Art Exhibit


Opening Reception: Friday, April 8th (6-9pm) and running through June 30th

Written by participating artist Susan Hoffman Fishman –

“When eight women artists from the Midwest and the East Coast of the United States came together via Zoom during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic to read and discuss a newly published book on climate change, none of them predicted what would evolve from their conversations.

The book, All We Can Save: Truth, Courage and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Ph.D. and Katharine K. Wilkinson, Ph.D., contains essays and poetry by a cadre of diverse women policy wonks, scientists, writers, journalists, lawyers, activists and others who address the most critical existential issue of our time with the intention of offering different ways to effect change and mend the significant damage that we have caused to the Earth.

Mostly strangers to each other, the eight artists coalesced into a cohesive unit as they met regularly throughout 2020 – 2021 and digested the essays, section by section. Although the artists were inspired by different essays, there are a number of common themes that are expressed in many of their individual works. These include: the power of storytelling as a vehicle for providing alternate ways of looking at the non-human world and the climate crisis; the importance of community and place as a starting point for change; the interconnectedness of all living beings; the need to regard non-human beings as equal partners on Earth in order to restore what we have harmed; and the complex political, economic and social nature of the climate crisis. Each of the artist’s responses to All We Can Save: Truth, Courage and Solutions for the Climate Crisis form the exhibition Climate Conversations: All We Can Save.”

This exhibit is supported in part by Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.


Jersey City based Nancy Cohen’s work examines resiliency in relation to the environment and the human body. Her upcoming solo exhibition“Walking a Line” at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York City runs from 2/17-3/26 and “Nancy Cohen: Atlas of Impermance” was in Summer 2021 at the Visual Arts Center of NJ. Her work in handmade paper was recently featured in NJ PBS State of the Arts:…/nancy-cohens-atlas…/.

Cohen has a BFA in Ceramics from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MFA in Sculpture from Columbia University. She teaches Drawing and Sculpture at Queens College.
“In my own work I investigate environmentally fragile landscapes as well as the vulnerability of our individual and collective bodies.
While reading All We Can Save I connected to the idea of expanding circles where we start small, working in our communities and linking to other broader communities and circles.

I chose to respond to two essays that deal with the waterways around New York City close to where I live and work.”

Nancy Cohen
“JB Marsh Drawings” 2020
15 x 61 inches
Paper pulp, ink and kozo on handmade paper

Kate Dodd’s works celebrate the transformation of materials and the hidden patterns of human habits. She creates both temporary and permanent site-specific installations, and has exhibited her artwork nationally in museums, galleries, and colleges. Currently, her work can be seen at the Out Left Art Project Space in NYC though 2/26. She was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship grant in 2020 from the New Jersey Council on the Arts, and has completed multiple residencies, including at MacDowell and numerous schools in the tri-state area. Kate has commissioned works at five NJ Transit stations, and has created three commissions for Summit Public Arts. She completed a site-specific commission for the Redwood City Public Library Children’s Room in 2021. She has a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Columbia University.
“I typically do not use the human figure in my artwork, so I surprised myself when I noticed that all the works I made for this exhibit are metaphors for humans. Migrants and No Place to Land are about climate refugees, discussed in Like The Monarch by Sarah Stillman.”

Kate Dodd

Laura Earle is a Detroit-based independent curator and artist whose work is a catalyst for community building and creating change. As a curator, she opens dialogue surrounding social and environmental issues including gender equality, racial equality and reversing global warming. Her interactive curatorial practice has forged strong connections, building a community of artists.

As an artist, she works in a variety of analog and digital media, including 3D works in wood, metal, ceramic, paper, and large scale installations, as well as 2 dimensionally in oil, watercolor and printmaking.

Laura Earle
“House of Cards”
Digital Prints on Paper, Oak, 24″ x 24″ x 16″

Michigan artist Elizabeth Barick Fall works in photography, mixed media assemblage and installation. Her work utilizes a vast scope of imagery and materials. Inspired by the intent observation of her environment and the objects within it, she explores themes of nature, loss, nostalgia, memory, growth/decay, tension/harmony, and the female experience. Her recent work has reflected her observations and deep concerns about the impact of climate change. In addition to her studio practice, she is also the founder and Director of TrustArt Studios, a community art studio and gallery space in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has a BFA from the University of Michigan and an MFA in metalsmithing for Cranbrook Academy of Art.

“As I was reading the All We Can Save anthology, I was particularly struck by the honesty, sensitivity, and specificity of the feminist perspective on the dire issues of climate change. It is with that intensely personal lens in mind that I approached my work for this show.”

Elizabeth Barack Fall
“Bleeding Her Dry”

Susan Hoffman Fishman is a Connecticut-based painter, eco-artist and arts writer whose work has been exhibited widely in museums and galleries throughout the U.S. Since 2011, all of her paintings and installations have addressed water in the context of the climate crisis. Her most recent work, In the Beginning There Was Only Water, is a visual reframing of the biblical creation myth. In 39 panels, it speaks to the importance and beauty of all living beings and what we stand to lose as a result of climate change. She recently participated in an artist’s residency at Planet, an international company providing global satellite images, where she focused on the proliferation of sinkholes around the Dead Sea and in Siberia caused by climate change and extraction. With her monthly column, “Imagining Water,” Fishman is a regular contributor to the international blog, Artists and Climate Change, which documents the work of visual artists, playwrights, novelists, poets, dancers, public artists, musicians and performers, etc. around the world who are focusing on the critical topic of climate change.

Susan Hoffman Fishman
Installation view at Janice Charach Gallery
“In the Beginning There Was Only Water”
Acrylic, oil pigment stick and mixed media on paper, 30 in. X 50 ft, 2020 – 2021.

Ann Arbor based artist Tracey Easthope is interested in our interconnection to the natural world and the harm that the delusion of separation can do in her multi-media work. Trained in sculpture, and with a 30 year career as an environmental health activist with a specialty in toxic chemicals, Tracey’s work is informed by bearing witness, working for change, and believing in the possibility of transformation. Recent shows include Project Drawdown: Pathways out of Global Warming, in 2020.

“With this series of work, I was exploring the nature of our response to the climate crisis, and what tools we have as a culture to respond to a crisis that threatens the foundation of all meaning for humans. When we are threatened as individuals or as groups, we have different ways of coping, including looking to spiritual traditions, to cultural practices, to music and art. I started thinking about my own upbringing in a religious tradition, and the symbols that have been passed through generations. I’m interested in the fact that we don’t yet have a set of cultural or spiritual symbols, rituals and traditions to help us understand and cope with the enormous transformation caused by climate change. So this work was in reaction to that observation, and to repurposing symbols for this new global crisis we face.”

Tracey Easthope
“The Climate Orders”

Gina Rafaella Furnari is a painter, and process artist focused on investigations of place, community, and belonging. Her work consists of independent and collaborative projects including “A Place for Us” (2020)—which collects visual and audio references from areas where land and water meet along New Jersey’s waterways, and explores the idea of habit as habitat. She has exhibited in the United States, Iceland, and Ireland.

Gina lives in New Jersey and has used her art practice to build up habits which allow her to create deeper connections with the ecology she is part of. The works included in this exhibition are inspired by the writing of Sherry Mitchell—Weh’na Ha’mu and Leah Cardamore, especially themes of interconnectedness and the question of what it will take to transform. They are also inspired by her time as artist-in-residence with Cape May Whale Watch and Research in Cape May New Jersey.

Gina R Furnari
“In Out Across 2021”


Ann Arbor based multi-media artist Leslie Sobel’swork addresses water and climate change, including the pollution, flooding and environmental damage to our continental watersheds and the increase in harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie and other bodies of water – the overgrowth of microscopic algae or algae-like bacteria in fresh, salt, or brackish waters. As the daughter of two scientists, Sobel is finely attuned to scientific systems and often collaborates with scientists in the field. By combining components of both science and art in her work, she provides multiple perspectives on her subject matter.Sobel has an MFA from the University of Hartford and BFA from the University of Michigan and has done most of a master’s degree in interdisciplinary technology at Eastern Michigan University. A former tech entrepreneur, she uses digital tools as well as painting and printmaking in her work. She is currently finishing a residency with the remote sensing company Planet Labs and is preparing for an artist-in-residence in the Arctic Circle aboard a tall ship.

Leslie Sobel “Interwoven Ecologies” Mixed media – stitched, glued monotypes and digital prints, 31″ x 47″