Elemental Intersections: Conversations on Art & Environment

During this three-part series, Watershed’s Legends, scientists, and others working in natural resource-based fields convened to examine the intersections of art, contemporary environmental issues, and our relationship with the natural world. Award-winning radio producer Julie Burstein facilitated these conversations and is producing podcasts featuring the three 2017 Legends, Paula Winokur, Jack Troy, and Wayne Higby.

Part 1: WATER
July 7 at 5:30 pm, St. Patrick’s Church, 380 Academy Hill Rd., Newcastle, ME
Paula Winokur has created towering, beautiful ceramic installations that capture the essence of ice, inspired by her flights above Greenland’s icebergs. In this conversation we looked at Paula’s work, in which she captures the essence of a landscape that is quickly disappearing, and explored how melting Polar ice is changing the ecosystem in the Gulf of Maine. Panelists included artist Nancy Selvin on the work of Paula Winokur, marine scientist Robert Steneck, and lobsterman Gerry Cushman.
Part 2: FIRE
August 25 at 5:30 pm, St. Patrick’s Church, 380 Academy Hill Rd., Newcastle, ME
Potter, teacher, and poet Jack Troy is a renowned master of fire, harnessing the energy of trees in his woodfire kilns to create subtle masterpieces of flame-changed platters and jars and bowls. In this conversation, Jack revealed some of the secrets of the wood firing process, ecologist Nick Fisichelli showed us how trees store the energy that Jack converts into his art, and Maine Guide Polly Mahoney told stories about her work as a Maine Guide, helping all of us feel the grandeur of the forest.  
Part 3: EARTH
October 26 at 5:30 pm, Osher Auditorium at Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
In his vessels as well as his many-story-tall installations, Wayne Higby meditates on the connections and collisions of “earth, sky, time, light, and space.” In this conversation, Wayne described how the shoreline of Maine inspired some of his early, celebrated “Landscape Bowls.” He was joined by geologist Joe Kelley and Donna Loring of the Penobscot Indian Nation to discuss the unique and dynamic qualities of Maine’s coast.

Special thanks to our project partner, Esperanza Stancioff, Associate Extension Professor and Educator with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant Programs. This project was supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding for planning and marketing these conversations was generously provided by the Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation and the Quimby Family Foundation.