I just donated one of my prints Homage to Rachel Carson to the Rachel Carson Homestead Association AUCTION and in doing so I met the new executive director Joy Braunstein. She is doing so many dynamic things to make the Rachel Carson Homestead a real destination! I am a big fan of Rachel Carson and am so proud she was from our area. Big BIG things are in the works at the homestead and on Saturday June 11th the next big thing is the Rachel Carson Homestead auction at the homestead in Springdale PA.
The auction is one of many fundraising events which will result in a visitor center and museum about a year from now, on the site of the Rachel Carson Homestead. Modifications will be made to the homestead to make it more in keeping with how it was when she grew up there.
So, very cool Pittsburgh!!
Here is more about my donated artwork titled Homage to Rachel Carson:
Media: Digital print on heavy satin paper. Carol’s altered photographs are copyright Carol Skinger. Approximate Size: 17″ x 17″
This print is part of Carol Skinger’s Homage to Famous People of Pittsburgh series.
Skinger’s piece titled Homage to Rachel Carson combines her images of Carson’s childhood home in Springdale (a few miles up the Allegheny River from Pittsburgh) mixed with images of smoke stacks from power plants there. At the time Skinger created this piece in 2010, an environmental battle involving new scrubbers proposed by then owners of one of the power plants, RRI out of Houston, TX was in the news. RRI proposed scrubbers that would reduce sulfur dioxide emissions but increase lead and mercury emissions. High school students and others in the region became active and mobilized to demand a better solution, an example of citizen action to recognize and protect the environment that Rachel Carson would have been proud of.
A smaller version of Homage combining the original images and combined with writing was shown, written about by Tribune Art Critic Kurt Shaw (and sold) at a spring 2010 Pittsburgh Society of Artists exhibit at Borelli-Edwards gallery in the Lawrenceville area of Pittsburgh.