Troubled Waters: Drought & Change Art Show at Sun Gallery

The “Troubled Waters: Drought and Change” art show and exhibit opened on Earth Day April 22, 2015 at the Sun Gallery in Hayward, California. Using art and interactive experiences, the gallery hopes to engage all ages, to not only view the art, but to be inspired by it to make changes in their own water consumption and how they view the environment around them.

In addition to stunning photography of the drought in Death Valley by Wanda Worthington Kersey, the show also includes work by international artists Jean-Marc Brugeilles, Eszter Bornemisza and Anitta Toivio. Brugiellies unique and colorful style is a major presence in the show, along with environmental landscapes, wildlife and plants by local artists Simone Shin, Jae Shin, Bob Newey, Ross Becht, Christine Bender, Dorsi Diaz, Susan Ashley and Jennifer Koney. Colorful acrylic paintings, colored pencil, watercolor and photography bring attention to animals and habitat in work by artists Hollie Adamic, Terry Preston, Christa Schanda, Patra Rae Nesseth-Steffes and Alan P. Haley.

In a piece called “The Guardian” by artist Doyle Wegner, a thoughtful Native American Indian looks mindfully over the desert lands along with its companion piece, a landscape of the Ogallala Aquifer by painter Gerald Thompson. Lushly painted organic vegetable paintings by artist Tina Banda remind show-goers about the importance of sustainable gardening and consumption, which carries a lower carbon footprint than traditional crops. Artist Jan Nolte uses mixed medium and artful postage stamps to create a unique statement about the state of our environment. Dana Mano-Flank’s mixed media work features materials from the environment shaped into colorful and thoughtful pieces about the earth, water and mans impact on the planet.

In a twist of whimsy yet with profound impact, Fremont artists Peter and Maureen Langenbach use recycled materials to bring home the message of drought through their creative sculpture and art. Blending humor with a great deal of meaning, one of Langenbach’s pieces feature a pair of blue Levis that have been creatively painted and cut to represent the California Drought Monitor map being wrung dry, and squeezed through an old washing machine.

In another unexpected twist in the show, a talking fish in an oil soaked tire by Benicia artist Wayne Kohler highlights the sad plight of the states wildlife, not only impacted by the water crisis but as victims of what Kohler aptly names “Industry.” A push button on the tire dares viewers to press it and see what happens.

A highly interactive show, one piece that literally stops viewers in their tracks is the large installation by artist Dotti Chicon and Finland artist Anitta Toivio. The largest installation in the show (at 10′ x 8′) and perhaps one of the most moving. – is a blend of a forest background with moving water projected onto the background. When standing in front of it, the viewers silhouette is projected into the environment, creating an ethereal experience. Once viewers take photos of themselves in the art, another unique piece is created which becomes a new and personal piece of art for each participant.

Excited about the shows prospects, Gallery Director Dorsi Diaz hopes that show-goers will go home with not only a beautiful art experience but a deeper appreciation for the environment and the importance that water plays in our lives. A teaching artist herself, Diaz worked with local schools like Strobridge Elementary teaching them about water conservation through a blend of science and art. The art from the Strobridge students are on display in the show along with colorful collage fish and drought landscapes taught by artist Linda Lens, who teaches the free art Saturday classes held at the gallery on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month.

Local illustrator and author Joe Santiago unveils his newest piece made for the show, which will be the newest character in the 5th book of his series “All Creatures We Love.” Joe’s striking work features an otter and her cub sitting in a fish bowl, with bold and bright primary colors.

An interactive wall in the show has been dedicated to water conservation, engaging viewers to hand in their own ideas by adding them to a water bucket perched on the wall, entitled “Think out of the Bucket.” Local artist Alfred Twu has his own unique addition to the show, a professionally created game called “California Water Crisis” which is not only educational but provides a fun way for families to learn about the drought and conserve water. Alfred’s game sits on a pedestal in the show, inviting viewers to play.

The Sun Gallery is located at 1015 E St. in Hayward and the phone number is 510-581-4050. Their website and features a slide show features a sampling of the art for the upcoming show.

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California drought art show at the Sun Gallery in Hayward, California


California Drought Art


California Drought Art

Dana Mano Flanks

California Drought Art

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California Drought Art by Dorsi Diaz

Susan Ashley drought art

California Drought Art

Tina Banda Art

California Drought Art

Ross Becht art

California Drought Art

Hollie Adamic art

California Drought Art

Dotti Cichon art

California Drought Art

Terry Preston art

California Drought Art

Peter Lagenbach art

California Drought Art

Maureen Lagenbach art

California Drought Art

Wayne Kohler art

California Drought Art “Industry”

Alan P. Haley art

California Drought Art

Jan Nolte art

California Drought Art

Sun Gallery drought art Jennifer Koney Christine Bender

California Drought Art

You can also find the Sun Gallery on FaceBook.

Press Release: ‘A Volatile Terrain: The Art of Climate Change’ show opens at The Sun Gallery


“A Volatile Terrain: The Art of Climate Change” show is now running at the Sun Gallery at 1015 E St. in Hayward, Ca. through Thursday July 27. Recently called “the most important show Hayward has ever had” by a local geologist, the upcoming Artists Reception was announced today and will be held this Saturday, June 28, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

Participating artists are from the local San Francisco Bay Area along with other important contributors from around the globe. Some of the local artists in the show include: Dickson Schneider, Dr. Htain Winn, Marjorie Lynn Wagner, Ginny Parsons, Robert Jankowski, Hollie Adamic, Wanda Kersey, Paper Mills Studio, Jon Kerpel, Ian Patton, Doyle Wegner, Jennifer Koney, Oliver Klink, Stephanie Thames, Tino Banuelos, Peter Langenbach, Maureen Langenbach, Terry Preston, Patra Nesseth Steffes, Julie Barrett Bilyeu, Joe Santiago, Nina Starr, Green Forest Art Studio, Young Rembrandt’s East Bay, Linda Lens, Southgate School students Hayward, All Saints students Hayward, Lucky Garden Hydroponics, Lisa Hamblett-Montagnese, Nancy Brown Howard and Sun Gallery Free Art Saturday Families.

Global contributors include Sam Carana and Harold Hensel of The Arctic News Blog and the Arctic Methane Emergency Group, Dr. Peter Carter, Andy Lee Robinson, Part-time Professor Paul Beckwith, Patrick McNulty and Jay Toups.

Other important upcoming events for this show at the gallery:

· Children’s Day and Reception: SUNDAY, July 13th, 2pm – 4pm

· Workshop with Jennifer Koney, Sat. July 19 from 2pm – 4pm “What?! Sharks in My Backyard?”Representatives from the Adapting to Rising Tides Project and other partnering organizations present the most current information regarding local impacts of sea level rise in Hayward.

· Skype Session on the Impact of Climate Change (Adults), July 17th, 7pm – 8pm
· Skype Session on the Impact of Climate Change (Children), July 24th, 6pm – 7pm
The Skype Sessions will be a conversation between the audience and Professor Paul Beckwith. Beckwith is a part-time professor in climatology/meteorology in the Department of Geography at the University of Ottawa. His PhD research is on abrupt climate change. He has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Engineering Physics and an M.Sc. degree in Laser Physics. He is studying the climate as an overall, “big-picture” system, with many nonlinear feedbacks, tipping elements and complex feedback interaction

About this very important art show and exhibit:

Our environment, our planet, is in constant flux. At the most basic level the tectonic plates that form the crust of our continents are continually shifting. Layered upon that instability the actions of the animals (including us) have weathered, abraded and accumulated both wanted and unwanted residue. The stuff of life (and death), has begun to redefine topography and atmosphere. This exhibition bears witness to this process and also to the idea that we, as a species, are required to initiate a process of healing to defend our Earth and leave it in better condition for future generations.

Dorsi Lynn Diaz, project creator and founder of “The Art of Climate Change”, is an artist, art educator and freelance writer and publisher. She has been reporting on climate change for the San Francisco Examiner for over 6 years and is also a contributing writer at The Arctic News, Boomer Warrior and at Hubpages, where her articles have been read over 2 million times. Her newest project has been to bring together people from all walks of life to educate them about the growing threat of climate change through the arts, with a huge focus on teaching the children and reaching families through a multi-modal approach. Although arts based, her approach also considers the scientific research and possible solutions to climate change along with a call to action. Her latest collaboration has been with The Sun Gallery to bring to life “A Volatile Terrain: The Art of Climate Change”.

This exhibition is free and open to the public.
All ages are welcome


The Art of Climate Change is live on Kickstarter

It’s been a while since I have updated here on my project The Art of Climate Change. As you can see this whole project is a work in progress! My project has launched however and is live here on Kickstarter: The Art of Climate Change.  I need backers and financial help to spread public awareness so please considering making a pledge. You can also check out the video there and read more about the purpose of the project. I have been posting most of ads and updates on FaceBook so if you are over there please make sure you friend me, Dorsi Lynn Diaz, and also “like” my FaceBook page over there The Art of Climate Change. Thank you everyone for your help and support!

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These are graphics I have been designing and using for my Kickstarter project


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Graphics by Dorsi Diaz for The Art of Climate Change Kickstarter project


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New Kickstarter art collage for sharing

This is some of the Polar bear cub artwork that was done this last Saturday at The Sun Gallery in Hayward where The Art of Climate Change art exhibit will be held in June of 2014. Please share with your friends and family – I will launch the KickStarter project in Feb. 2014. I will also be uploading all the kids artwork to Sun Gallery and here on this page. Please bring your kids to the FREE Art class Saturdays on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month for a very fun time!

One of "The Art of Climate Change" lessons the kids are learning about endangered Polar Bear cubs.

One of “The Art of Climate Change” lessons the kids are learning about endangered Polar Bear cubs.


A climate change art lesson on Polar bear cubs

An artists lesson on drawing a polar bear cub - an endangered species because of climate change

An artists lesson on drawing a polar bear cub – an endangered species because of climate change


An art lesson on endangered species: This one will be on the threatened Polar bear cubs.

How are polar bears affected by global warming?

Polar bears have evolved for a life on the sea ice, which they rely on for reaching their seal prey. But the Arctic sea ice is rapidly diminishing due to a warming Earth, affecting the entire arctic ecosystem, from copepods to seals to walruses. For polar bears, sea ice losses mean:

Some fast facts about what is happening to the Polar bears because of climate change:

  • Reduced access to food
  • Drop in body condition
  • Lower cub survival rates
  • Increase in drowning
  • Increase in cannibalism
  • Loss of access to denning areas
  • Declining population size


Some questions to ask the kids:

1) Do you know what climate change means?

(explain then give the kids some fast facts about the plight of the Polar bear cubs)

2) What can you do to help the Polar bears survive?

3) What can we, the adults, do to help the Polar bear cubs survive?


Points to make:

1) We can help by sharing with our parents, grandparents and friends about the Polar bears

2) We can help by doing art on “endangered species” and sharing it with our friends and family

3) We can help by doing our part to be good stewards of the Earth (re-cycle, walk instead of drive, don’t litter, don’t waste our resources like water and electricity)