Saturday, January 2, 2016

Healing the Earth

At my last retreat, my friend Joanne Weis told me about a solo exhibition that was coming up for her. I REALLY admire her work and think EVERYONE should see it if they get a chance, so I asked her to send me all the information she could think of about the exhibit. Here is what you need to know.

Joanne's exhibit will be held January 5 to February 28, 2016, at the St. Meinrad (Indiana) Archabbey Gallery.

Joanne is a mixed media textile artist in Louisville, Kentucky, whose work can be found in numerous private collections around the country. Her recent work has focused on the links between the earth’s environment and the spiritual, leading to the 2016 show at the St. Meinrad Archabbey, "Healing the Earth".

Working in hand dyed, printed and embroidered hemp, this series of textile pieces focuses on activities and locations where people with a passion, generally in partnership with private foundations and/or the government, are exerting significant effort to repair and restore the soil, water, flora and fauna destroyed or threatened by humans. In planning this series, Joanne put out a request to artist friends around the country, asking if they were aware of locations in their vicinity where environmental restoration efforts were having some success. The response was overwhelming leading to nine pieces honoring restoration and reclamation processes that offer hope for a repaired and healed earth.

The picture above is an image of a piece depicting the "Copper Basin" , 32,000 acres in Polk County Tennessee and Fannin County Georgia near the state border with North Carolina. A cluster of low hills surrounded by mountains created a geologic formation that resulted in nine distinct copper deposits and was totally destroyed by 19th century mining practices. (Those five rectangles on the left of the piece are actual pieces of copper. Now do you see why I love her work? You've GOT to see this piece (and all the pieces) in person.)

The Gallery is located in the library at St Meinrad Archabbey, 200 Hill Drive, St. Meinrad, Indiana 47577; 65 miles west of Louisville, Kentucky, and 55 miles east of Evansville, Indiana. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Those wishing to view the exhibit may want to arrive at least 30 minutes before closing time. You might also need to know that St. Meinrad is on Central time. Please check out this exhibit if you get a chance. Let me know how much you love it! Here is the information you will need to plan your trip.

"Healing the Earth" at the St/Meinrad Archabbey Library Gallery - January 5 to February 28, 2016.

Regular Hours

(September 1 - December 10, 2015; January 27- May 12, 2016)


8 a.m.-noon, 1-4:50 p.m., 6-10 p.m.


8 a.m.-noon, 1-4:50 p.m., 6:45-10 p.m.

Wednesday - Friday

8 a.m.-noon, 1-4:50 p.m., 6-10 p.m.


9-11 a.m., 1-3:50 p.m., 6-10 p.m.


1-4:50 p.m., 7:30-10 p.m.

Late December and January Hours (Please check below for special hours.)

(December 11, 2015 - January 26, 2016)


8 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m.


8 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m.


1-5 p.m.


1-5 p.m.


Lisa Greenbow said...

Another fabulous piece. I might even be able to get to see this. :)

Anonymous said...

I love this piece! If I were there, I'd definitely go see this exhibit.

Robbie said...

JoAnn's textile piece is beautiful...too far for me to travel! ;)