venue to articulate, both emotionally and spiritually, what we perceive and ‘know’ to be true about our world.
Nature as we know it is in constant flux, and even more so in the era of the Anthropocene. Humanities’ impacts on nature and biodiversity are far reaching and pervasive. The 2014 World Wildlife Fund Living Planet Report highlights some startling new revelations about the state of our planet and in particular, biodiversity. The Living Planet Index, which measures trends in thousands of vertebrate species populations, shows a decline of 52 per cent between 1970 and 2010. In other words, vertebrate species populations across the globe are, on average, about half the size they were 40 years ago.
Unfortunately, invasive species are listed as one of the top 7 categorized threats to biodiversity, only