New Winston Museum “Nature Through New Eyes” Salon Series- Thursday, March 23, 2017
Nature Through an Artist’s Eyes
This program was the final installment in our first quarter Salon Series, “Nature Through New Eyes: Rethinking Our Relationship with the Environment.” A panel of artists explored the way nature and art affect our lives today, and how that compares to the way the Moravians thought about art and nature in the 18th and 19th centuries. A group of local artists and photographers, which included Melrose Buchanan, Julian Charles, Lea Lackey-Zackmann, Trena McNabb, and Christine Rucker, discussed a work of art from historic Salem as well as a work of their own that focused on nature in the Piedmont. Our guest curator for this Salon Series was Cornelia Barr, board chair of the Gateway Nature Preserve.
New Winston Museum “Nature Through New Eyes” Salon Series- Thursday, February 23, 2017
We are Stewards of the Land: Moravian Writings on Nature
Our First Quarter Salon Series, “Nature Through New Eyes: Rethinking Our Relationship with the Environment,” continued with “We Are Stewards of the Land: Moravian Writings on Nature Interpreted Today.” This program explored the history of Moravian land stewardship in the Wachovia Tract through the use of creative writing. A panel of local writers, including Cyndi Briggs, Grace Ellis, Aimee Mepham, Dan O’Sullivan, Edward Robson, and Ed Southern, were provided with historical quotes reflecting Moravian attitudes toward nature, land preservation, and usage of natural resources. The writers approached these prompts from an ecopoetics perspective in order to write their own modern interpretations of the Moravian writings and shared their pieces with the audience. The historical quotes have been prepared by Martha Hartley, Director of Research and Outreach, Division of Restoration, and Michael O. Hartley, PhD, Director of Archaeology, Old Salem Museums & Gardens. Cornelia Barr of the Gateway Nature Preserve was the guest curator of the Salon Series, “Nature through New Eyes.”
New Winston Museum “Nature Through New Eyes” Salon Series- Thursday, January 26, 2017
Living in a Post-Wild World: New Approaches to Nature, the Environment, and Growth
New Winston Museum’s first quarter 2017 Salon Series, “Nature Through New Eyes” began January 26th with “Living in a Post-Wild World: New Approaches to Nature, the Environment, and Growth.” This series consisted of three programs offering a look at our local relationship with ecology and how we interact with green space. In this panel discussion, Kristen Haaf, landscape urbanist and environmental designer with design and planning firm Roots First, introduced the concept of the “Post-Wild World.” Lindsey Schwab of Innovation Quarter and Wexford Science + Technology, Keith Huff with the Stormwater Division of the City of Winston-Salem, and Cornelia Barr, Board Chair of Gateway Nature Preserve (GNP), also joined the conversation. This discussion focused on the public’s shifting attitudes toward conservation as well as looked at the parallels between restoring decaying industrial areas as centers of innovation and restoring blighted landscapes.