Trout Lake, WA – In the summer of 2014, a juried show of art work produced in wildernesses around Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
The show will be hung in Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River, OR during the month of August, 2014. The concept for the show originated with the U.S. Forest Service, Mt. Adams Ranger District. The Columbia Art Gallery is curating and organizing in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service.
“Inviting artists to experience Wilderness and to inspire others through their art is an exciting and unique approach to celebrating 50 years of the Wilderness Act,” said Mt. Adams District Ranger, Nancy Ryke.
The Act, which was signed on Sept.3, 1964 by President Lyndon Johnson, established the National Wilderness Preservation System. It declared a national policy “to secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness.” Wilderness is defined as “lands designated for preservation and protection in their natural condition.” The philosophy of the Wilderness includes an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where humans are visitors who do not remain. Visiting Wilderness areas can promote wellbeing through the experience of being present in wild and untouched nature, enjoying the beauty and solitude.
The show will contain works in any media, two or three dimensions, representing the spirit of wilderness and deriving inspiration from the specific wilderness artists visit. Creation of art about the selected wilderness will involve travel into one of the six wildernesses located in the mid-Columbia area of Oregon and Washington to search for inspiration.
Curators of the show are seeking artists to participate. Interested artists should check http://www.coumbiaarts.org/ for information about how to apply and the selection process. The Gallery can be reached at email@example.com or call 541-387-8877 x115. Additional information can be obtained from Sarah Burr Arnold at firstname.lastname@example.org or David Wickwire at email@example.com.