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April 3, 2018 > ?#ClimateChange: An Unfolding Emergency?

?#ClimateChange: An Unfolding Emergency?

Submitted By Dorsi Diaz

The Sun Gallery proudly announces its 5th Annual Environmental Show: ?#ClimateChange: An Unfolding Emergency,? opening Friday, April 6.

In the space of just one year since last year?s exhibit, there have been an unprecedented amount of climate-related disasters including catastrophic flooding around the world, record hurricanes (Maria, Jose, Harvey, and Irma) along with drought, record fires, mudslides, and record cold conditions. In an effort to put into visuals the sense of urgency surrounding the issue of climate change, over 20 artists have submitted work for this year?s show ranging from photos of the disappearing Arctic (and Iceland) to the human response to environmental degradation.

In January, citing recent devastating wildfires in California, Los Angeles County councilmembers didn?t mince words about the climate emergency: ?We?re out of time. We can?t keep waiting around thinking, once it gets bad enough, we?ll have enough time to do something. We?re here today to tell you, it?s bad enough now,? said Paul Koretz at a press conference. Koretz is the lead proponent of the idea of using emergency funds to set up a ?climate emergency mobilization department.? ?We are out of time and need to act, quickly and boldly, like the very planet beneath our feet depends upon it. Like our home depends upon it. Because it does.?

This year?s show has a very interactive twist with a multi-media presentation by Belgian artist Alexandre Dang with dancing solar flowers, to newly composed music about climate change by musician Marcel Peragine and his band. Peragrine adds: ??THE SCIENTISTS? is a song dedicated to all the hard-working scientists confronting the issue of manmade climate change with facts and innovation.?

Performance artist Andrea Spearman, Founder/Choreographer of A. Spearman & Co., will be performing a special dance performance at the Artist Reception, which will be held on Saturday April 14. Spearman will perform her live art on the gallery?s stage in the courtyard during the event that will also include free appetizers, beverages, and activities for children.

?#ClimateChange: An Unfolding Emergency? includes a wide range of artists from as far away as Europe to several well-known local artists: James O'Donnell, Susan Deming, Renea Turner, Patra Nesseth-Steffes, Alexandre Dang, Sheila Mun Jacobs, Jon Kerpel, Bonnie Kuhr, Hollie Adamic, Carmen Avila, Ruey Syrop, Andrea Spearman, Elinor Cheung, Claudia Schwalm, Janet Brugos, Nina Starr, Amy Nelson Smith, Renee Kelly, Marcel Peragine, Rachel Finn Romero, Peter Politanoff, and Grumpy Green.

School field trips for the environmental exhibit inside the gallery can also be scheduled Monday-Friday. Field trips have become extremely popular for teachers and students because of the STEAM element the field trips provide (science, technology, engineering, art and a math perspective on climate change and art).

School trips include a gallery tour and art project in the spacious Sun Gallery studio. The Sun also offers special in-classroom art lesson and can come into the classroom with the books, art, materials, and project. To book your tour, email the gallery at or call (510) 581-4050.

An encore debut of ?#ClimateChange: An Unfolding Emergency? will be held at Hayward City Hall in the John O'Lague Galleria July 27 ? October 5.

For more information on the climate change exhibit, call the Sun Gallery at (510) 581-4050 or visit

#ClimateChange: An Unfolding Emergency
Friday, Apr 6 ? Saturday, Jun 2
Friday ? Sunday, 11 a.m. ? 5 p.m.

Artist Reception
Saturday, Apr 14
1 p.m. ? 4 p.m.

Sun Gallery
1015 E St, Hayward
(510) 581-4050

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