Shedding Light On The Working Forest Reception

April 4, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Warren H. Corning Visitor Center
9500 Sperry Road
Ohio 44094

The Holden Arboretum will host the traveling exhibition Shedding Light on the Working Forest, which celebrates the landscape of the working forest and the voices of those who have honed skills into a livelihood there.

Despite public concern about climate change and sustainability, many people are unaware of what actual work goes on in the forest around them. Vital ecosystem services provided by the forest are often poorly understood. Shedding Light portrays the unseen work of loggers, foresters, mill operators, artisans and others through the eyes of a skilled artist. Those portrayed describe and reflect on their experience, serving as ambassadors to the public. Though the public relies on the working forest, skilled labor is rarely portrayed or deeply valued. The voices of the loggers, sawyers, and others who work in the forest are often absent from conversations about interdependence and care of the planet. The project provides diverse opportunities for the public to consider their own relationship to the forest.

Meet painter, Kathleen Kolb, and a poet, Verandah Porche, who created this traveling exhibit at the opening reception. Beer, wine and light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit will remain on display through the beginning of June at the Warren H. Corning Visitor Center. Free for members, with admission for nonmembers.