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College's art gallery to display artworks on endangered planet

College's art gallery to display artworks on endangered planetLone Star College-Kingwood’s Art Gallery invites the community to its next art exhibit featuring translucent Plexiglas artworks that explore themes of fragility relating to the environment.

Margaret Smithers-Crump’s “In Silence” is a collection of installations and artworks that addresses the vulnerability, beauty, strength, and powerlessness of life forms and ecosystems threatened by human impact such as global warming, pollution, loss of habitat and invasive species. “In Silence” will be on view May 30 through July 5 with an artist’s talk on June 15 at 12 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
“Smithers-Crump’s exhibition, ‘In Silence’, is the first in a series of collaborations in the college’s Art Gallery about the beauty and importance of water for all life,” said Kris Larson, gallery director. “We are coordinating with Dr. Brian Shmaefsky’s spring and fall semester environmental science students to produce an exhibit about water quality in cultures across the globe.”

Mirroring the fragility of the natural environment, as well as the aesthetic nature of water, Smithers-Crump uses translucent ¬Plexiglas as the primary material, which she cuts into shapes, bends, etches, and fuses to create large, translucent, and luminous artworks. “In Silence” offers an alluring, yet critical lens into the shared reliance on vital natural resources. Most importantly, the glass-like appearance of Plexiglas implies the possibility of breakage. It acts as a metaphor for the tenuous existence of all life forms.

“It is so important to become informed and to help inform others. I hope that the exhibited artworks excite the viewers’ imaginations and provoke them to ask questions about the seriously threatened and delicate environmental balance on Earth,” Smithers-Crump said. “Additionally, I hope that these artworks fuel their desire to become more informed and to possibly add their own contributions to the dialogue that helps resolve so many of the serious issues affecting our planet.”

According to her bio, Smithers-Crump is a Canadian artist based in Houston. She received her BFA in Painting from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. For more than 20 years, she has explored the creative potential of Plexiglas. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout Texas and the United States. For more information on her, visit http://www.margaretsmithers-crump.com/.
“My artwork specifically addresses the fragile nature of existence and the planet. It explores natural conditions of development such as birth, maturation, procreation, aging and death and unnatural conditions caused by human impact such as global warming, pollution, loss of habitat and invasive species,” she said.

LSC-Kingwood’s Fine Arts Gallery is located in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) in room 114-D. It is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m-3 p.m., and closed on weekends. All gallery events are free. For information on this and future exhibitions, email kc.artgallery@LoneStar.edu or visit the gallery website at www.LoneStar.edu/arts-kingwood.

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