Earth, Air, Fire, Water: The four elements of nature. Each plays a critical role in our ability to enjoy healthy lifestyles and to connect with the outdoors. Yet each year, our forests get smaller, our water more polluted, our salmon less abundant, our air less pure. We wonder why our hills are less snowy, our highways and beaches more crowded, and forest fires rage out of control. As our planet continues to warm and fill, many of us remain unsure about what we can do to help protect what’s left of our old-growth forests and our native plants and animals, and to preserve our quality of life.
Local Pacific Northwest artists Lori LaBissoniere, Janessa Bork, and Jo Lundberg teamed up to share their interpretation of the elements in various states of need at evo Portland. As the three share a love of snowboarding and connecting with nature, they created these works of art to inspire an awakening. Many of us spend every spare moment playing outdoors, yet little time thinking about the fragility of the glaciers, the woods, the atmosphere, and the water we need to make our adventures possible. Yet we can no longer ignore what is happening. It’s time, now more than ever, to be active and aware. The essential element behind saving our Earth is hope.
Organizations like The Sierra Club protect millions of acres of wilderness and help pass legislation like the Water, Clean Air and Endangered Species Act. Ten percent of all art sales from this show went directly to Sierra Club's Oregon Chapter.