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So Much Life through Photography
April through June 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 11th, 2019 | 5 - 7 pm

The long-standing Photo Club at the Urban Ecology Center is a talented and dedicated group of photographers. With this exhibit beginning during Earth Month, in the time of spring wildflowers, breeding herptiles and migrating birds, their photographs of the wildlife in our midst and throughout the year will inspire you. See through photographers’ eyes: native flora, winter ice, migrating birds, and more - and nature from travels afar, too. Maybe you will look more closely, enjoy the outdoors with new eyes and perspectives, celebrate all the life of the Urban Ecology Center, and maybe pick up a camera yourself.

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Ian Dickmann

April 2019 Art

Diane Rychlinski

April 2019 Art

Jack Kleinman

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Phyllis Bankier

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Diana Duffey


The Art of Mending The Earth
July - September 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 11th, 2019 | 5-7 pm

Ney Tait Fraser: Ney’s very large, personal paintings of close-up wildflowers will cover the gallery’s walls. And this exhibit is also an opportunity to consider and discuss the nature of Art. Ney says, “In a world already smothered by objects, perhaps it is time to start making living, conceptual art that mends the web of life. Small creatures such as birds, butterflies and spiders could be given habitat with indigenous plants.” Over a period of several decades, Ney has improved Big Bay/Buckley Park by removing invasive plants, and she says, “This landscape is now a living, conceptual piece that sustains wildlife.... Loss of pollinators is one the most import issues of our time. Instead of making more interior decoration, Art [as native plant landscapes] could address this problem.”

Because of the influence of local natural landscaping hero Lorrie Otto, Ney wrote and illustrated a book called Mending the Earth in Milwaukee which includes sixteen stories of extraordinary, pioneer gardeners who created mini Edens by replacing lawn and exotic plants with native plants.

Poet Terimarie Degree: Terimarie grew up with both parents serving in the US Navy.  This afforded the opportunity to live everywhere from southern California to unique locales such as the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.  Those experiences birthed an appreciation for nature.  Her nature poetry is a combination of reflecting on the beauty found in the natural world and also the role people have to care for it.  Her poems will be on display with Ney Tait Fraser’s work and will  kick off the opening reception with a poetry reading. 

Terimarie has a number of poems published online as well as work in four books: Permeable to the Year (2017), The Third Eye (2017), Where I Want to Live (2018) and Secret Words Volume 4 (2019). Her work is currently on display through June 1, 2019 as part of the Swan Day MKE gallery show, "Water: Reflection, Ritual & Resource" at Urban Ecology Center, Menomonee Valley.

Ney Tait Fraser

Ney Tait Fraser

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Ney Tait Fraser

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