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The Eyes See, the Mind Wonders-South Shore Artists Act to Save the Coast

  • Milton Art Center 334 Edge Hill Road, Milton, MA 02186 (map)

Gallery hours: Fridays 4-6 PM, Saturdays 1-4 PM
or by appointment: 781 985 5478

Art Opening: Friday, September 13, 6-8 PM

Artist Talks and Science Discussion by Dr.Nathan Phillips, Professor of Earth and Environmental Science at Boston University

Saturday, September 7, 1-3 PM
Artists, from Weymouth, Quincy, Braintree, Boston and Scituate and other towns along the South Shore have found each other, with en plein air easels set up along the shore, in parks and along wetland trails appreciating the beauty of our seacoast and the spectacular ever changing colors of our marshes. Our views of the Boston skyline and the close proximity of the Boston Harbor Islands gives us an abundance of visions for our work. We observe boaters, swimmers, hikers and a community of people at work. Amidst our glorious environment in the Fore River Basin is a growing threat of a proposed Fracked Gas Compressor Station that can keep us out of the very environment that belongs to all of us. The toxins that will be released into the air and waterways just by their digging, the "blow downs" that release just more cancer causing chemicals to the mix and the potential explosions are causing fear, anxiety and disappointment to residents because Governor Baker and the Department of Environmental Protection are not protecting people or the environment. Enbridge Gas Transmission, a powerful and global power company, will be sending this energy abroad. This increase in the gas infrastructure does not benefit our people and will only hurt us. This proposed compressor station is sited for a densely populated area where no other compressor station in the United States has ever been built. And never before on a coast. Building it in the Fore River Basin will set a dangerous precedent. Fore River Residents Against Compressor Station (FRRACS) are highly concerned (nocompressor.com).

Our Mayors and First Responders are saying “NO!” Our Governor Baker and the Department of Environmental Protection say “Yes!” As artists, we are observing and we are wondering "How can this be?"
Our concerns have created a growing community of artists including Morgan Davis and Yvonne Lamothe, painters, Robert Lamothe, photographer/filmmaker, Agusta Agustsson, fiber artist, Connie Bigony, encaustic artist, Joe Caruso, mixed-media artist/ paper maker, who is making pulp out of seaweed, Margaret Bellafiore, performance artist, who is a long time member of the Mobius Artists Group, and Ronni Komarow , bookmaker, who will display her glass sea book. In addition, an interactive mural that was started at our en plein air Art in the Park event at King's Cove Park and Walkway (which abuts the proposed compressor station site) will be part of the exhibit. This 78 foot banner was completed by families at the recent Quincy Climate Action Network Environmental Fair in Quincy Center.