Waco Friends of the Climate normally meets on the first Monday of the month at Poppa Rollo’s Pizza, at 703 N. Valley Mills Dr. in Waco, with a free buffet followed by a documentary film or a guest speaker.

To subscribe to our email list and learn about our meetings, campaigns and actions, please email anorthc@aol.com

To enter the 4th Annual Climate Crisis Art Exhibit in October 2020, please email anorthc@aol.com

Friday, July 17, 2020

UPDATE TO ARTISTS JULY 17, 2020

From Alan Northcutt:

Below are the instructions for the 4th Annual Climate Crisis Art Exhibit, to be held in October 2020.  We hope to have a live art show at the Waco Winery as in previous years.  However, we will follow CDC and other governmental guidelines:  if a live event is not possible, we will hold a virtual exhibit, with art pieces uploaded to the show website.  Be assured that your work WILL be displayed, we will offer the same cash prizes, and we will have a Zoom reception.
 
We are committed to continue this art show during the COVID-19 pandemic because the climate crisis is mankind’s existential threat, and will challenge our future even after the pandemic has resolved. 

To simplify, if you plan to enter the show, please email me with the number of pieces and their medium, at anorthc@aol.com

CALL FOR ARTISTS
4th Annual Climate Crisis Art Exhibit
hosted by the Waco Friends of the Climate
 at the Waco Winery, 708 Austin Ave., Waco, Tx 
October 2020 


OVERVIEW
The Waco Friends of the Climate is a local non-profit organization dedicated to direct action and education to combat anthropogenic climate change.  The goal of the art show is to raise awareness of the climate crisis, emphasize that climate change is a global emergency, portray the ongoing effects, and suggest hopeful solutions.  We believe that art, through its emotional/spiritual/mystical impact, enhances the scientific understanding of the subject.  All submitted art should address some aspect of the climate crisis.  To encourage all artists, professional and amateur, to consider submitting their work, this 4th annual show will again take place in a larger, beautiful venue, requires no entry fee, and offers cash prizes.

The following are aspects of the manmade climate crisis that could serve as topics for submitted art:


  • Temperature increase of air, water, land
  • Heat exhaustion, heat stroke, death 
  • Melting polar sea ice with loss of habitats (polar bears)
  • Melting glaciers
  • Sea level rise
  • Flooding, submerged island nations
  • Increased heavy rainfall with freshwater flooding
  • More severe hurricanes (superstorms)
  • Increased tornado clusters and more Eastern US tornados 
  • Flooded cities around the globe
  • Worsening wildfires with longer wildfire seasons 
  • Coral bleaching and death, worldwide
  • Ocean acidification with damage to shelled creatures
  • Ocean dead zones
  • Altered ocean and atmospheric currents 
  • Deforestation 
  • Forest damage due to increased temperatures
  • Drought
  • Crop failure
  • Air pollution secondary to burning fossil fuels
  • Famine
  • Emigration and internation conflict
  • Water shortage
  • Loss of species, the 6th mass extinction, biodiversity collapse
  • Spreading diseases, especially spread by mosquitos, ticks, other insect vectors
  • Melting permafrost with methane release
  • Fossil fuel company funding of misinformation to delay regulation of greenhouse gases. 
  • Impact on the military, with flooded bases, threat “multiplication” 
  • Renewable energy, including photovoltaic (solar panels), solar thermal (concentrated solar), hydropower, wave, tidal, geothermal, biomass and biofuels, waste-to-energy
  • Geoengineering, including atmospheric aerosols (sulphates), carbon capture and storage, bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS)
  •  Electric cars, electric busses, electric trucks, hybrid cars, hydrogen fuel cell cars
  • Solar and electric aircraft.
  • Batteries 
  • Plant-rich diet
  • Soil and forest restoration including regenerative agriculture
  • Green buildings, including green roofs, LED lighting, smart thermostats
  • Household recycling and composting
  • Alternative cement
  • Refrigerant management
  • Floating cities
  • Extinction rebellion symbol (climate change symbol):  a circle containing an hourglass, as a metaphor for the limited time remaining to take action. 
This list is not comprehensive, as the climate system is extremely complex.  Any topic related to mitigation of or adaptation to anthropogenic climate change is welcome.

SHOW TIMELINE
 EarlyEntry:  March 18 until September 25, 2020.  When you have a title for your art (maximum 3 pieces) respond to this email and fill in the blanks, containing your name, email address, titles and media of each entry.   This will ensure a space for your work in the show.
Early Entry Deadline:  September 25. Although early entry ensures your space in the show, works are accepted on delivery day, space permitting.
Delivery of Art to Waco Winery:  Sunday, September 27, 2pm until 8pm.
(Almost all art will be delivered during that time.  However, if you will be out of town September 27, email me to make special arrangements, anorthc@aol.com).
Hanging of Art by Our Staff:  Monday, September 28, 2pm until 8pm.
Official Show Opening:  Wednesday September 30, 2pm.
Voting for People’s Choice Award:  Wednesday September 30, 2pm until Saturday October 17, approx. 7pm.
Artist Reception with Awards:  Saturday, October 17, 6pm until 8pm.  
Closing Date of Show:  Saturday, October 24, 12 midnight.
Pick-up of Art:  Sunday, October 25, 2pm until 8pm. This is very important, as the Winery does not have space for storage of the art.
       
PRIZES 
The adult art will be judged as one group (all media), and given 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, with a People's Choice award. The Student Award will include all entries by those 18 years of age and younger.  Judging will be performed by members of Waco Friends of the Climate and a professional artist, and results are final.  The following prizes will be awarded at the Reception: Adult 1st-$1000, Adult 2nd-$600, Adult 3rd-$400, People's Choice- $400, Student 1st-$500, Student 2nd-$200, Student 3rd-$100.  Art will be judged on relevance to the topic of the climate crisis and on artistic merit.  At times, special awards may be added.

RULES 
  • Age:  there are no age restrictions in entering this art exhibit.    
  • Geography:  entries are limited to those with residence within the state of Texas.
  • Size: most sizes of hanging art (of any medium) are acceptable, except for murals.  Space is available for a few small to large sculptures.  If a large sculpture is anticipated, please check with me to confirm space is available (anorthc@aol.com).
  • Capacity:  the venue size will allow approximately 95 pieces of hanging art, and multiple sculptures.  
  • Number of entries:  three (3) entries are allowed per artist.  
  • Hanging requirements:  all entries should be ready to hang, with a hanging device appropriate to hold its weight.  For heavy pieces, a wire across the back of the piece is recommended.  The artist must ensure the mounting device is adequate for the piece’s weight.  If a piece of art has NO hanging device, the artist must return and attach one.   
  • Each piece should be delivered with an index card or paper of index card size with the following information:  Artist name, title of piece, medium, dimensions in cm., sale price, contact phone number or email address for sale. Please make 2 identical cards: 1 is attached to the art and the second is given to me during drop-off.  An artist statement is also allowed and must be typed and printed.   
  • Insurance:  since the venue is a public place, the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate cannot guarantee there will be no damage to the artwork.  The venue does not provide insurance for the art.    Artists should consider purchasing their own insurance policy.  The Waco Friends of the Climate and the Waco Winery are not responsible for any damage to the art.  Artists accept this fact upon entering the show. However, in the first 3 years of the exhibit no theft of art or damage of art was reported.  
  • Shipping:  if the artist needs to ship her/his piece to the venue, the cost will be paid by the artist.
  • Sales:  Sales are between the artist and the buyer.  No commission is received by the host of the show or the venue. By entering the art show, the artist agrees to leave the piece in place until the end of the show, October 25/ 
  • Public Relations:  the host of the show reserves the right to use images of any submitted art for PR purposes.
The Waco Friends of the Climate encourages all artists to consider entering this exhibit.  There are many art shows in Waco.  However, this climate art exhibit allows artists to utilize their artistic skill to play a role in combating mankind’s greatest challenge of anthropogenic climate change. Artists can take action to help preserve a livable biosphere for their descendants and for all the children of this world. 

Note March 2020:  We remind all artists this year to focus firmly on the topic of the climate crisis.  Although trash and plastic pollution are very serious problems, they are not major causes of the climate crisis.  Please refer to the list of suggested aspects of the climate crisis above.  And I further suggest that for 2020 we have more emphasis on solutions to this existential threat.   

For any questions or concerns, please email the Director of our organization, Alan Northcutt, MD at anorthc@aol.com.

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