Art Contest Submission by Derek Goodwin

The Vegan Bus Solar Installation   

by Derek Goodwin

The Vegan Bus is an existing art project in process. I created the project in 2007 and now have a group of friends helping with various aspects of the project collectively. We have a full size school bus that has been converted to run on waste vegetable oil (WVO) using a specialized kit from local company Greasecar. Our objective is to use the bus to go to events and schools to teach people about alternative sources of sustainable energy. Along with the WVO technology we want to showcase solar energy by installing photovoltaic panels on the top of the bus that would charge a bank of deep cell batteries and store enough energy to run various appliances and devices.

From Concept to Final Work
A minimum 260-Watt solar photovoltaic (PV) system will be added to the bus. Two or more solar panels (rated for RV and Marine use) will run along the top front of the bus. They will connect to a deep cycle battery system below the bus that will store the energy. The batteries will output to an inverter that will translate the energy from the 12 Volt Batteries into 120 Volt power. From the inverter a wiring system will distribute the power to outlets on the bus to power lights, refrigeration, computers, and a PA system we will use in our outreach.

But Is It Art?
I believe it will take vast acts of imagination to transform our civilizations to conscious and sustainable ones. It is the mission of the artist to help people transcend their traditions and evolutionary inertias. The concept of The Vegan Bus came to me when I had the epiphany that I was dreaming too small. I realized that the world needed a vehicle of transformation. An artistic statement on wheels that would attract people by its very nature and leave them with something to think about. An artwork they could admire from the outside, or climb aboard and engage. Added to that a group of performers and activists to convey the Sustainable Message in a variety of ways.

The Sustainable Message
As the name implies, The Vegan Bus does not eat animals. In a November of 2006 report the United Nations found that “rearing cattle produces more greenhouse gases than driving cars”. This message is becoming more prevalent in mainstream media and is only the tip of the melting iceberg when it comes to the unsustainable practices of modern animal agriculture. Our message is that we need to put sustainable energy not only into our homes, vehicles and appliances but also into our own bodies. As vast populations such as China and India become more industrialized it is imperative that we turn towards sustainability both in energy sources and consumption. The Earth cannot support billions more people living the current US lifestyle. To that end The Vegan Bus’ mission is to promote solar and wind technologies, sustainable biofuels, and a plant-based diet.

Think Globally, Act Locally

As a citizen of Pioneer Valley I am committed to local outreach. The bus can travel to local events and schools to educate, and can also to transport local people to events near and far. With our network of musicians, dancers, hula hoopers and DJs we are able to have amazing local events that bring people together for fun while giving them an education at the same time. On any given day a giant school bus with solar panels will draw a crowd wherever it goes, and create a local buzz. I believe it will also be a presence in the Pioneer Valley that will inspire creativity and generate discussions around alternative fuels and a plant based lifestyle. With any luck it will even draw attention from the outside world to our progressive community.

More Information about The Vegan Bus Project at
A description of The Vegan Bus WVO Conversion:

1995 BFA in Fine Art Photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology
1997 Studied a certificate program in Computer Multimedia at Monroe Community College
2000-present Proprietor of Derek Goodwin Photography in Northampton, MA

A Short Biography Of My Vegan Activism:
Derek Goodwin has been a vegan since 1996 and is an advocate of using art and media to promote compassion and a cruelty-free lifestyle. As a photographer he is known internationally for his photographs of sanctuary farm animals. In 2000 he started a web-based community for vegan artists called In 2005 he began broadcasting an FM radio show and podcast about veganism called Vegan Radio out of Northampton, MA, which is now widely popular. Currently he is working on The Vegan Bus Project, which features a full-sized school bus that runs on waste vegetable oil and will be used to promote sustainable energy and a plant-based diet.

Recent Artistic Endeavors:

March 2008 “Heads 2 Hoops” exhibit at The Green Bean café in Northampton along with Megan E LaBonte.
June 7, 2008 Exhibit of cow photographs at The Twilight Tea Lounge in Brattleboro, VT
June 13, 2008 Farm Animal Photographs exhibited as part of the “Storefront Art Project” group show sponsored by local non-profit Commonwealth Center For Change (C3). Derek is a curator for the Storefront Art Project that will place art and artists into empty storefronts in Northampton, helping to enrich the culture of Pioneer Valley.

Art Contest Submission by Garret Connelly

Space-age Mud and Wattle

by Garrett Connelly

Brief description : An artistic sculptural media developed here in the Pioneer Valley to provide hundreds of millions of homes for and by the almost half billion people who earn less than one dollar per day.

Statement about submission :  Many years have been devoted to this project and now that it is complete there is a real mystery as to why something so obvious took so long.

In brief, all economic systems are based on continuous growth on a finite planet. Quantitatively this is mathematically impossible. The solution is to substitute quality for quantity. Growth of human culture is sustainable to infinity upon a finite planet qualitatively. One of the most interesting aspects of qualitative growth is redefinition of reward, I must mention here that I find it quite ironic to be here in New England for this: Reward in a sustainable, qualitative economy is heavily weighted toward fun; pure, innocent, childlike fun. This does not rule out interstellar and inter galactic travel, all humans look to the stars and dream of infinity as a natural type of inborn, genetic fun. Fun is everything but frivolous or evil.

Now we turn to the half billion people who earn about a dollar per day, plus the 2.5 billion who are economically stressed. There is no such thing as sustainability when this huge number of beautiful human souls live in continuous, nagging pain and anguish instead of fun. Dodge and turn as one might, put up gates, or build fences along borders; the welling pain and suffering of poverty will surely drag us all to oblivion and ultimate extinction. Sustainability of human culture includes all humans or none at all, there is no middle ground.

Space-age mud and wattle is a material that opens a synergistic relationship between universities and folk wisdom rooted in ancient forest and savannah. Here we bring together materials from the countryside and the laboratory for a crash program to train hundreds of millions to build for billions. And we must accomplish this task rapidly enough to save ourselves from certain environmental collapse. We seek synergy between those who will wish to improve their lives in a world where all the easy resources have been already been used and those who have advanced research labs ready to sift through millions upon millions of succeses and failures. I have been fortunate enough to test the genetic roots and truth of space-age mud and wattle at an orphanage filled with children who had no idea of my motives, beyond the obvious fact of providing necessities of life.

Build a sculptured shelter for under one thousand dollars of material costs, it will be framed with bamboo to simulate local trash saplings. This is an ongoing development project to provide the technology needed to house the almost half billion people who earn less than one dollar per day. This will be the fourth of the series used to develop this technology.

This particular structure will be a photo journal for an instruction manual and will be built slightly different than normal, it will be arranged so that it can be disassembled and moved for show in various locations. The relationship to sustainability here in the Pioneer Valley is as a tool for universities to train trainers
and skilled artisans, a crop of straight saplings can also be developed, and, if one looks with open eyes at the future, the structures themselves will eventually be of use here as well as in other parts of the world.

The frame material is bamboo connected with wrap joints, it can be seen here
The sheathing skin will be similar to this link

Many years have been devoted to this project and now that it is complete there is a real mystery as to why something so obvious took so long. In brief, all economic systems are based on continuous growth on a finite planet. Quantitatively this is mathematically impossible. The solution is to substitute quality for quantity. Growth of human culture is sustainable to infinity upon a finite planet qualitatively. One of the most interesting aspects of qualitative growth is redefinition of reward, I must mention here that I find it quite ironic to be here in New England for this: This contest is made possible through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Reward in a sustainable, qualitative economy is heavily weighted toward fun; pure, innocent, childlike fun. This does not rule out interstellar and inter galactic travel, all humans look to the stars and dream of infinity as a natural type of inborn, genetic fun. Fun is everything but frivolous or evil.
Now we turn to the half billion people who earn about a dollar per day, plus the 2.5 billion who are economically stressed. There is no such thing as sustainability when this huge number of beautiful human souls live in continuous, nagging pain and anguish instead of fun. Dodge and turn as one might, put up gates, or build fences along borders; the welling pain and suffering of poverty will surely drag us all to oblivion and ultimate extinction. Sustainability of human culture includes all humans or none at all, there is no middle ground.

Space-age mud and wattle is a material that opens a synergistic relationship between universities and folk wisdom rooted in ancient forest and savannah. Here we bring together materials from the countryside and the laboratory for a crash program to train hundreds of millions to build for billions. And we must accomplish this task rapidly enough to save ourselves from certain environmental collapse. We seek synergy between those who will wish to improve their lives in a world where all the easy resources have been already been used and those who have advanced research labs ready to sift through millions upon millions of succeses and failures. I have been fortunate enough to test the genetic roots and truth of space-age mud and wattle at an orphanage filled with children who had no idea of my motives, beyond the obvious fact of providing necessities of life, the children were able to do the work with no training.

The final product with a $5000 budget will be to travel to a friendly place and locate a positive family who
needs a 400 square foot home made of space age mud and wattle. Such a home will be built and recorded photographically. A presentation will then be made into a textual manual for input to university art and engineering departments world wide, eventually the universities will discover materials which improve upon what is available now. Presentation to the people of the Pioneer Valley will hopefully stimulate investment in trainings of small scale entrepreneurs to carry this work to more and more countries.

Space-age mud and wattle is a supreme sculptural media. I took some time to backtrack into pure sculpture and write a manual in order to help a different group understand the material. Now I am almost ready to begin again directly with the human need for shelter. Although my schedule takes me away from the area on June 25, I remain doing exactly what the contest is about and I am very happy to discover you doing this important work.

Art Contest Submission by Maya Apfelbaum

Growing Green

L. Maya Apfelbaum

Maya at the Parade

Growing Greener is a multi-media performance piece for all ages. It includes a unique giant solar puppet, dance, visuals and interactive drama. It involves its audience members in facing the questions, sorting through the information, and deciding on doable actions that will help the Pioneer Valley become an increasingly sustainable and restorative region. Growing Greener’s public shows will tie into one or more relevant sustainable action projects co-led by an existing environmental group. Both the show and the follow-up project(s) will be video-recorded to air on TV, U-tube, and/or other media and — in turn — inspire others to learn more and take action towards co-creating a sustainable culture.

I understand and agree that any entry materials I submit become the property of the Pioneer Valley Sustainability Network – via project staff at the PVPC for use by it and its project partners working on sustainability issues throughout the Pioneer Valley. PVSN reserves the right to photograph and or copy any of the entries for reproduction and distribution. I understand that in all cases, credit will be given to the artist or inventor.

We are often bombarded with news about disasters-in-the-making and/or faced with experiences that tell us that change is afoot, prices for food and gas are soaring and water is no longer clean enough for our drinking or even swimming. We may try to integrate that information, push it away or avoid it. We numb out or struggle with decisions.
Performances have been used for centuries to move people, open their minds and hearts, raise awareness and inspire action. I am creating a simple yet powerful multi-media performance that accomplishes all the above while grappling with many aspects of building a sustainable society.

The primary characters in this piece are a man and a woman to whom we can all relate. They are conflicted between their desire for a consumer-oriented, American-Dream life-style and their growing awareness that the earth’s resources, climate and economic situation are calling for change. Our Characters (to be named later) are introduced to a magical being, a giant solar dancing puppet named Sunny Green (see photos), in Act One. Sunny Green serves as a Sustainability Spirit, reappearing and guiding them at tough moments throughout the performance until they finally join her.
In Act 2, our friends are confronted with dramatic and sometimes humorous vignettes of different but overlapping sustainability topics. They are challenged about local habitat and species loss; food production, storage and consumption patterns; our carbon footprints and global warming. They begin to take a look at alternative energy, transportation, building and lifestyle choices. 
In the final act our friends become clear that they want to take action on living in a sustainable way and influencing those around them. Issues left unresolved in Act 2 begin to find some answers and they join Sunny Green in planting symbolic seeds of hope and in compelling the audience to sign up for an upcoming local sustainability project or event. A soul transformation also is underway and a giant rainbow fish decorated with solar panels and recyclables such as broken glass and bottle caps swims out to celebrate the work underway and to leave us an evocative message about the daring, collaborative and innovative spirit we will need to cultivate to forge ahead.
I work with digital images and a projector; props, puppets and masks made from standard art materials combined with recyclables and scraps (including solar panels), versatile performers and a vast array of theatre, dance, visual and eco- arts skills, as well as community building and educational leadership strengths (see resume).

I will draw upon associations with NESEA, the Hitchcock Center, and the Deerfield and Connecticut River Watershed Councils to help me develop the informational content in the performance. My prior work with leaders in the education, arts, and sustainability fields will help me determine where to present the show and how to hitch the show to action. I intend to inspire new groups of people to become interested in sustainability and to spark new levels of empowerment in those already involved, so we all “grow greener”.


Maya Apfelbaum, M.A.

Professional Experience:
1997-2008    Director, Teacher and Artist.  Develop, supervise and teach programs in the creative arts, dance, theatre, environmental and outdoors education for children, youth, adults, and seniors including those with special needs. Work independently and as employee for organizations such as Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, Brattleboro, VT; Venture into Well-being, Amherst, MA; Hampshire Education Collaborative programs in Turner’s Falls, MA; The Revolving Museum, Lowell, MA; Framingham Community Charter School, Framingham, MA; First Night Boston, Inc.; the Labrador Creative Arts Festival, Canada. Also produced, marketed and performed in original performance pieces and community-based parades (see bottom of pg. 2).

2007-2008   Aquatics Teacher and Lifeguard. Teach water aerobics, therapy and children’s swimming classes part-time at the Greenfield YMCA.

1999-2002    Activities Director, Mt. Ida Rest Home, Newton, MA. Developed and delivered enrichment programs including self-esteem and interpersonal skill-building councils, creative arts, gardening, and literature club activities for a population of multiple-special-needs and elderly residents. Tracked patients’ mental and physical health in logs. Residents showed a marked increase in their positive engagement with life and their physical well-being.

1992-1997             Program Coordinator, Educator and Special Events Developer. Commonwealth Zoological Society’s Franklin Park Zoo, Boston, MA.

Principle Role: Coordinated, budgeted and implemented a grant-funded interdisciplinary program called Zoom into Animals in 15 Boston inner city elementary schools. Taught mainstream and special needs classes. Collaborated with the Boston Public Schools central office, principals, teachers, and zoo staff. Recruited and trained volunteers to help teach and enhance programming.

Secondary Roles: Developed programming and taught 4 years of the Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS), an accredited seminar for K-8 teachers. Wrote grants and headed year-long pilot program, Arts and Animals. Helped institute and manage Jungle Dreams overnight adventure program. Led zoo into its first collaboration with and Boston’s Earth Day and First Night celebration and received award for the multi-racial and multi-generational community-building this project entailed. Supervised and trained volunteers including youth from City Year and docents in the Zoo’s education department.

1986-1992     Arts Integration and Experiential Education Teacher: Initiated unique team-building projects and arts-integration curricula while also teaching conservation and outdoor skills classes at Thompson Island Outward Bound, Boston, MA; The New England Home for Little Wanderers and Hillside Shelter, Department of Youth Services facility, Boston, MA. Taught in Head Start and other multi-cultural and special needs pre-school, after-school and camp programs in VT, ME, and MA.

     Fundraiser. Campaign organizer, public speaker, door-to-door and telephone fundraiser for Environmental Advocacy Groups such as League of Conservation Voters, Philadelphia, PA; Mass PIRG and GreenPeace, Boston, U.S.A.

Educational Background

2001                    M.A., Interdisciplinary Studies. Lesley University, Cambridge.  Specialization:
Arts, Multi-Cultural Education and Ecology as applied to Performance, Education and Community Building. Included performance training at N.Y.U. and research in Tennessee. My thesis was an interdisciplinary research and 3 Act theatre script which wove together personal, cultural, historical, economic, socio-political and mythical information about elephants; highlighting how their endangered species status is emblematic of the complex and critical relationships between human populations,  wildlife, and questions about reverence for life and use of resources.

1989                        B.A., Intercultural Relations. School for International Training, Brattleboro,VT. Thesis: The Arts as Tools for Social Change. Degree work included theatre and cultural studies in a radical Arab-Jewish Theatre and on a kibbutz in Israel, an internship at the Philadelphia Zoo in environmental education, and teaching children at the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Agency in Lowell, MA. Undergraduate studies also included Sociology studies at Oberlin College, OH; and Environmental and Theatre Studies at U. Mass., Amherst.

1980-2008    Continuing Education in Community Building, Non-violent Communication Practices, Special Needs Programming, the Arts, Environmental Advocacy and Deep Ecology through classes, apprenticeships, and intensive workshops.

Performances, Special Events and Festivals
2006-2008    Parade organizer, Performer, and/or leader at festival and fairs such as the the International Dance Parade in NYC; Mother’s Day Peacable Planet Puppet Parade in Northampton, MA;  the Green Fair and Green RiverFest in Greenfield, MA; First Night in Northampton, MA; The Folk Festival and SouthEast Asian Water Festival in Lowell, MA; The RiverFest in Shelburne Falls, MA; and The Solar Fest in Tinmotuh, Vt.

2004-2008    Producer, Director, Choreographer, and/or Performer:  Directed Bonnyvale Env. Ed. Center’s ( annual Forest of Mystery theatre event in Fall, 07. Performed a variety of short performance pieces at nursing homes throughout Franklin and Hampshire County, Performed  The Vagina Monologues, Feb. 2006, Bellows, Fall Theatre, VT. Grand Pele Dance, Oct. and Nov. 2005, at the Pushkin Gallery Opening, Greenfield, MA and at the Women’s Womb and Belly Conference at Sirius Ecovillage, Shutesbury, MA. Ashes and Sparks; a full-scale dance, and sacred theatre event Sept. 2005 at Earthdance, Plainfield, MA. Shadows on the Ground a Hiroshima/Nagasaki commemoration, Aug. 2005, A.P.E. Theatre, Northampton, MA; Inside-Out Women in the World multi-media piece, Oct. 2004 at the Florence Arts and Industry Building, Florence, MA; Heartbeat Trilogy, July 2004, Community Theatre, Westminster West, VT.; Bones, a site specific theatre/dance piece, May 2004 at Earthdance, Plainfield, MA.

    Producer and/or Performer of community events or dance and theatre shows:
“Elephants and the Seven Sacred Directions.” 2000-2004 one-woman dance/narrative with live music shown at venues ranging from the international San Francisco Kinship with All Life conference ( to First Night Boston and Omega Institute ( in 2002 to the Sacred Theatre Festival in NH. Assistant Artistic Director for All Souls, the Boston metropolitan artist-created multi-media event responding to Sept. 11, 2001 ( Co-director of the Kosovo Refugees Arts Benefit. Lead artist and workshop organizer for the Spy Pond Festival, July ’03. Dancer in Bill T. Jones’ performance project, Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin at the Emerson Majestic in Boston, MA. Dancer in Tarnation Improvisational Dance co. (, 2001-2002, Boston, Ma “War R Us” by Rozann Kraus, May 2003; “Passages”, an inter-generational piece produced in June, 2003 at Boston’s Museum of Science, and many other performances.

Travel Experience and Projects
2004 Mexico: study and participate in eco-village communities, ritual, and dance.
2002 Thai: help “Elephant Orchestra” CD project and create dance to music by elephants.
1993 Jamaica: study sub-tropical rainforest ecology and Jamaican theatre and culture.
1988 Israel: study avant-garde political theatre, archaeology, Hebrew, and kibbutz.
65-79 Live and travel in India, Europe, USA, and Mexico with my family.

Volunteer Work
’04-’08 Organizer and participant in development of community vision for Lupinwood.
’97-’08 Director for Earth Day Festivals, holiday parades and other community festivals.
’06-‘07 Events, mask-making, and organizational development with Five Rivers Council.
’96-’03 Lead Organizer/Artist, Friends of Spy Pond conservation group, Arlington, MA.
’95-’01 House Manager and Usher:  Dance Complex and Dance Umbrella, Boston, MA
’96-’98 Board of Directors, Dance New England, an organization for which I now teach.


Congratulations to Jane Wegscheider!

“A Table Set for Forever”
Honoring our Winner

Jane Beatrice Wegscheider 

All Contest Submissions



Trish Crapo

David Maynes

RJ Magoon

Lisa Ganci 

Nicholas Taupier

Cassandra Holden and Jill St. Coeur

Owen Williams
The Vegan Bus
Derek Goodwin

Jane Beatrice Wegscheider 

Garrett Connelly

Maya Apfelbaum

Jasmine Stine

 Leslie Cerier
Kelly Gallagher Kenneth Leaning
Erica Wheeler David Fessenden 





Art of Sustainability Judges – for Summer Art Contest 2008

Art of Sustainability Judges

Josh Simpson

Glass blown by Josh SimpsonJosh Simpson first experimented with glass when he was a student at Hamilton College in 1970. Over the last 35 years, his art has evolved as he experimented and learned from making countless mistakes. He has found inspiration in NASA images of Earth and other celestial phenomenon.

While he has been successful creating unique goblets, vases and bowls, perhaps his greatest satisfaction is derived from his planets: luminous glass spheres encasing kaleidoscopic landscapes, underwater scenes and vistas of outer space that reflect the Earth’s vastness and complexity. One of the Apollo astronauts glanced out of his spacecraft window on the way back from the moon and said “I can cover the Earth with my thumb.” Josh captures that concept by creating planets that can be held in one’s hand.

His latest project, creating the world’s largest glass paperweight, was a commission from the Corning Museum of Glass. The making of this Simpson planet was the subject of the high definition PBS documentary Defying Gravity. Weighing 107 pounds, the planet became part of Corning’s permanent collection in November 2006.

A 35 year retrospective, A Visionary Journey in Glass (1972-2007), opened at the Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL in April 2007 to great acclaim. The exhibit is traveling the country until 2010.

Josh has devoted himself to mastering all aspects of glassmaking by designing and building his own furnaces and tools, learning glass chemistry to create a spectrum of colors, and mastering ancient techniques of blowing and forming.

His work is in the permanent collections of many museums including the Boston Museum of Fine Art, the White House Collection of American Crafts, and the Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague. Most recently the Huntsville Museum of Art has honored him with a 35 year retrospective exhibit. Josh has had one-man shows all over the world, has taught at schools, museums, and workshops, and has had a lot of fun along the way.


Hillary Price


Rhymes With Orange has been syndicated since 1995 and the strip appears in newspapers internationally.  In 2006, the strip was awarded “Best Newspaper Panel” by the National Cartoonists Society.   Her latest collection of cartoons, titled “Pithy Seedy Pulpy Juicy” is now available in stores.  Hilary moved to the Pioneer Valley in 1998.  She lives with her partner Kerry LaBounty and several drooly animals.




Gina Beavers

Gina BeaversAfrican-American artist Gina Beavers grew up in Northern Ohio and now lives in Springfield, Massachusetts. She received her Bachelors degree in American History from the University of Pittsburgh and her Masters in the same subject from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Always an artist at heart, Beavers’ artwork is influenced by a myriad of artists–Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, however, is her favorite. Her paintings are a celebration of women posed in storybook settings, surrounded by peace and contentment.






Daniel Ross, Executive Director
Nuestras Raíces, Inc.
329 Main Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 535-1789

Daniel RossRecognized as a world-leading social entrepreneur with a lifetime fellowship from Ashoka – Innovators for the Public Good.  11 years as Director of Nuestras Raíces, a grass-roots organization to promote economic, human and community development in Holyoke, Massachusetts through projects relating to food, agriculture and the environment.   During this time the organization has developed an extensive network of community gardens, a youth farming and leadership program, an environmental justice program, an organic artisan bakery, beginning farmer training and incubator program with 30 acres of fertile farm land, and constructed the Centro Agrícola for community education and business development.  He has helped community members start over 20 sustainable small food and agriculture businesses.  Founding leader of the Holyoke Food & Fitness Policy Council (awarded a $4.5 million WK Kellogg Foundation grant in 2007), the Holyoke Youth Task Force and the Pioneer Valley Environmental Coalition (funded by the US EPA).  He has previous experience working with community health clinics in New Jersey, Florida and Massachusetts to develop migrant farm worker outreach programs with the East Coast Migrant Health Project.    Winner of the Do Something Brick Award for Community Leadership in 1999, Environmental Recognition from the City of Holyoke Conservation Commission in 2001, recognized for Leadership by the WK Kellogg Foundation.  Husband and father of 3 children, marathon runner and youth soccer coach.




David Starr, Community Organizer


GREEN Northampton
Green Action in Northampton
Northampton Schools Cooperative

Local Organizer

Earth Hour ‘08


CURIOUS PICTURES                   
Co-founded, marketed, managed  $35 MM entertainment company in NYC & SF TV production, animation production, advertising agency, toy company Over 200 employees
largest animation production company in US outside of California film directors  in California, Oregon, Toronto, NYC & UK supervised offshore production in Korea, Taiwan, China, India, Italy, Canada

Executive Producer for Television Series
The Offbeats
Sheep in the Big City
Cartoon Network
A Little Curious

CODENAME: Kids Next Door
Cartoon Network
Lavazza:  Caballero & Carmencita
Channel Sei in Italy
Six Movies for Mattel

Executive Producer of Four commercial films in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art


Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art    (current)


Chris Delmonte “Monte”

Monte is the voice of the WRSI radio “Green Team”—

Chris Delmonte “Monte” “Our goal is to use our airwaves and our website to foster a conversation on how to make our environment cleaner, safer, and more sustainable. By learning from one another, putting these ideas into practice, and by taking part in community cleanup actions, our hope is to make out Valley and our World greener.”









John Majercak—Director Center for Ecological Technology (CET) Re-store in Springfield

John Majercak is the founder and Director of the ReStore Home Improvement Center.. The ReStore is an enterprise of the Center for Ecological Technology (CET), where John is Associate Director. He has been employed there since 1991 and oversees project development and management, communications, development and strategic planning for CET. John has developed a variety of award-winning reuse, composting and recycling projects. He has contributed articles to nationally distributed trade journals including Resource Recycling and BioCycle magazines. John currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Building Materials Reuse Association and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Organic Waste Advisory Committee. Past experience includes research and development in the bio-technology industry and work as a National Park Ranger in Wyoming and Hawaii. John received a B.A. in Biology from Cornell University.



Kristen Beam

Kristen BeamKristen is a ten-year resident of the Pioneer Valley. She came here as an AmeriCorps volunteer in 1998 – organizing clean-ups near local rivers and educating kids about watersheds, vernal pools and wetlands. Today, she makes her living as a Senior Producer at, where she has worked since 2003. She carpools to work with her fiance, in their fuel-efficient Honda Fit.











Rus Peotter, Vice President and General Manager, WGBY

Rus Peotter is responsible for the management of WGBY Springfield, the WGBH-affiliated public television station serving western Massachusetts, northern Connecticut and southern Vermont. He oversees all station functions including programming, production, development, engineering, and administration.

Peotter came to WGBY in 2001 from Maine Public Broadcasting, where he was in charge of the station’s fundraising, promotion, outreach, and audience service efforts since 1992. He has served on numerous PBS national committees, helping senior PBS management develop policies and services in support of stations across the country.


Art Contest Submission by Leslie Cerier

Streams of Light

by Leslie Cerier

Brief Description of Submission:

I propose to create a new series of impressionistic nature photographs and a new 3-minute digital story including these new images expressing the theme of sustainability.

A physics professor from Mount Holyoke College once told me upon viewing my work that I am photographing the natural refractory patterns of sunlight reflected over moving streams. These I call *jewels in the water and streams of light.

*I would carry on from *”Photographing the Jewels in the Water”,* the impressionistic nature photography series and the digital story that I created last year.  Please view it on my website:

The grant/funds will give me the money needed for materials to print 8 new images on large cotton canvases about 20 inches by 28 inches, printed with natural pigment inks, pay the person with the equipment to make the digital story, who happens to live in my neighborhood. (I will support the local economy, walk to her house with my script and digital files.) No need for driving and burning gas. I would also like to use the funds to buy a new point and shoot digital camera with more meta-pixels to enable me to print even larger, and I will continue the search to find the right person/place to print my work on fabric. (I have a lead of someone in Ashfield, MA.)

The funds will also be used to post this new series of photographs along with the digital story on sustainability on my website. Pay for bringing the work to be shown in galleries in locations throughout the Pioneer Valley. I have shown my work at the Forbes Library, Northampton, MA (2006) the Jones Library’s Burnett Gallery in Amherst (2007), and the Amherst Chamber of Commerce (2008). All venues would be happy for me to exhibit there again.

Using a point and shoot digital camera, printing the images on cotton canvases with pigment inks, I honor the earth and engage in sustainability by clicking my shutter when peak sunlight lights up the woods and shallow streams, sometimes using wind to move the water: natural energy.

No toxic chemicals are used to bring these images to life.

Most of these photographs are taken within walking distance of my Western Massachusetts home (another facet of the sustainability of this project). They are a celebration of the pioneer valley seen through the eye of my heart.

The sun calls me to a particular spot and I click the shutter when I see that rich, dancing light.

My photographs are about being so present in the moment that everything vibrates and shines. I see perfection in nature – patterns – artistic jewels that reveal themselves.

My photography is a reflection of the peaceful energy I find in the woods. Living in the moment, I capture beauty as I click the shutter.

These images can be looked at from different angles. There is no one right way to explore them. Please relax, take your time, have fun. I invite you to look for faces and figures; there are jewels in the water, and streams of light.

Art Contest Submission by Jane Beatrice Wegscheider

“A Table Set For Forever”

by Jane Beatrice Wegscheider

Brief description:  “A Table Set for Forever” is a portable, multi-media, installation piece that honors existing individual and collective efforts at sustainability while engaging the viewer/participant with questions, ideas, images and visual metaphors related to sustainability in our region.

Jane Wescheider sustain sketch for

“A Table Set For Forever” is a portable, multi-media, installation piece: a kind of permeable “room” that can be set up anywhere.  The central visual motif is a table and six chairs.  The table top is a garden-theme mosaic made of colored glass tiles and bits of broken plates (pique assiette technique).  The mismatched (‘recycled”) wooden chairs are colorfully painted with questions related to sustainability in our region.  Six free-standing curtain-like panels in portable frames will be set up around the table.  Each of the two-sided panels will be made of a collage of seed-packets sewn together with images (both photographic and drawn/painted) and text derived from relevant literature and local community sources.  The panels will be set up around the table and chairs so that people can walk between and around them easily, in and out of the “room”.
An essential part of the piece is that it involves the participation of many other people in its process.  I will send out and distribute (in local businesses, libraries, etc.) written requests for participation in the sustainability dialogue, beginning with the question:  “What does sustainability mean to you?”  I will ask for examples of sustainable activities people are involved in in our region, and ideas for more.  This request will also be sent out digitally.
I will also organize and facilitate ten conversations around the table (and a local foods meal).   For each conversation, I will bring together groups of six people from varying segments of our communities to share their ideas and brainstorm further sustainability activism.  These conversations will be recorded and excerpts from them will become the audio component of the installation, as well as source material for the seed-packet collage panels.
My basic premise is that dialogue/conversation/the sharing of ideas (especially person to person) is essential to sustainable activism.  Sharing thoughts and ideas around a shared meal is a way to combine activism with community-building.  In the conversation about sustainability, we are also talking about basic needs and resources, of which, food is one primary need.
I’m also convinced that small actions need to be honored along with bigger systemic efforts.  People change and accept change in different ways.  My aesthetic is generally an “accessible” one.  The seed-packet “curtain”/panels will show the significance of ALL actions, ideas, questions, etc. that collectively add up.  Even on their own these panels will be a stimulating and informative visual discussion. 

the table as metaphor
the table as place
the table as community, family, the future
the table shared
the table abundant
the table as an edible landscape

I will use the pique assiette technique (broken plate mosaic), along with the garden theme, to refer to the past that is a part of us.
The chairs have questions painted on them to represent the challenges of joining the sustainability discussion/dialogue/effort.
The “walls”/ “curtains”/ panels are permeable to suggest visually that this is not a behind-closed-doors conversation.  The seed packets are a literal metaphor:  seeds produce multiples of themselves.  They symbolize growth and potential.

The installation is purposely portable, each element breaking down into carry-able pieces so that it can more easily become part of various local environments/public spaces:  farmer’s markets, schools, outdoor cultural events, etc.
I hope that the September 30th installation of the piece will be the first phase of this project.  The second phase will involve developing the audio component further for web and radio and developing ways to use the installation to disseminate physical cards (for people to take with them) with ideas and information on them.  (I can imagine letter-pressed “information” on vegetable-shaped cards in bowls on the table.)  The third phase  would be to organize and facilitate having the installation travel to schools, libraries, farmer’s markets and other public venues.
I have experience and skills creating and facilitating “accessible”, community-building, art projects that embrace the social, economic and cultural diversity that is part of every community.  I am excited about this project because it brings together these skills with my own passions about local sustainability issues.  As an interdisciplinary artist, this project also employs my varied interests and abilities in photography, collage, audio recording, sculpture, painting and installation.  I am hopeful that both the process of creating the work and the final product will help further regional efforts at sustainability.

Example of Previous work:


School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL                                      1989-1992
   Master of Fine Arts:  Painting 1992
   Post-Baccalaureate Certificate:  Painting 1990
Erlangen University and Berlin University of Technology, Germany                      1983-1986
   Enrolled in German language courses and Art History program
Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL                                                     1980-1982
   Bachelor of Arts:  Art 1982
Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL                     1978-1980

Awards and Residencies
The Academy at Charlemont, MA                                                   2006
   Artist in Residence.  Worked with 9th graders to create site-specific public sculpture that reflected qualities and values of the Academy.
The Philanthropic Initiative, Boston, MA                                             2001, 2003
   Awarded Art Renewal for Teachers summer grants. 2001: travel in Europe to explore personal and artistic heritage (photography, journaling and collage). 2003: interdisciplinary exploration of local citizens’ connections to place.  Awarded an in-school grant to develop and facilitate a
   K-6 photography program Documenting Our Worlds (2002).
Raymer Society for the Arts, Lindsborg, KS                           July 1999
   Artist in Residence at Lester Raymer’s Red Barn Studio.
Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL                               July 1998
   Awarded residency to explore relationships between landscape, memory and myth.
Salina Arts and Humanities Commission, Salina, KS                                                1997-1998
   Artist in Residence with Arts Infusion program in Salina’s public schools.
Lawrence Art Guild, Lawrence, KS                                       1997
   Received Advancement Award for Scenes from a Life in the Middle of America, collage paintings.
Salina Art Center, Salina, KS                                  June 1996
   Artist in Residence: Art and the Environment collaboration with the Land Institute.
Kansas Arts Commission, Topeka, KS                               1996
   Awarded Mini Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Art.
Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN                                   1994
   Awarded Diverse Visions Regional Interdisciplinary Grant for series of outdoor performances and garden installations related to seasonal celebrations.
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME                   1992
   Awarded School of the Art Institute Fellowship to attend.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL                              1989-1992
   Awarded Partial Merit Scholarship for Post-Baccalaureate program in 1989-1990.
   Awarded Teaching Assistantships in 1991 and 1992.
   Awarded Full Merit Scholarship for 1991-1992.
   Awarded Edward L. Ryerson Fellowship for MFA Thesis Installation.                       

Artist Collaborations with Communities
Harold Grinspoon Foundation, West Springfield, MA             2006
   One of 15 artists/artist groups selected by jury to create a panel for the Jewish Arts and Culture Initiative Sweet Shelter Art Project, a community sukkah exhibited at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst. Panel reflected my ongoing collaboration with local CSA farmer, John Hoffman, using photographs from Wilder Brook Farm (Community Supported Agriculture) and text transcribed from video interviews with Hoffman.
Massachusetts Cultural Council, Boston, MA                      2003-2004
   Creative Schools Grant Artist in Residence at Heath Elementary School. Worked with students staff and local community to create A Book You Walk Through;  an interactive, mural-sized, hinged-paneled installation integrating Massachusetts’ Curriculum Frameworks with the local environment, culture and history.
Heath Elementary School, Heath, MA             2000-2001
   Received Goals 2000, Schools, Families and Communities Working Together Grant to do Heath Community Heritage Project.  Designed and facilitated community and teacher workshops, recorded  local oral histories on video, and facilitated the making of a 9’x50’ mural painted by 80 people from the community (ages 4-75).
Heath Elementary School, Heath, MA                      2000
   Received Goals 2000, Schools, Families and Communities Working Together Grant to develop and facilitate an intensive summer workshop program: Sculptured Stories.  Each participant created a wooden cut-out sculpture embellished with images related to their personal identity and family heritage.  The 22 sculptures were exhibited at the Heath Fair.
Salina Arts and Humanities Commission, Salina, KS                       2000
   Commissioned to create Field of Visions, an interactive installation for the Smoky Hill River Festival. Work involved inviting people to document their hopes and dreams for the future on strips of cloth.  Installation was also exhibited at the Heath Fair and the Heath School grounds.
Salina Bicentennial Community Center, Salina, KS                       1999
   Commissioned to design and paint a permanent mural in the entry area of this multi-function arena. Through local media and presentations in public venues and schools, I invited residents to share what they loved about their community and environment. Written and oral responses and historical information are incorporated into the mural with the traced silhouettes and photographed faces of community members.  The mural is included in the illustrated, Kansas Murals:  A Traveler’s Guide, published by University Press of Kansas (2006).
Smoky Hill River Festival, Salina, KS                              1997-1999
   Commissioned to create interactive outdoor sculptures using silhouettes and faces of local children.  Butterfly Bridge/Angel Archway (1999):  2 silhouette-shaped sculptures with welded electrical conduit wings perched on the railings of a walking bridge, forming an archway that Festival-goers passed under; River Mermaids (1998): 3 silhouette-shaped fountains addressing recycling issues “swam” in the river;  Balancing Act (1997):  12 silhouette-shaped sculptures playfully addressing relationships in nature were “planted” in the Festival’s park landscape.
The City Museum, St. Louis, MO                               1997
   Commissioned to create a permanent installation of interactive sculptures that honored the work and personalities of the directors, staff, artists and laborers who were collectively putting this new museum together.

Teaching Experience
The Academy at Charlemont, MA                                                                               2006-2008
   Teach 10th-12th grade studio courses in Book Arts, Papermaking, Printmaking, Drawing and Painting, Mural Painting and Independent Studio Projects.  Work includes mentoring and advising seniors preparing portfolios for college applications.
Hawlemont, Rowe, and Heath Elementary Schools, Franklin County, MA           2000-2008
   Certified K-6th Grade Art Teacher: Hawlemont and Rowe (2000-present), Heath (2000-2003).
   Work includes developing K-6 Art curriculum, collaborating on interdisciplinary projects with classroom teachers, assessing student progress, adapting curriculum for students with special needs, ordering supplies, applying for and coordinating available grant-funding, and developing and coordinating a Visiting Artist program (Rowe 2003-2004).
Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence, Lawrence, KS                                                               2000
   Worked collaboratively with colleague Lora Jost to develop and facilitate a mural project in the after-school program at the Club. Work included guiding children through brainstorming, design and transfer of large-scale images, and collaborative painting on the walls of the Club’s art room.
Douglas County Juvenile Detention Center, Lawrence, KS                                      1997-1999
   Developed and taught interdisciplinary art curriculum to teenage criminal offenders.
Van Go Mobile Arts, Inc., Lawrence, KS                                                                             1998
   Worked with colleague Lora Jost to develop and facilitate an after-school art program for at-risk youth to collaboratively paint Van Go’s signature vehicle (an 8-doored Checker Aerobus.) Work included guiding teenagers through the brainstorming and design process, transferring their designs to the vehicle’s irregular surface and painting with permanent acrylics. This 8-week project culminated with participation in the local Art-Car Parade.
Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS                                                                         1996-1998
   Developed and taught Drawing I, Mixed-Media and Interdisciplinary Adult classes. Developed and taught Preschool Ceramics and Preschool Painting classes based on connections to children’s literature.
Manhattan Arts Council, Manhattan, KS                                                                   1995-1996
   Developed and taught childrens’ classes in Ceramics and Mural Painting.
Sampsel Studio, Council Grove, KS                                                                             1995-1996
   Developed and facilitated my own after-school arts program. Children worked in a variety of media, including ceramics, collage and large-scale painting.
School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL                                                                       1991-1992
   A limited number of Teaching Assistantships were awarded to graduate students each year at SAIC, chosen by the faculty of each department.  In 1991, I assisted Professor Susanna Coffey with her undergraduate Figure Painting course. In 1992, I developed the curriculum and taught my own undergraduate Figure Drawing course.
Berlin, Germany                                                                                                             1983-1986
   Taught English as a Second Language in private and small-school settings.
Lexington Christian Academy, Lexington, MA                                                          1982-1983
   Taught 10th grade English and 7th-12th grade Art.

Exhibitions, Performances, and Installations
Women of the Cloth, Group Show, Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA, 3/08-4/08.
Sweet Shelter, Outdoor Installation, Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA, 10/06.
A Book You Walk Through, Installation, The Children’s Museum, Holyoke, MA, 10/04-4/05.
Show Us Your Bra, Group Show, Thornes Marketplace Gallery, Northampton, MA, 10/03.
Off the Bed: Quilts Not for Sleeping, Group Show,The Art Bank, Shelburne Falls, MA, 11/01.
Heath Community Heritage Mural, Outdoor Installation, Heath Fair, Heath, MA, 8/01.
Sculptured Stories and Field of Visions, Outdoor Installations, Heath Fair, Heath, MA, 8/00.
Field of Visions, Outdoor Installation, Smoky Hill River Festival, Salina, KS, 6/00.
What Do You Love About This Place?  Mural, Bicentennial Center, Salina, KS, 10/99.
Butterfly Bridge/Angel Archway, Installation, Smoky Hill River Festival, Salina, KS, 6/99.
River Mermaids, Outdoor Fountain Installation, Smoky Hill River Festival, Salina, KS, 6/98.
Unbridled, Group Show, Michael Cross Gallery, Kansas City, MO, 10/97.
Reaching for the Stars, Permanent Installation, City Museum, St. Louis, MO, 10/97.
Dirty Laundry, Collaborative Group Performance, Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MO, 7/97.
Balancing Act, Interactive Outdoor Installation, Smoky Hill River Festival, Salina, KS, 6/97.
Red Carpet, Collaborative Group Performance, Kansas University, Lawrence, KS, 5/97.
Through Women’s Eyes, Group Show, Holt/Russell Gallery, Baldwin City, KS, 3/97.
Depicting Women, Group Show, Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art, Hays, KS, 1/97.
Through Women’s Eyes, Group Show, Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, KS, 8/96.
Three Women, Group Show, Butler County Community College, Council Grove, KS, 5/96.
Women’s Works, Group Show, Manhattan Arts Center, Manhattan, KS, 2/96.
Hope Springs Eternal, One Person Show, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 10/95.
Another Man’s Treasure, Group Show, Zografia Gallery, Kansas City, MO, 8/95.
Depicting Women, Group Show, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 7/95.
MayDay, Outdoor Installation and Performance, Alta Vista, KS, 5/95.
Creative Synectics, Juried Group Show, An Art Place, Chicago, IL, 8/94.
One Person Show, Adam’s Hall Gallery, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, 11/92.
Chicago Art Institute MFA Exhibition, Group Show, Juried Award Recipient, Chicago, IL, 5/92.
For Mary, Interactive Outdoor Installation and Performance, Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL, 4/92.

Panels and Workshops                                                                                           
The Philanthropic Initiative, Boston, MA                               2002-2008
   Member of annual Grant Review Panel for Art Renewal for Teachers Grant Program.
Heath Elementary School, Heath, MA                                    2002-2003
   Member of EIC Advisory Panel (EIC: Environment as an Integrating Context for Learning.)
Christians in the Visual Arts Conference, Milwaukee, WI    June 1999
   Panelist in workshop: The Figure in Context: Spiritual, Social and Ecological Implications.
Parents As Teachers, Lawrence, KS                                       May 1999
   Developed and facilitated parent workshop: Creativity, Children and Brain Development.
The Quiet Garden, Keats, KS                                                     May 1996
   Panelist in conference: Land and Soul.
Salina Art Center, Salina, KS                                                      1995
   Developed and taught workshop in conjunction with Betye Saar Exhibit: Personal Images.

Professional Development and Related Extracurricular Activities
Westfield State College, Westfield, MA                                 2007
   Student in graduate level Education course: Students with Special Needs.
Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA                       2006
   Participant in 45-hour graduate level Summer Content Institute New Technologies in the
   Visual Arts (Photoshop) sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Education.
Mohawk Trail Regional School District, Buckland, MA       2005-2006
   Participant in 54-hour Picture Writers professional development program which explored
   Visual Literacy and Technology in collaboration with the Eric Carle Museum and Smith
   College. I developed curriculum in Digital Collage and Animated Digital Collage.
Bennington College, Bennington, VT                                        2004
   Participant in Art New England Summer Workshop: The Book as Art.
UMass, Dartmouth and The Schooner Ernestina, New Bedford, MA           2002
   Participant in 97-hour graduate level Summer Content Institute EIC: Using the Environment
   as an Integrating Context for Learning.  Course involved field-based study in New Bedford,
   curriculum development, student assessment strategies, and implementation of EIC at Heath
   Elementary School. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Education.
Lesley University, Cambridge, MA                                                      2001-2002
   Participant in Leading With The Arts conferences and workshops.
Columbia School of Dance, Chicago, IL                                         1990-1991
   Collaborated with choreographer Ann Boyd. Designed and created sets and costumes.
Druckwerkstatt, Berlin, Germany                                                      1984-1986
   Professional development in private Printmaking studio: Intaglio process.
Hochschule der Kunst, Berlin, Germany                                         1983
   Independent student: Figure Drawing.
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA                            1982-1983
   Professional development in Printmaking: Etching and Monoprint.
The Art Student’s League, New York, NY                                        1981
   Independent student in summer Figure Drawing class.
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL                                             1978-1980
   Organized and facilitated student-run Figure Drawing workshops.

Activism and Social Service      
International Walk for a Peaceful Future in the Middle East, Israel/Palestine                1992
   One of 300 delegates from around the world participating in this 5-day Walk. Created a wearable “coat” out of handkerchiefs signed by sponsors.
Clinic Liaison, Healthcare for the Homeless, Chicago, IL                 1987-1988
   Provided counseling, referral and advocacy to homeless people in drop-in centers, shelters, and on the street. Helped train new staff.
Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL                                                                1981-1982
   Helped organize student campaign to revitalize Art Department, leading to increased funding for the department and renovation of its facilities.

Extensive travel in Europe and Mexico. Lived in Berlin 1983-1986. Speak German and Spanish.

Art Contest Submission by Kelly Gallagher

Sustainability Looks Like…You

by Kelly Gallagher

A documentary art film reflecting the thoughts and ideas of people living in the Pioneer Valley interwoven with images of the beautiful life of the Pioneer Valley – from the Hilltowns to the cities, from farm to shops to schools.  The wisdom lies within each of us – we know what sustainability looks like.

Sustainability looks like us…it is in our hands – let us engage the population in this discussion.  It is my experience as a filmmaker that people possess deep wisdom and insight and, when given the opportunity, will articulate their visions and experience with incredible beauty.  This film will incorporate group discussions and individual reflections, tapping into the resources of young and old alike.  When discourse and honest reflection are allowed to happen, beautiful thoughts and profound ideas emerge.  Keeping in mind the purpose of this contest, “to stimulate thought and action on sustainability in the Pioneer Valley,” this project will consist of a film of people in the Valley reflecting on the idea of sustainability, their part in it and their commitment to attaining it motivated by their love of this place and its beauty.  Images of the beauty of this place will be interwoven with music and voices to offer a piece that will engage and empower the people to seek and establish sustainability.

We will look for people and places where sustainability is already happening as well as encouraging it where it is just an idea.  From fairs to youth groups to Rotary clubs, the questions will be posed – and inevitably profound thoughts will emerge.  Through humor and sincerity the people of the Valley will speak – and together we will learn what sustainability can be.

The final piece will be a film that can be distributed to community access stations as well as a series of Public Service Announcements that can be used by PVSN to fulfill the purpose of the project, “to stimulate thought and action on sustainability in the Pioneer Valley.”  Also, a study guide will be created to accompany the film to be distributed to discussion groups, churches, and organizations.

The piece is meant to communicate that sustainability lies in our hands, and that we have the power and the resources to attain it.  By allowing people to share ideas, ask questions, make commitments, they are given a stake in the outcome.  Wherever the project goes, people will be asked to participate, to learn, engage and become a part of the solution.

To view cut of an 8 minute short filmed in South Sudan go to  Please allow 35 minutes to download.

Art Contest Submission by Robert Markey

Earth Mandella

Submitted by Robert Markey

The piece I am proposing is a freestanding sculpture consisting of four rings of laminated wood approximately four ft. in diameter on a base of Vermont marble. Inside these rings is a glass sphere, approximately one ft. in diameter in the colors of the planet Earth. 

The idea of this piece is to show visually that sustainability is a process that can continue to cycle for the indefinite future. But, there are non-recyclable paths that lead away from the health of the planet and of the community into unknown territory.  Each ring represents an aspect of sustainability on the planet: energy/ transportation, food/agriculture, political/economic system  and human/social relations. On each ring will be words relating to the evolution  of sustainability. There will also be wooden detours away from each ring representing non-sustainable paths. Below these paths on the ground will be images (toys, small sculptures) of the things which have lead away from sustainability.

For example, on the energy/ transportation ring  the words walk, bicycle, wind power might appear. On the path out of the ring might also be the word oil written larger.  Below this exit might be a small model of a Hummer, and an oil tanker.  As the original ring continues there might be the words:  bus, train, photo-voltaics. The idea is that the sustainable means of transportation and energy will complete the circle of the ring. Those that are unsustainable will exit out of the ring.

The piece represents the organic process of growth and decay that is present in all systems on our planet, from the cellular to the cultural levels. Elements are added, used, transformed, recycled and discarded. Some materials sustain life and some mutate to elements that are destructive and lead to decay. Those that create and sustain as well as those that destroy are seen on each ring of the sculpture.

It has always been my belief that art has the power to open people’s hearts and minds in a way that nothing else can. It is my hope that the beauty of this piece (the wooden rings, the hand-blown glass), the reference to innocence (the childhood toys), and the science of ecology (the cyclical embodiment of organic processes) will create in the viewer an understanding of the profound importance of sustainability.

The wood for the rings will be ash that was cut off of my property in Ashfield 25 years ago. The glass sphere will be made in collaboration with Ed Branson’s glass studio. Initially the small sculptural images will be gathered from the community (Craigslist, Freecycle, tag sales, E-mail lists, friends). Those that I cannot find from the community I will buy or create. When the piece is exhibited, community members will be invited to add their own pieces to the ‘unsustainables’ underneath the spheres. This is in some manner a way of recycling these unsustainables.

In terms of the Pioneer Valley, energy – heat and transportation – is a critical issue. Agriculture, historically a focus of the Pioneer Valley, is returning with the efforts at sustainability. Human relations – conflict, the end to war  –  is profoundly important to all of us. And the economy skewed toward overconsumption is what drives much of the unsustainable aspects of these issues.

This is a medium sized sculpture (approximately 8’ x 5’ x 5’) and could be placed outdoors or indoors in locations throughout the Pioneer Valley.  Literature and other programs could be associated with it where it is shown.

See Robert Makey’s website with his past works.

Specific pages that show work that might be relevant to this proposal are:

Example 1
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Veiw Robert’s Experience below

Selected Exhibitions
2008 Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2008, group show, Chesterwood  –  National Trust Site, Stockbridge MA
2007 Small Works North America, group exhibition, Greenwich CT
Deep, collaborative dance performance, Northampton MA, Providednce RI
Robert Markey – New Paintings, solo exhibition, NCA, Northampton MA  Conceptual Portraiture, group show, Greentrees Gallery, Bernardston MA
2006 Sculpturefest, group show, Woodstock VT

Sculpturefest, group show, Woodstock VT
Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2005, group show, Chesterwood  –        National Trust Site, Stockbridge MA
After Hiroshima:Nuclear Imaginaries, group show,  several venues in the U.K
Impressions from Brazil, solo exhibition, Bottle of Bread, Shelburne Falls MA and 39 Main, Brattleboro VT

2004 The Power of Creation, two person show, Wings of Light, Shelburne Falls MA
Evolution of the Sphere, solo exhibition, Thirty 9 Main, Brattleboro, VT  
2003 Personal – Universal, two person exhibition, Soprafina Gallery, Somerville MA
New Exhibitions, group  exhibition, Battelle-Harding Gallery, Greenfield, MA
Robert Markey, Jozan Treston, two person exhibition, Gallery A3, Amherst, MA
 Robert Markey – Paintings, solo exhibition, Thirty 9 Main, Brattleboro, VT
2002 God’s Greatest Gifts: Fruit and Sex II, solo show, Intimacies, Northampton MA
before/after 911, group exhibition,Gallery A3, Amherst MA
2000 God’s Greatest Gifts: Fruit and Sex, solo exhibition, Intimacies, Northampton MA
1999 Robert Markey – Paintings and Sculpture, solo exhibition, The Hart Gallery,
Northampton MA
1997 Witness to Violence and Related Projects, group exhibition,
The Artists Foundation @ The Distillery, Boston MA
Lines of Descent, group exhibition, Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York NY
1994 Reality Check, group exhibition, Ashuah-Irving Gallery, Boston MA
Behind Closed Doors, group exhibition, Artspace Gallery,
Greenfield MA and The Canal Gallery, Holyoke MA
1993 Berkshire Artists / Contrasts, group exhibition, Clark Whitney Gallery,  Lenox MA
Time of Opening, performance, Franklin County Artspace, Greenfield MA     
Children of the Earth, installation, Franklin County Artspace, Greenfield MA
1992 Views by Artists of the Columbus Quincentenial, group exhibition
pARTS: an alternative artspace, Minneapolis MN
1991 The Gods are Among Us, solo exhibition, Ashuah-Irving Gallery, Boston MA
Politics and Social Issues of Developing Countries, installation, Hartwick College, Oneonta NY
1990 Tears of Love and Rage, solo exhibition, Fauve Gallery, Amherst MA
Winter Group Show, group exhibition, Ashuah-Irving Gallery, Boston MA
Censorship and Provocation, group exhibition, Fauve Gallery, Amherst MA      
1989 Preta, installation, Markem Corporation Gallery, Keene NH
Please Fondle the Idols, solo exhibition, Skera Gallery, Northampton MA
1988 In the Third World, They’re Still Dying for our Sins, solo exhibition,
Amherst Community Gallery, Amherst MA

The Sewer Grate, written, produced and directed.  Released Nov. 2001
Imagine, produced and directed.  Released January 1999
From Brutality to Hope, documentary, produced and directed.
Premiered on PBS, March 1997

Corporate and NGO Collections
AEC-TEA, Capim Grosso, Bahia, Brazil
Belding Memorial Library, Ashfield MA
Casa do Menor, Capim Grosso, Bahia, Brazil
Data-Mail, Inc., Newington CT
Double Edge Theater, Ashfield MA
Harriet Tubman Center, Minneapolis MN
Peace at Home, Jamaica Plain MA
Schooner Capital LLC, Boston MA
Public Art
The Art of the Violin, public art exhibition and auction, Pioneer Valley, MA 2003
Cavalcade of Cod, public art exhibition and auction, Boston MA 2000
Cow Parade NYC, public art exhibition and auction, New York NY 2000
Witness to Violence, Collaborative Public Art/Performance presented in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Minneapolis and Houston, 1995
Artists Need to be Paid Too, Billboard, Arts Festival of Atlanta, Atlanta GA 1994
Super Bowl Scoreboard, Public Art and Performance, Grand Central Station, New York NY 1993, 1994, 1996
Outdoor Sculpture 1993, Public Art Installation, Ward’s Island NY 1993
Selected Bibliography and Videography
Lisa Lynch, “Robert Markey: New Paintings”, Art New England, June/July 2007
Thomas Craughwell, Cow Parade New York, Workman Publishing , Inc., 2000
McBride, James, War, Battering, and other Sports: the Gulf between American Men and Women,  Atlantic Highlands: Humanities Press International, Inc., 1995
Jack Becker, “And Other Words of Wisdom” Public Art Review Volume 6 Number 2 (Spring/Summer 1995): 19
Lisa Rafter, “Witness to Violence: Giving a Face to Women Who Have Survived Battering.” Labyrinth Volume 13 Number 5 (October 1995): 1,12
George McCollough and Maria Mongelli, “Criminal Justice Today:
 Witness to Violence” DUTV cable 54, Philadelphia, September 1995
Johnnie Braxton, “Visions”, WPVI TV 6, Philadelphia, November 1995
Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant, 2000, 1998
Massachusetts Committee on Criminal Justice Project Grant, 1994, 1995
Boston Council on the Arts and Humanities Grant, 1994
Massachusetts Cultural Council Project Grant, 1994
Puffin Foundation Grant, 1993
Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant, 1993
Massachusetts Arts Lottery Council Grant, 1990
M.S., Computer Science, University of Massachusetts, 1982
B.S., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1969
Represented by
Elaine Beckwith Gallery, Jamaica VT
Tappan Z Gallery, Tarytown NY
Hanback Gallery, Lenox MA