If you’re an art aficionado, chances are, exploring art galleries is one of your favourite past-times. How can you not love each moment, surrounded by the masters and their works of art spanning over hundreds and thousands of years?
And even if you don’t know much (or anything!) at all about art, it’s still easy to be captured and taken in by the rich, swirling colours of the Abstract Expressionists, the mild, melding colours of the Impressionists, the picturesque portraits of the Romantic period, and the eclectic ready-mades of Modern Art.
Many art galleries are shifting into a new territory now–the green one. They aren’t ditching their old works, but adding a little more planet-friendly production inside their doors.
Leaning toward some eco-exhibitions open the art gallery doors to a wider population. Those interested in planet conservation are more inclined to visit a gallery that they may not have thought about before. The reasoning for this is that the galleries can look at the greener products, packaging, handcrafted materials and recycled products to make them a large part of their showcase.
Some art galleries, as you can see from the Art Gallery, take it a step further by offering auctions, allowing you to take a piece home with you.
With the incorporation of greener art, this allows for locals to be highlighted in other locals’ homes.
Eco-friendly art gives the chance for lesser known artists and artists in the area to showcase their work for thousands of art goers. By eliminating shipping costs, along with shipping fuel to transport the art (and artists) for shows, it reduces pollution from the emissions of going from point A to point B. Local artists also are supported with boosts the community and economy, both two things that make it even a little more green.
If you’re local art gallery doesn’t have an exhibits, and you have the space and passion for showing off things green, why not host your own art show?
Hosting Your Own
If you’re interested in hosting your own, here are some tips to get you started.
Make sure it’s green! Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? But the art itself should be good for the environment as well. For example, some paintings of trees with toxic paint isn’t really the way to go. Look for items made of recycled materials or materials that don’t harm the earth.
Explore the background. Ask their artist his or her practices. Waste should be disposed of properly and materials should be eco-friendly. Ask them to speak to the folks who come and see your exhibit about their practices, or, minimally, pen them an artist’s statement to distribute.
Practice what they preach. Is just the artist’s works eco-friendy? Or their lifestyle as well? This is great information to be included in their lecture or statement.
Eco-invite. Send invitations via email, start up a web page or blog, connect with local places that will help you promote it, and spread the word via mouth. Don’t use up paper when most of us rely on Internet, anyway.
Dine without disposing. If you can reuse your glasses and plates, then do it. Same goes for napkins; opt for cloth. Contact a local catering company to see what you can use. Plastic and paper plates not appreciated.
Dine local. Nothing says eco-friendly like local eating. Contact a few farmers and businesses in the area, asking each for a dish or two. Chances are, they will even do it gratis.
Support another source. To give back even more, ask the artist if they have a cause they would like to support. Then, place a container near the entrance to collect donations for a local green cause, such as an animal rights group, or a bin for canned food items for a local shelter.