We hope this finds everyone well. We've had our first snow! Happy to announce that starting this month, Water Rising will be on sale at the Princeton University Art Museum Bookstore with proceeds directed to the Shark Research Institute (SRI) -- you can order by phone 609-258-1713. Founded in 1991, the Shark Research Institute is a non-profit scientific research organization located in Princeton, NJ. They conduct and sponsor research on sharks and promote their conservation.
Looking ahead we are working to bring Water Rising to the beautiful upper peninsula in Michigan. We will be partnering with various art foundations and environmental groups as we apply to the Michigan Humanities Council.
Since out last newsletter we've been busy with Water Rising events. The video installation was up at the New Bedford Art Museum from October through March as part of the group show SCAPES. In April we took Water Rising to the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and did a salon event in Oakland. Proceeds from book sales went to support the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, an inspiring group in the Bay Area. While out West, we spent some time learning about Regenerative Agriculture. To learn more, check out the interesting work of David Witzel and others at RASA.
We are looking for our next venue! If you would like Water Rising to come to your area and do an event -- either an artist talk, or to show the video installation, with proceeds from book sales going to a local environmental group, please let us know. We enjoy connecting with new art and environmental communities. Our mission is not over yet!
Please Help Get Water Rising into Libraries
Please consider asking your local librarian to purchase a copy of Water Rising for your library. This is a great way to support Water Rising with proceeds going to environmental stewardship. We've made it easy. Everything a library needs to order a book for their collection is right HERE.
Things in the in the works we look forward to sharing. Meanwhile, closer to home, we have exciting news. Beavers have come back to out local wetlands -- they've been sighted repairing the dam.
- Leila & Garth
Can it really be November? We hope this finds everyone well.
The Water Rising video installation, "Environment, Memory & Things" opened at the New Bedford Art Museum this Friday as part of a group show called "SCAPES." The exhibition runs through March 11th (if you can visit, check out the Whaling Museum)
As the holiday season opens, we hope you will consider making Water Rising a gift to friends & family. Anyone who loves art and the natural world will love knowing that their gift helps support environmental causes.
We want to make another large donation to environmental groups in 2018 and we need your help! Please consider asking your local library to order Water Rising for their collection. This is a great way to keep our mission alive of using book sales to create funds for environmental stewardship while putting a great new book on their shelves.
To to this, google your local library's "purchase request form" or email your librarian with the link created for libraries. Be sure to let your librarian know that only by using this website link, will proceeds go to environmental causes (not Amazon).
We will be taking Water Rising to California College of the Arts April 18th - 20th, but we are looking for other venues in the coming spring. If you are interested in setting up a book event or video installation in your community, please reach out to us. Our mission is not over yet!
- Leila & Garth
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
We hope this finds everyone well. Since our last newsletter we’ve been busy doing events with Water Rising from the East Coast to the West Coast and abroad. Happy to share the news that through the sale of books and broad sheets we raised and donated over $5,000 to environmental groups like 1000 Friends of Oregon, CT Audubon, and Scenic Hudson!
The highlight was taking Water Rising to Iceland. In early June, we showed the video installation at Nordic House, an inspiring culture and arts center in Reykjavik. Leila stayed on to give artist talks on the challenges of collaboration across media and ways to involve art in environmental activism. She also did an interview about Water Rising with Jorunn Sigurdardotti for Icelandic Public Radio.
Our other major trip this year was to Oregon with events in Portland, Eugene, Salem and more. The Oregon landscape has long been an inspiration for us. You can read an essay on Leila's travels in her Oregon Bio.
As we look forward, these trips and the work we have been able to accomplish have inspired us to take Water Rising to more places around the world where artists and environmental stewards are working together. We are looking for venues in the coming fall and spring. If you are interested in setting up a book event or video installation in your community, please reach out to us. Our mission is not over yet!
- Leila & Garth
Below is our spring update, including news about bringing Water Rising West!
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In April, Leila and Garth commenced work with the video-artist Siobhan Landry on the next phase of the Water Rising art collaboration -- a video installation. The installation will contextualize the book Water Rising and extend the exploration of place as well as reflection on the creative process. The installation, which will be comprised of dual screens and projected image, text and sound will be completed by mid-August, with venues planned for fall 2016.
Below is our Holiday Water Rising newsletter. We wish everyone a peaceful, joy-filled start to December.
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Leila received a Regional Connecticut Arts Initiative Grant funded by the Connecticut Office of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts to create a Water Rising multi-media art installation, combining music, spoken word and projected image.
In June, Garth and Leila accepted an invitation from the Irish artist, Ian Joyce to visit his art Center in Donegal in order to explore possible collaboration with Gaelic artists. Check out some of their photos.
The first of a three-video series is set to launch in the near future. The videos, created by Walking Mountain Creative, feature Leila Philip and Garth Evans discussing various elements of Water Rising.
Check back soon for the videos!