Ripple Effects: The Adoration of Earth

An art exhibition exploring our future amid climate change

Pop-Up Exhibition, Kids Classes & Workshops

Date & Time

Tuesday, October 11 11:00am - Thursday, October 20 5:00pm

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FREE - Open to the Public


505 West 4th St. Bloomington, IN


Heartland Community Reconciliation Center

Featuring artists Dena Hawes and David J Emerson Young

Dena Hawes and David J Emerson Young offer very different approaches to addressing global warming, yet both honor the beauty of the earth as a source of inspiration. Their exhibition addresses issues of global warming, climate change, and the beauty of nature with seriousness, sincerity, and occasional humor.

On View: Oct 11 - Oct 20
Opening Reception: Friday, Oct 14th 4pm - 7pm

Interactive Youth Workshops: Exploring global warming and the effects on stormwater and on nature
Wednesday, Oct 12th, 3:30 - 4:45pm
Wednesday, Oct 19th, 3:30 - 4:45pm

The Arts & Science of Climate Change
Ben Brabson, Climate Scientist, Indiana University, Emeritus Professor of Physics
Saturday, Oct 15th, 3pm – 4:30pm

About the Artists:

In the drawings and paintings of David J Emerson Young, one must grapple with the contrast of beauty inherent in the artwork itself and the horror of the environmental degradation they portray. The drawings sometimes evoke absurdity and humor as a way to invite the viewer in to a dialogue of the destructive and dangerous effects of global warming and climate change.

In adoration and respect of nature and earth, Dena Hawes’ sculptural objects combine elements from nature, such as driftwood and creek stones, with metal work. Natural objects found in nature inherently contain different kinds of meaning that are more complex than that of traditional artmaking materials, such as metal and pigment, and certain pieces of driftwood and certain found creek stones can act as symbols or pointers to potent memories. They offer a sense of timelessness, as the long-lived processes that wear them down to form evocative shapes, that are themselves, complete with a kind of eternal value. When such shapes become mentally internalized, they form a psychological relationship between life and art.