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Green Art: Trees, Leaves, and Roots

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Green Art: Trees, Leaves, and Roots

E. Ashley Rooney , with Margery Goldberg

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Trees come in many forms and are shaped by a huge variety of climatic and human forces. This makes them iconic vehicles for expressing human conditions and allows for commentary on deep ecology. Artists have always been arboreal fans; some artists look at trees and see them as canvases for their particular vision. Others may decide to replicate them in their favorite medium, whether it is ceramics, fabrics, paint or glass. They combine, redesign, and transform their materials into art that changes the way we perceive the world. Their creations grab our attention and give us a promise of renewal and beauty; their work with trees, roots, and leaves creates magic and mystery for us to delight in. In this striking collection, 106 international, twenty-first century artists portray their world in sculpture, glass, paint, clay, wood and other contemporary mediums, displayed in over 500 images. As Dr. Seuss suggests in The Lorax, they “Speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.”

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 573 color photos | 248 pp
ISBN13: 9780764345487 | Binding: hard cover

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Ashley Rooney has created many art books, including 100 New England Artists (2010), 100 Mid-Atlantic Artists (2011), 100 Midwestern Artists (2012), 100 Southern Artists, 100 Northwestern Artists, and Bespoke: Furniture from 103 Artisans (2012). She has also established a solid reputation for her architectural and design books and her historical ghost stories. A wood and furniture sculptor, Margery E. Goldberg has been active in the Washington, DC, arts community for more than three decades as an entrepreneur and the owner of Zenith Gallery. In addition to her art, she is a curator, activist, arts commissioner, and guest lecturer. In 2010, she was honored for her contribution to the cultural life in the nation’s capital at the 25th Annual Mayor’s Arts Award ceremony, where she was presented with the Excellence in Service to the Arts award.