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“Endangered” art show featured at Ice House gallery

The Morgan Arts Council in Berkeley Springs, WV, will present its next gallery show, “Endangered”, beginning Friday, May 31 and continuing through Sunday, July 21 at the Ice House Gallery. The show is curated by Lynn Lavin.

There will be a gallery reception at the Ice House on Saturday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m. open to the public. Come enjoy some inspiring art, music and fellowship at the Ice House.

The Ice House Gallery show aims to bring an awareness of animals, plants, and habitats facing environmental challenges. The exhibition underscores vital conservation efforts. Notable successes include the resurgence of pandas and tigers, the reduction of plastic waste in our waterways, and the development of sustainable soil management to combat soil erosion and degradation. These initiatives not only improve food nutrition but also aim to sustain our global population. Through such efforts, we can address climate change and ensure a habitable Earth for future generations.

Twenty-nine artists from N.H., N.J., Pa., Md., Washington D.C., Va. and W.Va. have been busy researching and creating, showing work in clay, fiber, glass, collage, painting, and wood.

Curator Lavin comments, “It is a serious topic yet the show is upbeat. A species can be endangered and still find a way to thrive.”

Join Lynn Lavin on June 8 for a MACreate class where you can make your own endangered species magnet, look through the gallery and talk about protecting our environment so that animals can thrive. Parents and children ages 8 and up are welcome to attend and share a fun afternoon. There is a fee for the workshop; register through the Morgan Arts Council’s website.

In addition to the main gallery show, the Carr-Kelly Gallery and Hall of Dreams will be filled with the original work of two artists. Pennsylvania painter, Donna Housel, presents her solo show – “My Creative Journey” featuring beautiful pastel work that will show how her creative ideas have evolved over time in her paintings.  Local artist Osha Baxter’s work consists of an abstract style of intricately obsessive doodles on a black background. Her show is entitled, “In Between the Void”. Osha comments, “It is not only always about the lines drawn, but also the void in-between them.”

Ice House Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The curated gallery shows are presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, and local hotel/motel taxes.

The Ice House is at the corner of Independence and Mercer in downtown Berkeley Springs, WV. For more information on this and other MAC activities visit www.macicehouse.org and on our Facebook page.