FLOW: Art Inspired by Water
In April 2015 Shippensburg Arts Programming & Education (SHAPE) and Middle Spring Watershed Association (MSWA) hosted an art exhibit called FLOW: Art Inspired by Water at the SHAPE gallery, Shippensburg.
The exhibit kicked off with a reception the evening of Saturday, April 4, which was very well attended.
FLOW: Art Inspired by Water featured art exploring the beauty, ecology, and fragility of rivers, streams, and other water systems, and the impact of water in our lives, with over 65 works of art in different media and styles by over 30 artists, about half of whom were from Cumberland and Franklin Counties, five from other parts of Pennsylvania, six from Maryland or West Virginia, and three from other states.
Artist-painted rain barrels were auctioned off and raised funds for MSWA.
A series of short presentations on stream ecology, hydrology, and conservation programs were offered on Thursday evenings, which were free, open to the public, and addressed audience questions. The first of these was on April 9, a presentation about local stream ecology, given by Dr. Theo Light. The second Thursday's talk was by Dr. Todd Hurd, discussing local stream hydrology. The third was about County Conservation District Stream Programs, given by Tammy Piper and Vince McCollum, Watershed Specialists of Franklin and Cumberland Counties respectively.
Additionally SU Farm volunteers, led by Ben and Gail Culbertson, replaced storm drain tiles around Shippensburg Borough on Earth Day, and MSWA volunteers along with others cleaned trash from the banks and waterway of Middle Spring Stream in the Borough from Dykeman Spring at least as far downstream as Bard Rd, and also in an area closer to Middle Spring Cemetery. It really was an amazing April!