Rock ... Paper ... Turtle ... Art to raise money for wetlands
Local artists Jan Rimerman and Dave Haslett are hosting their annual Rock ... Paper ... Turtle ... Art for Wetlands fundraising and awareness raising event Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22 and 23, at their Neptune Studios, located at 3151 Cottonwood Court in West Linn.
This is the third year they have partnered with The Wetlands Conservanacy to benefit the wetland habitat for the Western pond turtle.
"We have helped to clean up the Nyberg Wetlands where the mastodon was found by (Highway I-)205," Rimerman said. "The invasive species of plants and animals have been removed and the Western pond turtle is returning to bask on the newly placed logs and turtle-friendly environment that has been recreated. The turtles are returning and reproducing. Dave's and my goal is to save the wetlands turtle habitat so nature can once again thrive."
Speakers for this year's event include Megan Garvey speaking on wetlands and wildlife at 2 p.m. Nov. 22; Ashley Smithers speaking about turtles and their habits with live turtles at 2 p.m. Nov. 23 and storyteller Alvey Seeyouma of Turtle Island Wisdom of the Elders Storyteller at 4 p.m. Nov. 23.
Garvey is an urban land steward who works with organizations to design and implement water quality and restoration projects. In collaboration with contractors and volunteers she works to evaluate and implement innovative techniques to best manage properties.
Smithers has worked in a variety of different field biology positions, from prairie to stream restoration to monitoring for native fish and amphibian species throughout the West.
She is studying an urban population of Western painted turtles, and researches the interactions between restoration and native species. She is interested in learning how to best manage lands to benefit plant and animal species that are dependent on the land.
Seeyouma is a member and storyteller with the Wisdom of the Elders, Inc., a Native American organization focused on cultural sustainability, environmental justice and race reconciliation. Wisdom provides specialized environmental assessment and habitat restoration training, service learning in local natural areas, and a job pipeline to meaningful environmental career pathways.
According to the Wisdom of the Elders website, Native Americans are historically known as "the caretakers of the land." Early American settlers documented the pristine condition of the natural environments they first encountered in the Pacific Northwest.
They discovered landscapes maintained for thousands of years in a sustainable manner by Native peoples, whose commitment to sustainability within their ancestral homelands was driven by a deep respect for the land and a desire for future generations to harvest indefinitely in abundance.
However, over the past two centuries, unprecedented environmental and climate issues have impacted our region's ecosystem and watershed health.
Seeyouma will share Wisdom's focus on long-term success and how it can benefit the Western pond turtle's habitat.
"This is a real solid year with the speakers and the wetlands-based art," Rimerman said. "I painted seven pieces specifically of the Nyberg Wetlands."
Artists involved this year include Shelly Duriche-Laiche (metal garden art), Marta Farris (metal garden art), Dave Haslett (stone sculpture), Jani Hoberg (intaglio prints), Margaret Joyce (silk scarves), Debby Neely (woodcut prints), Jan Rimerman (mixed media painting) and Candace Wilson (ceramics).
The artists will contribute 25% of art sales to The Wetlands Conservancy for restoration of wetlands for the Western pond turtles.
"If we can raise awareness of how important the wetlands are to our environment and help save the shrinking population of Western pond turtles, we will have made a difference and used our lives wisely," Rimerman said.
All are welcome to attend the event. To learn more call Rimerman at 503-635-3583.
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