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Resilient Planet Award Winner Announced

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Sustainable Arlington is pleased to announce two winners of the Resilient Planet Art Award. Our congratulations go to Lyn MacDonald and John Doyle, pictured below with ACA's Linda Shoemaker and Sustainable Arlington's Gail McCormick.

In partnership with the Arlington Center for the Arts and the Massachusetts Climate Action Network, the Resilient Planet Award recognizes outstanding artistic depiction of environmental sustainability and stewardship.

For the inaugural 2011 award, judges were particularly interested in images of Arlington's water bodies and the natural and human influences that affect them.

Below is Lyn MacDonald's relief piece, "Fragile Menotomy Wetlands", inspired by Hills Pond in Menotomy Rocks Park, which has  her favorite little magical piece of Arlington- the turtles on the rocks.

"Every spring we wait and watch for the turtles. In the summer evenings you can hear a chorus of bull frogs at the pond, it's amazing... Places like Menotomy are like my inner soul. My husband and I are avid kayakers and enjoy exploring nature on the water. I sculpt a lot of turtles and they are usually related to a memory or experience of turtle(s). Most of them are concrete garden sculptures."

Growing up on a farm in Pepperill, MA  contributed to Lyn's love of the outdoors, which she continues to feed through her work with Codman Community Farm in Lincoln, MA. Lyn's newest sculptural work can be seen next at Brookline's Studio Without Walls beginning May 1. See http://studioswithoutwalls.org

John Doyle's painting in the Images of Arlington 2011 show is titled "Spy Pond February 2011".

He wanted the piece to capture something of the harsh beauty of the winter of 2011. John says, "I'm primarily a studio painter but enjoy the challenge of working outdoors on landscapes. I chose this scene for several reasons: I love how the pond is transformed as a space when it freezes over," and he finds snow technically challenging to render. " I was hunting for the right opportunity to do a snow painting this year. So one Saturday in February the sun was out, the temperature got above freezing, I put on my winter gear and headed out."

John likes to paint the familiar - so Arlington and the surrounding towns are often featured in his work and include Spy Pond and The Mystic River, both of which offer a wealth of different scenes as the seasons change, according to the artist.

More of John's work can be seen at www.jcdgallery.com

Both artists have studios at ACA, which open for the public to visit during an open studio weekend each October.

Images of Arlington 2011 is a community art exhibition celebrating the people, places and spirit of Arlington.

The exhibit is on display in the the Gibbs Gallery at 41 Foster Street, and is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. For more information about the exhibit and the Arlington Center for the Arts see http://www.acarts.org/calls.php

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