Who is the artist who paints about fracking?
This gallery takes inspiration from the firsthand experiences of artists visiting an area in southeast Ohio where fracking is widespread.
The temporary exhibition is called The Heavens and Earth.
“Chemicals and things from this process reach everyone. Whether in the atmosphere or in the brine that rises from the earth, with up to 600 chemicals,” said Beth Genson, artist in residence at Owens Community College.
Fracking is a process in which the ground below the surface of the earth is broken up hydraulically in order to obtain natural gas and oil.
While it’s not a typical sight in northwest Ohio, Genson says some of the production is shipped across the state.
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Genson says she was inspired by her firsthand experience visiting an area in southeast Ohio where fracking is widespread.
“I was just so impressed that I wanted to do some work that spoke about it and also wanted to raise some money for the project to get more regulation in Ohio,” said Genson.
Genson says she wants visitors to leave the exhibit with an understanding of the effects of fracking in our state.
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She says that by experiencing the gallery you can help create change for the future.
â25 percent of the sale of all work goes to the freshwater accountability group. They are working hard to get regulations and laws in Ohio to regulate the fracking industry here in Ohio, âsaid Genson.
The exhibition can be seen until August 13th.
A reception will be held in the gallery on Thursday July 22nd to show the community the work and meet the artists. It runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Information about the exhibition and the reception can be found here.