Pacific Art League

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The Blue Marble: Art for the Environment | September 6 - 25, 2019

Click HERE to see photos from the opening reception

Artists: Barbara Boissevain, Sukey Bryan, Steve Curl, Joe Decker, Michele Guieu, QT Luong and Hannah Rothstein.

Click HERE to read about Karla Kane’s review of the exhibition for the Palo Alto Weekly


The Pacific Art League is pleased to announce a major exhibit, “The Blue Marble: Art for the Environment”, opening in our gallery space on September 6, 2019. This exhibition features seven prominent Bay Area artists, including Barbara Boissevain, Sukey Bryan, Steve Curl, Joe Decker, Michele Guieu, QT Luong, and Hannah Rothstein.

The natural environment is under pressure across the globe, and the changes in weather patterns are becoming more acutely evident, with each successive year of record-breaking temperatures. Yet against this troubling background, our show seeks to find those rays of light through the power of art, telling stories of progress and hope, and celebrating the unique beauty of the planet we all call home.

Famously, astronauts from the Apollo missions captured iconic color images of the earth in the early 70s. Their Hasselblad cameras recorded for the first time the astounding beauty of the earth in exquisite detail from a new perspective - space.

“These images showing us the earth in its entirety for the first time, had such a profound impact on the human psyche, that they are credited with giving birth to many environmental organizations and a broader appreciation for the importance of our role as custodians of this unique and quite delicate planet”, said Jon Graves, CEO and executive director of the Pacific Art League.

Honoring this point in time, our show references the name given to these famous NASA images, with the title “The Blue Marble: Art for the Environment”.

As awareness of the fragility of our planet has grown over the intervening decades and many grass roots organizations have sprung up, adhering to the mantra of thinking globally but acting locally. For this exhibition PAL proudly partners with NASA, The Sierra Club - Loma Prieta and Environmental Volunteers and will honor that tradition by highlighting important art created by local Bay Area artists focusing their creativity on environmental issues. The show will serve to encourage our community to take a more active participation towards solving local issues.

Pacific Art League’s Gallery Manager, Donny Foley curated arresting and beautiful images from seven artists, allowing each to exhibit several pieces, and therefore creating their own show, within a show. 

Goal for the Exhibit - to launch Art Hikes for Kids

Our goal with the show is to use it as the launch pad for a new art and the environment program PAL will announce this fall, Art Hikes for Kids, for underserved communities.  “So often kids don’t get the chance to experience the beautiful natural environment so close to the urban sprawl of Silicon Valley. The Santa Cruz Mountains offer an exceptional diversity of hiking trails and views across the stunning landscape rolling to the Pacific, and we want to give kids who have never been into this magical environment the chance to hike and breath and also to capture their reactions to the experience, through art” said Graves.

This exhibit will be PAL’s second annual cause-based exhibit. You can review the success of our African Wildlife photography – “The Struggle of Beauty” - PAL’s website, www.pacificartleague.org. The “Struggle of Beauty” was produced in partnership with the prominent San Francisco wildlife advocacy group, WildAid.

For more information on the exhibiting artists, please visit their websites:

Barbara Boissevain | www.barbaraboissevain.com

Sukey Bryan | www.sukeybryan.com

Steve Curl | www.stevecurl.com

Joe Decker | www.rockslidephoto.com

Michele Guieu | www.micheleguieu.com

QT Luong | www.terragalleria.com

Hannah Rothstein | www.hrothstein.com