Exhibition of works by Berkeley High School students is at crossroads of environmentalism and art

Sculptor Moriah Godes explores the impact of man-made materials on ocean life. Painter Alex Spevak illustrates industry’s impact on Arctic animals. Another painter, Héctor Muñoz-Guzmán, looks at the effects of pollution on urban life. The three young artists are part of “Art/Act: Youth,” a multidisciplinary exhibition of works by...

Making Waves at the Brower Center with Marielle Jakobsons

It’s one thing to know that all sounds are vibrations, and it’s another thing entirely to see the physical manifestation of those frequencies. For Marielle V. Jakobsons, transforming waves from sound into water has come to shape her music as both a composer and performer. The David Brower Center and Other...

‘Polar Obsession’ captures icy isolation, lacks polarization of climate change politics

Since 2009, National Geographic has not released an exhibition in the Bay Area, but with the talk around climate change becoming more prevalent, Paul Nicklen brings us his newest project, “Polar Obsession.” “Polar Obsession,” on display now at the David Brower Center, features more than 40 photographs of intimate...

Paul Nicklen Captures the Beauty and Fragility of the Polar Regions

To counter contemporary political discourses denying climate change, we need only turn our heads to the polar regions to understand the urgency of protecting these fragile yet beautiful ecosystems. Canadian-born Paul Nicklen is a photographer, marine biologist and conservationist. He knows that the Arctic region is warming up twice...

These Photos Show the Past and Potential Future of California’s Dependence on Water

California has a reputation for endless natural bounty and wide economic possibility. But its epic recent drought has put pressure on this idea. Without water, the state’s huge agricultural sector is threatened, along with its swimming pool-centric lifestyle. The photographers Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris represent this changing reality...

At Brower Center, 2 artists drive home climate change

On Friday night at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley, Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris were awarded the center’s eighth annual Art/Act Award for their environmental activist work known as The Canary Project. At the Q&A that capped the evening, the Brooklyn-based husband and wife team sat in directors’...

Navajo musician explores tribes’ complex ties to national parks

For many, the National Park Service is the steward of the moss-draped Olympic Peninsula, the yawning Grand Canyon and Yellowstone’s skyscraping geysers. For Raven Chacon, the U.S. Park Service is that and also something more complicated. Chacon, a musician and artist, grew up in the Navajo Nation, a vast...

Chilling photos of a changing climate

Edward Morris was a private investigator in 2006 and his wife, Susannah Sayler, a fledgling art photographer when they read Elizabeth Kolbert’s potent three-part New Yorker series on global warming, “The Climate of Man.” That set them on their path. “She made the reader understand that climate change is...

Environmental advocacy lives on through art

Art has played an influential role in the modern environmental movement, dating all the way back to Albert Bierstadt’s 19th century landscape paintings and Carleton Watkins’ photographs of Yosemite Valley that moved President Abraham Lincoln to protect the area as parkland. Then in the late 1930s, Berkeley native David...

Berkeley photography exhibit offer unique view of national parks

The keen connection between artists and nature springs to dramatic expression in “Common Ground,” a juried exhibit honoring the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service May 20-Sept. 8 at the Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way. Displaying work by 20 Bay Area artists, the nation’s open spaces appear in...