We hope this finds everyone well. Since our last newsletter we’ve been busy doing events with Water Rising from the East Coast to the West Coast and abroad. Happy to share the news that through the sale of books and broad sheets we raised and donated over $5,000 to environmental groups like 1000 Friends of Oregon, CT Audubon, and Scenic Hudson!
The highlight was taking Water Rising to Iceland. In early June, we showed the video installation at Nordic House, an inspiring culture and arts center in Reykjavik. Leila stayed on to give artist talks on the challenges of collaboration across media and ways to involve art in environmental activism. She also did an interview about Water Rising with Jorunn Sigurdardotti for Icelandic Public Radio.
Our other major trip this year was to Oregon with events in Portland, Eugene, Salem and more. The Oregon landscape has long been an inspiration for us. You can read an essay on Leila’s travels in her Oregon Bio.
As we look forward, these trips and the work we have been able to accomplish have inspired us to take Water Rising to more places around the world where artists and environmental stewards are working together. We are looking for venues in the coming fall and spring. If you are interested in setting up a book event or video installation in your community, please reach out to us. Our mission is not over yet!
– Leila & Garth