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Auburn Community Forest Art Show

CELEBRATE AUBURN’S URBAN FOREST BY VIEWING INSPIRATIONAL PAINTINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE CITY’S TREES AT MULTIPLE VENUES

Auburn’s first-ever art show devoted to community trees will begin with a 5:30 p.m. reception on Friday, September 2, at the Equal Rights Heritage Center in downtown Auburn, New York

“Charlie’s Horse-chestnut Tree”.
Painting by Gail Demi. © 2022, Gail Demi.

The Auburn Community Forest Art Show is sponsored by the City of Auburn Department of Engineering Services to support the drafting of the city’s very first Community Forest Management Plan.  Over the past few months, Auburn residents have engaged in a dialogue about the state of the local forest to shape a vision for how to take care of the street, park, and open-space trees over the next quarter century.

“We need more than statistics, charts, and maps to understand Auburn’s urban forest,” said Walt Aikman, the forester helping the City of Auburn draft the management plan.  “Our trees absorb a lot of carbon, drink up a lot of storm water, and help keep us cool in summer, and the majesty and magic they have grounds our history and motivates us to plan for a sustainable future.”

As part of the community forest planning process, the city invited local and regional artists to contribute their impressions of trees growing in Auburn, and present them in such a way to become a vital part of the final document.  Auburn’s artist community responded, and works from the following celebrated talents include:

“The Van Anden Street Trespasser”.
Photograph by Jennifer Duke Anstey. © 2022, Jennifer Duke Anstey.

Auburn Community Forest Art Show
September 2 – October 30, 2022

“The Mayor’s White Oak on Grover Street, Looking to the Seward House”.
Water color by Tom Hussey. © 2022 Tom Hussey.
Equal Rights Heritage Center
Jennifer Duke Anstey
Gail Demi
Joshua Ely
Tom Hussey
Rhonda Stanford-Zahn
Cayuga Museum
Jennifer Duke Anstey
Arthur Hutchinson
Tim Tucker
Willard Memorial Chapel
Jennifer Duke Anstey
Tom Hussey
Schweinfurth Art Center
Jennifer Duke Anstey
Amanda Pelletier
Jennifer Duke Anstey
“White oak Foliage on South Street”.
Painting by Rhonda Stanford-Zahn. © 2022, Rhonda Stanford-Zahn.

 

The September First Friday Auburn Tree Art Show and Opening features a range of fascinating and powerful interpretations of some of Auburn’s most celebrated trees.  From the White oaks of the South Street corridor to the Cayuga Museum’s Ginkgo tree, talented artists generously shared their time to draw, paint, and photograph many of Auburn’s most celebrated tree treasures, as well as some of the lesser known trees that populate the city’s streets and parks.

The forest management planning effort in Auburn is made possible with the funding support of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Urban and Community Forestry Program.

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Date

Sep 02 2022 - Oct 31 2022
Ongoing...

Location

Equal Rights Heritage Center
Auburn Downtown BID

Location 2

Auburn Downtown BID
25 South Street, Auburn, NY
Auburn Public Theater

Location 3

Auburn Public Theater
8 Exchange Street, Auburn, NY 13021

Location 4

Cayuga Museum of History and Art
203 Genesee Street Auburn, NY 13021

Location 5

Schweinfurth Art Center
205 Genesee St. Auburn, NY 13021

Location 6

Willard Memorial Chapel
17 Nelson Street, Auburn, New York 13021

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