Loss of our world's biodiversity is happening at a startlingly fast rate. For most of us, it's hard to understand what we have to lose when some of our most threatened species are also our rarest-which in turn means it's unlikely we've ever had a meaningful first-hand interaction with our world's listed species.
"Encounters with Biodiversity" with Artist Juliet Whitsett
WHEN: Thursday, November 17
TIME: 5:00 - 8:00 pm
LOCATION: Westcave Outdoor Research Center
ADDRESS: 824814 Hamilton Pool Rd., Round Mountain, TX 78663
COST: Adults $20, Members $10, Children 0-12 FREE
SHOW DATES: November 17 - May 2023
With roughly~150 threatened and ~75 endangered species in Texas alone, artist Juliet Whitsett has been learning, creating art about and sharing the importance of our world’s biodiversity. Her digital, acrylic, and experiential audio art pieces aim to simulate virtual encounters with our rarest and most at risk species.
Most recently, she has crafted an event centered on the experience of empathy while deep diving into the world of at-risk color.
ENCOUNTERS WITH BIODIVERSITY EVENT:
On November 17th, 2022 artist Juliet Whitsett invites attendees to an engaging art event at Wild Basin Creative Research Center designed to provoke exploration around Texas' rarest species...
For one night, participants became a part of Whitsett's newest body of work, "Encounters wIth Biodiversity," as she invited the public into Westcave's exhibition space as collaborators through a series of activations, and immersive participatory experiences.
Participants experienced the colors & palettes of all 73 endangered Texas species, create wearable art, participate in an AMBASSADOR PARTY all will leave knowing more about Texas' most at risk.
10% of all sales of art and giftshop gifts from this show will be enthusiastically donated to Westcave Preserve's educational programs.
Artist Juliet Whitsett with a portion of the 73 Color Palettes sampled from Texas' Endangered Species. Photo Credit: Charles Heppner
Each palette & species is unique. Whitsett samples colors from crowd-sourced images of Texas listed species in order to create original art inspired by their lives and forms.