Carrie Flaspohler, Finlandia University Gallery director, introduces the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom musical ensemble of Minneapolis at the opening of the Women and Water Rights II exhibit on Oct. 27, 2011. The exhibit continues through Nov. 22, 2011, in the Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock, MI. (Photos by Keweenaw Now, except where otherwise indicated)
Members of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom musical ensemble from Minneapolis, led by Naima Richmond, left, invite the audience to join in their music presentation with maracas made of recycled plastic water bottles.
Artist Rosa Musket of Marquette speaks about her two pieces of art in the exhibit (on wall at right). Musket is a member of WAVE (Water Action Vital Earth) and Save the Wild U.P. -- two organizations working to protect water resources in the Lake Superior basin.
Rosa Musket with her art. At left is a shadow box piece, "Drowning and Then I Learned to Swim," which Musket says "reflects the way I feel as an activist." At right is "Sea Change," the design she made for a poster for the July 2011 Protect the Earth Gathering, whose theme was "strength through unity."
"Sea Change," by Rosa Musket, was inspired by listening to Vandana Shiva. The figures represent all races, genders and religions. The design was used for the Protect the Earth 2011 poster and, Musket says, expresses her own passion as a member of WAVE (Water Action Vital Earth) and "the universal need to care for our lives' sustenance -- water."
"Drowning and then I Learned to Swim," shadow box art by Rosa Musket of Marquette. "Sometimes one just has to jump in or you end up standing on the sidelines," Musket says -- noting this piece reflects the way she feels as an activist. (This photo courtesy Finlandia University)
Marquette artist Christine Flavin speaks about her recent photographs of abandoned mine sites in Michigan's Upper Peninsula (two of these pictured here). Flavin, a professor of art at Northern Michigan University, says her photographs address the emotional impact of mining on past generations of men, women, and children.
This composite photograph by Christine Flavin combines an image of an open pit from a former mine, now filled with polluted water, and a historic image of children of a deceased miner (dark shadow in water at right). For this exhibit, Flavin did research on the number of deaths that occurred in the mines between the peak mining years of 1880 and 1920.
Detail of Christine Flavin's composite photograph, showing the historic image of children superimposed on her contemporary photo of an old mine site, taken with a hand-built pinhole and zone plate camera.
The mother and son team -- Liz Dodson, video artist, of Minneapolis, and James Brenner, sculptor, of Chicago, with their creation. Dodson helped organize the Minnesota Women and Water Rights exhibit, working with Marilyn Cuneo of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and Diane Katsiaficas, art professor at the University of Minnesota.
Mayumi Amada's "Floating/Ukiyo," a sculpture made of recycled plastic bottles, appears to hover over the carpet at the Finlandia Gallery. Minneapolis artist Amada uses flowing water as a metaphor for life.
Melissa Hronkin of Mass City, Mich., created this installation, "Earth, Air, Fire, Water," which, she says, "references early science and alchemy." Hronkin notes all of these elements are interdependent and necessary to maintain balance on any level.
Detail of Melissa Hronkin's installation, "Earth, Air, Fire, Water." The glass specimen jars contain substances such as honey, water, salt, ash, dirt, and other precious materials.
Another detail from Melissa Hronkin's interactive installation. One can listen and hear bubbling water coming from this piece.
Another detail from Melissa Hronkin's installation. Hronkin notes her Finnish maternal grandmother's maiden name was "Alto," meaning "wave."
"My piece is really an homage to Lake Superior," says artist Phyllis Fredendall, professor of Fiber Arts / Fashion Design at Finlandia University's International School of Art and Design.