Artists and naturalists explore the power of fire and forests

The second installment of the three part Elemental Intersections series will be Friday, Aug. 25 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Church in Newcastle. The Elemental Intersections series explores the connections between art and contemporary environmental concerns. The event will feature the ceramic works of artist Jack Troy and a discussion with Nicholas Fisichelli, directory of forest ecology at the Schoodic Institute and Poly Mahoney, Maine Guide.

“Art and science both arise from human creativity, and have inspired each other throughout history. Many scientists are influenced by artists; many artists create, interpret and react to scientific knowledge. In my work throughout Maine I see the power of images, sculptures and paintings to evoke and impress upon us how our climate is changing,” notes Esperanza Stancioff, University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant Climate Change Educator.

The series, “Elemental Intersections,” is organized by the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, in partnership with the UMaine Extension and the Maine Sea Grant. Funding is provided, in part, through a Creativity Connects grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. The event is free and open to the public. St. Patrick Church, at 380 Academy Hill Road, is a fully accessible venue. Sign language interpretation will be available; contact Watershed at 882.6075. More information is online.