WPCA Highlights Species Struggling to Survive
Alcázar and the printmakers from Oaxaca, Mexico, decided to collaborate with zoologist Avril Figueroa on this exhibition in order to stress the significance of all species. A color catalog describes each animal in detail, its relationship to the environment and why the animal needs to be handled with care. As Figueroa states, “The extinction of any living being is an irreversible damage with consequences that affect everyone.”
Living only in the Oaxaca region, the Tehuantepec Jackrabbit (prized for its meat) begins the list of these endangered species. Struggling bats, jaguars, lions, ocelots, opossums and spider monkeys will sound more familiar to U.S. viewers. When birds and bees die, they often take with them the ability to pollinate vegetation—a critical function that helps human populations.
The exhibition comes to Milwaukee via UW-Whitewater. Members of the university's faculty, including Michael Flanagan, traveled to Oaxaca and worked with students from an advanced printmaking class there. Flanagan, a board member at Walker's Point Center for the Arts, brought the show to the WPCA's attention. This timely exhibition opens Feb. 3 with a 5-9 p.m. reception.
Michelle Grabner and Drew Heitzler
Green Gallery East
1500 N. Farwell Ave.
Two internationally known artists display works of paint (Grabner) and video (Heitzler) that deserve multiple viewings before the exhibitions close Feb. 26.
Art for Our Youth
2622 N. Wauwatosa Ave.
An art exhibition and fund-raiser to benefit the Youth Foundation by artist Marty Searing opens at Gallery 2622 on Friday, Feb. 3, with a 6:30-9:30 p.m. reception.