UPROOTED at Beacon Gallery


The Solo exhibition will run October 5th- 28th, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday October 5th, 7-9PM, 2018

Beacon Gallery

524B Harrison Avenue Boston, MA 02118

Seagrass, green crabs, invaders, ecosystems and lots of paint.

Please join us for a look at what happens when eelgrass habitats have unexpected guests that eat through everything. Learn how the green crabs themselves have been uprooted and what happens when this stranger arrives on our shores.  This show combines video footage from seagrass field work, paintings inspired by this research and an intriguing discussion on seagrass habitats by local scientists.

To belong somewhere, to have roots, a sense of history or home, and then to be uprooted. What does it mean for European Green Crab (Canisus Maneas) larva to have been uprooted from their native shores and transported to our coastline on the ballasts of boats in the 1800s?  These seemingly small creatures proliferated to become an invasive species in New England and are now destroying acres of indigenous seagrass habitats. They dig away at seagrass roots and uproot these foundation plants. I am exploring the implications of how being uprooted affects both the European Green Crab and Seagrass meadows in with my abstract paintings.

Super excited to have “Uprooted” co-curated by art critic Oliva Kiers and gallery director Christine O’Donnell!

Seagrass Discussion with Coastal Ecologists:
Saturday, October 13th, 12 PM

BU’s Dr. Alyssa Novak, MIT SeaGrant Dr. Julie Simpson, and Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program & Merrimack Valley Planning Commission’s Coastal Coordinator Peter Phippen will give an overview of eelgrass and green crab efforts in the Great Marsh. The scientist will highlight why seagrass is vital to the survival of habitats in our coastal communities, what conservation efforts are being conducted in the field, and ideas on what we can all do to help.