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Environmental group show Shared Habitat Earth (SHE) at the PEG Center for Art & Activism

April 15 @ 12:00 pm - May 30 @ 5:00 pm

The PEG Center for Art & Activism is hosting a group show that features more than 30 Boston area artists and calls for action on the environment.  Shared Habitat Earth (SHE), organized and curated by artist Barbara Eskin, is on display from April 15 through May 30 at 3 Harris Street in Newburyport. The public is invited to view the exhibition on Tuesdays through Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m. and Fridays through Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.

There will be a special event on Saturday, May 14th in conjunction with Newburyport’s Spring Festival and the PEG Center. It starts with a 1 p.m. special showing of the documentary film “The Anthropologist” at the Screening Room, 82 State Street in Newburyport. Attendees can walk to PEG afterwards for a talk and in-person reception from 3-4 p.m. with one of the directors, Seth Kramer, and a couple of short talks by some of the artists from the SHE exhibition.  

​Through painting, sculpture, and photography, the SHE artists display the tension between what humanity has enjoyed for thousands of years, and what will be left if we don’t act now. Artist and curator Barbara Eskin was inspired to create the exhibition by a profound love of Nature and an increasing awareness of the climate crisis. Shared Habitat Earth (SHE) suggests cross-species respect, intercultural solidarity, and a shared sense of responsibility.

“This exhibition celebrates the beauty of nature and exposes the conflicted relationship between humans and their environment. Art can invite empathy and hope. It can keep us from becoming numb and from passively enduring what looks inevitable–and it can help us live up to our humanity by doing our part,” said Eskin. Eskin, who was born in Germany and lives and works in the USA and in France, is currently represented by Galatea Fine Art Gallery.

The exhibition started at the Conant Gallery, Lawrence Academy, in Groton, MA, prior to its Newburyport debut. It will also be exhibited at the Coolidge Corner Library in Brookline, MA, the Hopkinton Center for the Arts in Hopkinton, MA, and the Menino Art Center at Hyde Park in Hyde Park, MA.

“This exhibition speaks to the heart of our mission – using creativity and passion to bring attention to vital issues,” said PEG Center Executive Director Paula Estey. “We’ve exhibited work by eco-artists like Lisa Goren, Yvonne Lamothe, and Rebecca McGee Tuck before, and are excited to feature new work by them as well as many other talented artists. The PEG Center welcomes all to visit the gallery as well as to join us for the May 14th film and reception,” she added.

“The Anthropologist” is a 2015 film directed by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger of Ironbound Films. The film follows environmental anthropologist Susie Crate and her teenage daughter Katie as they visit indigenous communities threatened by climate change. It features commentary from Mary Catherine Bateson, daughter of famed anthropologist Margaret Mead, on how human beings adapt to catastrophic change from Siberia to the Andes, the South Pacific to the Chesapeake Bay.

The PEG Center for Art & Activism is a nonprofit organization that accepts donations at www.paypal.me/pegcenter to help continue its mission. Any amount is appreciated.

About the PEG Center for Art & Activism

The mission of the PEG Center for Art & Activism is to provide our clients and visitors with the transcendent beauty of contemporary art and to be a catalyst for conscious change. We seek to elevate the quality of our community and lives through creative expression, engaging conversations, and committed action. We create and nurture programming to address human rights, social justice and the environment. Visit the PEG Center at 3 Harris Street in Newburyport, MA or follow us at www.paulaesteygallery.com for events, special programs and more. Paula Estey can be reached at 978-376-4746 or paula.estey@yahoo.com.

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April 15 @ 12:00 pm
May 30 @ 5:00 pm
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