Apr
7
Aug 28

Struck by Nature: A Special Exhibition at The Collider in Asheville, NC

At the April 14 opening (left to right): Collider CEO James McMahon, artist Marjorie Brown Pierson, Collider office and events manager Leah Donatelli, and artist representative Jessica Coffield.

At the April 14 opening (left to right): Collider CEO James McMahon, artist Marjorie Brown Pierson, Collider office and events manager Leah Donatelli, and artist representative Jessica Coffield.

Skipping Sun, 2006, Marjorie Pierson, from the Louisiana Marsh series, on view through August 28 at The Collider.

Skipping Sun, 2006, Marjorie Pierson, from the Louisiana Marsh series, on view through August 28 at The Collider.

The Collider, a downtown innovation center focused on climate solutions, is now host to “Struck By Nature,” a traveling art exhibition from environmental artist Marjorie Pierson. “Struck by Nature” features visual art made in American landscapes directly impacted by climate change.  

The public can view the exhibition and meet the artist at a free reception on April 7, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m., where Pierson will present a talk on the use of visual art to engage audiences on climate change issues. Attendees can also purchase copies of Pierson’s book at the event, Struck by Nature: Photographs from Bald Head Island, featuring unique barrier island landscapes in North Carolina.

The event coincides with the first art walk of 2017 in downtown Asheville. The Collider is located at 1 Haywood St., on the top floor of the Wells Fargo building, across from Pritchard Park.

A current resident of Durham, North Carolina, Pierson’s primary subject is evolving coastal wetlands, particularly those in her native south Louisiana. There, sea level rise and land subsidence are combining to sink a football field of wetlands into the Gulf every hour. An area the size of the state of Delaware has already been lost in Louisiana, and coastal communities are already flooding.

Pierson’s fine art photographs in this exhibition capture the powerful impact of hurricane storm surges in freshwater bayous and lakes, and the devastating impact of rising salinity in iconic cypress swamps. 

“Art and science can work together beautifully,” Pierson says. “Visual art can inspire audiences to engage on environmental issues like climate change that might seem impossible to address.”  

She has taught a course on this subject at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, and her work is featured in museum, university, corporate and private collections.   

“We are delighted to bring Marjorie Pierson’s work to Asheville – what is quickly becoming known as ‘Climate City,’” says James McMahon, CEO of The Collider. “As an innovation center providing opportunities for ‘strategic collisions’ between business and science to catalyze solutions for climate change, it is also important for The Collider as a nonprofit organization to offer educational programs where the public can learn about the impacts of climate change.”

The exhibition, organized by Jessica Coffield and on display through August, can also be viewed at The Collider by appointment. Contact Meredith Miles at 828-254-6283 ext. 101, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., or email info@thecollider.org. 

Those who attend other Collider events, such as the organization’s monthly climate and environmental film series, can also view the art. Visit thecollider.org and click on the EVENTS tab to view a calendar. 

For more information about Marjorie Pierson’s work, visit marjoriepierson.com or contact the artist at marjoriepierson@gmail.com.

Young environmentalist Isabelle Pierson at The Collider with (at left) Duckweed #1, 2008 (38" x 38" framed) and Duckweed #4, 2009 (38" x 38" framed), 

Young environmentalist Isabelle Pierson at The Collider with (at left) Duckweed #1, 2008 (38" x 38" framed) and Duckweed #4, 2009 (38" x 38" framed), 

Cypress Flight, 2015, 48" x 32" from the Rare Earth series, at The Collider

Cypress Flight, 2015, 48" x 32" from the Rare Earth series, at The Collider


Apr
29
Apr 30

Meet Me at Festival International!

Rare Earth At Kelli Kaufman Gallery, Lafayette, LA

Rare Earth At Kelli Kaufman Gallery, Lafayette, LA

I'm in beautiful Lafayette, LA this weekend to meet friends old and new.
 
Come visit us at Kelli Kaufman Gallery! We're open from 11-3 today and tomorrow, during this great weekend of fabulous music, food, drink and ART!

Kelli Kaufman Gallery
108 West Congress Street
Lafayette, LA  


We're at the red pin on the map below.

 



 

Apr
7
5:00 pm17:00

Struck by Nature: Opening Reception & Artist Talk at The Collider in Asheville, NC

Duckweed #4, 2009, now at The Collider in Asheville

Duckweed #4, 2009, now at The Collider in Asheville

On April 7, please join us for an opening reception, artist talk and book signing celebrating my new show at The Collider in downtown Asheville, NC. Struck by Nature features visual art made in American landscapes directly impacted by climate change.  

The reception runs from 5:00 - 6:30pm, and the artist talk begins at 5:30. The talk will focus on using visual art to engage audiences on environmental issues. I'll also be signing copies of my book, Struck by Nature: Photographs from Bald Head Island, featuring unique barrier island landscapes in North Carolina.

The Collider is a downtown innovation center focused on climate solutions, located in their new beautiful space overlooking Pritchard Park. The exhibition is on display through August, and can be viewed at The Collider during their many public events (visit www.thecollider.org and click on the events tab for a calendar).

Groups can also view the exhibition by appointment. Contact Meredith Miles at 828-254-6283, or email info@thecollider.org.

The Collider is located at 1 Haywood Street, on the top floor of the Wells Fargo building. 

 

Mar
11
May 31

Rare Earth at Kelli Kaufman Gallery in Lafayette, LA

Rare Earth opens March 11 in Lafayette, LA at Kelli Kaufman Studio & Gallery

I am delighted to announce the opening of my first solo exhibition, titled Rare Earth, in Lafayette, Louisiana. The exhibition will feature a selection of fine art photographs and mixed media pieces that explore the relationship between environment and identity. The opening reception takes place on Saturday, March 11 from 5:30 - 8:30, during Lafayette's second Saturday Art Walk.

Some of the highlights of this exhibition include abstract landscapes made my native south Louisiana, coastal North Carolina, and around the world. 

Rare Earth will be on display through May 31, 2017.

Sep
22
12:30 pm12:30

Vintage Vault Opens Wednesday, September 21

My work Tilting, above, from the Louisiana Marsh series

My work Tilting, above, from the Louisiana Marsh series

I am delighted to announce my move to Vintage Vault in downtown Durham this month.

Vintage Vault is a new retail destination for curated interior design and fine art.   Fine art, vintage furnishings and fresh floral arrangements in beautifully designed interior settings.  

Find us at 102 East Main Street, Durham, NC.  We're In the historic bank building on the corner of Main and Mangum Streets, near Hotel 21C.

Visit Us!
Wednesday11-7
Thursday 11-7
Friday 11-7
Saturday 11-7
Sunday 12-5

 

Jun
17
6:30 pm18:30

Artist Talk at Durham Arts Council

Join us for a 45 minute artist talk and Q&A on my Durham Arts Council show Rare Earth.  We'll take a look at each of the eleven pieces in the show and discuss the concept behind them.  

I'll also be selling and signing copies of my book, Struck by Nature: Photographs of Bald Head Island

May
20
5:00 pm17:00

Opening Reception for "Rare Earth" on Friday, May 20

Channel Lace, 34" x 34" pigment print on sugar cane paper

You are invited!

Opening Reception: "Marjorie Pierson: Rare Earth"

Friday, May 20, 2016 - 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Durham Arts Council

120 Morris Street

Durham, North Carolina

The gallery will be open until 9pm on this Third Friday!

 

Apr
27
6:00 pm18:00

Artist Talk at Hilliard Museum

Please join us at the Hilliard Museum in Lafayette, Louisiana for an artist talk in conjunction with the museum's Depictions of Louisiana show. Three of my pieces are featured in this extraordinary show.

In the talk, I'll discuss depicting evolving coastal landscapes in my native south Louisiana and around the world. I'll also preview works from my newest series, Rare Earth, which presents a new perspective on the environmental issues facing the region. The evening will finish with a book signing for Struck by Nature: Photographs of Bald Head Island

Wednesday Nights at the Hilliard are free for the public to enjoy. 

If you're in Louisiana, hope you'll join us!

Jan
2
Aug 20

Depictions of Louisiana From The Permanent Collection Of The Hilliard University Art Museum

Depictions of Louisiana installation

Depictions of Louisiana installation

High Tide, Lotus with Droplets, and Duckweed #2 at the Hilliard Museum

 

Paul And Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum
Lafayette, Louisiana

Human geography is the relationship that individuals to their surroundings, defined through the terms of space and place. As people move through their lives, their experiences with their surroundings ultimately define their sense of themselves. Nowhere is this connection stronger than in south Louisiana, where generations of families have intertwined the narratives of outsiders and insiders, instilling this place with a legacy influenced by fact, fiction, assumptions, misconceptions and even fantasy. With works dating form the mid-Nineteenth Century to the present, the exhibition, accompanied by selected texts from Louisiana literature, constructs, deconstructs, represents and interprets this place through artists’ expressions of individuality, belief, space and place.