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...

Cheryl Leonard brings melting glaciers, kelp to Berkeley

Cheryl Leonard followed a long winding path from the Berkeley Hills to the polar regions, but her ability to make arresting music using the sounds of melting glaciers flows directly from an epiphany she experienced hiking near Tilden. Leonard has spent a good deal of time over the past...

‘Polar Soundscape’ gives chills to its audiences

San Francisco composer Cheryl Leonard was recording sounds of the Antarctic in the austral summer of 2008 when she stuck her hydrophone into a wall of melting glacial ice and heard something sublime. “It was the most amazing sound, like a gamelan trapped in the ice,” recalls Leonard, whose...

Book review: ‘David Brower’ by Tom Turner

A review of David Brower: The Making of the Environmental Movement, by Tom Turner; published by the University of California Press (5 out of 5) At the corner of Allston Way and Oxford Street in downtown Berkeley, directly across from the campus of the University of California, sits the...

From Walrus Hunts to Melting Continents: The Shifting Art of Polar and Alpine Regions

The earth’s polar regions are the site of some of the greatest moral, political, and economic conflicts of our time. Though the scale of human activity in these areas is not enormous, the impact of scandalously shortsighted growth is realized most destructively in these remote places. Images of these...

‘Vanishing Ice’ chronicles the virtue and frailty of our frozen frontiers

After wowing us with the ecologically charged aerial landscapes of Edward Burtynsky, the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California is back with another evocative exhibit that challenges people to think critically about the state of the planet. In “Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art 1775-2012,” viewers are...

‘Vanishing Ice’ Makes Beautiful Bid For Action on Climate Change

Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art, 1775-2002, a new exhibition at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, explores the way artists since the late 18th century have depicted the frozen parts of our planet. It’s a show that forces people to stop seeing the polar ice caps...

Berkeley: Panel discusses hidden consequences of e-commerce

BERKELEY — It’s a yin yang cyber world. As consumers, we want to have our cake and know its source, but we don’t want anyone to watch us eat it. While a considerable portion of the U.S. population exercised their credit cards on Cyber Monday and settled in to...