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Artists are invited to submit artwork from Feb. 1 through April 15 for “Pollinators in Action: Flowering Journeys,” an art exhibit featuring pollinators is scheduled for May 6 through June 29 at Mayslake Peabody Estate at 1717 W. 31st St. in Oak Brook.
The exhibit is designed to showcase these easily overlooked but vital critters through eye-catching works of art. The exhibit will also feature fun facts about pollinators to help visitors connect the beauty of pollinators to the critical role they play in our ecosystem.
“You might not stop to admire a beetle on the sidewalk, but a stunning painting of a beetle might catch your eye,” said Mayslake heritage interpreter Kendra Strubhart, who is curating the exhibit. “The show is meant to encourage our community to celebrate the actions of all pollinators.”
The exhibit is a collaborative initiative between the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and the DuPage Monarch Project. It’s part of the Forest Preserve District’s effort to highlight pollinators through programs, hikes, lectures and performances April – June 2020.
Artists are encouraged to show some diversity in their submissions “Animals are not the only means of pollination,” Strubhart said. “If someone is inspired by how the wind carries pollen, we want to see what a work of art by that person looks like.”
Guidelines for submissions include:
● Artwork should represent the artists’ interpretation of the theme “Pollinators in Action: Flowering Journeys.”
● Subject matter should be DuPage- or Illinois-inspired.
● Participants should be Illinois residents.
● Subject matter must be appropriate for all ages.
● Artwork must be hangable.
● Artists must be able to drop off their artwork on May 4 between 6 and 8 p.m. and pick up their artwork on June 29 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The DuPage Monarch Project is a countywide effort by the DuPage Forest Preserve District, Conservation Foundation, Sierra Club’s River Prairie Group and Greater DuPage Wild Ones to provide education about monarchs and increase suitable monarch habitat in DuPage County.
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60+ forest preserves, 166 miles of trails, six education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, blog, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
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