NNC Hosts Art Exhibits on Climate from Honoring the Future

Nurture Nature Center has partnered with Honoring the Future to host Alaskan Journey: Artist Bear Witness to Climate Change. The exhibit features artwork by two Philadelphians, Peter Handler and Karen Singer, who traveled to Alaska in 2015 to meet with scientists, examine the impacts of climate change, and paint and photograph what they saw. Additionally, from April 15 through May 15, 2019, visitors can also don headsets to watch Let’s Explore Honoring the Future’s 360°virtual reality film on climate change. Learn more about the film here.

Presented by Honoring the Future, Alaskan Journey: Artist Bear Witness to Climate Change showcases Alaska’s breathtaking beauty. “To know what we want to save, we need to know what we savor,” explains Handler. But the artists also portray the climate change challenges Alaska confronts.from climate change: Wildfires are more frequent and massive. Soil –once thought to be permanently frozen –is thawing, toppling forests, roads, houses and whatever lies atop. Ponds bubble with methane gas escaping from decaying organic matter.

Because Alaska is warming faster than any other state, the impacts of climate change are more readily seen there.“These two artists are expert storytellers,” observes Fran Dubrowski, Director of Honoring the Future. “They deliver a powerful visual image of what is at stake, foreshadowing the enormity of the challenges faced by the lower 48 States as rising temperatures reshape their landscapes too.”

“We are thrilled to present this exhibition in partnership with the Nurture Nature Center,”added Dubrowski. “With its expertise in science, art and community dialog, the Center is a highly effective –and very engaging –public educator.”

The exhibition is on display at the Center from April 15 through June 20, 2019.

For more information on Climate Art Exhibits, visit Climate Art Beat.


Peter Handler, Firefighters at Aggie Creek (2015). Photograph. © Handler Studio 2015.

Peter Handler, Aerial View of Drunken Forest on the Tanana Flats (2015). Photograph, © Handler Studio 2015. Alaska’s thawing soil causes trees to tilt or fall.