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February 19, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Time Details:
Friends Gallery
Hoover Library
200 Municipal Drive

Hoover, AL 35216
(205) 444-7888
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Southern Voices Artist Reception: featuring the Cahaba River Watershed Project

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Cahaba River Watershed Project is an artistic collaboration, lecture and exhibition by new media artist Elisabeth Pellathy, printmaker Scott Stephens and sculptor Lee Somers.

It is an exploration of the natural environment, the Cahaba River Watershed, and how it has been shaped by human activity and serves as a ubiquitous vessel for memory and history. Their investigation centers around the river’s ecological and geological features as well as the economic and social history of the area. The exhibition features the working methods of the artists using drawing, photography and CAD generated and 3D modeling images that are laser engraved into acrylic plates and printed using traditional intaglio and relief techniques. The Cahaba River is Alabama’s longest substantially free flowing waterway with some of the greatest biodiversity and scenic beauty in the nation. Beginning in a wide area of natural springs northeast of Birmingham, it flows southwest to the Alabama River just below Selma. It traverses a rich geography and history in what is now some of the most densely populated areas of the state. This project is exploring three visual themes around the Cahaba: its ecological and geological features; its natural resources, especially the coal, limestone, and iron ore mining that was the foundation of the early iron industry in the area; and its social history, from important battles in the Civil War to modern-day civil rights events and environmental issues.