“Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually record, while, on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry, whittle statues. The story of civilization is the story of what happens on the banks.” — Will Durant
Alison M. Jones shows a photo of a river near her home.
Two exhibits open at Gallery
By Francisco Canjura
(Reprinted from The Castlegar News, August 14, 2008)
Kootenay Gallery welcomed two new exhibits on the weekend.
On one side was Remembering Renata: Faces, Voices and Landscapes, by Takaia Larsen, which brought tears to many in attendance, and on the other side was the No Water, No Life exhibit by Alison Jones.
Larsen said opening night was well attended, but believes the Saturday afternoon lecture on the Renata and No Water, No Life exhibits brought more people out.
“I’m really happy with how it went,” said Larsen. “People were excited and engaged with it. There was also a lot of sadness as they remembered the past.”
Jones also said the exhibits were well received by the public. She was also thrilled to have opened her exhibit in Canada.
“It’s important to open the show in Canada because it sends the message that the water crisis transcends borders and we must work together to stop this crisis,” Jones said.
No Water, No Life is a traveling exhibit put on by the No Water, No Life organization. Through their exhibit, “the organization (No Water, No Life) combines the power of photography, scientific research and stakeholder knowledge to raise awareness of the vital importance of freshwater resources, perils of watershed degradation and opportunities for sustainable resource management,” read the organization’s mission statement.
Jones said the exhibit will travel around North America to help raise public awareness about the Earth’s depleting fresh water resources and the environmental damage associated with damming rivers to produce electricity.
Jones was thrilled the Kootenay Gallery showed both exhibits at the same time because it allowed those in attendance to see the different types of damage that occur when damming a river.
“We are fortunate (in North America) to be able to commemorate lost communities such as Renata,” she said.
“It’s great to be a foot soldier in the global army of conservation,” added Jones.
Trout Lake (in the White Salmon River watershed), WA
[All prints for the show were produced by Fine Print Imaging.]
New Show to Flow
(Reprinted from The Castlegar News, July 29, 2008)
The Kootenay Gallery will be showcasing photojournalist Alison M. Jones’ exhibit “No Water, No Life,” opening on August 8 at 7 p.m.
No Water, No Life is a long-term project that combines photography, science and education to assess and document watersheds and provoke paradigm shifts in water conservation and consumption.
In 2007, Jones documented the Columbia River Basin from source to sea. The resulting photographs will accompany images taken of Africa’s Omo, Blue Nile and Mara River Basins and will serve as a documentation of the availability, usage and quality of water at individual, community, national and trans-boundary levels.
This exhibition will draw attention to issues that inform our understanding of the Columbia River, which flows through the West Kootenay and the impact that we have on it and how it in turn affects how we live, work and play in our natural environment.
On Saturday, August 9, at 1 p.m., Jones will give a lecture on her exhibit. Takaia Larsen will also be speaking on her exhibit titled Remembering Renata; Faces, Voices, Landscape.
Kootenay author Anne DeGrace will read out passages from her fictional book titled Treading Water.
NWNL’s show at the Kootenay Gallery.