Time: October 15, 2015 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Location: Jacob Edwards Library
Street: 236 Main Street
Website or Map: http://www.opacumlt.org
Event Type: book, talk, walktober
Organized By: The Last Green Valley, Opacum Land Trust and the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library
Latest Activity: Sep 22, 2015
Water Rising with Garth Evans and Leila Philip
On Thursday evening, October 15, artists Leila Philip and Garth Evans will speak at the Jacob Edwards Library in Southbridge, introducing their new book of poetry and watercolors entitled Water Rising. The book is a collaboration of Philip's realist poems - about nature, beauty, love and loss - alongside Evans's abstract, deeply hued layered watercolors, and beautifully asks the question “Can Art Help Save Nature?” Join us for a book reading and discussion, and view its original artwork on exhibit. Books signed by the authors will be for sale, with proceeds going to support the Opacum Land Trust, a non-profit land conservation organization serving Southbridge and twelve other towns in the southern Worcester County and eastern Hampden County region.
In 2012, Leila Philip and Garth Evans set out to challenge themselves as artists. Philip, an award-winning prose writer wrote poems. Evans, an internationally renowned sculptor, made watercolors. Water Rising tells the story of this remarkable collaboration. Philip’s realist poems—about nature, beauty, love, and loss, set amongst Evans’ abstract, deeply hued, layered watercolors, create a book which is more than just a gorgeous read and a visual feast.
Appreciating and enjoying nature, and increasingly the effort to protect and preserve it has an established history in our region. The beauty of nature in our area was captured in the drawings and paintings of Southbridge art teacher Claire Birtz, whose work is now on display at the Jacob Edwards Library in Southbridge. In her will, Claire Birtz left a large gift to the town of Southbridge that made the purchase and conservation by the Opacum Land Trust of the 116 acre Claire Birtz Wildlife Sanctuary off of Route 169 in Southbridge possible. This property on the shore of Morse Pond is free and open to the public.
Come meet the artists, friends and members of Opacum Land Trust to celebrate art and nature, and to support the work of land conservation in Southbridge and surrounding communities. Copies of Water Rising, signed by the authors, will be for sale with proceeds going to support the Claire Birtz Sanctuary in Southbridge.
Water Rising celebrates a sense of place, in particular the Northeast United States where the works were made. 100% of the net proceeds from the sales of the book will be donated to land and wildlife conservation organizations such as Opacum Land Trust.
This event is presented as part of Walktober - the annual program of The Last Green Valley, and is sponsored by The Last Green Valley, Opacum Land Trust and the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library .
Free and open to all, October 15th at 6:30pm in the main floor reading room of the Jacob Edwards Library, 236 Main Street, Southbridge. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call 508-764-5426 or visit www.jacobedwardslibrary.org.
For more information on Water Rising and the artists: www.water-rising.com
And check out the Water Rising facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WaterRisingNRP
For more information on Opacum Land Trust: www.opacumlt.org