By: Christina Brannon
Original artwork and photography paying tribute to our Mother Earth is beautifying the Heritage Room of the Library this week. Students, faculty and staff are portraying their view of the environment through their lenses and brushstrokes. The art show is held to promote sustainable living through showing viewers the natural beauty of the Earth we call home.
Erica Westlake used her keen eye for finding beauty in the simple things with her stunning photography of flowers and plant life. Members of the environmental club showcased their talent with acrylic in their painting of vintage bicycles with flowers in the basket, a picture reminiscent of a favorite childhood pastime. Mark Murphy, Elise Molleur, and Yajaira Perez used their lenses to photograph the natural beauty of the world in all forms, from pictures of the memorable eclipse, to delicate butterflies and to families enjoying a much-needed day at the beach. Eugeniu Grigorescu used new perspectives with his vivid imagery of landscapes we don’t often get to admire. Bonnie Strohl brought her talent for detail in her acrylic paintings of wild birds that looked like they could have flown off of the canvas. George Aulisio and Jaclyn Hardcastle showcased their talents with acrylics as well, with brightly colored and eye-catching painting of the solar system and a scenic mountain view. Finally, Marleen Cloutier showed her skill with mixed-media in her representation of a chemical compound that exemplified the science that makes up the world we live in.
The artists are currently wowing spectators with their talent. In this fast-paced world, it’s easy to get lost in our phones or in our work. This show is a reminder to quite literally “stop and smell the flowers” and to enjoy the simple beauty the Earth offers us every day. More importantly, it is a testament to the beauty that we have to protect and sustain for ourselves and future generations.
If you haven’t stopped by the Heritage Room to check out the art yet, you have until April 24 to celebrate Earth Week by admiring the talents of Scranton students.