For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Mary Ann Merker, Civic Arts Coordinator, (510) 981-7533

HEART OF THE MATTER: ART EXHIBITION BY LANEY COLLEGE STUDENTS

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, January 15, 2008) - “Heart of the Matter,” an exhibition by Laney College students in Andrée Singer Thompson’s EcoArt Matters class, can be seen at Addison Street Windows Gallery from January 15 - February 23.

There will be an sidewalk reception on Friday. January 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibition is free, open to the public and is wheelchair accessible.

 This exhibition gives voice to environmental concerns. Thompson teaches innovative methods of artistic expression to educate the viewer about our environment. “It is imperative," says Thompson, “that we all become better informed about the conditions that threaten life on this planet and survival of the many species with whom we co-exist.” This provocative and educational show helps do just that.

These art pieces were created in response to urgent environmental and community issues. Among the many works exhibited are a mural incorporating ceramic figures which addresses the problem of air pollution in Oakland’s poorer communities; several pieces addressing disappearing wildlife and habitat; a performance video about the importance of recycling; a solar-powered bird habitat; an innovative ceramic toilet seat designed to provide nitrogen for the garden; and an exercise bicycle that powers lights.

All the works are accompanied by research data and information about how individuals can take responsibility for making our world a better place.

The Addison Street Windows Gallery is a project of the Civic Arts Program of the City of Berkeley in cooperation with the Civic Arts Commission. For information about the Windows Gallery please Mary Ann Merker, Civic Arts Coordinator at (510) 981-7533. For more information about this exhibition, email Andrée Singer Thompson at andreest@yahoo.com.

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