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Paradise Lost? Climate Change in the North Woods

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Paradise Lost? Climate Change in the North Woods – Traveling Art Exhibition to Open at Omphale Gallery in Calumet on September 15

For people living in the North Woods of Upper Michigan and Wisconsin, the almost record low levels in Lake Superior have provided a vivid question mark as to whether something in our weather or climate is amiss.  Add recent hot dry summers and variable winter snowfalls and temperatures, and the question mark about climate change gets even bigger.

Paradise Lost? Climate Change in the North Woods,  a new traveling art and science exhibit focusing on climate change in the Lake Superior region, will be on display at the Omphale Gallery in Calumet from September 15 – October 25, 2007.

The exhibit is the culmination of more than a year’s work involving 20 artists, seven scientists, six educators and numerous partner organizations. The exhibit includes paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, poetry, prose, and music.  Scientific findings on climate change in the North Woods accompany the artwork. In addition, students from Calumet High School art teacher Susan Rosemurgy’s class, as well as Ontonagon art teacher Melissa Hronkin’s class will be contributing their art work for the exhibition at the Omphale Gallery. Three Upper Peninsula artists have been participating in the two-year project: Joyce Koskenmaki (Hancock), jd Slack (Calumet), and Connie Kerkove (Ironwood).

The public is invited to attend the opening reception at 7 pm on September 15.  The opening will feature a presentation by Dr. Sarah Green, chair of the Department of Chemistry at Michigan Tech University, about the effects of climate change on Lake Superior.  Joyce Koskenmaki and jd Slack will provide comments on the art and their roles in the project.  Refreshments will be provided and the program is free.

The exhibit will be open daily Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and Saturdays, from noon-4 pm.  Additional showings may be arranged during the open hours of Artis Books & Antiques (next door to the Omphale) or by appointment by calling 337-1534.

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After Calumet, the exhibit will travel to Wausau, Madison, Minneapolis, and Milwaukee. For more information on the schedule and project, call Terri Daulton at (715) 776-0081 or visit the website: .

This project is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin – Madison Center for Biology (CBE) Education and Department of Forest Ecosystem and Management with funding from the University of Wisconsin-Baldwin Endowment Awards, and the Wisconsin Arts Board. Dolly Ledin, (Center for Biology Education at UW-Madison), Dr. David Mladenoff, (Forest Ecosystem and Management at UW-Madison) and Terry Daulton (UW-Trout Lake) are leading the project.  The Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education at Michigan Tech worked with project staff to bring the show to Calumet with funding provided by the Wege Foundation.

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