2019 was GIANT year for the arts at Bernheim! In addition to the highly successful Forest Giants in a Giant Forest installation, Bernheim hosted architect, photographer, and aerial sculptor, Janice Lee Kelly, Louisville artist Kathleen Lolley, and Murray, KY artist Justin Roberts through our internationally renowned (and nearly 40 year old) Artist in Residence program! Art also had a giant presence at our annual events and especially at CONNECT, Bernheim’s annual summer celebration honoring the relationships of science, nature and creativity. This year, our regional artists really enhanced the experience by stepping up to the challenge of the ReCONNECT call for artwork and I couldn’t be more proud of the results!
Inspired by the sustainable mission of Forest Giants creator Thomas Dambo, ReCONNECT challenged artists to turn materials otherwise slated for trash into treasure by presenting art made predominantly of recycled and found materials, encouraging viewers to re-imagine the potential of everyday discarded products. As an added creative challenge to the arts community, Bernheim offered up leftover Forest Giants materials as building blocks for submission proposals.
Strategically situated under the stunning sycamore tree near the entrance of Bernheim, Dawn Bunch’s ‘Dream Maker’ dazzled viewers not only by medium but also through motion.
2019 Regional Artist in Residence, Kathleen Lolley, from Louisville, created a series of visual vignettes incorporating found objects from the natural landscape in the form of stop-motion animation that highlights the interconnection of nature and the human realm. Press play on the above file to see a small clip from this film and hear live music by the band Death Itself.