'Rock... Paper... Turtle... Art' exhibition supports local wetlands
An art exhibition at the Lakewood Center for the Arts is not only bringing attention to native turtles and their vanishing environments. It's also helping to restore the wetlands where these animals reside.
From Dec. 24 through Jan. 24 people can browse artwork at the Lakewood Center for the Arts "Rock… Paper… Turtle… Art for Wetlands" exhibition at 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego. There will also be a reception via Zoom Jan. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. where people can purchase the artwork and hear artists speak about their work.
According to the exhibition press release, the nature-oriented show will include Debby Neely's woodcut prints, Candace Wilson's ceramics, Jim Wylder's naked raku, Dave Haslett's stone sculpture and Jan Rimerman's book illustrations in colored pencil.
Rimerman's new book, "Turtle Tales—Turtle Folklore & Global Stories," will also be released at the event.
"The artwork in this book is paired with global turtle stories and facts. The stories and dialogue are as authentic as possible while the drawings are fictitious," the press release read. "Life lessons are revealed through the turtle folklore which has been passed down through the generations. Other pages present the hard facts about the current turtle population and their habitat today."
Twenty-five percent of the proceeds will go toward The Wetlands Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that aims to restore Oregon's wetlands.
"The target is to restore the Nyberg Wetlands to promote the return of the Western Pond Turtle. Invasive plants and animals have been removed, logs for basking have been placed and native plants reintroduced to entice the vanishing native species back," the press release read. "To date there are five Western Pond Turtles that have returned and are residing in their native wetland."
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