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posted Apr 28, 2012, 1:33 PM by Catherine Game   [ updated Apr 28, 2012, 1:49 PM ]

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“Eye Eat Too” and “Blue Plate Special”

posted Apr 26, 2012, 3:08 PM by Catherine Game   [ updated Apr 26, 2012, 4:59 PM ]

The Kemper Gallery at the Illinois Institute of Technology hosted an installation by GAA member Deborah Adams Doering titled “Eye Eat Too.” Installation materials included living blueberry bushes, grow lights, paintings on yupo-mylar, and stenciling on glass. 

An essay written by IIT Humanities Professor John Snapper hightlights some of the concerns of the art installation: 

In the 1950's, the art theorist Harold Rosenberg famously said that the apples that appeared in old still-lifes "had to be brushed off the table … so that nothing would get in the way of the act of painting." Eye Eat Too refutes that dichotomy between food and painting. Deborah Doering brings the food into the art so that we can visually eat well, while still preserving dynamic artistic action in her fluid core forms.

Eye Eat Too unites two established themes in Doering's artistic work: her symbolic system of form based on a rotated disk, and the culture of food and nourishment...." 

(The complete essay may be read at

The Mobile Food Collective, a project of Archeworks, collaborated with Doering’s DOE Projects on September 18 in an event titled “Blue Plate Special.” The event called attention to locally grown foods such as blueberries and the positive impact of local food distribution and culture.

Photos of the installation may be seen at Those who are interested in hosting a similar installation or event may reach Doering through the contact page of her web site.

Contributor: Deborah Doering

Marcie the Marvelous Tree

posted Aug 17, 2011, 10:58 AM by Catherine Game   [ updated Aug 17, 2011, 11:12 AM ]

Marcie the Marvelous Tree
is a new musical for family & young audiences based on the book, Marcie the Marvelous Tree: An Autobiography with special permission by Tree Musketeers. (Book and lyrics by Larry Carpenter; music by Karena Mendoza © 2011)

Marcie The Marvelous Tree is a new musical based on real events. There really is a Marcie. She’s a 24 year old Sycamore tree. And there really is an organization called the Tree Musketeers. When it was founded, back in 1987, it was the nation’s first youth environmental organization. To this day it continues to promote the original mission as a nonprofit corporation where kids are the bosses! Here’s a link to the official Tree Musketeer website:

This musical telling of their story shares a positive vision of our world in which children, by the simple act of planting trees, become leaders. In an entertaining way it explores the subjects and themes associated with environmental issues, youth empowerment, rejection/acceptance, and achieving goals. No matter how big or small you are, no matter what others say or what obstacles are put in your way, if you remain true to yourself and do your best, you can achieve great things.

This musical was developed as part of Midwest New Musical Workshop, run by John Sparks. In October 2010, Theatre-Hikes of Chicago produced a public reading at the Morton Arboretum in front of an audience of over 500 people. Thanks to these developmental steps, the show is now ready and available for full production.

Visit the Website at:

Contributor: Larry Carpenter

Nature Unframed: Art at the Arboretum

posted Aug 5, 2011, 7:58 PM by Catherine Game   [ updated Aug 17, 2011, 11:05 AM ]

Jimshoe, Juan Chavez

The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, a world-renowned leader in tree science and education working to save and plant trees, recently collaborated with 11 local, national, and international artists to create 11 striking site-specific works. The exhibition, Nature Unframed: Art at the Arboretum, was curated by local artist Anna Kunz and highlights trees’ vulnerability and intrinsic value, as well as facilitates viewer exploration of their own emotional connections to trees and the art.

Chicago artist Juan Angel Chavez created “Jimshoe” as a “comment and an observation of nature, as it overcomes modernity” using ingenuity to survive. His piece features a series of abstract forms surrounding a tree trunk and branches. Local anonymous collective You Are Beautiful installed a series of 4-foot by 8-foot letters spelling out “You Are Beautiful,” and Chicago “transplant” Joan Giroux created a (out)looking, (re)framing—a keleidescope that allows viewers to transform their perspective of the natural world. Nature Unframed debuted in May and runs through November 27 at The Morton Arboretum, a 1,700-acre outdoor museum featuring magnificent collections of 4,128 kinds of trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world. The project was made possible through the generous support of our sponsors: Harris Bank and Sara Lee Foundation, contributing sponsors of Nature Unframed: Art at the Arboretum; and the Lisle Convention and Visitors Bureau, the featured hotel sponsor.

Photograph: Jimshoe, Juan Chavez

Contributor: Anamari Dorgan, Morton Arboretum

What We Worry About: 10 Chicago Photographers and their Green Concerns

posted Oct 19, 2009, 10:41 PM by Catherine Game   [ updated Aug 5, 2011, 8:13 PM ]

Debates about environmental issues regularly feature the positions of prominent scientists and politicians.  What about artists?  How do they feel about what is happening to the environment and what changes would they like to see?

 Global Alliance of Artists (GAA) and the Chicago Department of Environment’s Chicago Center for Green Technology (CCGT) joined together to host a photography exhibit highlighting the green concerns of ten Chicago  photographers.  The artists’ work represented diverse perspectives in areas ranging from urban environments in Chicago to sensitive religious sites in Hong Kong.    

 The exhibit was on display October-December 2010, at Chicago Center for Green Technology at 445 N. Sacramento Blvd., Chicago IL 60612. As part of the opening reception, Jerry Adelmann, President and CEO of Openlands, an Illinois nonprofit that protects the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois, discussed ways artists can connect with environmental organizations to move their concerns into action. Photos of the event are available at GAA's facebook site:

Photograph: Valerie Cleaver

Contact: Catherine Game,

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