WWU Artists Help the Environment

To help the environment, a William Woods University art professor and three of his students created special art pieces from recycled and reused materials.

Terry Martin, professor of studio art, and student Sarah Williams of Brookfield, Mo., made the pieces as part of their mentor/mentee project “Communicating the Majesty of the Natural World.”

Allison Hedges of Kansas City and Trisha Quist of Fayette, Mo., also joined Martin and Williams in the endeavor.

The art was donated to the Missouri Coalition for the Environment and the City Museum, which are hosting an art exhibit and online art auction to help the environment. Proceeds of sales will directly support the coalition’s three focus areas: healthy watersheds, clean air, and open space and wildlife.

Williams cut out pieces of old magazines and glued them together to make a collage called “Tiger Swallowtail.”

She said, “I feel that the environment is our home and much of humanity takes advantage of the things our environment offers us without thinking of how it will affect us in the long run.”

Martin’s work, called “Endangered Environment,” is a landscape of Wilson’s Creek National Park surrounded by maps and environmental reports. The art is on recycled paper, and the frame is recycled from the Salvation Army Thrift Store.

“I feel it is my artistic responsibility to remind the public of the importance of preserving historic and natural places, such as Missouri’s Wilson’s Creek National Park,” Martin commented.

Art will be on exhibit at the City Museum in St. Louis to June 16 in the Third Floor Gallery. The online auction is live at http://www.moenviron.org/TwoCol.asp?SID=6085&N=Auction. It takes some time for the site to load. To bid on something just register and a password will come immediately, then return to site and bid! Final bids will be made at a closing party at City Museum June 16, from 6 to 9 p.m.