“Tributaries of Earth and Water,” an exhibit celebrating the landscapes, plants, wildlife, and waterways of local national parks, is currently on display at the St. Croix River Visitor Center.
The exhibit is part of this year’s celebration of the National Park Service’s (NPS) centennial. Through the “Find Your Park” campaign, the NPS is encouraging people to explore, learn, discover, be inspired, or simply have fun in the 411 units of the National Park System.
A group of local and regional artists – Project Art for Nature (PAN) – took the challenge to find their park. “Tributaries of Earth and Water” is the result of their explorations of two local national parks – the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.
The exhibit includes works in watercolor, fiber arts, acrylic, graphite, and a variety of mixed medias by 16 different artists.
According to Vera Ming Wong, the exhibit’s organizer and one of the founders of PAN, “As individual artists, we are each tributaries, contributing artworks to an awakening within our communities. Together, we pay tribute to nature's beauty in our region.”
PAN focuses on areas of spectacular natural beauty close to home. Through deep observation and unique creative processes, PAN artists explore the native plant and animal communities. Whether protected, in need of maintenance or restoration, or surviving through benign neglect, these areas provide diminishing habitat for native flora and fauna.
“Tributaries of Earth and Water” will be on display through July 30.
The St. Croix River Visitor Center is located at 401 North Hamilton St., St. Croix Falls. It is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission is free.
The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a unit of the National Park System, was established by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968. It is one of a group of eight rivers in the country which first received this recognition. For more than 200 miles, the St. Croix and its tributary, the Namekagon, flow through some of the most scenic and least developed country in the Upper Midwest. Learn more at www.nps.gov/sacn.