“Nature in the City” art exhibit at Architectural Heritage Center, Feb. 7-28

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From the Architectural Heritage Center:

Nature in the City
An Art Exhibit by Portland Print Maker, Gracie Campbell

Opening Reception: Friday, Feb 7, 2014 6pm-8pm
Free and open to the public
Featuring a Special Presentation by Matt Clark,
Executive Director of Johnson Creek Watershed Council
Presentation at 6:30 followed by a reception

“Nature in the City” was created to bring awareness to the natural areas preserved in our urban neighborhoods and to celebrate the inseparable bond between these green treasures and human creative expression.

Gracie Campbell, Portland print maker, takes her inspiration from the natural areas in her neighborhood, most especially Reed canyon. Located in the heart of Reed College campus, the canyon is a 28-acre watershed. It includes the headwaters of Crystal Springs Creek and Reed Lake (deemed the oldest naturally occurring lake in Portland). This unique watershed, rich in natural beauty and wildlife, has provided Gracie with unlimited subject matter for years of print making.

Matt Clark, executive director of Johnson Creek Watershed Council, brings awareness to the shared mission and values of JCWC and Architectural Heritage Center: preservation for increased quality of life. Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s mission is to promote restoration and stewardship of a healthy watershed through sound science and community engagement. Matt reminds us that people take care of what they care about.

For decades, Johnson Creek was thought of primarily as a flooding nuisance and eyesore. Listen as Matt highlights the turnaround of this urban watershed into a community amenity. Due to the dedication and commitment of organizations like JCWC, the enchantment of this watershed is available for all to enjoy and to be inspired by!

This dual presentation matches the visual beauty of urban natural landscapes with the heartfelt efforts to preserve them. Come experience what a treasure they are from Matt’s presentation, and gaze upon their natural beauty in Gracie’s artistic interpretations.

Art on exhibit through February 28, 2014.

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