Susan Curington
Views of the Natural World

Bee's View Project

The Bee’s View Project  (Check this page for updates and new images!)

I care deeply about the Bees.  This inspired project melds my passion for painting with my passion for our environment.  I also like to eat, and imagining what might happen if the bees don't survive is pretty daunting.

The Nine large scale paintings will be traveling from May through October in Oregon.  After the shows, any unsold will be donated along with rights to the digital images to non-profits such as Oregon Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, Libraries and the Xerces Society.

Schedule

May-June Beaverton City Main Library, 12375 SW 5th St, Beaverton OR 97005

July Windermere Offices 315 Oak St, Hood River OR 97031

Late August - September LaSells Gallery Oregon State 

October Linfield College  Nicholson Library McMinnville, OR 97128

There will be Opening receptions wth Artist talks at each location, along with an expert guest speaker on bees!

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Bees are a critical part of our human food system. According to distinguished conservation biologist Dr. Reese Halter, one of every three bites of food Americans consume comes from a plant visited by bees or other pollinators (bats, birds or butterflies). The National Resources Council stated that more than $15 billion worth of crops are pollinated by bees each year in just the United States alone. The top 10 crops that we stand to lose if we can’t save the bees include: apples, almonds, blueberries, cherries, avocados, cucumbers, onions, grapefruit, oranges and pumpkins.

These insects are struggling and face potential demise. Although they are being studied by biologists, economists, sociologists and other sustainability concerned professionals, I feel this alarming social issue has not received enough publicity recently.

I believe an art exhibition would rekindle awareness and interest in the potential economic, agricultural and social consequences of bee loss. Therefore, I propose a series of nine large scale (4' x 6') close up paintings from the bees' view as the bee approaches blossoms waiting to be pollinated. The paintings will be in a magnified scale as I imagine a bee would see them.

My approach will be to use magnificent visual imagery with vibrant color; To make an impact strong enough to ignite a visceral compassion that causes people not just to feel, but also to think and remember.

The large-scale format would invite the viewer to take the perspective of a bee and provide a scale to see the blooms in extreme detail. Using this vantage point, I hope to stimulate the viewer to shift from our self-centric human point of view to an appreciation of the natural beauty of blossoms as only the bees see them. _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Every human being should show the greatest interest in beekeeping, because our lives depend on it.                                                                                                                                                       ~Rudolf Steiner

Your simple, daily acts of service may not seem like much in and of themselves, but when considered collectively they become just like the one-twelfth teaspoon of honey contributed by a single bee to the hive.   ~ M Russel Ballard