The environment takes center stage at the Rehoboth Art League [video]

Climate change has been a big topic in the news and the artists of the Rehoboth Art League turned an artist’s eye to the topic in a new exhibit.

From climate change to global warming, the artists of the Rehoboth Art League seek to heighten awareness through art.

The exhibit is one of the art league’s member showcase exhibitions. Rehoboth Art League artistic director Jay Pastore calls this showcase one of it’s one of their best. “I think it was one of the strongest shows we’ve had, just in terms of diversity and the quality of the artwork.”

While he was happy with how the exhibit turned out, Pastore was nervous about how the artists would tackle the complex topic. “I thought people might be literal and mainly just show beach erosion, which is sort of important to us in this area.”

In fact the artists did more than just beach erosion. “Some were more conceptual, some of which are not obvious unless you know the history behind the artist and the work,” Pastore said. And some of them “are just beautiful works of art.”

The artists tackled topics like how pollutants have seeped into the earth, the changing landscapes, and yes beach erosion. “It was a really wide variety of interpretations,” Pastore said.

“Its a very serious topic,” Pastore said. I found it interesting to see the various interpretations myself. Some of the pieces are just beautiful art, you need to look deeper for the meaning. The titles of the individual pieces will give you an idea of what the artist was trying to say.

Artists have a way of telling a story or a narrative, “in a way that’s a visual interpretation, it’s very powerful.”

Whether you just like the art for the sake of art, or you look to the deeper meaning, Pastore and the artists of the art league hope you leave the exhibit with “a better appreciation of what’s happening in the world today.”

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