Catch Wind Of It

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Catch Wind Of It — Art Exhibition 2022

Our  art exhibition, From Harm to Harmony: Catch Wind of It, seeks to amplify our artists’ messages of hope and concern to a broader audience. Troubled by the damaging carbon footprint of fossil fuels, they share a desire to encourage the shift toward more alternative energy sources in New Brunswick.

Their poetic pinwheel garden installation, created for the Third Shift — Saint John’s outdoor contemporary art festival which took place on August 19-20 2022 — is a reflection on the renewable and powerful source which is at the periphery of everything – wind.

Representing wind’s creative, transformative, kinetic, distributive, and symbiotic qualities, each artist has created a functioning pinwheel/whirligig, using their respective mediums (wood, metal, found objects, textiles etc.), to animate a uniform platform and propeller, designed and produced by Gary Crosby and Mario Doiron, woodworkers from Harm to Harmony.  

To support and grow their garden, prior to Third Shift, they also led outreach activities with community (at Kristin Singh’s Forget Me Not Art Walk on Spooner Island in Hampton, N.B.; with Josephine Saverese who led newcomer youth with the Multicultural Association of Fredericton and womxn affiliated with the Elizabeth Fry Society of New Brunswick; and with Saint John youth entrepreneurs, facilitated by Abigail Reinhart), to co-create pinwheels which frame the pathway that leads to their larger installation. 

Visitors to the garden were invited to follow this path as they contemplate ways in which wind can help lead us towards more harmonious relations with the earth. 

During the festival itself, on Friday, Aug. 19, Bethany Reinhart and Danielle Manuel of Harm to Harmony facilitated an interactive component, in the form of another DIY pinwheel-making booth.  This was outrageously popular, attracting young and old New Brunswickers alike, and allowed festival attendees to animate/design/paint/write on their own wooden pinwheels, (provided by Harm to Harmony), as they add to the garden with their own reflective messages.

Below, read the reverse poem our artists collaborated on, inspired by Patagonia’s 2020 poem on the climate crisis.  Please read from top to bottom, and then bottom to top: it reads like a cautionary tale form top to bottom, and then transforms into a hopeful message from bottom to top.

Nobody is listening
So don’t tell us that
We should set our sights on caring, conserving, collaborating
Because the reality is
We are disconnected from nature and each other
And we don’t trust anyone who says
We have time to make this right
Because we don’t have a choice

About From Harm To Harmony

From Harm to Harmony is a collaborative climate action art project, funded by the Conservation Council of New Brunswick (CCNB), and led by BC-based community engaged artists, Juliana Bedoya and Laura Barron, in collaboration with artists activists across New Brunswick. Since mid-2020, these artists have met regularly online, harnessing each of their mediums to individually and collectively address climate change.  Through a variety of media and techniques (including songwriting, poetry, carving, embroidery, weaving, digital art, painting, rug hooking, video production, wool felting, and more), their work offers varying perspectives on the natural world and the challenges that our society faces today. Through these regular sessions, participants have co-created a virtual space where they feel comfortable sharing their concerns and their own eco-anxiety, with a focus on taking action to help diminish their worries about the environment.

Project Facilitators

Juliana Bedoya is a BC-based environmental artist who has facilitated a variety of community engaged art projects bringing awareness to environmental issues through education and social practice. As part of Something Collective she developed different projects including We Are Here and Our Footprint at various community centres in Vancouver where participants grew living moss graffiti murals as part of a community mapping project. Learn more.

Laura Barron is a Vancouver-based musician, writer, facilitator and community artist, gratefully living and working on ancestral, unceded Coast Salish Territory. Her 30-year career as a flutist has brought her from the Yukon to New Zealand, including solo appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and several performances at Carnegie Hall. With a doctorate from McGill, she served for 10 years on the faculties of the Universities of OR, WI & N. AZ, mentoring emerging artists, as she continues to do with ICASC’s Futures:Forward initiative, exploring songwriting, poetry and other interdisciplinary collaborations in the service of climate justice activism. Learn more.

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Videos: From Harm to Harmony

These videos made by the members of our community art project explore how local artists are using their art to foster positive emotions in the face of climate anxiety, and a harmonious vision for our future.

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